• Chaumont-sur-Loire

Loire

Gliding gently east to west, officially separating northern from southern France, the Loire River empties a valley carpeted with fertile fields, crisscrossed by smaller rivers, laced with rolling hills...and dotted with an incredible array of enchanting châteux. Aside from Chartres, with its mighty cathedral, the towns of the Loire aren’t much of a draw in themselves — it’s castles that you’re here to see.