France, The Loire Valley – Chateaux and Sunflowers

Holiday Overview

A fixed centre tour staying in Loches a very pleasant medieval town of Art & History, its narrow, traffic free streets in the old town could be the same ways travelled by the kings, queens, and heroines of its medieval past. Cycling through this lovely area, visiting the chateau of Montresor with its prominent position overlooking the town, and Montpoupon, a small chateaux full of history and still lived in by the family, the ruined chateau at Grand Presigny has good views of the surrounding countryside from the top, Chateau Nitray has a vineyard and makes excellent wine we will have lunch and wine tasting here, a visit to Amboise situated on the Loire and home to Leonardo de Vinci will be next.

The Loire River (the longest in France) is the thread that binds this area together and its tributaries of the Cher, the Claise, the Indre and other rivers in the region give an added dimension to the region by providing attractive valleys and landscapes to stimulate interest. You are in an area where you can be on a plateau with what seems like endless horizons, surrounded by sunflowers, in a deep valley, in dense forest, by a mighty river and always where your eye will be drawn to something of interest.