Attractions

Top Choice Chateau in Touraine

Château de Chenonceau

Spanning the languid Cher River atop a supremely graceful arched bridge, Chenonceau is one of France's most elegant châteaux. It's hard not to be moved and exhilarated by the glorious setting, the formal gardens, th…
Top Choice Chateau in Blésois

Château de Chambord

One of the crowning achievements of French Renaissance architecture, the Château de Chambord – with 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases – is by far the largest, grandest and most visited château in the Loire…
Top Choice Chateau in Blois

Château Royal de Blois

Seven French kings lived in Blois' royal château, whose four grand wings were built during four distinct periods in French architecture: Gothic (13th century), Flamboyant Gothic (1498–1501), early Renaissance (1515–…
Top Choice Chateau in Touraine

Château de Villandry

Villandry's six glorious landscaped gardens are some of the finest in France, with more than 6 hectares of cascading flowers, ornamental vines, manicured lime trees, razor-sharp box hedges and tinkling fountains. Tr…
Top Choice Museum in Tours

Musée du Compagnonnage

A highlight of a visit to Tours, this museum spotlights France's renowned compagnonnages, guild organisations of skilled craftspeople who have been responsible for everything from medieval cathedrals to the Statue o…
Top Choice Chateau in Touraine

Château d’Azay-le-Rideau

Romantic, moat-ringed Azay-le-Rideau is famed for its elegant turrets, perfectly proportioned windows, delicate stonework and steep slate roofs. Built in the early 1500s on a natural island in the middle of the Indr…
Top Choice Chateau in Langeais

Château de Langeais

The most medieval of the Loire châteaux, Langeais – built in the 1460s – is superbly preserved inside and out, looking much as it did at the tail end of the Middle Ages, with crenellated ramparts and massive towers …
Top Choice Farm in Saumur

École Nationale d’Équitation

One of the world's premier equestrian academies, the prestigious École Nationale d’Équitation is home to the Cadre Noir, an elite group of riding instructors that's also an equestrian display team. One-hour tours ta…
Top Choice Chateau in Amboise

Château Royal d’Amboise

Perched on a rocky escarpment above town, Amboise's castle was a favoured retreat for all of France's Valois and Bourbon kings. Only a few of the château's original structures survive, but you can still visit the fu…
Top Choice Historic Site in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

The highlight of this 12th-century abbey complex is the huge but movingly simple church, notable for its soaring pillars, Romanesque domes and the polychrome stone tombs of four illustrious Plantagenets: Henry II, K…