I'm planning a trip in July that will start with a few days in Paris, then I'll be taking the train to Bordeaux for a professional meeting. That part seems pretty easy. I'll be heading back to Paris for my flight home, but I'd really to stop on the way for a few days of sightseeing in the Loire Valley. If at all possible I'd like to avoid renting a car. (My "navigator" would be a 14 year old -- somehow a train seems more "doable"). I've considered taking a train from Bordeaux to Tours and using Tours as a home base for some chateaux visits. I keep seeing Amboise mentioned, though. It sounds very charming. I'd really like a smaller town experience. What I can't tell, though, is how difficult it is to get from Bordeaux to Amboise, and then to Paris, by train. I'm fine with taking a short taxi ride to and from hotels, if necessary. Any thoughts, advice, or suggestions?
Thanks so much!