9 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

9 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Centre-Val de Loire sightseeing planner

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Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tours
— 5 nights
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Toronto

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Orleans

— 3 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Bourges (Cathedrale De Bourges & Palais Jacques-Coeur). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, stop by L'Atelier des Chimeres, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Ferte Saint Aubin.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Orleans trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Orleans is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Orleans. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in February, with highs in Orleans at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Tours

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tours side-trips: Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux), Chateau Royal d'Amboise (in Amboise) and Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, examine the collection at Musee du Compagnonnage, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Le Portail.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tours trip planner.

Traveling by car from Orleans to Tours takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Tours sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.