International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987

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The Loire Valley

Location: France

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Come away to the Valley of the Kings for a weekend where Châteaux decorate the landscape. Wander the never ending halls of the royal residence of Blois where 7 kings and 10 queens spent their days surrounded by their courts. Take in the sumptuous decorations of the Château de Chenonceau fashioned and cared for by queens and mistresses alike. This "Châteaux des Dames" exudes majestic beauty with its arched bridge spanning the river Cher and its well-tended flower gardens. Or, tour the intriguing Chateau d'Amboise where Leonardo Da Vinci visited François the 1st. Another option, is the famous Château de Chambord – a feat of architectural prowess. Roam its vast hunting ground or take a short row along the canal. With two full days of sightseeing, take a break to visit a local vineyard! After learning the secrets of wine making, taste some regional wines while sampling the local specialties of goat cheese and rillettes. In the evening, see all that the town of Tours has to offer! Gaze upon the lovely half-timbered houses in the historical center then unwind with dinner under the starts at the lovely Place Plumereau.

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