12 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

12 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

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Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Chartres
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Chartres
— 2 nights
Drive
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Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive
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Amboise
— 5 nights
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Chartres — 2 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chartres: Chateau de Villebon (in Villebon), Le Pre Catelan (in Illiers-Combray) and Canopee (in Chateaudun). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Chartres Historic Preservation Area, admire the striking features of Beffroi de Dreux, contemplate the long history of La Maison Picassiette, and walk around Le Parc de la Clef.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chartres trip planner.

Bilbao, Spain to Chartres is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bilbao in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Chartres. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Orleans.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Orleans — 4 nights

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Change things up with these side-trips from Orleans: Chambord (Chateau de Chambord & Domaine National de Chambord), Chateau d'Usse (in Rigny-Usse) and Domaine du Croc du Merle (in Muides sur Loire). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, steep yourself in history at La Vallee Troglodytique des Goupillieres, stop by La Savonnerie du Zebre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Orleans trip planner.

You can drive from Chartres to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August in Orleans, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Shopping
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Amboise — 5 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Explore Amboise's surroundings by going to Blois (Chateau Royal de Blois & La Maison des Parapluies), ZooParc de Beauval (in Saint-Aignan) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Loches, and step into the grandiose world of chateau Montpoupon.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Amboise vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Orleans to Amboise takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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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.
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