The Loire Valley is famous the world over for its splendid Renaissance and medieval castles. Each year, they attract large numbers of visitors, who come to admire their architecture, take an interest in part of the history of France, before strolling through the heart of the towns, villages and surrounding green landscapes. Because in addition to being flamboyant buildings, they often take place in towns with a long history, in the middle of large forest estates or along the main rivers: the Loire, the royal river or even the Cher. Another great way to appreciate the splendor of the Loire châteaux, but also of the manors and other abbeys, is to take to the skies and enjoy a hot-air balloon flight.
Take to the heights to contemplate the jewels of the Loire Valley
There are a thousand and one reasons to go to the Loire Valley. Topping the list is of course the visit of its essential castles, real architectural feats in which stayed the biggest names in the history of France, Charles VII or even Francis st . It is also a region in which we like to stop to taste great wines, generous gastronomy and stroll through historic cities. The natural landscapes oscillate between vineyards, forests and cultivated fields. And then, there are the rivers to follow on foot or by bike to go from one site of interest to another, the most famous being the Loire, the largest river in France, but also the wildest.
To enjoy an extraordinary panorama of all of these wonders, a hot-air balloon flight at the Château de la Loire is an activity not to be missed in the region! Once at altitude, one can then distinguish the splendor of buildings such as the Château de Chenonceau, the location of which immediately catches the eye, since it spans the Cher. At Amboise, a hot-air balloon flight reveals a marvelous monument proudly overlooking the Loire, and which takes place in a town from which we can have fun distinguishing other historical monuments such as Clos Lucé, Leonardo’s last home. da Vinci. During a flight where we observe the rivers crossing green landscapes composed of forests, vineyards and other wheat fields in fine weather, we also see some unsuspected treasures, such as Montrichard, its keep and the ruins. of the castle. Further on, it is the domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire which appears with its castle, its historical park, its stables and always the Loire as a common thread. It is easy to understand from the heights, the Loire Valley never ceases to unveil treasures.
A secure activity that has many surprises in store
There is no reason to hesitate to treat yourself to a romantic getaway such as a flight over the castles of the Loire. The activity is of course supervised by professionals and the participants take part in the preparation of the flight while receiving safety instructions. Take off takes place smoothly and during the flight which lasts from 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes, we let ourselves be carried by the delicate rhythm of the machine, conducive to the contemplation of every detail: majestic buildings, villages, vineyards, rivers and other natural landscapes. During some flights, the balloonist can even invite those who wish to direct the balloon for a moment!
The activity is possible in groups, up to 16 people, and children over 12 years old can be part of the trip. The hot air balloon flight can take place in the morning, during the day or in the evening, just before sunset. A breakfast with a good taste of regional flavors can be proposed before the morning flight and in the evening, what better than to end an overview of the Loire châteaux with a glass of wine accompanied by local products? This flight is definitely a combination of all the pleasures.