LOIRE VALLEY – Chateaux country

It is France at its best:  castles, gastronomy and great wines.

Just a short ride from Paris. Travel in style and stay in a castle or troglodyte cave. Explore Renaissance castles, extravagant fortresses and unique gardens. Visit Unesco World Heritage Site, villages and vineyards that produce sparkling wines.

Experience French splendour!



See castles from above with a hot air balloon ride

The sweeping vineyards, lush forests and fairy-tale castles of the Loire Valley are even more impressive from the sky

Float over the UNESCO-listed landscape; spot landmarks like the Chateau of Chenonceau or the gardens of Villandry; then toast your landing with a glass of Champagne.


Canoe under Chenonceau Castle

For a moment of authenticity and unique emotion, pass  under the arches of Chenonceau castle with your premium Canadian canoe.

Along the ride discover the Cher river, its bucolic landscapes and intimate castles.

Take a Traditional Loire Boat

Enjoy a lunchtime cruise on the Loire River, near Saumur.  Indulge on locally produced food, drink local wines while admiring the sweeping views of the banks of the Loire Valley.

Ride a bike

Enjoy Loire à Vélo bike path, cycle through routes through the forests around Chambord and Blois.  Admire the scenery; stop for a wine tasting.



Château de Noizay

4-star hotel – Noizay

Set on 24 hectares of parkland, this upscale hotel occupies a 16th-century chateau and an annex. It’s 10 km from 15th-century Château d’Amboise, and 11 km from Clos Lucé, a former home of Leonardo da Vinci.

Featuring plush decor and carved-wood furnishings, the ornate rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, plus marble en suite bathrooms. Upgraded rooms add living space, sitting areas and/or fireplaces. Annex rooms come with air-conditioning
Amenities include an stately gourmet restaurant and a library, plus a tennis court and a seasonal, heated outdoor pool. Bike hire is available and parking is free.


Chateau de Marcay

4-star hotel – Marcay

Set in the Parc naturel régional Loire-Anjou-Touraine, this genteel hotel occupies a 15th-century castle featuring dual turrets. It’s within 8.8 km of the river Vienne, the town center of Chinon, and the medieval Forteresse Royale de Chinon.

Cozy rooms are individually furnished in period style, and retain original features like exposed beams. All have TVs, minibars, and views over the garden or vineyard. Some add living areas and/or vaulted ceilings.
There’s a fine-dining restaurant and a wine store, plus wine cellar tours and cooking classes (fee). Other amenities include a 15-hectare park and an outdoor pool.

Pavillon des Lys

4-star hotel – Amboise

Set in a mansion near the Loire, this traditional hotel is a 3-minute walk from the 15th-century Château Royal d’Amboise and an 11-minute walk from Da Vinci’s former home Château du Clos Lucé.
The 8 rooms are simple but chic, and include air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms (some with claw-foot tubs) and flat-screen TVs; some have exposed beams. Suites add relaxed lounge areas, and 1 provides a fireplace. Room service is available.
Breakfast (surcharge) is served on the terrace or in a relaxed dining room with a fireplace. There’s a classically furnished lounge with a fireplace, and the gardens offer outdoor seating.



Château des Arpentis


In the middle of a 30-hectare park, this elegant hotel in a 12th-century chateau is 3.5 km from Château du Clos Lucé’s museum in Da Vinci’s former home and 12.4 km from Château de Chenonceau’s grand castle with tours and dining.

Romantic guestrooms, many decorated with murals and tapestries, have an old-world vibe along with traditional furnishings and country decor, plus flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms have fireplaces, arched-beam ceilings, free-standing tubs, exposed-stone walls and 4-poster canopy beds.
Breakfast, served on the terrace weather-permitting, has a surcharge. The outdoor pool is enclosed by stone walls.

Manoir des Minimes

4-star hotel – Amboise

A 7-minute walk from the Office de Tourisme Val d’Amboise, this luxe hotel in a grand manor is a 5-minute walk from the 15th-century Château Royal d’Amboise.

Refined rooms have classic decor and old-world furnishings, and include flat-screen TVs, DVD players, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms provide high-end furnishings and seating areas with pull-out sofas. Elegant suites add separate living rooms and 2-person tubs. Some rooms have fireplaces, exposed beams and views of the Château Royal.
Cooked breakfast is available in a French-country dining room. The bar serves drinks in the library, a formal lounge or on the terrace.

Manoir St Thomas

4-star hotel – Amboise

This refined hotel in a turreted manor is situated among gardens at the edge of the town center. It’s a 7-minute walk from the 15th-century Château Royal d’Amboise, an 8-minute walk from the river Loire, and a 10-minute walk from Leonardo da Vinci’s former residence at Château du Clos Lucé.

Elegant rooms are individually furnished in traditional style, and retain original features like fireplaces, cast iron radiators and/or exposed-beam ceilings. All provide Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minibars. Suites add separate living areas. Room service is available.
Breakfast is available for a fee. The grounds feature an outdoor pool and a sundeck.

Domaine de la Tortinière

4-star hotel – Montbazon

Housed in a white turreted castle, this elegant hotel is 13 km from the fine arts at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours and 26 km from the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau.

Upscale rooms have a stylish mix of modern and traditional decor, with chic patterns and antique furnishings. All have minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some have terraces. Room service is available.
A sophisticated, fine-dining restaurant offers a glass-enclosed dining room with a terrace overlooking the valley. The intimate bar has a pool table. Leisure facilities include a heated outdoor pool, rowboats and a tennis court, plus walking trails in the 15-hectare wooded park.



Chateau de la Bourdaisière

3-star hotel – Montlouis-sur-Loire

In a restored Renaissance castle and its annexes, this elegant hotel is surrounded by 55 acres of gardens. It’s 5 km from the Loire river, 16 km from Tours and 17 km from the former home of Leonardo da Vinci, Château du Clos Lucé.
Opulent rooms and apartments are individually furnished in period style. Individual room features include exposed beams, vaulted ceilings and/or canopy beds. Most have free Wi-Fi.
Regional, locally sourced meals are served in a seasonal restaurant with an open kitchen. There’s also a tea room. The gardens house the National Conservatory of Tomatoes, as well as tennis courts and a seasonal pool.


Le Choiseul

4-star hotel – Amboise

On the banks of the river Loire, this stately 18th-century hotel is alongside the medieval castle of Château Royal d’Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. It’s a 15-minute walk from da Vinci’s former residence, Château du Clos Lucé.
The ornate rooms are individually decorated in period style, featuring elegant furnishings and intricate prints. All have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Some rooms add terraces, fireplaces and/or beamed ceilings, while suites include living rooms.
A fine-dining restaurant with river and garden views serves lunch and dinner. Among Italian-style gardens, there’s an outdoor pool and troglodyte caves.

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