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How many days without rushing things. All information and advice welcome
We are looking to spending 7 full days.. will be landing in Paris and will take a car. Still working on a ll the logistics. Not quite sure how we will divide up the days. We also prefer to spend a couple of days in a place and not a a different place every night.Spent 6 days Just in Touraine. Visited Chenoceau, Castle Amboise, Villandry, Chambord, Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, Clos Luce, Towns of Amboise, Chinon, d'Azay-le-Rideau, Montrichard and 6 wineries
I should have mentioned that to travel by TGV to Tours (the station is actually in neighboring St.-Pierre des Corps) requires transferring from CDG into Paris to the Gare Montparnasse. The TGV line at CDG does not go to Tours.We spent a week based in Amboise, our third time there (in part because we go back to see a resident who became a friend) earlier this month, and previously stayed in Loudun and Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher. We're now close to running out of chateaux to visit which are open all year (many privately owned chateaux close in early Nov. for the winter, after the All Saints Day school vacations), as we travel off-season, but in season there are about 100 open to the public.
We've been to 20 chateaux (Amboise, Angers, Azay-le-Rideau, Blois, Chambord, Chaumont, Chenonceau, Chinon, Fougères-sur-Bievre, Gailliard, Langlais, Clos Luce, Loches, Saumur, Selles-sur-Cher, Talcy, Usse, Valençay and Villandry), and to Fontevraud Abbey.
Amboise has 3 chateaux of varying sizes, and is an attractive but heavily dependent on tourism town of about 13,000 population. It is centrally located and right on the Loire. I liked Loudun, population about 7000, because it's a bit off the tourist track. St.-Aignan-sur-Cher, about 3,000, is much smaller, but also nice.
Figure about a 5 hour drive from CDG with stops and lunch. Taking the TGV to Tours and renting a car there makes sense for those arriving at CDG on a short flight with little opportunity to sleep. We're retired and in France for 4 weeks so we got off the plane and checked into an airport hotel overnight before picking up our rental car.