As it turned out we didn't go in December. We decided to go the 1st week in May when the weather should be nice.
We will be in the Valley for 5 days. We are driving. Now the question is, do we take Tours as our base as many people suggest? Or should we stay at least one nite in Chinon and 1 nite in Amboise? Some one said you loose a lot of time changing hotels. I will like to have other opinions.
Also, if you drove the back roads please give us suggestions. I understand it is very nice taking the back roads.