11 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

11 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Loire Valley holiday maker
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Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive
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Angers
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Tours
— 5 nights
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to New York City

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Orleans — 2 nights

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. On the 8th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Louis de Chambord, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, then explore the historical opulence of Domaine National de Chambord, and finally stop by L'Atelier des Chimeres. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral, then make a trip to Place du Martroi, then walk around Parc Floral de La Source, and finally contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Orleans day trip planning tool.

New York City, USA to Orleans is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Orleans, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Orleans is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Angers.
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Angers — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Angers: Saumur (Ackerman, Langlois-Chateau, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, explore the activities along Lac de Maine, and find something for the whole family at Terra Botanica.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Angers holiday app.

Drive from Orleans to Angers in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Angers sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Tours.
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Tours — 5 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Get out of town with these interesting Tours side-trips: Plou Et Fils (in Charge), Blois (Eglise Saint-Nicolas, Chateau Royal de Blois, &more) and Amboise (Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, Chateau Royal d'Amboise, &more). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville de Tours, learn about winemaking at Chateau de l'Aulee, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanique de Tours, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tours tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Angers to Tours takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
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