Jardin de la charpenterie à Orléans avec vue sur la cathédrale Sainte-Croix

5 good reasons

to visit Orleans with a group

Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans

1. A destination with many faces

Orleans is a modern city that has carefully preserved its historical, cultural and natural heritage.

The city is proud of its half-timbered houses, parks with their long and fascinating horticultural history, renegerated quaysides and enticing regional cuisine!

The city's cultural calendar includes a number of international events throughout the year.

La Loire à Orléans vue depuis le pont George V

2. A city on a royal river

There is always something happening on the Loire, France's longest river, which flows east to west through Orleans.

Added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 2000, the 280-km-long Loire Valley is a place of exceptional biodiversity not to mention rich history and culture !

Parc Floral de La Source, Orléans, Loiret

3. Orleans, a green city

Orleans is a remarkably green city with its leafy open spaces and forests not to mention horticultural traditions perhaps inspired by the beautiful roses, peonies and clematis that grow here.

These natural treasures, a pleasure for all the senses, await you in the city's many parks and gardens.

Statue de Jeanne d'Arc sur la place du Martroi à Orléans

4. The city of Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc and the French troops forced the English to withdraw on 8 May 1429, ending the Siege of Orleans.

The city commemorates her historic arrival with medallions along the streets and remembers her in stained glass, painting and sculpture.

Don't miss the Joan of Arc Festival, the only one of its kind and listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2018.

Château de Chambord près d'Orléans

5. A tourist hub

Just one hour from Paris, Orleans is the perfect starting point to tour the famous châteaux along the Loire and Loiret rivers.

Several of these estates - including the châteaux of Sully-sur-Loire, Meung-sur-Loire, La Ferté Saint-Aubin, Chambord and Blois - are less than an hour's drive away.

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