Chateau tour

Old Feb 19th, 2001, 01:37 PM
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Chateau tour

Going to Paris & Nice end of Oct. Do we need a car to see chateau area or can we arrange a day tour once we get to Paris? I've read that everything closes down in Nice after 11/1. True?
Old Feb 19th, 2001, 03:52 PM
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Your question hints at mized metaphors. The "chateau" area usually means the Loire valley. Nice is not even vaguely close to this area, which is centered around the town of Tours (about 2 hours SSW of Paris).

And I can't quite imagine what you might mean about everything closing down in Nice after 1 November (I assume that you didn't mean 11 January - - which 11/1 would signify to a European). There might be some seasonal seaside businesses (snack shops and the like) that close or reduce their hours in winter - - but Nice is surely a vibrant and active city 12 months a year.

Old Feb 20th, 2001, 08:50 PM
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You can definitely arrange day tours from any of the tourist offices or your hotel. I haven't used but look at You can do this by train also.
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 04:59 AM
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In Dec. 93, ( I can't believe it was so long ago) we did a minibus tour on TAS voyages to the Loire Valley castles. It picked us up at our hotel at 7:00 a.m and returned at 8:00 pm (approx). At that time it cost 860 ff. It took us to Chambord, Chenonceau and clos Luce (leonardo's castle) also saw Amboise from the outside. Included lunch. It was a great tour and the beauty of going at that time was that the castles were empty. I would assume that this company is still operational but if not, there must be others. It was expensive but really worth it as it was one of the trips we would have struggled to do on our own. by the time you have caught trains, buses, walked.... we would never have managed to see it all without a car.
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 05:11 AM
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Your questions were perfectly clear to me: the first refers to Paris, the first city mentioned in the first sentence; the second refers to Nice, the next city mentioned in the first sentence. I don't know why Rex was so confused! I agree with Tina--day tours of the Loire Valley chateaux are standard offerings of most of the bus tours in Paris. If you can, get one that includes Azay le Rideau, it's exceptionally beautiful.

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