48 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

48 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

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Chartres
— 8 nights
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Amboise
— 9 nights
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Chinon
— 10 nights
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Bourges
— 9 nights
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Orleans
— 10 nights
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Chartres

— 8 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chartres Cathedral and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Appreciate the collections at Le Compa and Musee du Compagnonnage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chartres: Commanderie des templiers (in Arville), Tours (Hotel Gouin, Basilique Saint-Julien, &more) and Chateaudun (Chateau of Chateaudun & Canopee). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of La Maison Picassiette, explore the world behind art at Ecomusee des Vignerons et Artisans du Drouais, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Villebon, and wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chartres holiday builder.

Sacramento, USA to Chartres is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. When traveling from Sacramento in November, plan for slightly colder days in Chartres, with highs around 53°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Amboise

— 9 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Get some historical perspective at Chateau Royal d'Amboise and Chateau Royal de Blois. Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Musikenfete. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Blois (Maison de la BD, Escalier Denis Papin, &more), Valencay (Chateau de Valencay & Musee de l'Automobile) and Collégiale Saint-Aignan (in Saint-Aignan). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de la Trinite, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Loches.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amboise trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Chartres to Amboise in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Chinon

— 10 nights
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Villandry and Chateau d'Usse. You'll explore and learn at Musee Le Carroi and Galerie Cravantaise. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chinon: L'Eglise de Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois (in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois), Port de Savonnieres (in Savonnieres) and Langeais (Chateau de Langeais & Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, stroll through Chateau du Rivau, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame a La Celle-Guenand, and learn about winemaking at Pierre et Bertrand Couly.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chinon trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Amboise to Chinon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Chinon, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bourges.

Things to do in Chinon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Bourges

— 9 nights

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

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.
Visit Cathedrale De Bourges and Palais Jacques-Coeur for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee du Materiel and Espace Memoire du Patrimoine de l'Equipement et des Ponts et Chaussees. Explore Bourges' surroundings by going to Balneor (in Saint-Amand-Montrond), Espace Metal Halle de Grossouvre (in Grossouvre) and Maison Ecole du Grand Meaulnes (in Epineuil-le-Fleuriel). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Photographie, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Capazza, and learn more about the world around you at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Bourges.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bourges vacation planner.

You can drive from Chinon to Bourges in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Bourges sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Bourges

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Orleans

— 10 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chambord and Orléans Cathedral. Let the collections at La Maison des Etangs and Musee Memorial des enfants du Vel d'Hiv capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orleans: Chateau of Talcy (in Talcy), Domaine National de Chambord (in Chambord) and Maison de La Loire (in Saint-Dye-sur-Loire). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot, make a trip to Chateau de Meung sur Loire, see the interesting displays at Musee Vivant de l’Apiculture, and get engrossed in the history at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Orleans vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bourges to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Orleans are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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.