22 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

22 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

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22 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly + Drive:  14 h 45 min
1
Chambord
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Azay-le-Rideau
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Bourges
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Chartres
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h
End: Halifax

3
nights
Chambord

Chambord ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chambord: Chateau de Valencay (in Valencay), Au gre des vents (in Contres) and ZooParc de Beauval (in Saint-Aignan).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chambord day trip planning website .

Halifax, Canada to Chambord is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Halifax to Chambord is 5 hours. In September in Chambord, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Cheverny, Musee automobile MATRA, Les Vignerons de Mont-Pres-Chambord, ZooParc de Beauval, Chateau de Meung sur Loire
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
ZooParc de Beauval ©
ZooParc de Beauval
Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny

4
nights
Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau ©
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Azay-le-Rideau: Bourre (Troglo Degusto & La Magnanerie), Chateau de Loches (in Loches) and The Collegiate Church of St John the Baptist (in Montresor). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, explore the historical opulence of La Forteresse de Montbazon, take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, and don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Azay-le-Rideau online route planner .

Drive from Chambord to Azay-le-Rideau in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Bourges.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bourre, Chateau de Villandry, The Collegiate Church of St John the Baptist, La Forteresse de Montbazon, Chateau de Langeais
Highlights from your plan
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau ©
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry

7
nights
Bourges

Bourges ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Vinitour Centre-Loire (in Sancerre), Chevrerie des Gallands (in Crezancy-en-Sancerre) and Cave Eric Louis - Vins de Sancerre (in Thauvenay). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Etienne, make a trip to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche, step into the grandiose world of Château de Sully-sur-Loire, and see the interesting displays at Musee du Materiel.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bourges trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to Bourges takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Bourges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chartres.

Things to do in Bourges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sancerre, Chateauroux, Château de Sully-sur-Loire, Chateau d'Argy, Maison De George Sand
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale St-Etienne ©
Cathedrale St-Etienne
Palais Jacques-Coeur ©
Palais Jacques-Coeur
Les Nuits Lumiere ©
Les Nuits Lumiere

6
nights
Chartres

Chartres ©
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: Amboise (Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, Chateau Royal d'Amboise, &more), Tours (Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, Basilique Saint-Julien, &more) and Aux produits d’Espagne (in Vendome). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois, stroll around Parc Floral Orleans, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Parc de la Clef, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse de Saint Paterne.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chartres trip planner.

Drive from Bourges to Chartres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Chartres sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tours, Orleans, Amboise, Le Parc de la Clef, Chateau de Maintenon
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois