The Loire Valley can be reached by many means (click on the names of the companies below to visit their websites):
By Air - Ryanair have direct flights from Stansted to Tours. Also flights to Nantes by British Airways where you can hire a car for the start of your Loire tour or Paris (Charles de Gaulle airport) and then TGV train to Tours directly from the airport in about one hour.
By Ferry - P&O and Brittany Ferries have many convenient crossings from the South Coast ports of England to Northern France.
By Train - Eurostar have a service from London Waterloo to Lille. There is a frequent service from Lille to Tours by TGV which is only two and a half hours making a total journey time of under four hours from London Waterloo to Tours. (Book early for special deals).
By Car - For a personalised road itinerary, go to www.mappy.fr