I'll be driving from Paris in May and only have 3 days in Loire Valley. I do plan to visit one or two castles.
Is Ambrois or Blois a better choice to focus on to rent bikes and get into pretty countryside and see small villages for a few hours?
Is it worth stopping on the way in Troo, Vendome, Montare-Sur-Le-Loire for an off-the-beaten path experience or do you recommend skipping that?
I'd love to stay in a castle that is really a castle - turrets, Downton Abbey-like but I've also read about hotels in caves that sound interesting. Do you have recommendations in the vicinity of Ambrois or Blois?