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Best of the Loire Valley (Self Drive)

12 to 18+ Nights from $1,300*
* This sample price: priced within the past 7 days for arrival on 2/29/2024, departure from New York City (All Airports) (NY), US. Choose your own departure city and dates.

This 12 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Flight into Paris and out of Nantes
  • Rental Car for 13 days
  • Pick Up: Paris Airport/Drop Off: Nantes Airport
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Orleans
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Blois
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Tours
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Saumur
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Nantes
  • Driving Time
    Paris Airport - Orleans: 2 hrs. 10 mins. approx.
    Orleans - Blois: 55 mins. approx.
    Blois - Tours: 50 mins. approx.
    Tours - Saumur: 55 mins. approx.
    Saumur - Nantes: 1 hr. 35 mins. approx.

An unforgettable Road Trip Adventure along The Loire Valley (a region with picturesque villages alternate with towns rich in art and history and lined with magnificent Chateaux's, luxuriant landscape and fine food and wine to make the region one of the most attractive destinations in France. Pick up your car at Paris Airport and start your trip in: Orleans (capital of the "Loire Valley Centre Region", and best known as one of the cities visited by Joan of Arc); after that, drive to Blois (renowned for its magnificent Renaissance chateaux created by French Kings in the 15th and 16th centuries); next is Tours (with its gothic cathedral Saint-Gatien, with 12th-century bases and Renaissance tops); after that, Saumur (famous above all for two things: its excellent sparkling wine and its military French Cavalry Academy); and finally, visit Nantes (a city full of interesting landmarks like the castle and the cathedral and famous for its vineyards that produce Muscadet white wine). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

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Trip Summary

  • Orleans

    Only an hour away from Paris, Orleans is the capital of the Loire Valley and is famous for two reasons: Joan of Arc and the `Chateaux` in the region. An important settlement by the time of the Roman conquest, the city sealed its place in history in 1429 when Joan of Arc relieved the city from attacks by the Burgundians and the English, a key turning point in the Hundred Years War. Six centuries later, the Maid of Orléans still has a powerful hold on the French imagination - all around town, you`ll find statues, stained-glass windows and museum exhibits dedicated to her exploits. Other attractions in the old city include an outstanding art museum and a breathtaking cathedral. Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights Must See`s: Parc Floral de la Source, Saint Croix Cathedral, Place du Martroi, Charlemagne Island, Historic center, Fine Arts Museum, and so much more!

  • Blois

    Towering above the northern bank of the Loire, Blois’ royal château, one-time feudal seat of the powerful counts of Blois, offers a great introduction to some key periods in French history and architecture. The city makes an excellent base for visits to the châteaux, villages and towns of the central Loire Valley. Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See`s: Château de Blois, Beaux-Arts Museum, Fondation du Doute: Museum of Contemporary Art, Maison de la Magie (House of Magic), Rocher de la Vierge, Historical Museum, Tour Beauvoir, Loire River Trips, Chateux, of the Loire Valley, Gardens, and so much more!

  • Tours

    Situated at the junction of the Loire and Cher rivers, Tours is an excellent base for visiting the region's magnificent châteaux. The original home of the French language and the `art de vivre`, Tours is a land of harmony and proportion. Today, it is a modern, lively centre; with a thriving university, cultivating economic development. You can taste its charm visiting the old quarter, the Gothic Cathedral of St. Gatien, Touraine Wine Museum, the fine-arts museum and Plessis les Tours. Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See`s: The Old Quarter and Pilgrims, Place Plumereau, Priory Saint-Cosme, Saint-Gatien Cathedral, La Psalette Cloisters, Saint-Martin Basilica, Botanical Garden of Tours, Museum of the Compagnonnage, Markets, Châteaus, and so much more!

  • Saumur

    Nestled between the Loire and Thouet Rivers, beautiful Saumur sits amongst acres of vineyards and farmland, close to many beautiful châteaux. A Loire Valley gem for foodies and history buffs, the town is famously home to the National Cavalry School. Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See`s: Château de Saumur, National School of Horse Riding, Museum of Decorative Arts and Horse Museum, Old Town, and so much more!

  • Nantes

    Attractively situated on islands in the estuary of France's mighty Loire River, the solid city of Nantes exudes an air of importance and historical significance. It is a wealthy industrial port, its architectural heritage reflecting its past achievements, from the medieval remnants in the narrow streets of pedestrianised Bouffay. Many famous people, from Molière to Stendhal, have lived here. Nantes is now home to high-tech industries, it has some 30,000 college students.