2 days in France & Indre-et-Loire Itinerary

2 days in France & Indre-et-Loire Itinerary

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Paris — 1 day

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, then admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to Chinon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Chinon — 1 night

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
e-FOLLOW me has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then stroll through Chateau du Rivau, then relax in the rural setting at Le Vazereau, and finally see the sights in a new way with e-FOLLOW me.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chinon trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Chinon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Centre-Val de Loire travel guide

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.