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Loire River
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3-Day Normandy, St Malo, Mont Saint-Michel, Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

I just came back last week from France and the last part of our trip was a personalised guided tour for 2. This was with Riverloire .com Thierry was a great person to deal with and the tour is adapted to your needs. Everything is paid for in advance so no extra expenses (only your own personal expenses). The whole tour, we did 4 nights 5 days was first class accomodation very good At Le Pavillon Des Lys just around corner from main street and an amazing view if the Chateau d' Ambiose from our window. The breakfasts were amazing and staff very friendly and helpful. We visited Chateau Chenoneau doing a boat trip under Chateau ,an amazing lunch at a first class restaurant and a visit inside Chateau and finished off that evening with a Hot air balloon ride over Chateaus.Fantastic. We als visitd Chateau Sur Loire,Chateau Villandry Chateau d' Ambiose and Chateau du Clos Luce where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last 3 years. He is buried in Chateau.We also did a wine tasting.Our guide was just wonderful and The whole trip a joy. First class the whole way

5  Thank Ann427
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We did a cycling holiday with family have written about it in Loire velo cycle path... The valley in general is full of interesting places but it is large.

Thank Michael N
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

On our way from Brittany to the Loire Valley we didn't have much time but wanted to view the caves in this area if possible. We tried to find Rochmenier but came across a place called Doue La Fontaine. It is a small town and was very quiet and peaceful. A sign pointed to troglodyte caves and therefore we decided to take a look. I think we were lucky to find these ones as it was the best choice in the area. There is a small parking area right outside. It was a very hot day and the caves were nice and cool. As you first go in, you find yourself in a small room which has gifts and an entrance counter. The lady did speak some english but she also had a file with sheets of notes and translations in different languages that we could take on our tour and read as we went. There is a tour with a guide but we had just missed it and in any case he was guiding a french party. It was nice to go at our own at our own pace in any case. We were allowed to take photos so we could take our time. The caves are cut out of the tufa or limestone and the floor for instance is very sandy. In roman times, sarcophagi were cut out of the rock. The whole area has many of these caves and there is, in fact, a 32 mile drive around them starting from Saumur.
These caves are now used for different purposes, some are wine cellars, some are used for growing mushrooms, others as dovecotes and some wealthy Parisians use them as holiday homes. Therefore, one cannot visit all of them as many are private. Doue La Fontaine is also a special area for growing roses and the petals are harvested for many purposes. In the small gift area at the caves we visited, they had some lovely items for sale. The toiletries are very highly perfurmed from the deep red roses and one can buy soaps, bath oils etc. They also sell jam which you can also use by putting a spoonful in a glass, pouring sparkling wine or still wine on top and the 'jam' will rise to the top. Other items are special biscuits and both wine and troglodyte beer. We were limited firstly by time as we had to get to our destination and by the capacity of our boot for extra items as we had already visited places in Normany and Brittany.
This town and caves are certainly well worth visiting and not known that well. I would certainly like to go back to this area and explore more as it is very different from the ubiquitous museums, art galleries and castles that one visits for culture.

3  Thank rondonel
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

The Loire river is nice because it has at certain points had less human influence than many other rivers. But to say it's that special... no. Some of the Loire Castles (or should I say palaces) are located near the river, but many miles away from it.

1  Thank Hans B
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Last week we based ourselves in Tours and explored the beautiful Loire Valley mainly by train. We rented an apartment close to the city centre and railway station. In a week we visited Amboise, Blois, Saumur, Chinon and Loches. All were easily accessible by train in each case the stations were within easy walking distance of the town centres. I have been waiting many years to visit this area and I must say it fulfilled all of my expectations.

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