Some advice needed. We have just booked into a B&B called Belleroche on the Loire 5 mins from Amboise. This we are going to use as our base to discover the area for 5 days. Now I know we are going in prime tourist season July and I'm not one for crowds and guided bus trips. So we have our own car and intend to get up early and hit the sites before the tour coaches if possible, any thoughts here?
Also what would be the suggested must sees of the area and any off the beaten non tourist places to go?
With our kiwi dollar really low at the moment we'll be eating bread and cheese everyday but you may know of some hidden gems that don't see the tourists as a rich gravy train. I'd rather mix it with the locals anytime.
Any advice would be great.