12 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

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Train to Paris Nord, Train to Orleans
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Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chinon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Angers
— 3 nights
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Orleans — 2 nights

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Explore hidden gems such as Orléans Cathedral and Domaine National de Chambord. Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Chambord and Hotel Groslot. When in Orleans, make a side trip to see Saint-Louis de Chambord in Chambord, approximately Chambord away. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Loire a Velo Cycle Path, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and don't miss a visit to Place du Martroi.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Orleans day trip planning site.

London, UK to Orleans is an approximately 5.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Orleans is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Orleans are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Amboise.
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Amboise — 2 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally admire the striking features of Tour De L’Horloge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Escalier Denis Papin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Amboise journey planner.

Traveling by car from Orleans to Amboise takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Amboise are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Chinon.
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Chinon — 4 nights

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Step off the beaten path and head to Château de l'Islette and Chateau du Petit Thouars. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maurice Dufresne Museum and Musee Rabelais. Get out of town with these interesting Chinon side-trips: Saumur (Chateau de Saumur, Pierre et Lumiere, &more). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Cave Monplaisir, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and indulge your taste buds at Chateau de Targe.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chinon trip planner.

You can drive from Amboise to Chinon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Chinon sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Angers.
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Angers — 3 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.
Visit Place du Ralliement and Collegiale Saint-Martin for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galerie David d'Angers and Chateau d'Angers. When in Angers, make a side trip to see Chateau de Montgeoffroy in Maze-Milon, approximately Maze-Milon away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee Lurcat, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and look for all kinds of wild species at Angers Plongee Apnee.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Angers trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Chinon to Angers in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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