57 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

57 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Centre-Val de Loire trip planner

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Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Chartres
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Chartres
— 9 nights
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Blois
— 8 nights
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Tours
— 10 nights
Drive
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Chateauroux
— 9 nights
Drive
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Bourges
— 9 nights
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Orleans
— 9 nights
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Chartres

— 9 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chartres side-trips: Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy), Fontainebleau (Attelages de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau), &more) and Chateau de Blandy-les-Tours (in Blandy). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of L'Apostrophe, examine the collection at Le Compa, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Maintenon.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chartres road trip tool.

Perth, Australia to Chartres is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. While traveling from Perth, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Chartres, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Blois.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Blois

— 8 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Change things up with these side-trips from Blois: Domaine du Croc du Merle (in Muides sur Loire), ZooParc de Beauval (in Saint-Aignan) and Vendome (Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine & Abbaye de la Trinite). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord, test the waters at Paisible en Soi, test your problem-solving skills at Daedalus Escape Game, and awaken your taste buds at Wine Geometry Tours.

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Getting from Chartres to Blois by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tours.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tours

— 10 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Explore Tours' surroundings by going to Chateau de Breze (in Breze), Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux) and Amboise (Chateau Royal d'Amboise & Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, and test your problem-solving skills at Get Out !.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Tours trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Blois to Tours in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chateauroux.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Chateauroux

— 9 nights
Châteauroux is the capital of the Indre department in central France and the second-largest town in the province of Berry, after Bourges. Change things up with these side-trips from Chateauroux: Menhir de Ceinturat (in Cieux), Eglise Notre-Dame (in Bellac) and Oradour-sur-Glane (Centre de la Memoire & Oradour-sur-Glane). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Public, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St. Michel des Lions, have fun and explore at La Maison des Traditions de Chassignolles, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de Chateauroux.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chateauroux sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Tours to Chateauroux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Chateauroux are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bourges.

Things to do in Chateauroux

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bourges: Square Lucien Beaufrere (in Vierzon), Musee de la Viellle Alliance Franco Ecossaise (in Aubigny-sur-Nere) and Sury-en-Vaux (La Ferme de Saint-Louis & Domaine Philippe Raimbault). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale De Bourges, test your team's savvy at Double Tour, learn about winemaking at Henri Bourgeois, and steep yourself in history at Palais Jacques-Coeur.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bourges online journey maker.

Getting from Chateauroux to Bourges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Bourges

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Orleans

— 9 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Orleans: Maison de la Foret (in Paucourt), Montargis (Eglise Sainte-Madeleine & Fly Attitude Parachutisme) and Meung-sur-Loire (Chateau de Meung sur Loire & Les Jardins de Roquelin). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, stroll around Parc Floral Orleans, contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot, and take a memorable tour with Positive Altitude.

Make your Orleans itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Bourges to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Orleans can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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.