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Loir-et-Cher is a fairytale department with châteaus reflecting its importance during medieval times. Religious wars and invasions from foreign armies are responsible for many of these defensive castles. Find quaint villages, valleys and vast meadows on a pleasant trip around the region, noting the nuances of individual châteaus.
The city of Blois provides a sense of the region’s culture. It features one of the region’s most prestigious castles, the Château de Blois, which is known as the site where Joan of Arc brought her banner to be blessed. Tour some of the 564 rooms to learn about its intriguing history. See the various art and history installations dotted around the castle. Attend the nearby Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle to see scientific and artistic displays on the region’s natural history.
In Chambord, ride a horse and carriage to the majestic Château de Chambord. Visit the quaint village of Cheverny for its two castles, including the Château de Troussay, which prides itself on being Loire’s smallest castle. Enter the Tintin exhibit in nearby Château de Cheverny, an ideal place for kids to enjoy its dogs, treasure hunts and canal trips.
Witness the spectacular light show at the Gothic Château de Chaumont. The castle participates in the International Garden Festival, showcasing its extraordinary grounds.
Many other charming villages and châteaus are dotted around this picturesque province. Try their local delicacies, such as goat cheese, honey and Tatin cake, made from caramelized apples. The region has cold winters, with occasional snow flurries, and pleasantly hot summers.
The province is in the Loire Valley in central France. Its name comes from two rivers that cross the north and south of the province. Blois is 110 miles (180 kilometers) south of Paris, which should take 2 hours to reach by car. The capital also has the nearest international airport.
The châteaus of Loir-et-Cher are not just fit for a king and queen, but also little princes and princesses, offering games, exhibits, gardens and treasure hunts.
Located in the heart of Blois, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Louis Cathedral and Basilique Notre-dame De La Trinite. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle and Maison de la Magie are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Cour-Cheverny, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Chateau de Cheverny and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Chateau de Troussay. Chateau de Villesavin and Beauregard Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Blois, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chateau de Blois, Maison de la Magie and Musee d'Histoire Naturelle. Office de Tourisme de Blois Chambord and St. Louis Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Chateau de Beauregard and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Beauregard Castle. Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau de Chaumont are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Bourre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of La Magnanerie and Caves Champignonnieres. Troglo Degusto and Chateau de Montrichard are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Blois, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Polyclinique de Blois and within 3 miles (5 km) of St. Louis Cathedral and Basilique Notre-dame De La Trinite. Maison de la Magie and Chateau de Blois are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Polyclinique de Blois and within 3 miles (5 km) of Basilique Notre-dame De La Trinite and St. Louis Cathedral. Maison de la Magie and Office de Tourisme de Blois Chambord are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated on a river, this hotel is close to Chateau de Chambord and Château de Chambord. Area attractions also include Chateau de Villesavin.