12 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

12 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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
Drive

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chartres: Canopee (in Chateaudun), Chateau de Villebon (in Villebon) and Le Pre Catelan (in Illiers-Combray). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Chartres Historic Preservation Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at église St Pierre, walk around Parc des Bords de l'Eure, and contemplate the long history of La Maison Picassiette.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chartres tour itinerary planning site.

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 September, things will get little chillier in Chartres: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Orleans.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trips
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Orleans — 4 nights

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Get out of town with these interesting Orleans side-trips: Chambord (Chateau de Chambord & Domaine National de Chambord), Domaine du Croc du Merle (in Muides sur Loire) and Chateau d'Usse (in Rigny-Usse). 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, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral.

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Getting from Chartres to Orleans by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Shopping
Side Trips
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Amboise — 5 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Blois (Chateau Royal de Blois & La Maison des Parapluies), Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny) and ZooParc de Beauval (in Saint-Aignan). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, explore the historical opulence of chateau Montpoupon, and contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal d'Amboise.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Amboise day trip planner.

Getting from Orleans to Amboise by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daytime highs in Amboise are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Side Trips
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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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