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The Loire valley, the valley of the French nobility where the royalty of France once fought and then played, is now a World Heritage Site. At every turn you will find history and romance – this part of the Loire stretching from Orleans to Nantes is the most visited part of France. The mighty Loire, the last wild river of Europe and the one the French love the most, flows through the heart of the country which is known as the Garden of France.

loireleisureholidays_levienne03In the centre of this area is Chinon – a significant mediaeval town situated on the banks of the river Vienne. Guarded by an impressive mediaeval castle once the home of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and also famed by Joan of Arc and Rablais, Chinon provides an impressive base from which to visit the Touraine region with its close proximity to Saumur, Tours, Angers and Amboise. It is also ideally placed to explore the many wine appellations – red, rose, white and sparkling – we have it all.