A journey up the Loire.

Travel through unspoilt France. A journey rich in exuberant nature, surprising art, history and incomparable cuisine.

The last wild river in France: the Loire. And with its picturesque riverbanks and its wealth of fauna, it has captured people’s imaginations for centuries. From its source in the Ardèche in the Massif Central, it meanders over a distance of more than a thousand kilometres to Saint-Nazaire, where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Loire valley between Orléans and Nantes is one of the most beautiful areas in France. The area around Tours, called Touraine, is also known as Le Jardin de la France because of its verdant gardens and extensive vineyards. An old railway line runs along the river bank, connecting Orléans and Nantes. There is no better way to explore the valley than travelling up it on the regional trains. Both Nantes, the starting point of the route, and Orléans, the final destination, are worth a visit, with their rich past and medieval hearts. But you should also make sure you don’t miss the historic towns you pass on the way, such as Saumur, Tours, Amboise and Blois.

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