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Indre-et-Loire is the name now used for the old region of Touraine in central France. Visit this focal point for Renaissance architecture in the country with a plethora of World Heritage-listed chateaus spread among the farmland and forests of the Loire.
Tour Indre-et-Loire’s many fine chateaus. Start with the stunning Château de Chenonceau. Admire the mystical gallery stretching across the Cher River in a series of gorgeous arches. Step inside to view medieval tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Murillo and Ribera.
The Château de Chinon is another highlight of the area. It stands imposingly atop a hill in front of the Vienne River. See rugged fortifications dating back to the 14th century and learn how Joan of Arc stopped here on her way to save French soldiers from the English.
One of the most spectacular chateaus in the Loire Valley is the Château de Chambord. Its construction was ordered by King François I, the chateau became one of the most ambitious pieces of architecture ever attempted by a French monarch. Pick up an audio guide at the entrance for help navigating your way around the building’s 440 rooms. Inside you will find 84 staircases, with one of the more elaborate efforts designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Explore the king and queen’s richly decorated quarters and notice the display of keys for every room in the chateau.
The nearby Château d’Ussé may have inspired the story of Sleeping Beauty. The grounds of Château Villandry feature exquisite water gardens and lime tree walks.
Between trips to the wealth of cultural attractions, stroll through the region’s idyllic woodland and try fishing on the rivers that have helped to shape the remarkable geography of this part of France.
Use your own transportation to get around Indre-et-Loire. Biking is a popular option, as the gentle terrain and pretty scenery allow you to travel at your own pace between pretty villages and splendid chateaus.
Situated in Tours, this residence is within 2 miles (3 km) of Botanical Garden, Tours Cathedral and Vinci International Convention Centre. Musee du Gemmail and Place Plumereau are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Tours City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre and Tours Cathedral. Parc des Expositions de Tours is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Musee des Beaux-Arts, Botanical Garden, and Tours Cathedral. Musee du Compagnonnage and Musee du Gemmail are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Pole Sante Leonard de Vinci and within 6 miles (10 km) of Parc des Expositions de Tours and Vinci International Convention Centre. Tours Cathedral and Zone Commerciale de la Vrillonnerie are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Saint-Etienne-de-Chigny, this boutique hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Prieure de St-Cosme, Priory of Lavaray and Chateau de Langeais. Tours Cathedral and Vinci International Convention Centre are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated in Veigne, this romantic hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Zone Commerciale de la Vrillonnerie, Parc des Expositions de Tours and Vinci International Convention Centre. Tours Cathedral and Pole Sante Leonard de Vinci are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated on the riverfront, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Chateau de Chaumont, Chateau d'Amboise and Clos-Luce. Mini-Chateaux Park and Pagoda of Chanteloup are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Pole Sante Leonard de Vinci, Parc des Expositions de Tours and Prieure de St-Cosme. Zone Commerciale de la Vrillonnerie and Botanical Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).