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School Trips to the Loire Valley

Loire Valley - The Garden of France

UK schools looking for an experience away from the history of the battlefields of the north or the pace of life in Paris may be tempted by the beauty and charm of the Loire Valley. Known as the 'Garden of France', this beautiful region became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. It's easy to understand why. The rolling green hills, it's famous vineyards, the magnificent châteaux and it's historic cities combine to offer a unique destination for educational visits.

The Loire Valley is perhaps most famous for its outstanding architectural heritage, home to over 300 stately homes - or chateaux. From our conveniently located centres it is possible to visit such masterpieces as the chateaux of Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Villandry and Valençay among many others. There is even a 'Mini-Châteaux Park' where many of these regal buildings are reproduced in miniature - a delightful sample of the larger-scale treats that are available in the area!

The architectural theme continues in the towns and cities of the Loire region. Orleans, Tours, Blois and Bourges are known for their medieval quarters with timber-framed buildings and narrow cobbled streets. Each of these fine centres has their own individual character, from Orléans and its ancient Joan of Arc connections to the lively city of Tours with its diverse, bustling University scene.

A departure from the historical context of the Loire, school groups can also enjoy a taste of things to come at the futuristic theme park Futuroscope. Just a few miles north of Poitiers, this popular day out is focused on the world of multimedia and cyberspace, with 3D IMAX cinemas and a host of modern audio-visual shows and interactive activities.

Exciting itineraries

Whether it is the landscape, the architecture, the history, the culture or a combination of all these facets that attracts school visits to this region, there is certainly something to catch the imagination of every pupil here. Why not take a look at our new 4 Day/3 Night School Loire Valley Tour Itinerary - available for your school at just £289 per pupil with teachers travelling Free!

Alternatively, why not pick your favourites from the suggestions below and we can build the perfect school trip for your class?

Amboise This historic town with its chateau and ancient fortifications was once the home of the French royal court. This attractive, small market town on the banks of the Loire River is also the site of the Clos Lucé residence where Leonardo de Vinci once lived and died.

Blois The market centre of the Loire and also its tourist capital, its remarkable chateau is accredited as being the model for Versailles and was a favourite residence of Louis XII.

Bourges With its imposing Saint-Etienne Cathedral on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Bourges is proud of its historical legacy. Away from the Loire Valley proper, its status as a cultural centre is also assured with a feast of parks, museums and festivals on offer.

Chambord Completed in 1547, the Chateau de Chambord is one of the most magnificent renaissance castles in France - the largest in the region with 440 rooms and 85 staircases. Its majestic setting is perhaps unrivalled and is a must see when visiting the Loire Valley.

Chenonceau Another magnificent 'picture postcard' chateau, built in 1520 over the river Cher.

Grand Aquarium de Touraine The kids will have a whale of a time at the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe featuring 60 tanks, tropical freshwater fish, a shark tunnel, carp touch pool and a reptile nursery.

Futuroscope With nearly three million visitors a year, Futuroscope is one of France’s foremost attractions. Located in Poitiers, it is a unique attraction park dedicated to special effects and audio-visual experiences.

Mini Chateaux Park Near Amboise, the most famous of the Loire Valley's Chateaux are recreated in miniature! 44 models, 6 railways and thousands of figures are stretched over the 1.5km trail through 2 hectares of landscaped park.

Orléans The historic and administrative capital of the region, dating back to the 4th century, is famous for its Cathedral and Archbishop's palace. Joan of Arc - the Maid of Orleans - made her name here by liberating the city from the English in 1429.

Tours The largest city in the Loire Valley and its modern-day capital, Tours is a vibrant, bustling University town offering excellent shopping with a mass of street markets, flea markets and covered markets - as many as thirty each month. Although considered to be the 'gateway' to the splendid Castles of the surrounding area, Tours has its own fine heritage to enjoy with the impressive cathedral, fine arts museum and the popular Place Plumereau - its half-timbered houses providing a fine medieval backdrop for the square's many cafés and restaurants.

Our Centres in the Loire

Euroculture presents three residential centres in the Loire region. All are situated within easy reach of the motorway network to provide superb touring bases to make the most of your school's trip.




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