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The picturesque town of Saumur is located in north-eastern France, near the German border. This is the perfect place to explore and those who have take out car hire in Saumur will be able to drive to a number of nearby French towns and cities as well as hopping across the border into Germany.
Standing high about the town is the Chateau de Saumur, which was originally built in the 10th century by the comte de Bois, Thibault le Tricheur, this castle was originally used as a fortified stronghold to protect the town against Norman invasion.
The Loire River runs through Saumur and this is a pretty place to wander on a sunny day and perhaps pause for a picnic. Roads wind their way along the banks of the river and with cheap car hire in Saumur it is possible to follow the river, pausing to enjoy views of the Chateau de Saumur and Chateau de Beaulieu.
Taking a cruise on the Loire River is a great thing to do when the sun shines. Tours of the area come complete with guides, who are happy to explain the unique history and culture of the town to visitors.
The closest city to Saumur is Strasbourg, which can be reached in around half an hour with car rental in Saumur. The city of Metz is also nearby and motorists can get there by following the E25, taking the time to pause at pretty villages along the way and sample local produce.