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Scenic Loire Valley Chateaux Driving Route from Paris to Amboise

When my husband and I were planning our 10th anniversary trip to France, one of my prerequisites was to stay in a chateau.  I wanted to live that princess life!  In doing research, we learned the best place to stay would be the Loire Valley for the huge amount of chateaux available to visit or stay in.  More to come on the chateau we ultimately chose for our accommodation, but today I am sharing the scenic chateaux drive we took to get from Paris to the Loire Valley.  We rented a car on our way out of Paris and drove this route ourselves in a single day, but the itinerary was inspired by this comprehensive, six-day Loire Valley Chateaux tour from Esprit de France

Driving in France (outside of Paris) is not very intimidating, with well-maintained roads, so I recommend renting a car and doing this scenic Loire Valley drive yourself.  Not only is it a short drive from Paris to the Val de Loire, having a car also gives you the flexibility to stop and tour different chateaux on your own schedule. 

Here's our recommended scenic driving route starting in Paris and ending in Amboise, with five chateaux you can visit along the way.  This takes you off the main freeways onto a more scenic route without adding too much time to your driving itinerary. 

Stop 1: Château de Chambord.  Why not start big?  Chateau de Chambord is Loire Valley's largest chateau.  Currently celebrating its 500th anniversary, there is a lot of history, along with architectural marvel, in this chateau and its grounds.   

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Stop 2: Château de Blois.  This impressive chateau was the favorite of many French kings and queens over its history. 

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Stop 3: Château de Chaumont.  This Renaissance-style chateau is also a museum housing works of art in its permanent collection, as well as hosting seasonal exhibitions. 

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Stop 4: Château de Chenonceau.  This chateau has a long history of succession of powerful women since the medieval times, and is considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. 

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Stop 5: Château d'Amboise Another favorite residence of French kings, Amboise Chateau Royal was also frequented by Leonardo da Vinci, whose own residence, Clos Lucé, is nearby. 

Stay tuned for more on what to do and where to stay in France's Loire Valley. In the meantime, you'll want to pin this post to your travel planning boards!

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