22 days in Paris, Loire Valley & Reims Itinerary

22 days in Paris, Loire Valley & Reims Itinerary

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22 days in Paris, Loire Valley & Reims Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 13 nights
2
Amboise
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
3
Reims
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  14​h
End: Detroit

13
nights
Paris

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Musee d'Orsay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Musee du Peigne (in Ezy sur Eure), Versailles (Grand Canal, The Trianons & The Hamlet, & more) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris journey planner.

Detroit, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Detroit in September, with highs in Paris at 70°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Amboise.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Versailles, Musee du Peigne, Fondation Claude Monet
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

4
nights
Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Chambord and Chateau de Cheverny. Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau Royal d'Amboise will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Amboise side-trips: Orléans Cathedral (in Orleans), Chateau de Loches (in Loches) and Blois (Chateau Royal de Blois & Eglise Saint-Nicolas). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, steep yourself in history at Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire, and explore the activities along Loire River.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Amboise online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Amboise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Reims.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Blois, Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Cheverny, Chateau de Loches
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Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

4
nights
Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Palais du Tau are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon and Porte de Soissons. Venture out of the city with trips to Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars (in Epernay), Caverne du Dragon (in Oulches-la-Vallee-Foulon) and Verdun (Fort Douaumont, Le Memorial de Verdun, & more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint-Remi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc de la Patte d'Oie, and learn about winemaking at Champagne Taittinger.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Reims trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Amboise to Reims in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Amboise in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Reims, with lows of 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Verdun, Laon, Caverne du Dragon, Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars
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Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun ©
Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Palais du Tau ©
Palais du Tau

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