The Loire: Châteaux, Vineyards and Royal History
Explore grand châteaux, renowned vineyards, medieval cathedrals and Renaissance architecture as you learn about the cultural and historic riches of the Loire Valley.
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Program No. 21738RJ
13 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

The Loire Valley is known as the Garden of France for the sun-splashed vineyards and fruit orchards that line the country’s longest river. It’s also home to hundreds of châteaux, the lavish country homes built by France’s elite. Experience the Loire’s history and unforgettable beauty, savoring fine wines and authentic cuisine along the way.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day; some stairs, cobblestones, gravel paths and other uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Travel on board the only cruise vessel that has ever cruised along the Loire River. The Loire Princesse was inspired by an ancient technique - the paddle wheel.
  • Discover several of the most beautiful chateaux of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit renowned vineyards to learn about the winemaking tradition of the Loire.

General Notes

Maximum of 78 participants, divided into smaller groups for activities. For September 16, 2018: Due to hotel availability in Tours, the group will be divided between the Best Western Artist and Best Western Central. Both hotels are of equal value, and offer similar amenities. You will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and meet up with the group for activities during the day. The motorcoach will pick up and drop off each group at their respective hotels. There will be a Road Scholar staff member staying at each hotel. If you are traveling with companions, please note this on your Participant Information Form so we can place you at the same hotel. Road Scholar is not taking requests of accommodation, and will notify you of your placement about 6 weeks prior to departure.
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