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The longest river in France, the Loire winds its way through the French countryside for over 630 miles. For centuries the aristocracy of France has built castles and palaces in the scenic Loire valley and as you meander along the Loire river, you will find that it still retains its old-world charm and historical beauty.

The region is brimming with Chateaux waiting to be explored. The fairytale castle Chateau d'Ussé was the inspiration behind the Charles Perrault story 'The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods', with its cream stone, enchanting turrets and steeples. Set on an island on the river Indre, Chateau Azay-le-Rideau is quite a sight, while Chateau de Villandry has fantastic gardens. At Anger, you will find an impressive fortress at the heart of the city, with the largest medieval tapestry on display.

If you stroll through the narrow streets of ancient villages, you will find a treasure trove of artisan stores. Merchants sell goods that have been made the same way for centuries, from speciality cheeses to hand-painted pottery. It is safe to say that every cruise along the Loire River has something to delight and captivate everyone.

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