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Visit the chateaux in Loire Valley during your tour of France

France tours are popular among travelers for many reasons, but the country's stunning architecture is certainly one that stands out. From enormous cathedrals to centuries-old castles, there are many structural  highlights strewn throughout France, and the Loire Valley is home to many of them. Located in the middle of the country, the valley features many beautiful chateaux that blend seamlessly into the picturesque landscape, so it's no wonder it has become a staple of tours of France.

A trip through the Loire Valley offers you the chance to get a taste of Renaissance-era life in France, and this is especially the case at the Chateau de Talcy. Built in the 16th century, this stunning building rests on the banks of the Loire River and was built for a banker with connections to the famed Medici family. While it was not home to someone of great importance, that doesn't make it any less important. Aside from it's well-maintained interior, the grounds surrounding Chateau de Talcy, especially its traditional vegetable garden, also stand out as a highlight. 

While the Chateau de Talcy is a hidden gem in the Loire Valley, there are others that stand out much more, and the Chateau d'Ambroise is certainly falls in that category. The immense structure was built in the 15th century and became a favorite residence among many French kings. The chateau's importance extends beyond its historical significance, however. Thanks to its placement on the banks of the river, a visit to Amboise offers one of the most breathtaking views in France.

Loire Valley is home to more than 300 chateaux, but that's not the only reason to include the region in your tour of France, because it is also one of the best wine-producing areas of the country. A visit at one of its many vineyards will surely be the perfect complement to touring the chateaux. 

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