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Travelling to Tours

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Travelling to Tours

We are a group of 6 persons who will be staying in Paris in August for a week. We intend to take a day's trip to Loire Valley, starting with the metro from La Motte Picquet - Grenelle to Gare Montparnasse and then to Tours.

a) What does the broken line mean from Pasteur metro, one stop before Gare Montparnasse?

b) How much will a return trip by train cost from Gare Montparnasse to Tours as prices on the Loire Valley forum vary?

c)Which website indicates the train ticket prices?

d) Do we have to book the train seats in advance?

e) Which is the best means of transport to reach Chennonceau Castle?

Much obliged for any replies.

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1. Re: Travelling to Tours

1. If you are referring to the interactive map on www.ratp.com, I see no broken line. There may be a walk from the Montparnasse Métro station to the TGV departure point.

2. As you say prices vary and it is impossible to answer with your travel dates. Information is available here:

www.voyages-sncf.com (in French only)

3. see above

4. yes, all TGV travel is reserved seating.

5. There is train service from Tours to Chenonceaux, information available here:

www.ter-sncf.com (in French only)

You can easily walk form the Chenonceaux train station to château Chenonceau.

At one time I lived in Tours and am quite familiar with the logistics of what you are trying to accomplish. Until you have visited Chantilly, Chartres cathedral, Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Giverny, and Versailles or other of the many wonderful locations much closer to Paris, I do not recommend trying to stretch a Loire Valley destination in to a day trip.

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2. Re: Travelling to Tours

Edit: 2. It is impossible to answer withOUT your travel dates.

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3. Re: Travelling to Tours

Assuming you book 2 months before you travel and buy offpeak tickets it will cost from 17Euro per person each way. Travel during peak times and it will cost up to 50Euro each person each way. Book later, and it could cost even more.

You can't do price enquiries until 2 months before, use www.voyages-sncf.com/… to get some sort of idea re prices

You dont have to book seats in advance, but if you dont want to pay full price, you should do so.

For Chenonceaux you catch the train from Paris to either St Pierre des Corps or Tours, and then catch a local train from Tours to Chenonceaux. Use reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin//query.exe/en to check timings

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4. Re: Travelling to Tours

Once you get to Tours, you could also join a minibus tour to see Chenonceaux instead of taking the train:

http://www.tourevasion.com/prog_en.htm

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5. Re: Travelling to Tours

Thanks to all for your support and worthwile suggestions.

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6. Re: Travelling to Tours

Looking for a bicycle tour operator in Loire Valley who has tandem bikes. Any suggestions?

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7. Re: Travelling to Tours

<<Looking for a bicycle tour operator in Loire Valley who has tandem bikes. >>

There are operators from Blois:

http://www.bloispaysdechambord.com/

As well as from Tours:

http://www.ligeris.com/

http://www.loire-a-velo.fr/

You may also want to check:

http://www.detours-in-france.com/

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