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The Lure of Renaissance Loire Valley

The Loire Valley in France is often called the Cradle of the French, as it home to many of the sights that are thought of when France comes to mind. This 310-square-mile area of France near the northwest of the country has vineyards, fruit orchards, artichoke and asparagus fields, and historic towns that reflect the architecture of Renaissance-era France.

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  • This year is especially a good year to visit the Loire Valley, with the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance. This era of art and culture was, and still is, the largest and most long-lasting influence on western culture throughout history. It taught us to see beauty in a special way. It shared a light that the world needed in the Dark Ages. Loire Valley remains a reflection of that light, as the châteaus and vineyards remain mostly unchanged since the cultural wake of the Renaissance period reached the far corners of the Earth.

 

 

  • The Château du Clos Lucé is a notable example of a must-see location in the valley. This year, the Château du Clos Lucé will feature a display of works by Leonardo da Vinci, to celebrate the great artist and inventor’s death in 1519. The lucky travelers who make it will enjoy a digital presentation of da Vinci’s work on surfaces that create a unique, and almost 3D, effect of his art. Not only that, but a tapestry interpretation of The Last Supper will be present. This tapestry has not been seen outside of the Vatican Museums since the 16th century, marking this as a very special occasion.

 

 

  • To add onto the already Renaissance feel of the Loire Valley, the Château du Rivau and Château Royal d’Amboise will be hosting Renaissance balls that encourage guests to dress in period costumes. The Château de Chenonceau will open up a restored version of Catherine de Medici’s apothecary, while the Regional Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire will have a refurbished room of hers. Also, the Château du Rivau will have around 30 works of art that interpret da Vinci’s extensive catalogue.

 

 

Even without the celebration of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world’s most influential artists, the Loire valley is well-worth a visit. The enjoyment of France’s vineyard covered countrysides and gorgeous castles will be infused with an important era that was full of wonder and excitement in what beauty meant to the eye of the beholder.

Discover the Loire Valley

Travel to France and see the Loire Valley, the “Garden of France”, an enchanted land of vineyards, flowers and rolling green hills dotted with innumerable chateaux. It is perhaps the charm of its gentle paced life that has made it a sought-after location for poets and writers. To get to this fairy-tale land you pick up a car in Paris and delve into this magic world, even sleeping in chateaux. A wide line-up of castles will be seen – spectacular Chateau de Chambord, a royal hunting reserve larger than Paris itself. In Chambord also visit Joan of Arc’s house. Continue your fly and drive France vacation and visit the town of Tours, dating back to Gallo-Roman times…

Normandy & Chateaux Region

From Normandy to the Loire Valley, explore the storied history of these regions on this private deluxe France vacation package. Discover Caen’s fortifications, reminder of France’s 100 Years War and the French Revolution. Travel back in time to the landing beaches of the Allied Forces during the D-Day Normandy invasions. Visit the island and pilgrimage site of Mont St. Michel topped by a medieval monastery. Savor Normandy’s delectable culinary specialties and taste acclaimed wines of the Loire Valley. Stroll the picturesque cobblestone streets and view the charming timber framed or “pan-de-bois” homes of Le Mans and explore the grandeur of the Loire Valley’s splendid châteaux.

Loire Valley Cuisine

Travel to France for the culinary-focused experience of a lifetime in Paris and the Loire Valley. Your cooking class experience in Paris includes a visit of a local market and lunch. Further along on this gastronomic extravaganza trip to France, travel to the banks of the river Loire to the town of Langeais.  Here you will experience an authentically rich stay in the Château de Rochecotte, an 18th century château located in the famous Loire Valley, midway between Tours and Saumur.  Once the private estate of Prince Talleyrand, the château is ideally located for visiting all the famous châteaux, abbeys, churches and museums as well as the area’s world-famous vineyards.

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