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Once a rural playground for French royals and aristocrats, the Loire Valley remains one of France’s most enchanting regions. A 174-mile (280-kilometer) slice of the valley is also France’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can see the some of the Loire River's most beautiful sights, including medieval villages, majestic châteaux, and palatial gardens. Of course, monumental views are just the start; the Loire Valley is also home to the cities of Orléans, Blois, Tours, and Angers and is renowned for its fine wines.

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