France Centre-Val de Loire


A picturesque French town in the Centre-Val de Loire region, renowned for its Renaissance château overlooking the Loire river.

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Ready for a little castle hopping? Just under 2 hours southwest of Paris via train, the charming town of Blois, set on a hilltop along the Loire River, makes for an ideal base from which to explore the Loire Valley. Settle into family-run B&B Le Relais de la Tour, built around a 16th-century watchtower, for your first history lesson. The Chateau de Blois takes reign in the heart of the town, once the preferred residence to 7 kings and 10 queens of France. From April through September, a captivating light and sound show illuminates the regal facades by night. The 19th-century House of Magic, the only magic-themed museum in Europe, is another worthy stop while exploring the old town. Hop on a bicycle for a 25-kilometer riverside ride and you’ll be rewarded with the architectural jewel, Château de Chambord

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