Loire Valley

Loire Valley, photo by Lieven Smits
Loire Valley (photo by Lieven Smits)
 

The Loire Valley is region in France and UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 120 mi (200 km) south of Paris.

The valley is best known for many and beautiful chateaux – a legacy from its time as “the Garden of France” and playground of kings.

The central section of the Loire River valley, between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes, is considered the most scenic and interesting, and is the area designated by UNESCO.

The valley is also known for its wineries, many of which offer tours.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Hostellerie du Château

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Hostellerie du Château offers accommodation in Saint-Père-sur-Loire. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 81 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$60

 
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Le Gîte Oratorien

Featuring free WiFi, Le Gîte Oratorien offers self-catering accommodation in Ouzouer-sur-Loire, just a 8-minute drive from the Château de Sully-sur-Loire. All units have a seating area, a dining area and a fully-equipped kitchenette. Average score from 402 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$35

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Hotel Henri IV

Hotel Henri IV offers en suite accommodation in a traditional house. It is located in the historic centre just 50 metres from the medieval castle of Sully-sur-Loire. Hotel Henri IV provides rooms with a flat-screen TV and modern en suite facilities. Average score from 402 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$50 - $80

 
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Hôtel Burgevin

Situated just 100 metres from the Loire River, this charming hotel offers a bar and terrace area. It is only 500 metres from the castle of Sully-sur-Loire. Average score from 400 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$100 - $165

 
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La Madeleine

Located in Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, La Madeleine is 150 metres from Fleury Abbey and 8 km from Sully-sur-Loire. It offers free Wi-Fi, a terrace and a restaurant with a fireplace and chandeliers. Average score from 140 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$59

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Le Gîte Oratorien

Le Gîte Oratorien

Featuring free WiFi, Le Gîte Oratorien offers self-catering accommodation in Ouzouer-sur-Loire, just a 8-minute drive from the Château de Sully-sur-Loire. All units have a seating area, a dining area and a fully-equipped kitchenette. Average score from 402 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$35

$359.3
Hotel La Closeraie

Hotel La Closeraie

Located 500 metres from Château de Sully-sur-Loire, Hotel La Closeraie offers soundproofed accommodation a garden with a terrace, and Wi-Fi is free of charge throughout the property. Average score from 286 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$85

 
$859.3
Hôtel Burgevin

Hôtel Burgevin

Situated just 100 metres from the Loire River, this charming hotel offers a bar and terrace area. It is only 500 metres from the castle of Sully-sur-Loire. Average score from 400 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$100 - $165

 
$1009.1
La Madeleine

La Madeleine

Located in Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, La Madeleine is 150 metres from Fleury Abbey and 8 km from Sully-sur-Loire. It offers free Wi-Fi, a terrace and a restaurant with a fireplace and chandeliers. Average score from 140 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$59

 
$598.3
Hotel Henri IV

Hotel Henri IV

Hotel Henri IV offers en suite accommodation in a traditional house. It is located in the historic centre just 50 metres from the medieval castle of Sully-sur-Loire. Hotel Henri IV provides rooms with a flat-screen TV and modern en suite facilities. Average score from 402 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$50 - $80

 
$508.1
Hotel La Tour

Hotel La Tour

Hotel La Tour is located in Sully-sur-Loire, a 7-minute walk from the famous castle. The 24-hour reception offers en suite rooms which are uniquely decorated. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Average score from 409 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$48

 
$488.0
Hostellerie du Château

Hostellerie du Château

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Hostellerie du Château offers accommodation in Saint-Père-sur-Loire. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 81 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$60

 
$607.7

Highlights:

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Cultural
Palaces and Chateaux
The Valley is perhaps best known for its many chateaux. Among the best-known are:

Châteaux Amboise

Château de Villandry

Azay-le-Rideau

Chambord

Châteaux du Pin and Chenonceau
Combination
Vineyard Region
The Loire region produces some of the world's best white wines, especially from the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Most producers have their own 'cave' (wine cellar) which offers tours and wine-tasting. There are many wine-festivals through the summer months, and there is also various routes de vignobles - designated tours around the vineyards, from small villages to large towns. (Details are available in tourist information offices.
Natural
Scenic Waterways

Loire River

The destination’s namesake river runs the entire length of the region, including through the World Heritage site chateaux, villages, and scenery. While the river provides a scenic backdrop, travelling down the river is challenged by the fact that the Loire is confined within dykes, to prevent flooding. But the banks in between the dykes are punctuated at intervals of only a few kilometers apart by a series of old villages, and cities.
Also of Interest:
Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Combination
Boat Tours

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