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Amboise is a charming town with interesting shops, restaurants and a lovely location settled on the banks of the Loire. Crowning the town is its castle - one of the regions most interesting in terms of its history and beauty. A tour of this large property will fill you with tales of g... more

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Azay-le-Rideau's graceful façade is framed by wispy trees and is reflected in its lake and the River Indre, from whose banks it rises on one side. It was built by Gilles Berthelot, the treasurer to Francis I between 1518 and 1527. Francis accused Gilles of fiddling the nation's books... more

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Beaugency is a lovely old town with its historic church, Nôtre Dame. A magnificent bridge with 22 arches spans the river. The French blew it apart in 1940 to delay the Germans, but it has been completely restored (the central arches are original) and provides an ideal viewpoint for l... more

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Blois sits on the north bank of the River Loire. It is one of the larger towns in the region. At its heart is its castle which offers visitors  lots of history and tales of intrigue.... more

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Chartres is an excellent sightseeing venue, about an hour and a half southwest of Paris. It’s delightful to explore its old winding streets.... more

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Chaumont is a lovely town set just above the banks of the Loire River. Her chateaux was where Catherine de Medici reputedly livied when her husband Henry II was killed and she became regent. She supposedly bought the château so that she could swap it with Diane de Poitiers (her husba... more

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The town of Chenonceaux which borders the River Cher is charming and world famous because of its chateau-without a doubt one of the loveliest of the Loire’s châteaux. This château owes a great deal to each of its six female occupants. Catherine Briconnet built Chenonceaux as a hom... more

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Chinon is a huge crumbling fortress set high above the River Vienne, with a medieval town and tree-lined boulevard at its feet. Henry II of England died here, his son Richard the Lionheart owned it, King John lost it to the French, and Joan of Arc came here to plead with Charles VII f... more

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Located on the river's edge is the town of Langeais and one of the region’s smaller châteaux of the same name. Remarkably, it has not been altered since it was built between 1465 and 1471 for Louis XI as a defense against Bretons. It is beautifully furnished and wax figurines comme... more

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Southeast of Montbazon is the town of Loches, found in the hills along the banks of the Indre, and referred to as the “City of Kings.” The ancient castle is the “Acropolis of the Loire;” the buildings around it form what is called Haute Ville. It was a favorite retreat of King... more

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Orléans is a modern town rebuilt after the destruction of World War II. This was the scene of Joan of Arc’s greatest triumph, when she successfully drove the English from France in 1429. There is little left for Joan of Arc fans to visit except her statue in Place Martoi.... more

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Tours is located at the junction of the Cher and Loire rivers, the center of the Loire Valley, which makes it a good base for exploring the region. It has the added advantage of being on the main rail route to Paris—less than an hour away by express train. The heart of the old town ... more

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The town of Ussé overlooks the River Indre and its chateaux is everything you expect a château to be, with turrets, towers, chimneys, dormers, and enchantment. The house is completely furnished in period style, illustrating the way things were in the 16th and 17th centuries, complet... more

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The town of Villandry is known for its chateaux and the chateaux formal, geometric French gardens—even the paths are raked into designs. While you can tour the house, the real reason for visiting Villandry is to spend time in the gardens wandering along the little paths between the ... more

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