16 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

16 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

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16 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Angers
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Chinon
— 4 nights
3
Orleans
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Amboise
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + foot:  7​h
End: Birmingham

4
nights
Angers

Angers ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Galerie David d'Angers and Musee Lurcat. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale St-Maurice and Chateau de Tiffauges. Change things up with these side-trips from Angers: Bauge (Manoir de Clairefontaine & Apothicairerie de Bauge), Cite Medievale (in Clisson) and Castle of Oudon - Loire Scene (in Oudon). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, steep yourself in history at Maison des Vins d'Anjou et de Saumur, explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, and don't miss a visit to Chateau de Serrant.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Angers driving holiday planner .

Birmingham, UK to Angers is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in September: highs in Angers hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bauge, Cite Medievale, Chateau de Serrant, Castle of Oudon - Loire Scene, Chateau de Tiffauges
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Musee Lurcat ©
Musee Lurcat
Chateau de Tiffauges ©
Chateau de Tiffauges
Chateau de Serrant ©
Chateau de Serrant

4
nights
Chinon

Chinon ©
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Forteresse royale de Chinon and Pierre et Lumiere. Appreciate the collections at Musee des Blindes and Musee Rabelais. Explore Chinon's surroundings by going to Saumur (Ackerman, Eglise Saint-Pierre de Saumur, & more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette, explore the historical opulence of Sainte-Chapelle de Champigny sur Veude, do a tasting at Chateau du Petit Thouars, and contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chinon visit site .

You can drive from Angers to Chinon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Chinon are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Chinon

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Saumur, Azay-le-Rideau
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Musee des Blindes ©
Musee des Blindes
Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette
Pierre et Lumiere ©
Pierre et Lumiere

3
nights
Orleans

Orleans ©
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Orléans Cathedral and Hotel Groslot. Explore hidden gems such as Parc Floral Orleans and Centre-ville. Go for a jaunt from Orleans to Chambord to see Chateau de Chambord about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee Memorial des enfants du Vel d'Hiv, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, have some family-friendly fun at Laser Quest Orleans, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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

You can drive from Chinon to Orleans in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Amboise.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Chateau de Chambord
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Orléans Cathedral ©
Orléans Cathedral
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Hotel Groslot ©
Hotel Groslot

3
nights
Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Museum-lovers will appreciate Chateau Royal d'Amboise and Eglise Saint-Florentin. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Montpoupon and La Pagode de Chanteloup et son parc. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amboise: Chateau de Selles-sur-Cher (in Selles-sur-Cher), Musee automobile MATRA (in Romorantin-Lanthenay) and Collégiale Saint-Aignan (in Saint-Aignan). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils, contemplate the long history of Oppidium des Chateliers, and examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amboise driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Orleans to Amboise takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Montpoupon, Collégiale Saint-Aignan, Chateau de Selles-sur-Cher, Musee automobile MATRA, Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau de Montpoupon ©
Chateau de Montpoupon
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau

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