As mentioned above, the Valley is a fairytale scenery, with beautiful castles all around. As they are really a lot, my suggestion is that you list your favorite. Maybe in base of its history, or style, or location). I would not recommend to do more than 4 in one trip. You would get tired to see so similar building at once.
My favorites are:
Chenonceau: The “Ladies Castle”, beautiful (part of its construction was inspired in Florence and its “Ponte Vecchio” and really close to the hotel I just recommend you.
Chambord: if you are a Disney movies fan, you probably know that this monumental place inspire the movie “The Beauty and the Beast”. It’s enormous! With interesting stories and architectonic elements.
Amboise: if you decided to stay in this area, you should go and visit
the castle of this cute town. It has an underground tunnel that connects the Royal Residence to the house where Leonardo Da Vinci was living until his death. This house is a museum and you must visit it! Ideal for parents traveling with kind, there many interactive areas where they will have so much fun!
Villandry: this is the last of the great Loire castles built during the Renaissance (1536). The gardens of this place are something out of the curve. Going there during the spring/summer is absolutely beautiful!
Another great experience you can live while traveling around the Valley is flying in a hot air balloon!!!! We had to wait 3 days because of the forecast but it totally worth it! It’s so peaceful up in the air. We could see the castles from above, the forest, even some animals running around. One of the most beautiful moments of my life! We did our fly with Balloon Revolution. They have been amazing with us!
WHERE TO EAT
Chez Bruno (Amboise) – This was our favorite meal in the Loire Valley! At Chez Bruno we feasted on pumpkin soup, lamb and homemade creme brûlée. The setting and atmosphere of the restaurant was super cozy too!