Loire Anjou Touraine region


The Loire " Royal river " :


The last natural untouched river in Europe. You can take a cruise on the traditional 18th century "Gabarre" boats gently meandering your way along the river, discovering the typical fishing villages and enjoying the abundant wild life. This gives a unique perspective of the countryside and of the châteaux perched high on the cliffs along the route.

Treasures of the Loire Valley :

Numerous castles and royal abbeys.

Horseriding :

"Le Cadre Noir" military horse academy, in Saumur since the 17th century, representing the finest horseriding traditions of France.

Gastronomy :

Anjou way of life : taste the local specialities including mushrooms and "fouées" (traditional bread). Discover two typical Saumur dishes - original and delicious : "galipettes" large flat "Paris" mushrooms and "les fouées" small unlevened bread ; both garnished with pork confit, salmon, garlic butter, goats cheese - all cooked in traditional bread ovens.

Wines and winemaking :

20.000 hectares of wines and 32 Appellations (AOC). Amongst the most reputed "Saumur Champigny", "Coteaux de Saumur" and "Coteaux du Layon", not forgetting the Sparkling wines,  "Cremant de Loire".

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