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Holidays in the Loire

From the garden of France to the Vendéen coast...

Discover the Loire

The Loire in France (WL and LV)

Encompassing parts of both Pays de la Loire and the Centre regions, the Loire is an area rich in beauty and culture with its famed chateaux, incredible beaches and gorgeous landscapes such as the Loire Valley, known as the garden of France. Long ago, this lush, green area was the playground of French royalty and the landmarks they left behind only add to its beauty. There's much for everyone to enjoy on a holiday in the Loire whether you're looking for art and culture, the great outdoors or a lively city break. Choose any of our 5 ports in France depending on the area you want to visit - destinations even in the farthest parts of the Loire are less than 4 hours drive away from our closest port!

Below are some of our favourite reasons to take a holiday in the Loire whether it's for a short break or a long holiday.  There really is something for everyone and you'll find lots more things to see and do in our guides for Western Loire and the Loire Valley.

What is the Loire perfect for?

Sightseeing stunning chateaux

The Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau reflected in the waters of the river Indre © Centre des Monuments Nationaux Paris, Eric Sander

Explore the magnificent Renaissance chateaux of the Loire Valley, which have been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and, after enjoying the splendour inside, wander their grand estates and discover their beautiful gardens.

View our top 10 chateaux in France

Discovering life on two wheels

Cycling near Olonne, Loire © La Velodysee, J. Damase

Two major cycle routes pass through the Loire - La Vélodyssée, which stretches all along the Atlantic coast of France and La Loire à Vélo, from the coast to the heart of the Loire Valley. Cycle the trails for as far or as you like and enjoy exploring in the fresh air.

Our top 10 family attractions in the Loire

Delighting your taste buds

Muscadet white wines - credit: Roger Day

There are so many culinary delights in the Loire - from the meaty pâté rillettes in Le Mans and the mushrooms grown in caves under Saumur, to the sweet macarons aux fruit of Orléans. Enjoy with the fine white and rosé wines of the region.

Our top 10 attractions for everyone in the Loire

Our holidays in the Loire

Holiday cottages in the Loire

If you're looking for a home from home whilst on holiday, a gite or cottage is the perfect solution.

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Hotels in the Loire

Our superb range of hotels in France covers virtually every type of location, taste and budget.

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Family holidays in the Loire

With superb settings and variety of facilities our apartments and chalets are always highly popular.

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Villa holidays in the Loire

Our self-catering villas all have private pools and are located at purposely-built complexes.

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Why choose a holiday with Brittany Ferries?

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  • Excellent value for money - all our holiday prices are ferry-inclusive
  • Price-match guarantee - for an identical holiday at a lower price within 28 days of booking
  • Low deposit - book early and pay just £40 deposit. Balance due 8 weeks before departure
  • A choice of routes - sailings from Plymouth, Portsmouth & Poole to our five French ports
  • Freedom & flexibility - take your car and decide your own route and take as much as you like
  • So much fun - restaurants, bars, cinemas, shops? Our ferries have them all

Plan your holiday to the Loire

'Trip Planner'

Trip Planner

Use our new Trip Planner to plan your perfect holiday or journey with us! You'll find lots of great things to see and do during your time in France and Spain Trip Planner

'Ferries to France'

Ferries to France

Brittany Ferries offer a choice of ferry crossings to France - from Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth and Cork to Cherbourg, Caen, Roscoff, St Malo and Le Havre. Find out more

'New to Ferry Travel?'

New to Ferry Travel?

With Brittany Ferries getting there is all part of the fun. On board our cruise ferries you'll enjoy award-winning service and top-class facilities. New to Ferry Travel?

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Need some help with your holiday?

Our friendly team are available to assist you with your booking or any questions you may have.