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1 Blvd du Marechal Juin, Tours, Loire Valley, 37100, France

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availability of wheelchair for handicap person

by rchitekt

We are planning to visit chateau of Amboise, Chenonceaux, Chombard and Blois.
My wife had a recent surgery. She is doing OK. But in case she gets tired while walking big areas of different chateau grounds will there be a wheelchair available for rent at these places.

I would also like to know whether we can drink water from the tap or only bottled water should be used??

Re: availability of wheelchair for handicap person

by qaminari

I don't think it is possible to hire wheelchairs at any of these chateaux, and am fairly certain it isn't at Amboise (where, incidentally, the town is also difficult for anyone who has problems walking but also for wheelchairs). See http://www.chateau-amboise.com/anglais/visite_handicaps.html.
Generally speaking, people who need wheelchairs are expected to bring their own, and these can be rented e.g. if you are passing through Paris, from www.o2medical.fr: it's in French but you will understand phone numbers.
Tap water is perfectly safe in France. Fountains, including some that look like drinking fountains, may be labelled "eau potable" (drinkable water) or "non-potable".

Re: availability of wheelchair for handicap person

by GrumpyDiver

Just to add a couple of comments to those of the previous poster.

If it says "non-potable"; it means "not for human consumption".

I find that Europe is in general not as accessible as North America, especially at the historical properties. Cobblestones, paths, stair, etc are not great for the mobility impaired (or for people with young children in strollers).

Re: availability of wheelchair for handicap person

by Beausoleil

We've often commented we were glad we didn't need a wheelchair because much of Europe is not wheelchair friendly. In Amboise you can get from the main street up to the Chateau via a long ramp (for carriages originally) and the carriage ramp goes inside but I'm not sure how far up it goes nor whether the upper floors are accessible from the ramp. Chateau Chenonceau is another one that is easy enough to get from parking to the chateau but you wouldn't see much except the first floor. Chambord and Blois are similar. You can get from parking to the chateaus but I have no idea whether they have a lift for the handicapped. You probably should check the web site for each chateau for handicapped accessibility. If they don't have the info you need, e-mail them. You can get all the web sites at: http://www.monum.fr/m_stmichel/indexa.dml?lang=en

As far as water, we buy a bottle each at the beginning of each trip and constantly refill it from fountains and taps. It is just fine.

Travel Tips for Tours

Tours is surrounded by...

by lindsayb25

Tours is surrounded by Chateaux. Unless you plan on spending lots of time and money there to see them, I suggest little trips. Get as close as you can by train, and then figure it out from there. I rented a bike in Blois (after visiting that Chateau) then biked 40 km (20 miles) to and from Chambord (it was tough, but worth it!). We made it back for a train by the end of the day. Great day trip, fun story to tell, great pictures (not developed yet!)

The little alleys and streets of old town

by FinElina

The old town of Tours is very beautiful and lively. I enjoyed walking along the little streets and alleys and popping into some shops every now and then. There's also a nice ice-cream bar in the old town, try it!

Castellane must sees

by rachel_sun

Saint-Victors church-12 th century and is a historic monument.
The pentagonal keep-which is part of the ancient ramparts(14th century)
The clock tower-which has a belfry and dome shaped tower.
The fountain of the lions
The 15th century hump backed bridge.

And last but not least,The Roc.it is a 20 minute walk to the top.Fllow the path that leads behind the Parish Church.As you walk up higher and higher,you will get a wonderful view of Castallene.The chapel at the top was rebuilt in 1703 and has a large statue.
Aslo Castallene has a few lovely shops and a handful of great restuarants.

TOURS AND LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES

by Hosell

"CASTLE OF CHAMBORD"

Tours is a beautiful city located in a region called CENTRE.Is about 250 Km. south of Paris.The city is the capital and largest city in the region.I went to this region of France during my first visit to Paris.

Unfortunately I haven't too many pictures of it,so this page will be a short one.

In Tours you must see:
Cathedral of Saint-Gatien.
Basilic of Saint-Martin.
Charlemagne tower.
Wilson bridge.
The Castle.
Isn't a city too big,so you can see almost all these places walking,also there are a few nice and beautiful gardens to have a rest.

Very close to Tours,another must see in the region are THE LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES.
This is a picture taken at Chambord Castle.

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