8 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

8 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Loire Valley trip planner

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Amboise
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Amboise
— 1 night
Drive
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Chinon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Angers
— 1 night
Drive
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Orleans
— 2 nights
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Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC

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Amboise

— 1 night
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise and then do a tasting at Plou Et Fils. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Escalier Denis Papin, contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal de Blois, and then don't miss a visit to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Amboise route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Amboise is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, things will get a bit cooler in Amboise: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Chinon

— 2 nights
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
On the 1st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Maurice Dufresne Museum, then don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette, then steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and finally explore the ancient world of Chapelle Sainte Radegonde. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Langlois-Chateau, do a tasting at Ackerman, then see the interesting displays at Pierre et Lumiere, then do a tasting at Caves Louis de Grenelle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre de Saumur.

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Traveling by car from Amboise to Chinon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Chinon are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Angers.

Things to do in Chinon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Angers

— 1 night

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
On the 3rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Place du Ralliement, step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Angers, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Lurcat, then explore the world behind art at Galerie David d'Angers, and finally make a trip to Maison d'Adam.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Angers trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chinon to Angers takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Angers are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Orleans.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

Orleans

— 2 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Chateau de Chambord, then stroll around Parc Floral Orleans, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Orleans travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Angers to Orleans in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Orleans sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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