60 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

60 days in Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

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Chartres
— 11 nights
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Amboise
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Chinon
— 11 nights
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Bourges
— 11 nights
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Orleans
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chartres: Chateaudun (Eglise Saint-Valerien, Grottes du Foulon, &more), Eglise Saint Sulpice (in Nogent-le-Roi) and Tours (Place Jean Jaures, Hotel de Ville de Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chartres Cathedral, take a stroll through Chartres Historic Preservation Area, contemplate the long history of L'Apostrophe, and gain insight at Centre International Du Vitrail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chartres online route planner.

Sacramento, USA to Chartres is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Sacramento to Chartres, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sacramento in November, you will find days in Chartres are a bit cooler (53°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Amboise.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 26:

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Amboise

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Blois (Les Jardins de l’Ancien Eveche, Escalier Denis Papin, &more), Cheverny (Mairie, Chateau de Cheverny, &more) and Loches (Le Donjon de La Cite Royale de Loches, Chateau de Loches, &more). Spend the 1st (Tue) in the animal kingdom at ZooParc de Beauval. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de la Trinite, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amboise trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Chartres to Amboise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 9:

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Chinon

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chinon: Savonnieres (Les Grottes Petrifiantes & Port de Savonnieres), Langeais (Chateau de Langeais, Pont de Langeais, &more) and Villandry (Chateau de Villandry & Savonnerie Soap'erlipopette). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Rivau, learn about winemaking at Vignoble de la Jarnoterie, and relax in the rural setting at Le Vazereau.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chinon day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Chinon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Chinon sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bourges.

Things to do in Chinon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 20:

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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.
Explore Bourges' surroundings by going to Le Jardin du Tisserand (in Saint-Georges-sur-la-Pree), Vierzon (Square Lucien Beaufrere & Musee de Vierzon) and Station de Radioastronomie de Nancay (in Nancay). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale De Bourges, examine the collection at Musee du Materiel, don't miss a visit to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche, and get a new perspective on nature at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Bourges.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bourges trip planner.

You can drive from Chinon to Bourges in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bourges are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Bourges

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 31:

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Orleans

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orleans: Chateau de Villette (in Menestreau-en-Villette), Chambord (Saint-Louis de Chambord, Chateau de Chambord, &more) and Maison du Cerf (in Villeny). The adventure continues: stroll around Parc Floral Orleans, examine the collection at Musee Memorial des enfants du Vel d'Hiv, stop by L'Atelier des Chimeres, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Orleans attractions planning website.

Getting from Bourges to Orleans by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Orleans sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 12:

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.