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Sailing on the River Loire in spring, near Chaumont-sur-Loire

Sailing on the river Loire on a traditional boat

The Loire being a must in the Loire Valley - as its name indicates - you can't miss it. What about getting a different perspective and sailing on the river for a couple of hours?  What is more, on a traditional boat, like the ones used up to the 19th century by watermen who used to transport goods on the river.

 Millière Raboton is a company based in Chaumont-sur-Loire and Amboise. They offer guided tours on the Loire all year long. The opportunity for you to discover the history of the river, the animals and the plants encountered in this preserved environment... and to enjoy wonderful river landscapes. 

Different types of tours are offered, at dawn, during the day or at dusk. They are open to both grown-ups and children. Reservation required.


Château Gaillard and its orangery, along the limestone cliff

Château Gaillard in Amboise

I visited this château twice in August 2016. And I loved it!

Château Gaillard is a place filled with history, a peaceful paradise at the heart of the town of Amboise, and a wonderful place which awakens all your senses!

In the Loire Valley, the first Renaissance gardens were designed and created at Château Gaillard. Charles VIII had it built in 1496. He surrounded himself with Italian artists and a gardener, Dom Pacello, who remains famous for introducing the first orange trees in France - at Château Gaillard of course!

The current owners bought the place in 2011 and launched an impressive restoration campaign, hiring dozens of local craftsmen. Impressive!