There's nothing to see here. Nothing but fairy-tale castles. Towers, flying buttresses and flawless gardens. Nothing but fertile fields, graceful rivers and idyllic biking routes. Nothing but treats at patisseries, gourmet cuisine and exquisite wines. The Loire Valley—nothing short of the perfect family getaway.
1-2 Explore medieval, Renaissance and classical châteaux and enjoy the royal treatment at gracious castle-hotels As you ride past serene woodland and picture-perfect villages, you'll soon see why biking in the Loire Valley is such a delight Venture through Chinon, a spellbinding town with historical ties to Joan of Arc Heart skip a beat? Not surprising—you're about to discover Ussé, the castle that inspired the author of Sleeping Beauty Pedal through rolling hills and orchards to the riverside town of Azay-le-Rideau, home to a magnificent château En garde! Kids learn the importance of foibles and fortes, and wield épées under the watchful eye of a world-class fencing master.
3 Discover the rolling pastures and goat farms behind Loire's famous fromage de chèvre (goat cheese) A peaceful route through vineyards and villages leads to Château de Villandry, surrounded by some of France's most exquisite gardens The younger set glides through the forest on an exciting ropes course adventure before a kids-only dinner Adults savor the spectacular flavors of regional cuisine and local wines.
4 Travel back in time at magical Château de Chenonceau, where a private guide shares fascinating stories of 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 Le Choiseul, a luxury manor-turned-hotel on the banks of the Loire River.
5-6 Get ready for a hands-on visit to 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.