My family and I (2 adults, 3 children aged 3.5, 7.5 and 10 years old) will have 5 nights in the Loire Valley in the middle of next month. We will arrive on a Tuesday afternoon and stay west of Blois for 2 nights at a cabin/caravan type park. We then move to an apartment in Amboise for the remaining 3 nights. I have put together the following basic list of attractions and I was hoping to get some feedback and suggestions of other activities to add in.
Wednesday- Chateau de Chambord in the morning. I think we would just tour the gardens at Chambord which I believe are free (I read this on a review so am happy to be corrected), from my research the interior is not well furnished and I mainly just want to see this grand Chateau in real life. We had 1 night in Blois last year and enjoyed wandering around the town and I was on cloud nine when we came across the delightful Saturday market the next morning. Are there any local markets held on Wednesday that people recommend that we could add either before/after Chambord or other suggestions in the area?
Thursday- we move to Amboise and will probably spend the day here exploring the town.
Friday- Chateau de Chenonceau followed by?
Saturday Sept 20th Heritage day- thanks to some posts on this forum I have discovered Chateau de Langeais which I think the kids would love to see and explore especially the treehouse. Also in the area is Chateau de Villandry. Both these chateau's have special Heritage events happening, kids dress ups at Langeais and what sounds like a market/craftsman displays at Villandry so I have saved this for Saturday as we will depart Sunday morning after visiting the Amboise market.
As you can see it's a fairly open itinerary, I'm trying to find places that will keep both parents and kids happy. Not really interested in the zoo at Beauval as it seems very expensive and ultimately animals are animals wherever you are in the world. We spent time in France last year and really enjoyed just wandering around old towns and villages as they are so different to what we are used to in Australia. As long as we can give the kids a treat like an ice cream/sweet crepe they will indulge us with some patience for ambling around an old town. I would really appreciate any suggestions or comments regarding my itinerary. Thanks.