There are regular trains from Paris Austerlitz, the journey takes around two hours.
The Blois is 30-40 minutes away by train from Tours (£11.20 as at Nov 15) or Orléans.
The toll road A10 takes you there in about 30 minutes from Tours or Orléans.
The "Levée de la Loire", the road following the river from Tours is particularly enjoyable between Tours and Blois. With spectacular views of the Chaumont-sur-Loire and Amboise castles if you drive on the right bank of the Loire.
The Château de Blois is in the centre of the town, it was once occupied by Louis XII and Francis the first. It is of high historical interest since the shifting point of France's war of religion took place there with the assassination of the Duc of Guise, leader of ultra catholic league. The Estates General have taken place in the castle several times.
The Evêché gardens next the town hall is an ideal place to relax and enjoy a picnic. The roses garden is also very nice for a walk.
Enjoy a café with a great view of the city at the top of the Marches Denis Papin, in the café "Le Denis Papin".
Place Louis XII, with its fountain dating from the XIII century (the modern version was rebuilt in 1511) and centuries old trees. The market held there every Saturday morning is a major attraction for locals. You can find all sorts of fresh food there.
The Pont Jacques Gabriel, historic passage point from one bank of the Loire to another. On each side you will find lively areas to enjoy a drink or do some shopping. Referred to by the Blésois as "le vieux pont", the old bridge, its construction began in 1716.
Forêt de Russy.
Facing the Château stands the Maison de la magie, the only public museum in Europe which incorporates in one place collections of magic and a site for permanent performing arts. Inside you can find different kinds of attraction and magic shows.
La fondation du doute is dedicated to the Artist "Ben" and the Fluxus movement. It presents a large collection of contemporary art.
The view of the Loire from the place du château is just spectacular. From there you could see the two largest churches and a sea of houses in the colour scheme of the region (bluish gray, brick and cream). As spectacular as the chateau itself.
There are 4 Waymarked pedestrian circuits in Blois. For more informations and maps, go to the Tourist information centre next to the Château.
Kayak : during the summer, you can go to the Kayak club to rent canoes. Levée des Tuileries 41260 La chaussée saint victor Tel : 02 54 78 65 90
Au rendez-vous des pêcheurs, . You will be able to enjoy a high quality, traditional French cuisine from 24 euros (3 courses meal plus a glass of wine or a coffee), and 16 euros for kids. The chef works with local products and wines. An ideal way to discover the local terroir.edit
L'orangerie du Chateau, . A high quality restaurant that offers traditional French cuisine in a picturesque buildingedit
Douce Heure offers fresh, simple, affordable, and tasty food. It is well located on the place Louis XII. It's not as easy to spot as the Duc de Guise but do make the effort to look for it, you won't be disappointed by the quality of the food. The menu isn't huge but everything is homemade.
L'embarcadère is located outside the city centre, following the Loire in direction of Tours, directly next to the Loire. The food is good and the staff helpful. More relaxed atmosphere than the first two restaurants listed. http://www.lembarcadere.fr/
Side note : The Tarte Tatin, an upisde down apple pie created in the nearby town of Lamotte-Beuvron is a must try ; so is the friture de Loire, small fried fish. For an authentic experience, do try these dish if you see them on the menu. As for sparkling wines, a Vouvray or a Montlouis are made in the closeby Touraine and a favourite of the locals. Vouvray being more fruity and Montlouis more earthy and closer to Champagne in taste.