From the Capital to Castle Country: Paris and the Loire Valley

Gain a deeper understanding of France as you explore Paris and the Loire Valley, learning about French aristocracy, historic châteaux and renowned traditions of art and architecture.
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Program No. 22137RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

From the châteaux and manor homes of the medieval aristocracy to vineyards that have flourished since the Romans settled Gaul, discover the Loire Valley’s varied treasures of art, history, architecture and agriculture. Accompanied by local experts, journey from Paris to Tours to explore how, in the course of 1,000 years, the region straddling the Loire River was transformed from a battleground for feudal warrior kings into a posh playground for the aristocracy, removed from the bustle of the capital. Walk beneath soaring castle turrets, examine marvels of medieval art, stand beside the tombs of French kings and sample authentic French cuisine and wines that are the envy of the world.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walk 1.5 mile at a time without stopping, climb stairs, stand for up to 1.5 hour at a time. Use of public transit.
Small Group
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 ...

  • Learn about the long succession of wealthy nobles to own the Château de Chenonceau, including Catherine de Medici, as you admire its collection of paintings by great masters.
  • Lose yourself in the beauty of the Chateau de Blois, once home to the kings of France.
  • In Paris, go with an expert inside the Musée national du Moyen Âge and discover the burial place of the Kings of France at the Basilica of Saint Denis.

General Notes

Currently, sections of the Musée National du Moyen Age are under renovation, but the museum highlights are still accessible to visitors.
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