The Upper Loire region of France is one that is well-known as the Garden-of France and with good reason. This was once the playground for many of the French Kings who fell in love with the diversity of the landscape. Grand hunting lodges were built for the enjoyment of the French royalty.
Comfort and luxury are hard items to leave behind when royalty visits the country and soon the hunting lodges evolved into grand Chateau. The charm of the Upper Loire is the diversity of its landscape which is made up of a heavenly contrast. Steep mountains merge with rolling hills that give way to deep forests and scattered amid the natural splendor are the many wondrous village of the region.
The Canal Lateral a la Loire is a canal that runs parallel to the River Loire. The canal was built in the early 1800's to be a more consistent form of water travel then the River Loire which suffered from winter flooding and summer droughts. Today the Canal Lateral a la Loire is a peaceful system of gentle bends and man-made locks that barge cruise visitors can utilize to explore the wonderful Loire region.
There is much to see and do in France and a Loire barge cruise is a wonderful way to transverse this magnificent region. The Upper Loire is home to many great wine regions. Where there is water there are grapes and visitors should expect to enjoy a number of different types of world-class wines as they cruise through this region of France.
Wine is only one aspect of this magnificent region. This is a place that has a rich history and visitors should enjoy the sites of The Cateau de Beaufort which is a ruin of a great castle found within the upper reaches of the Loire River. There is much to see as visitors float along the waters of the Upper Loire. There is much religious and military history to be discovered and the food alone is one reason to visit the Upper Loire.