Central France’s Loire Valley impresses with its stunning castles, rich history, and the unique harmony between its natural and cultural sites. A 125-mile (200-kilometer) stretch along the Loire River between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its great beauty and historical importance. Visit the incomparable Château de Chenonceau. Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci's genius at the Château du Clos Lucé. Stroll through the Château de Villandry's themed gardens. After exploring all of these royal palaces you'll be ready to eat like a king or queen! In Tours, a private local guide will take you to an authentic French market to choose the best seasonal produce, then invite you back to her home to prepare and enjoy a real French meal together. Later you'll sample and learn about Loire Valley wines in a Vouvray A.O.C. vineyard and a 16th-century troglodyte wine cellar. The trip culminates with a hot-air balloon ride over the stupendous valley.
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