21 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

21 days in Loire Valley Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Loire Valley route planner

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Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Blois
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Blois
— 4 nights
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Chinon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Angers
— 12 nights
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Blois

— 4 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Sainte-Chapelle and Chateau de Chambord are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau Royal de Blois and Latin Quarter. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blois: Chateau de Meung sur Loire (in Meung-sur-Loire) and Paris (Hotel de Ville & Ile Saint-Louis). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Escalier Denis Papin, admire the landmark architecture of Hôtel de Ville - Blois, see the interesting displays at Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nicolas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Blois trip itinerary planner.

Faro, Portugal to Blois is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Faro to Blois. In September, Blois is little chillier than Faro - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chinon.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

Chinon

— 4 nights
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee Rabelais and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sainte-Chapelle de Champigny sur Veude and Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chinon: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Saumur (Eglise Saint-Pierre de Saumur & Chapelle Royale des Ardilliers) and Chateau de Breze (in Breze). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Chapelle Sainte Radegonde, get engrossed in the history at Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, do a tasting at Chateau de Ligre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Michel.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chinon road trip planning website.

You can drive from Blois to Chinon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Chinon are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Angers.

Things to do in Chinon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Angers

— 12 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau d'Angers and Chateau de Serrant. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers and Musee Lurcat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Angers: Le Mystere des Faluns - Les Perrieres (in Doue-la-Fontaine), Chateau de Tiffauges (in Tiffauges) and Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier (in Louresse-Rochemenier). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Collegiale Saint-Martin, explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Plessis-Bourre, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, and make a trip to Place du Ralliement.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Angers tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Chinon to Angers takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Angers can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — Oct 1: