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
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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.
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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 a local vineyard to learn about the winemaking tradition of the Loire.
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Albert Tshizubu
Albert Tshizubu was born in France near a well-known Gothic cathedral that is famous for its hunchback. Growing up, Albert followed his dream of exploring new places, living in various cities across France and exploring many miles of England. He received his master’s degree in the U.S. and continued to live abroad, mastering five European languages along the way. Building on his experience as an interpreter and a trekking expert, Albert became a group leader to facilitate the discovery and the understanding of cities.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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