A visit to the cities,
towns and villages of the Loire Valley is a journey back in time as they
retain much of the charm, character and authenticity that has attracted
royal patronage over the centuries.
Although probably best known for the architectural
heritage of its famous chateaux such as Chenonceau
and Chambord, it is also blessed with other fine
examples in its historic towns such as Tours, Blois,
Amboise, Chinon, Loches and Saumur.
In Orleans, Bourges and
Chartres it has some of France's best cathedrals.
villages of the Loire Valley include 8 of the
'Les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france'. (9 if you
include the beautiful village of