We have booked a 5 night self-guided bike trip through Loire Valley with myself, husband, and daughter (7). While the tour company we are using is very helpful, I would like some advice outside of them.
The towns we are staying each night are: Amboise; Chenonceau; Chitenay; Blois; coming back to Amboise
-where are good shops to pick up picnic supplies for lunch during our ride (note: we will not be in Amboise during market hours)
-dinner recommendations for Amboise and Blois
The chateaus/stops that are highlighted on our itinerary are: Chenonceau; Montrichard; Chambord; castle at Blois; Chaumont-sur-Loire
-Any suggestions of best ways to visit these sites, ones to skip, or other area attractions that might be more fun that chateau-ing each day (vineyard, art gallery, etc)