21738
France
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.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21738RJ
Length
16 days
Starts at
4,295
Flights start at
950
Getting There
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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
Active
Walking up to two miles per day; some stairs, cobblestones, gravel paths and other uneven terrain.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

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.
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