Please review my Loire Valley itinerary

Sep 19th, 2007, 09:52 PM
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We were just in Vendome in August--very charming town.
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Sep 21st, 2007, 04:41 AM
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Stayed at the hotel in the Abbey at Fontevraud a few times. Pretty nice and you get the gardens all evening long
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Sep 22nd, 2007, 12:11 PM
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Sep 25th, 2007, 07:40 AM
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I just returned from a week in Paris and 3 days in Amboise in the Loire Valley (really only one full day). We stayed at Le Clos d'Amboise, and I cannot say enough good things about it. I loved it. Great location, very nice rooms, incredibly clean, great staff, reasonably priced, etc. We asked them for dinner recommendations, and they directed us to this fantastic restaurant called L’Epicerie. They had several set menu options at all different euro ranges definitely within your 20-25€ price range. You can order a la carte, as well.

We traveled from Paris to Amboise via Chartres and thought the cathedral was beautiful and the town was so charming. We went Paris - Chartres on the A10 (toll road) and Chartres - Amboise on the N10 (local road.) If you are in a rush, definitely take the Autoroute (A10) but the N10 was very easy to follow and the tolls can be steep on the Autoroute. There are many circles (roundabouts) on the N10 which can be a bit confusing and annoying, though.

We went to one castle (Chenonceau) which I thought was gorgeous and has an interesting history behind it. The Chateau is situated on the Cher which was beautiful. I highly recommend this castle. We also went to two vineyards (one right by Chateau Chenonceau and one in Vouvray). Both were great.
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Sep 25th, 2007, 07:58 AM
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If anyone goes to Chinon, as we did this July, there is construction inside the chateau and all of the buildings were closed for access. You could only walk around the grounds. It was not very enjoyable at all.

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Sep 25th, 2007, 09:02 AM
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Imsd, can you walk to the river easily from that hotel?
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Sep 25th, 2007, 03:40 PM
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Your itinerary is very good, but I would not just visit the chateaus. There is a wonderful abbey called Fontevraud that is definitely worth seeing. King Richard the Lion Heart, King Henry and Elinor of Acquitaine are entombed there. The town is quaint and the abbey is beautiful. Also, another interesting place is the Clos de Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci lived. My favorite chateaus are Chenonceau and Azay le Rideau, also nearby is Villandry and Usse and last but not least, Langeais. Have a great trip.
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Sep 26th, 2007, 01:10 PM
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Hopingtotravel:
yes, you can easily walk to the river from the hotel (more a B&B)
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Sep 26th, 2007, 02:24 PM
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Hi yk,

I enjoyed Chambord mostly for the sheer scale of the place (a tad on the huge side, would NOT want to do the yardwork on the backyard!) and wandering on the roof among the hundreds of chimneys was amazing. Also thought the double-helix staircase fascinating.

Gardens at Villandry were great, skipped the inside.

Cheverny - I actually liked the interior. It's the only chateau (if I remember correctly) where the furnishings weren't destroyed during the Revolution (owner was a sympathizer). Amazing decor to the max!

My favorite was Chennonceau, interior, setting and grounds were lovely!

I think you're going to have a challenge to fit this much in. I visited in early Oct and I could only do 2 a day.

You're going to love Ambroise. Good luck!
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Oct 21st, 2007, 05:09 PM
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We're back from our trip. I've started my trip report:
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=35084833

We ended up going to Chinon instead of Saumur. We also took N10 from Amboise to Chartres and stopped at Vendome for about an hour.
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