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Travel through the Loire Valley and discover the chateaux, the gardens, the wines, play golf or participate to a france wine tour or a cooking lesson with a master chef.
For your seminars or business meetings, we have selected for you chateaux, hotels and prestigious caterers. Turn your operation into an exceptional event.


The Loire Valley on the banks of the longest unspoiled river in Europe


Loire ValleyThe landscapes sud as a world heritage by the UNESCO. The unspoiled river is a main element of this heritage. Therrounding the Loire Valley Chateaux are liste Renaissance Chateaux are embellished by French-style gardens that give the visitor a feeling of relaxation and peace.
What is the Loire Valley? 280 listed kms of river, a unique patrimony of Chateaux – Azay-le-Rideau, Chambord, Cheverny, Chaumont sur Loire…, of medieval manors and abbeys, an “art de vivre” labeled by many different wines – Vouvray, Sancerre, Pouilly fumé, Chinon, Bourgueil, Saumur, Anjou, Muscadet, Touraine… and high-quality gastronomy.
In the garden of France, our ancestors valued traditions, art, and nature. Their lifestyles have become our “art de vivre”. A mild weather and a generous sun give birth to some of the most famous wines in the world. Wine is a real art of living.
The Plantagenet dynasty understood that perfectly. Queen Eleanor and Richard the Lionheart rest there, in the largest monastery of the Western world.
Benjamin Franklin was also particularly keen on this exceptional valley.

Paris
The city of light, is bound to another major French river, the Seine. Known for its view from the Eiffel Tower, this European capital is brimming with numerous other panoramic viewpoints just waiting to be discovered.
Paris embraces nearly 400 parks and gardens which complement its 2,000 years of architecture. Paris, the home of fashion, city of art and the picturesque, is teeming with districts that each have their own character and atmosphere : from the vines of Montmartre to the creativity of its galleries, from its exceptional antique sales to its department stores… and at night, it really takes on its dimension as the City of light.
Tour example : Loire Valley and Paris

Chateau of Azay-le-RideauAzay-le-Rideau
In the 15th century, a medieval fortified dwelling stood on the small island in the middle of the Indre river, protecting the crossing on the road to Chinon. In 1518, Gilles Berthelot, a financier in the King’s service, undertook to build a mansion in the style of the Renaissance, which would be even more innovative than the château of Blois built by King François 1er.
The new chateau offered all the reffinements of the dazzling architecture of the day. It was a combination of the charming features of the French tradition (high roofs, slender pepperpot towers, the vertical of the windows and roof lights...), and the rigorous discipline of the Italian style (imposing symmetry and continuous horizontal lines).
Tour example : Loire Valley and Paris

Blois
Chateau of Blois
During more than 4 centuries, a succession of Kings and Queens of France, made their royal residence one of the great masterpieces of French architecture.
Louis XII rebuilt his chateau, blending the late Gothic style with Italian art. François 1er built a new wing with its famous staircase tower and the loggia façade. Catherine de Médicis and her son Henri III often resided here during the second half of the XVIth century. Gaston d’Orléans, exiled in Blois, gave the chateau its classical wing.

Now, you can visit all the castle, some rooms are for the Museum of Fine-Arts and a museum of architecture. In the Gaston d’Orléans‘s wing five rooms are available for conference, seminar, reception,private dinner.
Tour example : Loire Valley and Paris

Chambord
Chateau of Chambord A day at Chambord is barely enough for a visit to the domain of the most fascinating château in the Loire valley. At the age of 25, François 1er realised a dream by having this magnificent palace built in the middle of an estate populated by stags and wild boar. In 1519, the ambitious young king needed to establish his power. Chambord was therefore designed as a genuine fortress with a keep and a surrounding wall with broad towers. But it is also an architectural masterpiece combining the tradition of French master masons with the lightness of Italian Renaissance buildings. Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, its design is distinguished by its magnificent double-return stairs.
Tour example : Cooking lesson and wine tour

Chaumont sur Loire
Chateau of Chaumont sur LoireDominating the Loire Valley in a strategic position, the château was rebuilt in the late 15th and early 16th century by the Amboise family. The property of Catherine de Médicis in 1560, it passed to her rival, Diane de Poitiers. At the end of the 19th century, the princes of Broglie luxuriously refurbished the château and in 1884 had the very beautiful grounds designed by Henri Duchêne.
Tour example : Loire Valley and Paris

 

Chateau of ChevernyCheverny
The chateau has been open to visitors since 1922, and was Hergé’s model for Moulinsart. You will be enchanted by the richness and abundance of its furnishing and the authentic and refined charm of its decoration. The most magnificently furnished château in the Loire Valley...Among the many masterpieces to the seen are : painting by old masters, tapestries from Ateliers de Paris, 17th century Flemish tapestries, a remarkable Louis XV grandfather clock, a rare Louis XIV commode, the lying-in-state bed in the King’s bedroom and a thousand others.
Tour example : Cooking lesson and wine tour

Fontevraud
Abbey of FontevraudConsidered as one of the largest monastic city in Europe, royal necropolis of the Plantagenêt, whose polychrome recumbant statues are resting in the Abbey’s Church, the Abbey of Fontevraud strikes as well as from its size than its originality. Founded in 1001 by a Breton hermit, Robert d’Arbrissel, Fontevraud was a double order, with nuns and monks. Directed by 36 abbesses, who were depending only from the Pope and the King, Fontevraud was, during seven centuries, a privileged witness of France’s History. It was the most wealthy and powerful Abbey of France at the eve of the Revolution. Napoléon transformed it into a prison, saving it from destruction.
Fontevraud was inscribe as World Heritage in 2001 by UNESCO with the inscription of the Loire Valley.

Pontlevoy
Abbey of PontlevoyIn 1034, Gueldouin, vassal of the Comte of Blois, founded a Benedictine abbey dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was an educational centre. It was destroyed and restored several times. In 1625, the Cardinal of Richelieu was appointed Abbot of Pontlevoy. His reformation of monastic life gave birth to the congregation of Saint Maur. His successor that he appointed, Abbot Pierre de Bérulle, restored the Abbey to its original religious and educational function. In 1776, under Louis XVI, the Abbey became a Royal Military School, but in 1793, Military Schools were shut down.
Since 2002, this abbey has been revived thanks to the European-American Center for International Education.
Val de Loire Prestige and the Abbey of Pontlevoy closely collaborate in organizing tourist and business tours with accommodation and seminar facilities.

Chateau of VillandryVillandry
Villandry is renowned for the harmony of its architecture and its gardens and is the last great Renaissance Chateaux built on the banks of the Loire. The inside rooms were refitted in the 18th century and should also be visited. You will be able to access the top of the medieval tower, from which you will enjoy splendid view points on the gardens and on the Loire Valley.
Tour example : Gardens and wine tour

 

 

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