Loire valley or Chartre? ? Please vote

Mar 6th, 2006, 07:16 AM
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Loire valley or Chartre? ? Please vote

I have an open day to do a day trip from Paris. Which would you pick? Loire or Chartre.
I understand they are approx. the same distance from Paris.
Which one will be easier to do without joining a tour group ( on our own, no rental car)
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Mar 6th, 2006, 07:26 AM
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Chartres is the obvious choice since it has its own convenient train station and is essentially a single site.
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Mar 6th, 2006, 07:27 AM
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Given your specific requirements, Chartres would be "easier" since it is pretty much self-contained, you don;t need a car to get around or to the main "attraction" there.
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Mar 6th, 2006, 07:37 AM
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Chartres is a fascinating town to explore after viewing the cathedral and would give you a lovely days outing.
I have caught the TGV to Tours where we were collected by mini-bus to Azay-le-Rideau (has a fabulous Chateau)for the start of our week long Loire Valley Walking Tour.
Tours is big place and also has a magnificent cathedral.
If you're thinking about seeing a chateau you would have to hire a car or take a bus tour from there. You would be pressed for time trying to see too much.
Hope someone can advise better!
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Mar 6th, 2006, 08:34 AM
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Chartes is a excellent choice for a daytrip. It's an easy train ride from Montparnasse station.

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Mar 6th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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I agree that Chartres is the logical choice for a day trip. The cathedral and the town can be enjoyed in a single day.
The Loire Valley, OTOH, requires several days in the very least.
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Mar 6th, 2006, 09:24 AM
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Chartres.
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Mar 6th, 2006, 11:15 AM
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Agree on Chartres for a day trip - one big sight and a pretty town to explore.

Doing a small part of the Loire as a day trip would be exhasuting and frustrtating - in terms of what you would miss. To really do the Loire at all you need at least 3/4 days.
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Mar 6th, 2006, 11:40 AM
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Ca y'est - Chartres. End of discussion.
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Mar 6th, 2006, 12:15 PM
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Chartre. It is a nice town, has a so beautiful cathedral, is closer to Paris and leave you free time to enjoy the day trip.
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Mar 6th, 2006, 03:05 PM
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I'd certainly put Chartres first. But if you want to see a bit of the Loire Valley you could take a train to Angers and visit the impressive château and the old town. You could also visit the magnificent Apocalypse tapestries adjacent to the château.
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