There can be few more magical regions of France than the Loire Valley. Magnificent royal chateaux lie among some of the most picturesque spots in Europe. This where the great kings of Renaissance France went hunting and enjoyed life away from the city. Our favourite chateaux include Chambord with its unique roof scape and Leonardo inspired staircases, and Blois with its superb views and architecture. Perhaps the most magic of all is the chateau de Chenonceau built across the river Cher in the 16th century. In 1547 King Henri II donated it to his favourite lady, Diane de Poitiers, renowned for her beauty. Catherine de Medici created the splendid gardens and filled the interiors with paintings and tapestries. We organise day trips from Paris to the Loire as well as tours based in the region itself.