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My husband and I are touring the Lorie 9/11/13-9/15/l3. I am trying to make reservations for Chenonceau, Villandry, and Chambord, but not having any luck. We are staying at Chateau de Nazelles. I have asked them about reservations, but have not heard back from them. Can you help me? I am also having the same problem with the caves in the Dordogne Region.

You don’t need to make pre réservations, these chateaux are open to the public and you buy your ticket on the spot. In November, they should not be crowded at all. We recommend that our guests visit Chambord and Cheverny on one day, as they are very close by, and you then see the largest followed by the most magnificently furnished Loire Chateaux. Cheverny is still privately owned, by a third cousin of my husband, actually. On another day, we usually send our guests to Villandry (even in late fall, the gardens, all geometrical and topiary, are worth visiting) and Langeais right next to Villandry. Langeais, less well known, has a splendid collection of XVth and early XVIth century tapestries. On another day, we would suggest famous Chenonceau and Leonardo da Vinci’s home, also both side by side. Then, close to us, but far from Hotel de Nazelles, the medieval Plantagenet city of Le Mans is magnificently restored and stage set to numerous historic films. As are some wineries and small gourmet Auberges and farmers’ markets and knight templars fortresses. Less touristy but very much France as it used to be. It is the little Loir valley, running parallel to the large Loire river.
Hope this helps. We do know the region, our family has been in our château for more than 610 years!
The caves in Dordogne are probably similar, in that you just buy your ticket on the spot.

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