It has all the makings of a fairy tale. Storybook castles. Towers, flying buttresses and flawless gardens. Fertile fields, graceful rivers and idyllic biking routes. Exquisite treats at patisseries and gourmet feasts. The Loire Valley—a family getaway that ends with "happily ever after."
1-2 Ride past picture-perfect Loire Valley villages and serene woodland | Venture through the spellbinding town of Chinon | Explore Ussé, the castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty | Pedal through rolling hills to Azay-le-Rideau, home to a magnificent château | En garde! Kids wield épées with a world-class fencing master.
3 Discover the rolling pastures and goat farms behind Loire's famous fromage de chèvre | A peaceful route through vineyards and villages leads to Château de Villandry and its exquisite gardens | The younger set embarks on an exciting ropes course adventure before a kids-only dinner.
4 Tour magical Château de Chenonceau, with its richly appointed interiors and dazzling artwork | Kids get their own special tour and discover their way out of the garden's labyrinth | Relax or take a dip in the pool at our a luxury manor-turned-hotel on the banks of the Loire River.
5-6 Visit Leonardo da Vinci's home, Clos Lucé, where you'll marvel at the models and designs of his creations | Pedal to Vouvray, one of France's oldest wine-growing regions | Join a local vintner for a private tour of the family's centuries-old wine cave | Adults stroll, shop and sip un café in the lively town of Amboise, while kids get a tasty lesson in chocolate making.