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Loiret valley package

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The Loire Valley (French: Vallée de la Loire, pronounced: [va.le də la lwaːʁ]), spanning 280 kilometers (170 mi), is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France. Its area comprises about 800 square kilometers (310 sq mi).[1] It is referred to as the Cradle of the French Language, and the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards (such as cherries), and artichoke and asparagus fields, which line the banks of the river. Notable for its historic towns, architecture and wines, the valley has been inhabited since the Middle Paleolithic period. In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites.

As you’d expect in such a large city, Orléans has some fantastic shopping opportunities, particularly for antiques and arts lovers, and several markets in squares across the city. Don’t miss a taste of the Macarons aux Fruits, an Orléans speciality of fruit macaroons (biscuits) available in 4 flavours and Le Cotignac, a delicately coloured quince jelly presented in a round spruce box that was often given as a gift from the city to visiting royalty. Or, why not try some of Orléans famous vinegars, mustard and its excellent and fruity wines?

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    Loiret valley package