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near Blois.



where you can see a Carolingian church with Byzantine mosaics, is also an excellent day trip or stopover on the way to seeing castles.



Orléans Cathedral

A Catholic cathedral and impressive example of Gothic architecture. With a similar design to Notre Dame in Paris, a visit to Orleans would not be complete without a stop. The Cathedral can been seen above the buildings from most of the town.

La Cathédrale Sainte-Croix

La Maison de Jeanne d’Arc

Parc Floral

Musée historique et archéologique de l'Orléanais

Musée des Beaux Arts

Pont de l'Europe


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Orleans (French: Orléans) is the capital of the Centre-Val de Loire region of north-central France, located some 120 km (75 miles) south-west of the French capital, Paris.


By train

Many trains serve the sizeable railway station near Place Jean d'Arc, from Paris, which takes about 1 hour.

From Paris take a SNCF train from Paris's Gare d'Austerlitz to the Gare d'Orleans. These trains run frequently during the day. There is a tram which runs from the train station to the centre of the town.

By car

Take the A10 motorway south-west from Paris. The trip will be slightly one hour and a half.

You can also drive along the N20, which is a toll free road, and goes straight from Paris to Orleans. The route can is a bit longer than the highway as the road takes you through a number of villages.

By boat

Loire river is the main river in the city. It used to be navigable at the beginning of the 20th century.

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