37 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

37 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

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Orleans
— 8 nights
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Bourges
— 9 nights
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Chinon
— 7 nights
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Amboise
— 6 nights
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Chartres
— 6 nights
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Orleans — 8 nights

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Venture out of the city with trips to Chambord (Domaine National de Chambord & Chateau de Chambord), Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères (in Ingrannes) and Briare (Eglise Saint-Etienne & Briare aqueduct Pont-canal de Briare). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Musee Memorial des enfants du Vel d'Hiv, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Allias.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Orleans road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Orleans is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Orleans due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Orleans are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Bourges.
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Bourges — 9 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bourges side-trips: Musee de la Photographie (in Gracay), Le Jardin du Tisserand (in Saint-Georges-sur-la-Pree) and Musee des Fours Banaux (in Vierzon). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Vinitour Centre-Loire, examine the collection at Musee du Materiel, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre, and hike along Domaine Eric Louis.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bourges holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Orleans to Bourges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bourges are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Chinon.
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Find places to stay May 26 — Jun 4:

Chinon — 7 nights

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Explore Chinon's surroundings by going to Le Chateau de Cinq-Mars (in Cinq Mars la Pile), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil (Domaine de la Chopiniere du Roy, La Chevallerie - Gaetan BRUNEAU wines, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, learn about winemaking at Pierre et Bertrand Couly, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, and experience rural life at Le Vazereau.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chinon trip builder app.

You can drive from Bourges to Chinon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Chinon can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Amboise.
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Amboise — 6 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Parc des Mees (in La Chaussee-Saint-Victor), Blois (Chateau Royal de Blois, La Maison des Parapluies, &more) and ZooParc de Beauval (in Saint-Aignan). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and awaken your taste buds at Rendez-Vous dans les Vignes.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Amboise trip planner.

Getting from Chinon to Amboise by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Chartres.
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Chartres — 6 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: Dreux (Beffroi de Dreux & Chapelle Royale St-Louis), Tours (Cathedrale Saint-Gatien & Musee du Compagnonnage) and Le Parc de la Clef (in Saint-Sauveur-Marville). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Musee de l'Ecole de Chartres et d'Eure-et-Loir, explore the galleries of Canopee, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Maintenon, and look for gifts at La Cave Du Marche.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chartres trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Chartres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Chartres are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Centre-Val de Loire travel guide

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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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