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Mike B.

Mike B.

Canada

Enjoy travelling (Paris, of course!), history, art, film, museums, culture, etc..

Oct202011

Travel Recommendation

MONTREAL

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Would recommend a tour to this wonderful old city; and quot;the Paris of North America and quot;. Explore Old Montreal: rich in history, architecture and archaeological remains dating back to the first settlements and the city's origins. Discover our world famous jazz festival (with many free outdoor concerts), and many other ongoing festivals throughout the year. Enjoy a variety of cuisine from many outstanding restaurants, cafe's, bistro's, etc. Enjoy a walk up to the mountain in the middle of the city, for a panoramic view of the city..and so much MORE!

My Photos

  • Montreal - The Underground City
  • Downtown Montreal
  • The Summit - Montreal
  • Montreal Jazz Festival

Oct012011

Tour/Activity

2-Day Chateaux Country Tour from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My spouse and I took this 2 day tour of the Loire valley and fully enjoyed it. It’s simply a wonderful area of France. The guide we had was knowledgeable and provided lots of meaningful information. It’s definitely not a case of “seeing one chateau is seeing them all!” This two day tour gives you very full days – on Saturday we only arrived at the hotel at 7:15PM and had dinner around 8PM. The bus takes you through many small villages which are picture postcard perfect. In addition to touring six chateaus you also have time to walk through some of the villages plus a walk-thru through the old part of Tours.

The hotel we stayed in Saturday night was nondescript, but as mentioned, you do get there rather late and are up early the next day to continue touring. The included meals were all delicious. Some people mentioned that the bus seating was rather cramped – but it is a two-door bus which made embarking and disembarking efficient.

I found it initially confusing when leaving Paris early Saturday morning and we only joined the main tour group on another bus after lunch in Amboise – then everything went smoothly. This “main tour” group had already been through the Normandy area on the previous days. The tour was given in three languages – English, Spanish and French. When you tour the Chateau’s and villages you are with your own language group.

This two day tour definitely gives a fuller impression of the Loire as the bus goes on tiny roads through the beautiful villages – it only makes you want to spend more time there! The weather we had was perfect – sunny and 25 Celsius.

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  • Village of Amboise
  • Château Amboise

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