The country seat of French royalty since the 1500s, the Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts Renaissance-era castles, rural villages, bicycle trails, forests and vineyards. Newly restored, crowd-free ‘secondary’ castles offer an intimate, well-curated view into France’s rural aristocratic traditions, such as gardening and hunting.
Perfect forArt Lovers | Foodies | Romantics
When to goMarch-May | June-August | September-November
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
Five Days: The Essential Loire
A visit to Loire Valley is all about seeing the region’s myriad châteaus, preferably with private guides. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
En route from Paris, stop at France’s largest cathedral in Chartres, followed by a visit in Blois, a charming medieval town. Next, enjoy a private guided tour of Château de Chambord, one of the crowning achievements of French Renaissance architecture. Finish each day with dinner at Indagare-recommended restaurants.
Visit Château de Beauregard, known for its portrait gallery and gardens, or borrow bikes and explore on your own, through wineries, forests and along country roads. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant that is housed in a 17th-century bakery.
This morning, visit Château de Chenonceau with a private guide and through Indagare’s connection, meet with the château’s impressive botanical director. Enjoy lunch before driving west along the river to visit one of the region’s famed wineries. Some favorites include Chinon, Domaine de Noiré, Bourgueil and Domaine de la Chevalerie.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Château de la Bourdaisiere
This aristocratic 15th-century castle feels like an eccentric friend’s abode, complete with family photos, antique furniture and creaky floors.
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Domaine de la Tortinière
This elegant château-hotel in the heart of the Loire Valley boasts chic interiors, a large pool and almost 40 acres of flowering parklands.