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As you travel through the Loire, see how many of the area’s more than 300 châteaux you can find. Some of these structures, from as early as the 10th century, have lasted through multiple occupations and wars, while others are relatively new, built in the 1800s.
Château d’Amboise, one of the area’s most famous palaces, was a 16th-century royal residence. The château suffered significant wartime damage, but extensive restoration is recovering its original glory. View the ramparts of this large Renaissance Gothic palace reflecting beautifully in the river. See intricate stained glass inside the Chapel Saint-Hubert on the grounds. A marker shows the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, who lived for several years in nearby Château de Clos Lucé until his death.
One of the region’s largest palaces is Château de Chambord, distinctive with numerous towers, chimneys and cupolas on the massive roofline. Venture into some of the more than 400 rooms, climb towers for fantastic views and explore peaceful gardens.
Most of Château de Chenonceau straddles the River Cher, providing fantastic photo opportunities of arched supports reflected in the gently flowing water. Inside, view Old Masters paintings, Flanders tapestries and the furnishings of the 16th-century castle. Bring kids outside to run through the large maze, meet the château’s donkeys and use the playground.
Wine-growing areas along the Loire stretch for hundreds of miles from the Atlantic Ocean nearly to Burgundy. The variety of climates and soils provide a range of terroirs ideal for the celebrated dry whites of the region and also light reds, sweet vouvrays and crisp muscadets. Identify your favorite wine varieties and plan ahead for a customized tour of family-owned vineyards to satisfy your palate.
Reach the Loire by car or take a train from Paris to Tours. Cycling is very popular in the Loire region. Rent bikes and explore independently or join a guided tour with a focus on châteaux, wineries or simply glorious countryside. Ride high in a colorful balloon for a unique perspective.
This family-friendly Ouches guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Le Scarabee, Halle Des Sports Andre Vacheresse, and Clinique du Renaison. Municipal Theatre of Roanne and Port of Roanne are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Saint-Etienne, this residence is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Cathedral of Saint Charles Borromeo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Musee d'Art et d'Industrie and Cite du Design are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Villars, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Musee des Beaux-Arts and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. University Hospital of Saint-Etienne and Saint-Etienne Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Le Coteau, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Municipal Theatre of Roanne and Port of Roanne. Centre Hospitalier De Roanne and Clinique du Renaison are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Chateau de Saint Marcel de Felines, Feurs Hippodrome, and Centre Hospitalier de Feurs. Museum of Weaving and Bastie d'Urfe Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Parigny, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Municipal Theatre of Roanne, Port of Roanne, and Clinique du Renaison. Halle Des Sports Andre Vacheresse and Centre Hospitalier De Roanne are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of Saint-Etienne, this residence is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Musee d'Art et d'Industrie and within 3 mi (5 km) of Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Cathedral of Saint Charles Borromeo and Cite du Design are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Montrond-les-Bains, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casino de Montrond les Bains and Chateau de Montrond les Bains. Parc thermal and Casino JOA de Montrond are also within 1 mi (2 km).