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Chartres
Travel Guide

This Loire Valley town excites with its magnificent religious architecture, gorgeous parks, medieval streets and scenic riverside setting.

Ancient buildings, a monumental gothic cathedral, riverside parks and a spectacular light show are just some of the attractions awaiting visitors to Chartres. The picturesque city is situated in the Loire Valley on the banks of the River Eure.

Many people start their visit by exploring the cobbled streets of the medieval old town with its half-timber houses, antique stores and numerous cafés. As you do so, find your way to Chartres Cathedral. This colossal gothic structure dates back to the 12th century. Among its architectural highlights are the mismatched spires. One is Romanesque, the other is gothic. Inside, see the tunic that is said to have been worn by Mary when she gave birth to Jesus. Climb the northern spire for an incredible view of the city and beyond.

Among the town’s other ancient structures are St. Aignan Church, which originated in the fifth century and the Abbey of St. Pierre. Photograph the remains of Porte Guillaume, one of the ancient gates of Chartres.

Also worth seeing on your tour of the town are its museums. Study the large collection of tractors at the Agriculture Museum and peruse ancient and modern pieces at the Museum of Fine Arts. Visit Maison Picassiette, a house covered in mosaics.

When you are looking for some relxation, go to one of the parks. Stroll down to the banks of the river and rent a canoe or paddle boat at La Petite Venise. There is also a mini zoo here. Inhale the sweet scents of hundreds of roses at Andre Gagnon Park and walk among English oaks and redwoods at the Horticultural Gardens.

On your way out to dinner, stop by the old town for the light show. For around 200 consecutive nights, the cathedral and many other sites are illuminated by colored lights and images.

The parks, gothic cathedral and medieval streets of Chartres are approximately 56 miles (90 kilometers) from Paris. Arrive by train in little more than an hour and get around by rental car, public transport or by renting a bike from the office at the train station.

Novotel Chartres
Novotel Chartres
4 out of 5
5 ter Avenue Marcel Proust, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir
The price is $87 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of La Maison Picassiette, Church of Saint-Andre, and Chartres Cathedral. International Stained-Glass ...

4.1/5Very Good! (487 reviews)

"Perfect stopover hotel. Nice little pool, clean rooms and close to city centre. Breakfast a bit basic for its price."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Novotel Chartres
Best Western Premier Grand Monarque Hotel & Spa
Best Western Premier Grand Monarque Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
22 Place Des Épars, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir
The price is $115 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7

Located in the heart of Chartres, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Stained-Glass Centre and Chartres Cathedral. Fine Arts Museum of ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (536 reviews)

"Lovely in a central location in Chartres. All dining areas, lobby, etc were elegant and relaxing. Super comfortable bedding, excellent service."…"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Best Western Premier Grand Monarque Hotel & Spa
Hôtel Restaurant Jehan de Beauce - Les Collectionneurs
Hôtel Restaurant Jehan de Beauce - Les Collectionneurs
4 out of 5
1 Place Pierre Semard, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir
The price is $119 per night from Mar 24 to Mar 25

Located in the heart of Chartres, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Stained-Glass Centre and Chartres Cathedral. Fine Arts Museum of Chartres ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (314 reviews)

"Très bon séjour à l'hôtel Jehan de Beauce. Des menus spéciaux préparés en chambre, le chef est très doué, c'était délicieux ! Idem pour le pdj, se prend en chambre, bons produits. Hôtel idéalement placé, face à la gare, à quelques mins du centre ville. Je recommande, très bon rapport qualité ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Hôtel Restaurant Jehan de Beauce - Les Collectionneurs
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Appart'Hotel Saint-Michel
Appart'Hotel Saint-Michel
8 rue Saint-Michel, Chartres
The price is $70 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Chartres, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of International Stained-Glass Centre and Chartres Cathedral. Fine Arts Museum of Chartres ...

3.5/5Good! (8 reviews)
Bel appartement.

"Bien place excellent appart hotels."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Appart'Hotel Saint-Michel
Hotel Particulier de Champrond
Hotel Particulier de Champrond
26, Place Jean Moulin, Chartres
The price is $168 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Situated in Chartres, this apartment building is steps from International Stained-Glass Centre and Chartres Cathedral. Fine Arts Museum of Chartres and Church ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"Clé à récupérer dans un hôtel face à la gare, moins pratique si vous êtes en voiture. Manque plateau café ou un petit réfrigérateur car c’est un grand appartement avec salon."…"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2020

Hotel Particulier de Champrond
Independent House
Independent House
Chartres, Centre-Loire Valley
The price is $62 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Chartres, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of Saint-Andre and Chartres Cathedral. Fine Arts Museum of Chartres and International ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Séjour agréable

"Rien à redire, conforme à nos attentes, réception par le propriétaire très accueillant et soucieux qu'il ne manque rien pour ces hôtes et reste discret. Une petite maisonnette dans le jardin équipé d'une chambre avec sdb décoré avec goût et très propre qui comprend un parking à l'intérieur fermé ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Independent House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Nov 8, 2019

Found two lovely restaurants.

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Dee

Sep 13, 2019

The luminiiere show on until October 12 is beautiful at night

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Aug 30, 2019

One of my favorite stops on a three month summer tour of France and Iberia. Loved it.

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Aug 2, 2019

Take time to stroll through along the river into the lower village, it is absolutely gorgeous and picturesque.

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Jun 24, 2019

I thought Chartres was a nice town and the night light display was very artistic and interesting.

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May 29, 2019

Don't miss the laser night show!