Entirely refurbished end of 2006 and ideally situated on the rive gauche of the Seine, in proximity to Montparnasse and Saint Germain des Prés, the Quality Hotel Paris Orléans invites you to discover the charm of this 3 star establishment with its typical Parisian architecture
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We are driving in June from Paris to Chenonceau (long drive, I know).
Can you recommend a scenic drive? We do not mind stopping somewhere nice on the way to Chenonceau castle.
Would you estimate this drive taking around 3.5 hours, or more?
Paris to Chenonceau (non toll) is a little over 237 km (149 miles) and Mappy gives the time as a little over 2 and a half hours.
You can get a little map at http://www5.mappy.com/?lang=en
Just type in your starting and ending points and choose Express (often with tolls) or scenic/no tolls and they will give you printed directions and a little map.
It's a great web site.
If I were you, I'd make a stop at Chartres Cathedral. It is worth it's own trip and we've certainly enjoyed it more than any chateau. You can see some photos on my Chartres page if you are interested. It's a lovely town too.
Lovely drive. Have fun.
Thank you, Redicap!
"Would you estimate this drive taking around 3.5 hours, or more? "
That depends, if you stop at every castle on the way (Chambord, Blois, Amboise) it could fill a day.
The D-road (Departemental) are the most scenic but the slowest (limit 90 kmph:55mph)
Maybe we will take the most direct route from Paris to Chenonceau. Then once we are in the Loire, we will take the more scenic roads within the region.
I read that the most scenic roads follow the Cher River.
Best wishes from NYC,
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