The Loire Valley is replete with bold medieval castles. Historically, the Chateau Sully-sur-Loire defended a strategic river crossing. In Amboise, the Amboise Chateau (Chateau d’Amboise) was home to Francois the First, while the manor house of the Amboise Chateau, Chateau du Clos Luce, was once the brief home of none other than Leonardo da Vinci, who spent his last remaining years here. Da Vinci had a hand in creating Francois the First’s hunting lodge, the enormous Chateau de Chambord.
From a fairy tale fortress to the gentle Pyrenees, Rudy takes in the castles and peaks of this sensational region. Your itinerary includes an unforgettable stop at Carcassonne, the largest fortress in Europe, replete with romantic castle ruins. In the high country, explore one of the world’s natural wonders, a mountain amphitheatre with cascading waterfalls.Watch Now >>
Take a whirlwind tour of one of Laura McKenzie’s favorite cities to visit: Paris. During the day, there is more than enough to keep you busy. Historic sites and museums, such as the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Picasso Museum, and the Paris Opera House are only the beginning of what there is to see.Watch Now >>
Join Rudy in a region that boasts exceptional French wines, world-class cuisine, and romantic canals. Get tips on touring wine country, finding smaller chateaux for a change of pace, and hot-air ballooning over the verdant Loire Valley.Watch Now >>