13 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

13 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

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Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amboise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chinon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Angers
— 4 nights
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Orleans — 2 nights

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Orleans: Chambord (Domaine National de Chambord, Chateau de Chambord, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral, make a trip to Place du Martroi, walk around Parc Floral de La Source, and get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Orleans visit planning website.

Lisbon, Portugal to Orleans is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lisbon in September, with highs in Orleans at 25°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.
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Amboise — 3 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Blois (La Maison des Parapluies, Chateau Royal de Blois, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Amboise visit planner.

You can drive from Orleans to Amboise in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Chinon.
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Chinon — 3 nights

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Explore Chinon's surroundings by going to Saumur (Eglise Saint-Pierre de Saumur, Chateau de Saumur, &more). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Chateau du Petit Thouars, step into the grandiose world of Château de l'Islette, steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and see the interesting displays at Maurice Dufresne Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chinon online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Chinon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Chinon can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Angers.
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Angers — 4 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Angers: Tours (Jardin Botanique de Tours, Place Plumereau, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers, and make a trip to Maison d'Adam.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Angers day trip planning app.

Getting from Chinon to Angers by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Angers are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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