Loire http://www.loire.com Featuring Top 50 Sites about Loire Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:12:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Loire Valley Tourism http://www.loire.com/loire-valley-tourism/ Sun, 16 Aug 2009 08:16:56 +0000 https://www.loire.com/?p=307 www.loirevalleytourism.com

If you’re planning a trip to Loire Valley, there are many different ways to gather information.  One of those ways is the Loire Valley Tourism.  This website features many different things you can do in Loire Valley, where to stay, where to eat, and much more.  You can even use their online booking system to arrange your entire holiday with just a few mouse clicks.

The site is divided into three sections: Discover, Get Organised, and Book Your Holiday.  The Discover section is where you’ll find information about Loire Valley.  They have a great amount of content for both the one-day adventurer and those looking to spend more time in Loire Valley.  If you’re dropping by the valley for a day, you’ll find tips on some of the top sites to see.  If you plan on staying for a weekend, they’ve also got some great excursion ideas that take a little more time.  The site highlights areas like the valley’s lakes, its beautiful gardens, its local art, and, of course, its great vineyards and wineries.

Once you’ve looked through all that Loire has to offer, you can move on to the Get Organised section.  Here, you’ll find information about Loire restaurants, hotels, youth hostels, and more.  They also have information about touring certain sites in Loire, including Loire chateaux, old medieval fortresses, and cathedrals.  A list of activities, excursions, and local events rounds out the section.

Finally, you can make use of the Book Your Holiday feature to actually get your holiday reserved.  The site has a number of different packages, such as the Chateaux and Wines tour, a canoeing and biking excursion tour, and even a hot air balloon and wine adventure.  You can always search their holiday offerings by area, duration, and even price, which makes it very easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

The website has a few other nice features.  You can check the weather in Loire Valley, download some of their travel brochures, and subscribe to their newsletter to get updates about events and travel to Loire.  All in all, this is a very informative site that has a lot to offer anyone who is thinking of taking a trip to Loire Valley.

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Loire Valley Wines http://www.loire.com/loire-valley-wines/ Sun, 16 Aug 2009 08:12:44 +0000 https://www.loire.com/?p=302 www.loirevalleywine.com

Loire Valley is known for its wines, and many people travel to the area yearly to visit the valley’s wineries and purchase their wine.  If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Loire for its wines, then you will probably want to do a bit of research before you go.  To help you with that research, this site has a good amount of information on Loire wine, including where to find it, when wine events occur, and more.

As you would expect from the website name, it focuses only on Loire wineries and wine-related events, so if you want a more well-rounded idea of what to do in Loire, this isn’t the website for you.  However, if all you’re interested in is the wines, you’ve got a great amount of information right at your fingertips.  The site spends some time discussing the history of Loire Valley wines, including the different types of wines that are available.  They have a very comprehensive list of the different wines available (and there are dozens of them).  Each type of wine has its own section that explains where it’s made, gives a bit of its history, and more.  Note that some of these wine information pages are actually from other websites, so not all of the content has been done by the same people.  This means some of the pages may not be as informative as others.

You’ll also find a great amount of information about the various regions of Loire, again focused on wine, of course.  You can even take a few virtual tours of the area via a Google Earth Tour and a YouTube video.  On their events page, the site lists many different wine shows at which you can find a Loire Valley wine promoter.  When combined with their where to buy section, which links to a number of wine searches, you can easily find Loire wine in your area.  Of course, nothing beats actually traveling to Loire, and the site has a section with information for those who want to visit the valley.  Like the where to buy area, it’s really nothing more than links, but that can still be very helpful.

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Chateaux of the Loire Valley http://www.loire.com/chateaux-of-the-loire-valley/ Sun, 16 Aug 2009 08:10:25 +0000 https://www.loire.com/?p=299 http://www.chateaux-de-la-loire.fr/

Loire valley is home to a number of different restaurants, chateaux, leisure activities, and museums.  If you’re planning a trip to Loire, reading a site like this is one great way of learning about the various things to do and places to see in the area.  This site focuses mainly on Loire chateaux, including where to find them, what features they have, and more. 

Their list of Loire chateaux is fairly comprehensive as far as names and phone numbers go.  However, the site doesn’t feature websites, pictures, or guide opinions for at least half of the Loire chateaux they list.  This means you may have to make several international phone calls to get information about these Lore valley chateaux and other places to stay.  Also note that some of the chateaux are not open year round; however, the site does mark the ones that are.

If you’re into sports and leisure, you’ll find a few things to do in Loire valley.  The Loire sports leisure section of the website gives you information on a golf course in Loire, as well as information on a park you can visit while you’re there.  They include phone numbers, the closes chateaux, and the location.

Looking for places to eat?  The website lists a few different Loire restaurants.   They break these restaurants down by category so you can easily find the type of food you want; however, there are only a handful of restaurants for each category, and there are many a dozen listed overall.  This is one section of the site that could definitely use some improvement since there just isn’t that much information. 

This is, in fact, the biggest drawback to this website.  While it appears to have a lot of information, there are a lot of sections that are lacking.  There just isn’t much content regarding leisure, culture, shows, restaurants, and other things.  While the list of Loire chateaux is very nice and certainly useful if you’re looking to visit one, the rest of the site just isn’t that useful.  If you’re looking for a more general site on Loire, this site isn’t for you.

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Loire valley UNESCO world heritage http://www.loire.com/loire-valley-unesco-world-heritage/ Sun, 16 Aug 2009 08:07:57 +0000 https://www.loire.com/?p=296 www.valdeloire.org

This is the official website for Val de Loire, and it’s dedicated to bringing you tourist and travel information to Loire.  The site features several different types of information, including help on planning a visit to Loire Valley, a blog that gives you an inside look at some areas of Loire, and a calendar of events.

As far as content on the website goes, there’s an important thing to note before you dive right in: the site often changes from English to French.  This can be somewhat annoying, and what’s even worse is that it’s very easy to miss the small “English” language button located in the upper right hand of the site.  If you end up on a French page, just click this to change all content back to English.

There are some beautiful photos you can browse, plus you can visit Val de Loire’s flickr page (a photo sharing site) to see more.  The website also features several different videos.  Some of these include interviews or commentary that is in French, of course, but you can still get an idea of what the area is like.  For example, one of the videos includes some absolutely breathtaking images of Loire castles, chateaux, and other scenery. 

The website does feature information on the culture of Loire, the landscape, tourism, and more.  While a lot of this information is interesting, especially if you’re interested in the history of Loire, there’s not a lot here that’s really useful for anyone wanting to know what to do in Loire valley.  There is good information on the area’s tourism policy that is certainly worth reading, and there are some good links to other sites.  The cultural tours section does have some good content, but it’s fairly limited in that it doesn’t discuss restaurants, hotels, or events.

It’s important to note that there are some things on the site that have no English translation, including some of the blog entries and video reviews.  However, most of the site can be translated into English, and there is some useful information here.  It’s not very in-depth, though, and overall, you’re probably better off browsing another site if you really want to see what Loire has to offer.

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Biking the Loire River, France http://www.loire.com/biking-the-loire-river-france/ Sun, 16 Aug 2009 08:01:49 +0000 https://www.loire.com/?p=293 www.mayq.com/Best_european_trips/Loire/Loire.htm

There are several different types of Loire tours you can take, and many of them focus on bicycling.  France, especially the Loire River valley, is a gorgeous place to bike through.  If you’re interested in this, you can find a lot of information on the MayQ website.  The site hasn’t updated its content since 2003, however, so while much of the information is still relevant, some of it may be a little outdated.

The site starts out with a good amount of information on the Loire River and Loire Valley itself.  It discusses the Loire chateaux and gives information on when to bike through Loire.  While the site itself doesn’t discuss more basic information about bicycling through Europe, it does link to a site that will help first-time bikers learn about touring and transporting their bikes.

You’ll also find some history of the Loire valley and information on many of their attractions, including Loire restaurants and the author’s opinion on which Lore chateaux to visit.  The site includes only a few short sentences about each, however, and does not provide website links, telephone numbers, or other contact information.  While it’s great to get opinions for someone who has been there, more contact information would be nice.

The second part of the site is about organizing your Loire bike tours.  It talks about accommodations, using the trains, renting bikes, and gives some really helpful itinerary suggestions.  If you’ve never biked in the Loire Valley before, these itineraries are going to be very helpful.  They outline where to bike to and from each day and give some suggestions about what to visit and where to stay.

The third section of the site is devoted to a point-to-point itinerary that starts at La Baule and goes to one of several different ending points.  It’s very detailed and provides some very specific directions in some places.  This is really good for anyone who isn’t certain about planning their own trip or wants to follow a recommended path. 

Overall, if you’re looking to take a Loire bike tour, this website has some good information.  If you want more in-depth details about Loire restaurants, Loire Chateaux, or the like, it’s not here.  This site is certainly for bikers only.

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Loire Valley Region http://www.loire.com/loire-valley-region/ Sun, 16 Aug 2009 07:59:44 +0000 https://www.loire.com/?p=290 www.westernfrancetouristboard.com/loire.html

Finding your way around in an area you are visiting can be a difficult proposition, but this site really helps you to know exactly what you should expect from the Loire Valley region.  One of the best features of the site is the fact that they have worked to make sure that they included important highlights of the area.  Some people may be wondering about the different Loire castles that can be explored and this site helps to show some of the more memorable ones and where they can be found.

Something else that the site does to help make your trip planning a little easier is that it offers a look at the Loire tours that are available in the region.  This is a great help to people who might not be familiar with the area businesses and who are looking to make sure that they tour they run is offered by a reputable company.

There is also a lot of information about the types of food that are offered in the Loire Valley area.  You can find out ahead of time if you about the restaurants that are in the area and if there are some that you would be interested in visiting while you are in the area.  There is also information concerning sports and leisure activities, as well as relevant information about arts and culture in the area so that you can plan trips to museums and festivals that interest you.

If you were wondering about hotels, hostels, and other sleeping accommodations that could be found in Loire the site also has a directory of the different options, and on hotels they also have a star rating so that you can know what you are getting into.  There is also an email list that you can sign up for that will help you to get all of the latest news and deals that are offered in the Loire River area.  This way if you are considering doing something in the area you will have immediate access to relevant information ahead of time so that you can better be prepared when you do decide to go.

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Cycling Tours in Loire Valley http://www.loire.com/cycling-tours-in-loire-valley/ Sun, 16 Aug 2009 07:55:55 +0000 https://www.loire.com/?p=287 discoverfrance.com/regions/loirevalley_biking_tour.html

For those people who are interested in looking into Loire bike tours, this site may be able to help them find the program that will work for them.  The first thing that you will want to know if you are considering something like a bike tour, is how many days you want to spend on the bike.  The site has several different options that are designed to help you travel the Loire Valley in a unique manner so that you can fully experience all of the beauty at a leisurely pace.

In addition to the different types of Loire tours that are available, the site also contains a section where you can go on a virtual bike tour.  This means that you will be able to see what is going on from the comfort and surroundings of your own home.  If you are on the fence about going on a tour then this can help you to make a more informed decision.  On top of this there is also a section that you can go to for more in-depth information about Loire and the attractions and areas that you will want to visit while you are in the area.

If you are looking to find out information about weather or travel gear that may be needed to complete your Loire biking experience, then there is also a helpful section “Travel Help & Info” that can help you to better understand and decipher all of this information so that you can better plan the perfect vacation to the Loire Valley.  This can be important because if you are planning on a bicycling vacation, you will want to make sure that you plan it according to the time of year when the weather is going to be the most cooperative.

The site does not have very good information when it comes to finding Loire hotels.  While there is a “Hotel” option, it does not specifically list the hotels that are available in the Loire area, so this may be confusing for those who are trying to plan their vacation utilizing the information on the site.

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Loire Valley Cycling Tour and Wine Tour Itineray http://www.loire.com/loire-valley-cycling-tour-and-wine-tour-itineray/ Sun, 16 Aug 2009 07:53:19 +0000 https://www.loire.com/?p=284 digngo.com/destinations/loire-valley-bike-tours.html

This site is dedicated to helping you choose from a collection of Loire bike tours that are sure to invigorate your sense of wonder with amazing interactions of the French countryside and Loire wine country.  The site makes sure to point out that one of the special attractions of this tour is the fact that you get to spend the first day of your vacation going over the history of Loire wines, and you even get to taste some of these wines so you can get the full experience of the bike tour through the Loire Valley.

The description on the site includes the highlights of the tour, as well as a thorough explanation of what you will be doing and of the hotels you will be staying in along the way.  The description is actually very involved, and you can take this opportunity to learn as much as possible about where you will be staying and the interesting history that is tied to the area.  If you are a history buff you can take a little extra time and use the information on this site to fully immerse yourself in the countryside.

On the left hand side of the description is a bar that relays all of the pertinent information like length, price, and activity level involved.  You can use the information on these different Loire tours to help you decide if this is a good option for you and the vacation across the Loire Valley that you have in mind.  Besides offering you a very detailed look at the Loire countryside, the website also offers you some interesting options as well, like riding in a hot air balloon over the Loire Chateaux.  If you are interested you can also get a very detailed map of your planned itinerary.

Also on the left hand side is a link, “What’s Included,” and you can go to this site to find out what the price of the Loire bike tour covers.  This way you can make sure that you plan ahead of time for what extra money you may need as well as the kind of provisions will be provided during your tour.  This is a very helpful option.

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Loire Wine Guide by Wine Doctor http://www.loire.com/loire-wine-guide-by-wine-doctor/ Sun, 16 Aug 2009 07:51:19 +0000 https://www.loire.com/?p=281 www.thewinedoctor.com/regionalguides/loire.shtml

If you are interested in learning about Loire wine, then this is the site for you.  The site is dedicated to explaining all of the benefits of the wine that comes out of the Loire Valley.  It explains the different wines by region, and how the climate and region affect the taste of the wine that comes out of that area.  So, it doesn’t matter if you are a wine novice, or someone who considers themselves to be a wine connoisseur, the site will help you to decide what kind of Loire wine will work best for your situation.  Not only that, but the site is a virtual bevy of information on all of the Loire wines available.

Each of these regions that are explored on the site also goes into the history of the Loire region and the wines that can be found there.  This can be beneficial to those who like to know everything that they can about the Loire wine region and how it got its start.  It also helps novices to understand the difference in certain wines and how they are processed will affect the subtleties of the taste.

In fact, if you are someone who is interested in wines extensively, the site even offers a section titled, “Tasting Notes,” that can be found on the left hand side of the screen.  If you are interested then you can visit the “Wine of the Week” link.  Here there is a large listing of different wines that the site has featured, and each wine name is then connected to a detailed explanation of that specific Loire wine and why it has been featured.  You can even use these links to find different wines from the Loire Valley that you may be interested in trying out.

If this isn’t enough information on the Loire region and the wines that are offered, there are also links that can lead you to various wine resources.  This includes wine guides, advice, features, and even a glossary to help you with some of the wine specific terms that might be found on the site so that confusion is cut back to a bare minimum.

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BEAUX VOYAGES Loire Bike Tour http://www.loire.com/beaux-voyages-loire-bike-tour/ Sun, 16 Aug 2009 07:48:38 +0000 https://www.loire.com/?p=278 www.beauxvoyages.com/LoireBike1.html

There are very few ways to explore the countryside of France that excite and intrigue visitors like the idea of a meandering bicycle tour.  This site offers people the chance to see what Loire tours could hold in store for them.  It explains on a detailed basis what one could expect when they decide to partake in this extreme sightseeing expedition.  It is a good site to visit if you are considering biking along the Loire Valley.

One of the best things about the site is that it gives an in-depth explanation of what the Loire bike tours offer on a day by day basis as well as upcoming tour dates.  This way if you want to make sure that you are planning a vacation that will match up with what you are expecting to see in Loire, you can make sure that the tour plan goes along with what you are looking for.  There are also plenty of photographs and specific landmarks that you will visit.  So, if you are someone who is interested in the history of the region you are visiting, you will be able to research all of this before you ever leave for Loire.

At the bottom of the page there is information concerning the price of the Loire bike tours, and what this money covers.  For someone who is interested in taking a vacation tour of the Loire area, this is very helpful information because it can help you to decipher exactly what you can expect for your money.  Plus, you will be able to determine what extra money you will need to budget so that you can fully enjoy your Loire tour.

There is also a helpful navigation bar on the left hand side of the page that allows you to find out more about the company that is behind these tours, other frequently asked questions, cycling news, and other relevant links.  If you are interested in learning about the experience of others who have taken the tour you can also view testimonials.  Finally, if you are interested in booking one of these Loire bike tours, then you can contact the company directly.

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