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I have been on a number of Viking river cruises. The first, Douro River, was almost a disaster mainly because of the time of year and the weather. (See my review on that cruise.) This cruise was a pleasure. If I would offer one suggestion...More
First season on a new boat and still needs a few wrinkles to sort out. The cabins are well fitted out with plenty of storage space and a good sized bathroom with shower that is easy to control. Beds are comfortable facing out. Dining room...More
Not only the spectacular Chateaux but also the nearby villages in this region please the eye. In summer the Village greens put on a marvellous colorful flower display The Chateaux of Cher nonceu,Chamonix , Amboise etc are elegant and beautiful housing the Medici and Plantagenet...More
When we went to the Loire Valley, we decided not to hire a car and to use trains, buses and perhaps do a tour. It is quite easy to view a number of interesting Chateaux and Towns without hiring a car.
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Having been here many times I'd never truely appreciated it's beauty and historic intrest until i went with my pregnant fiancé.
Not being able to rush through and go on active days out (trips to local vin yards etc) we casually sauntered through the chateaux,...More
Loire is France`s longest river and its fertile valley boasts more than 1.000 great castles and quality vineyards. Loire`s wines come 3rd in France after Bordeaux and Languedoc. The castles usually produce their own wines and usually they are excellent. Not expensive for their high...More
Quiet and wonderful scenery, filled with charming villages and towns, and outstandind castles along the river bank. Go to Tours, Amboise, Blois, and take a walk along the river. If you go to Amboise on sunday, you have a great market in the river bank.
The best advice I can give is to sign on to a all inclusive tour ie: Rick Steves, or rent a car with a good GPS system, learn to speak a few French words, and go for it. (hello, please, thank you, and bathroom) This...More