We've tested for you...

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!

Hiking in the forest of Loches... the walk will even allow you to see the city dungeon.

Hiking with a donkey at 'Les Anes de Balaam' in Chambourg-sur-Indre (near Loches)


A few kilometers from the forest of Loches, Cathia welcomes you at her own house, located by the river Indre. She is passionate about donkeys and she now owns about 10 of them, that she nickmanes her 'doudous'. She shares her passion by offering self-guided walks in the surrounding area, in the company of one of her friends


If you enjoy being in contact with animals and discovering countryside areas at your own pace, this activity is made for you! Whether you travel on your own or with family or friends,Cathia will be happy to give you loads of information about donkeys - their origin, behavior, the food they like or shouldn't eat... 

 And if you wish to stay longer in this slice of heaven, Cathia also has a couple of rooms for rent.

Not to be missed...


The chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

Built in the 1510s by one of Louis XII's councellors, this chateau perfectly embodies the classical style of the Renaissance architecture. It is located on an island in the middle of river Indre, which allows the reflection of its symmetrical façades and windows in the water.

From 2015 to 2017 major renovations were made, to repair the framework and the roof and to enhance the beauty of the chateau The attic has been opened to visitors, who can now have a glimpse at the timber work.

In one of his novels, French writer Honoré de Balzac described it as a diamond - and that's what it is : a pure jewel !