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Visit Orleans

Learn about the siege led by Joan of Arc, visit the stunning cathedral and explore the picturesque landscape of Loiret.

Orléans is a pretty city with cobblestone streets and plazas and the Loire River passing through. Cycle along the river and enjoy the many medieval sights around the city center.

Visit the St. Croix Cathedral, with a Gothic design resembling Paris’ Notre Dame. It dates back to the 13th century, with major renovation in the 17th century after being damaged. Marvel at the stained-glass windows telling the story of Joan of Arc, a French heroine who led the French to victory against the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Eventually, she was captured and burned at the stake.

In the Maison de Jeanne d’Arc, see a reconstruction of the small house where the teenage heroine stayed before leading the siege. Inspect the model village representing the town’s 15th-century layout. Watch a short movie about Joan of Arc.

Celebrate the week-long Joan of Arc Festival in May. Local residents and visitors dress up in traditional clothing. Take part in the medieval customs, such as old culinary treats.

Explore the magnificent gardens of Floral Park and sit down for a picnic with your family. Capture photos of statues, fountains and children’s play areas. Marvel at the range of exotic plants and see a tributary of the Loire River.

Look at the intriguing art displayed at the Fine Arts Museum. Make your way to the Centre Charles Péguy to learn about one of France’s most acclaimed poets.

Orléans is located in the Loiret Department, 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Paris, the location of the nearest international airport. Drive between the two cities in less than 2 hours. Cycle around the attractive Loire Valley and stay at one of the many châteaus. Other nearby towns include Le Mans, Montargis, Versailles and Tours.

Come to learn about Joan of Arc and fall in love with the gorgeous town of Orléans, with its pleasant gardens and surrounding countryside.

Where to stay in Orleans

Bourgogne
Sainte-Croix Cathedral featuring interior views, a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

Bourgogne

4.5/5(3 reviews)

While visiting Bourgogne, you might make a stop by sights like Hôtel Groslot and Sainte-Croix Cathedral.

Saint-Vincent
Saint-Vincent, Orleans, France

Saint-Vincent

When in Saint-Vincent, you can plan a visit to Hôtel Groslot and House of Joan of Arc, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Top Hotels in Orleans

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mercure Orléans Centre
Mercure Orléans Centre
4 out of 5
44, quai Barentin, Orleans, Loiret
$77
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4

Situated in Orleans, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of House of Joan of Arc, Place du Martroi, and Sainte-Croix Cathedral. Museum of Fine Arts and Zenith ...

4.2/5Excellent! (568 reviews)
Holiday

"We stayed for one night the hotel is old but clean and comfortable the breakfast was very nice and service was great couldn't do enough for us very accommodating."…"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Mercure Orléans Centre
Appart'City Orleans
Appart'City Orleans
3 out of 5
4 Rue de Lahire, Orleans, Loiret
$47
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7

Located in Châteaudun-Bannier, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of House of Joan of Arc, Hôtel Groslot, and Place du Martroi. Sainte-Croix Cathedral ...

3.6/5Good! (644 reviews)

"Very centrally located and about a 15 minute walk from the old town."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Appart'City Orleans
Campanile Orleans Centre - Gare
Campanile Orleans Centre - Gare
3 out of 5
40 rue de la Republique, Orleans
$44
per night
Jan 4 - Jan 5

Located in the heart of Orleans, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hôtel Groslot, Sainte-Croix Cathedral, and Place du Martroi. House of Joan of Arc and ...

3.9/5Good! (371 reviews)
campanile

"nice hotel could of done with a radiator in the bathroom"…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2018

Campanile Orleans Centre - Gare

Popular things to do in Orleans

Hôtel Groslot
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trover photo by Nelleke VanEck

Hôtel Groslot

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Hôtel Groslot, a landmark worth seeing in Orleans. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Place du Martroi
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trover photo by Nelleke VanEck

Place du Martroi

5/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Place du Martroi, a landmark worth seeing in Orleans. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Parc Floral de la Source
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trover photo by Μαρκ Παπαγιάννη

Parc Floral de la Source

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Parc Floral de la Source, a lovely green space in La Source.

Top activities in Orleans

Day Trip From Paris to Loire Valley
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Day Trip From Paris to Loire Valley

$178

Visit historic villages of the Loire Valley, admire natural surroundings, be impressed by the beauty of castles, and the taste of theFrench wine. Take a day trip from Paris to one of the most beautiful places in France - the Loire Valley which central part is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES by train - Day trip from PARIS
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LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES by train - Day trip from PARIS

$349

_we only offer privatized sightseeing tours. No grouping with others unknown perso_n. avoid the traditional traffic-jams when travelling in a coach and escape from PARIS by train. THE LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES (3 castles) This is the basic tour for a day ( 03 castles included).

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