35 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

35 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Centre-Val de Loire journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Orleans
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Orleans
— 6 nights
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Bourges
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chinon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Amboise
— 7 nights
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Chartres
— 8 nights
Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to MBS International Airport

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Orleans

— 6 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Get out of town with these interesting Orleans side-trips: Abbaye de Fleury (in Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire), Chambord (Saint-Louis de Chambord, Chateau de Chambord, &more) and Oratoire Carolingien de Germigny-des-Pres (in Germigny-des-Pres). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot, look for gifts at L'Atelier des Chimeres, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Orleans trip itinerary planner.

Midland, USA to Orleans is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Midland to Orleans due to the time zone difference. In January, Orleans is somewhat warmer than Midland - with highs of 44°F and lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Bourges.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 22:

Bourges

— 6 nights

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Explore Bourges' surroundings by going to Musee du Cirque (in Vatan), Eglise Saint-Aignan de Brinay (in Brinay) and Musee de l'Hospice Saint-Roch (in Issoudun). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale De Bourges, see the interesting displays at Musee du Berry, admire the striking features of Palais Jacques-Coeur, and learn more about the world around you at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Bourges.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bourges trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Orleans to Bourges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chinon.

Things to do in Bourges

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:

Chinon

— 6 nights
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chinon: Villandry (Chateau de Villandry & Savonnerie Soap'erlipopette), Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil (Domaine Olivier, Cave Nathalie et David Drusse, &more) and Port de Savonnieres (in Savonnieres). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, learn about winemaking at Domaine De La Noblaie, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, and indulge your taste buds at Caves Painctes.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chinon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bourges to Chinon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Chinon can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Chinon

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 3:

Amboise

— 7 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Cheverny (Domaine Le Portail & Chateau de Cheverny), Blois (Les Jardins de l’Ancien Eveche, Paisible en Soi, &more) and Loches (Le Donjon de La Cite Royale de Loches, Chateau de Loches, &more). Spend the 10th (Wed) in the animal kingdom at ZooParc de Beauval. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, do a tasting at Plou Et Fils, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and indulge your senses at Le Tasting Room Wine - Day Tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Amboise day trip planning website.

Getting from Chinon to Amboise by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Amboise are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chartres.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 10:

Chartres

— 8 nights
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chartres: Dreux (Beffroi de Dreux, Ecomusee des Vignerons et Artisans du Drouais, &more), Tours (Vinci - Centre International de Congres, Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, &more) and Le Parc de la Clef (in Saint-Sauveur-Marville). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral, don't miss a visit to L'Apostrophe, wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Aignan.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chartres trip planner.

Getting from Amboise to Chartres by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In February in Chartres, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 18:

Centre-Val de Loire travel guide

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Castles · Zoos · Specialty Museums
Centre is a large inland region around the Loire Valley made up of six departments and known for its wealth of places to visit, including fine historical towns, remarkable gardens, forests, fruit orchards, vineyards, and its many renovated châteaux. Its natural landscape includes the rich, fertile valleys of the Loire River and its tributaries and is extremely conducive to outdoor sightseeing. The official name for the region is frequently combined in tourist literature with the French appellation Val-de-Loire to produce the combination Centre-Val-de-Loire, reflecting this region's embrace of the renowned valley of the river Loire. Notable for its historic towns, architecture, and wines, the Centre region has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period.