My wife and I have just booked a week in June in a gites in the Aude region of France. We want to break up our journey from Calais with a 2 day stay in the Loire, probably somewhere in the area around Tours. At the moment the plan is to drive to this area via Chartres cathedral (we'll get out of the car for that!).
Is Tours the best base for exploring this area or other there better alternatives? (Angers is probably too far west).