We have 5 days out of a 9 days driving trip allotted to the above, starting from Bordeaux.
The original plan was to drive up directly to Tours then branch out left and right to see the Loire Valley before leaving for Chartres.
Now I am looking at an excellent leaflet by a Bike Tour company, that it seems starting from Nantes going East make a lot of sense, given it only added small distance for us as we start from Bordeaux.
Or it is still better to drive straight up to Tours, then do the branching left and right?
The castles / villages on the tentative list are:
I am 100% sure some of them would be a simply drive by and a look see from afar.
Please pick the "must see" from the above list as well as which town/village to stay (less touristy preferred).
We do not mind to move every night as we travel light.
Does the West to East route make more sense given we start from Bordeaux? Or the branching left and right from Tours make more sense as the "must sees" are not too far from Tours? (But it would mean backtracking at least for the sites on the West of Tours, making the total distance not much less than we start from Nantes and no backtracking.)
Any suggestions are much welcome.
This would be the last part I need to tie up the loose end of the upcoming trip. After that it will be 5 or 6 days in Paris, a city we have been at so many times I dont need any planning.
We just returned from a trip to Big Island, (Hawaii) and my mind is not fully focused yet so forgive me for any illogical thoughts or typo or spelling errors.