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The Loire Valley - a complaint

I read alot of guidebooks. This except is about the Loire Valley in mid-France. Its a place I know very well. And features Blois, Amboise,Chinon, Azay-le-Rideau but not Tours

Why not Tours?

Tours in the major hub. Its where you catch your train. It also has connections with Paris which you can reach in a couple of hours and contains the St Pierre des Corps train station which has the RER. How do you get between Tours rail station and the St Pierre des Corps train station. Most people would stay in tours - but to not include it?? Its dismissed as (but it has little to offer visitors - I wouldn't sleep there)

Whatever you think of the attractions to tours it has a good range of acomedation and is local fulcrum. It should be included. You actually do yourself a disservice not including it

I would rather use Rough Guide

Posted by
1733 posts

If you look at the blue bar at the bottom of this page, at the bottom of the Travel Help column, there is a link for 'Submit Book Feedback'. That's the place to make your complaint to be sure it gets seen and addressed by the right people.

Posted by
28130 posts

Yes, do please use that link.

Rick Steves doesn't visit this Forum, and staffers occasionally visit, but it is pretty much our own living room and kitchen table.

If you want your comment to be seen by the right people us the feedback link.

I once drove into a remote car park near Tours to have Sunday lunch at a Flunch.

Posted by
2353 posts

We spent an afternoon in Tours once - our biggest problem was there was no left luggage or locker. We had to drag our bags with us to lunch.

Posted by
2 posts

But there is nothing on Tours. No writing anything - and it is the big base where people visit the chateau's. Its also where you get the RER to Paris.

Posted by
3175 posts

Just a suggestion but if you do submit your observations to the "Submit Book Feedback" link at the bottom of this page, you might want to do a spell and grammar check on your original post before sending it to the Rick Steves headquarters.

Posted by
8419 posts

I don't know anyone that uses Tours as a base to visit the chateaux in the Loire Valley. I've been to Tours twice and I would much prefer to stay in a small, charming village... like Amboise for instance. A lot of people (the majority?) rent a car for visiting the Loire Valley and have no need to even go to Tours.

I hear you though, and you're right, Tours should be in the RS France guide if it isn't already.

Posted by
21859 posts

Rick's books have never claimed to be all inclusive. He simply choices places that he thinks fits his perception of low key travel. If you like Rough Guide better, then use it. I never understand why people criticize Steves' guidebooks because they are not like the other guide books. I would rather see a few places well described with a little value judgement than a generic description of everything.

Posted by
2251 posts

As Frank suggests, the A-Z, be all things kind of guidebook will be lacking the detailed information to really see a town, it can't include granular detail (as RS books do) because it would then be three 900 page volumes for France alone. If RS did that people would inevitably complain that the book is too unwieldy, or why so much time spent on Toulouse?

Posted by
6513 posts

Like Frank, I like the fact that Rick Steves' books are selective in the places they cover thoroughly, rather than just listing every place you could possibly want to go. There are many sources available for research when deciding on where to go and what to see. Europe is a big place and no one guidebook, or series of guidebooks, is going to cover everything. That's why there are so many different ones out there. I don't think I would ever plan a trip without consulting several guidebooks and doing online research about the area I wanted to see.

Regarding the Loire Valley, I agree that many people do come and go from there by train and make their connections at Tours rail station and/or the St Pierre des Corps TGV station. But since RS does not recommend it as a base for exploring the area he has chosen not to cover the available accommodations, restaurants, transport, etc.

Posted by
11450 posts

On other forums most folks consider Tours the arrival spot if coming from train from Paris as a base for touring Loire Valley.

Amboise where we stayed.. IS nicer in many ways.. but it also doesn't have as many tours etc that leave from there.. and not as many rental car choices.. Tours is bigger for has more options .