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Christmas in Touraine: 5 Châteaux and A Splendid Bouquet of Gifts!

From the beginning of December to the start of the New Year, five of the most impressive Loire Valley châteaux will be ushering in the holiday season with a series of unique special tours and events. It’s a great way to combine the discovery of an exceptional cultural legacy with the magic of Christmas, so come one and all and bring your children and/or grandchildren along to join in the fun and surprises.

Each of the châteaux will be commemorating a different theme, so each visit will be a new adventure. The Château d’Amboise will be highlighting holiday traditions across the ages, while the Château de Chenonceau will be spotlighting its splendid Christmas decorations. At the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, barley sugar bonbons and other sweet treats will be on centre stage, and at the Royal Fortress of Chinon, Christmas trees the star attraction. And for an awesome show of lights, be sure to check out the Château de Langeais.

Tours, the capital of the Loire Valley châteaux, will be putting on a great show as well: the town will enchant you with its Christmas markets and decorations, merry-go-rounds and even a Ferris wheel for an exhilarating spin over the Loire river. For a taste of the arts, don’t miss the stunning new Centre of Contemporary Creation (CCCOD) as well as the prestigious Musée des Beaux-Arts, both in the heart of the city’s historical district. 

Go on a shopping spree for some great gifts: fine wine from the Caves du Père Auguste (Touraine Chenonceau AOC), the Marc Plouzeau Winery (Chinon AOC) or the Domaine Marc Brédif (Vouvray AOC), chocolate from the Maison Bigot, a ‘find’ from one of Tours’ numerous art galleries, Vilaines-les-Rochers wickerwork, a Langeais Corolle doll or local treats like ‘poires tapées’ and honey. 

For more information about all these Christmas events
Irresistible, isn’t it? Watch this enchanting video and you’ll soon be on your way!

Want to take it easy? The travel agency France Intense offers a 3-day, 2-night Special Christmas Tour of the Loire Valley. An expert English-speaking driver-guide will ferry you around to all the key spots in a comfortable Mercedes minivan. Enjoy a relaxed and friendly tour without the hassle of planning. For more information and to book, click here

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