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

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 La Maison Picassiette. Appreciate the collections at Le Compa and Musee de l'Ecole de Chartres et d'Eure-et-Loir. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chartres: Chateaudun (Chateau of Chateaudun & Canopee), Commanderie des templiers (in Arville) and Tours (Hotel Gouin, Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Maintenon, soak in style at MEN Institut, and explore the world behind art at Ecomusee des Vignerons et Artisans du Drouais.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chartres trip planner.

Sacramento, USA to Chartres is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. When traveling from Sacramento in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Chartres: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 40°F at night. 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 · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 23:

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Amboise

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Get some historical perspective at Chateau Royal d'Amboise and Chateau de Cheverny. Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Eglise Saint-Florentin. 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: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de la Trinite, and do a tasting at Plou Et Fils.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Amboise vacation planner.

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 · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — Dec 2:

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Chinon

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 Maurice Dufresne Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chinon: Port de Savonnieres (in Savonnieres), Langeais (Chateau de Langeais & Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste) and L'Eglise de Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois (in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois). 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

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 12:

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Bourges

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 Eglise Saint-Pierre. Explore Bourges' surroundings by going to Espace Metal Halle de Grossouvre (in Grossouvre), Balneor (in Saint-Amand-Montrond) and Maison Ecole du Grand Meaulnes (in Epineuil-le-Fleuriel). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Photographie, learn more about the world around you at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Bourges, take an in-depth tour of Musee de l'Hospice Saint-Roch, and examine the collection at Musee automobile MATRA.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bourges vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Chinon to Bourges takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Bourges sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Orleans.

Things to do in Bourges

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 21:

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Orleans

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chambord and Centre-ville. Let the collections at La Maison des Etangs and Galerie le Garage 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 in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chamerolles, examine the collection at Musee Vivant de l’Apiculture, and take an in-depth tour of Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Orleans vacation maker tool.

Getting from Bourges to Orleans by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Orleans, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 34°F at night. 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

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 31:

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.