48 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

48 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Centre-Val de Loire itinerary planner

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Chartres
— 8 nights
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Amboise
— 9 nights
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Chinon
— 10 nights
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Bourges
— 9 nights
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Orleans
— 10 nights
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chartres Cathedral and Chateau de Maintenon. Appreciate the collections at Le Compa and Musee du Compagnonnage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chartres: Commanderie des templiers (in Arville), Chateaudun (Chateau of Chateaudun & Canopee) and Tours (Hotel Gouin, Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of La Maison Picassiette, explore the world behind art at Ecomusee des Vignerons et Artisans du Drouais, examine the collection at L'Esprit du Parfum, and wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chartres holiday builder.

Sacramento, USA to Chartres is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. When traveling from Sacramento in November, plan for slightly colder days in Chartres, with highs around 53°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 23:

Amboise

— 9 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Get some historical perspective at Chateau Royal d'Amboise and Chateau de Valencay. Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and La Magnanerie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Musee de l'Automobile (in Valencay), Blois (Maison de la BD, Escalier Denis Papin, &more) and Collégiale Saint-Aignan (in Saint-Aignan). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, do a tasting at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amboise trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Chartres to Amboise in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — Dec 2:

Chinon

— 10 nights
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Villandry and Chateau de Langeais. You'll explore and learn at Musee Le Carroi and Maurice Dufresne Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chinon: Port de Savonnieres (in Savonnieres), Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste (in Langeais) and L'Eglise de Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois (in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, learn about winemaking at Pierre et Bertrand Couly, view the masterpieces at Galerie Cravantaise, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de Riviere.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Chinon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Chinon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Chinon can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Bourges.

Things to do in Chinon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 12:

Bourges

— 9 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.
Visit Cathedrale De Bourges and Eglise Saint-Martin for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee du Materiel and Musee du Berry. Explore Bourges' surroundings by going to Balneor (in Saint-Amand-Montrond), Espace Metal Halle de Grossouvre (in Grossouvre) and Maison Ecole du Grand Meaulnes (in Epineuil-le-Fleuriel). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Palais Jacques-Coeur, examine the collection at Musee automobile MATRA, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Capazza, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Photographie.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Bourges trip maker website.

Getting from Chinon to Bourges by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Bourges, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Bourges

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 21:

Orleans

— 10 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chambord and Hotel Groslot. Let the collections at La Maison des Etangs and Musee Memorial des enfants du Vel d'Hiv capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orleans: Maison de La Loire (in Saint-Dye-sur-Loire), Chateau of Talcy (in Talcy) and Domaine National de Chambord (in Chambord). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral, examine the collection at Atelier Musee de l'Imprimerie, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Meung sur Loire, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Ferte Saint Aubin.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Orleans sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Bourges to Orleans by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Orleans can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 31:

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.