Attractions

Top Choice Church in Val de Loire & Forêt d’Orléans Area

Oratoire de Germigny-des-Prés

One of France’s few Carolingian-era churches, this exceptional oratory – sadly, over-restored in the mid-19th century – is renowned for its unusual Maltese-cross layout and gilt-and-silver mosaic of the biblical Ark…
Chateau in Val de Loire & Forêt d’Orléans Area

Château de Sully-sur-Loire

With its machicolated ramparts (featuring holes for pouring boiling liquid on attackers), soaring round turrets and steeply pitched roof, this fairy-tale castle was built, starting in 1395, to defend one of the Loir…
Monastery in Val de Loire & Forêt d’Orléans Area

Abbaye de St-Benoît-sur-Loire

Home to about 40 Benedictine monks, this abbey – shut down during the Revolution and reopened in 1944 – is known for its Romanesque basilica, whose 11th-century crypt houses the relics of St Benedict (480–547). Visi…
Museum in Val de Loire & Forêt d’Orléans Area

Musée de la Marine de Loire

Well-presented exhibits tell the story of how a river that's basically non-navigable was used for commerce using ultra-shallow-draft (70cm) boats. Displays include a collection of model boats and ancient riverine ar…