Loire Valley and Châteaux


“Everything disappeared when I saw the banks of the Loire and the hills of Touraine. I was entirely taken over by my delightful sensation.” Honoré de Balzac.


From Versailles, rent your classic car and set off for the Loire Valley. This cradle of French art has witnessed the passage of French literary greats throughout history, such as François Rabelais, Jean de La Fontaine, Honoré de Balzac and George Sand. After stopping off at the Château de Blois for a fine culinary experience and a fascinating historical tour, let our Cartis-exclusive GPS app guide you to your next destination.

Book your dinner and overnight stay at one of the finest, Cartis partner hotels in the region. Then, the next day, take to the skies in a hot air balloon under the light of the rising sun. Visit the Château d’Amboise and travel by classic car along the enchanting roads of the Loire Valley to arrive at the Château de Chenonceau.


Nicknamed the “Ladies’ Château”, visit this architectural jewel of the Loire Valley, whose history has been marked by the presence and influence of many noblewomen, such as Diane de Poitiers or Catherine de’ Medici.


Afterwards, take to the road again, making sure to stop off at one of our suggested addresses near Cheverny to sample the local cuisine and hospitality.

After a perfect night’s rest, visit the Château de Cheverny and the Château de Chambord. The largest of all the Loire Valley castles and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Château de Chambord was built according to the vision of King François I, the emblematic monarch of the French Renaissance period. You are sure to adore this a perfect end to the trip before hitting the scenic roads once more on your way back to Paris!

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