Known for its delicious wines and many beautiful chateaux, the Loire Valley is only a short train or car ride from Paris (110 miles/175 km). If you only have a few days to travel, this 8-day itinerary includes the highlights of Paris and the Loire Valley, with visits to Le Marais, organic vineyards, and castles. If you have a bit more time, this 14-day tour also takes you to the landing beaches of Normandy and to Mont-Saint-Michel, as well as spending several days in Paris and the Loire Valley.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Driving to the Loire Valley from Paris is quick and convenient, and you'll be able to visit the many castles on the banks of the Loire River more easily. The traffic around Paris is often busy, so make sure to plan a little extra time to avoid feeling rushed.
Once you're on the Periphérique, drive south until you reach A6A/E5 toward A10. From there, get on the A10 highway, which will take you straight to the Loire Valley.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Taking a train to the Loire Valley means you avoid Parisian traffic jams. Once you arrive, you can either rent a car or book a local tour.
Trains to the Loire Valley leave from Paris Montparnasse train station. Take a train to Tours—there are many daily direct trains to choose from. Once you reach Tours, you can easily rent a car or book a tour to the Loire Valley's star attractions, including chateaux, charming villages, rolling green hills, and plenty of vineyards.