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    Orléans Joan of Arc Walking Tour With Private Licensed Guide Lecturer

    Joan of Arc is a French heroine, an icon since nearly six centuries, her epic is strongly linked with the Loire Valley, with Tours, Blois or Chinon but Orléans is apart on the list, it is the place of Joan of Arc first and chief victory, the turning point of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France. Your Joan of Arc Tour in Orléans, with a private licensed guide will conduct you on the footsteps of this young woman called Jeanne who, in Orléans, in a few days of the spring of 1429, changed the course of French and English history.

    Photo of a Joan of Arc sculpture by Princess Marie d'Orléans at the entry of Hôtel Groslot to illustrate the Orléans Joan of Arc WalkingTtour in Val de Loire, France.

    Joan of Arc sculpture by Princess Marie d’Orléans  – in Orleans, Val de Loire, France © Broaden horizons

    The Orléans Joan of Arc Walking Tour Something not to miss in Orléans

    Our Orléans Joan of Arc Guided Tour Essentials

    • Licensed tourist guide lecturer
    • Guide also owns VPAH Loire Valley certificate
    • Tour lasts around 1.5 hour
    • A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours


    Why to do the Orléans Joan of Arc Walking Tour ? 

    Because Joan of Arc, in French Jeanne d’Arc, is the symbolic figure of the city.

    Indeed it is following her intervention that the English army left the siege  of Orléans on the 8th of May, 1429. This event is considered as the watershed of the Hundred Years’ War between France and England.

    Eternally grateful for nearly 600 years, Orléans still celebrate this event during the Joan of Arc Festival in French « les Fêtes de Jeanne d’Arc » from the 29th of April to the 8th of May each year.

    Often called  the Maid of Orléans, she is present everywhere in the streets (dedicated iconography, squares, streets and monuments). So an Orléans Joan of Arc walking tour is something you shouldn’t miss !

    Joan of arc in "The Vision and Inspiration". An oil and gold leaf on canvas by Louis Maurice Boutet de Monvel to illustrate the Joan of Arc Guided Tour in Orléans

    Oil and gold leaf on canvas named « The Vision and Inspiration » by Orleans native painter Louis Maurice Boutet de Monvel. The big version of the painting is presented in the Orleans Museum of Fine Arts meanwhile a smaller one is shown in the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The canvas depicts Joan of Arc receiving visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret.

    The Joan of Arc Walking Tour Spirit and Content

    In this Joan of Arc tour, we will tell you about her story and more specifically about the Orléans-related historical figures : Isabelle Romée (Joan of Arc mother), Pierre du Lys (One of her brothers and comrades in arms), La Hire, the Bastard of Orléans (a Duke of Orléans’s son) etc.

    Moreover, the tour has been structured in three levels :

    1. Middle Ages heritage still present in Orléans

    City wall remains, Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier Collegial, the Middle Age law university with the « salle des Thèses », the Tour Blanche, stone or half-timbered houses, etc.

    2. Joan of Arc iconography

    The Maid of Orléans is omnipresent in the city: the stain-glass windows of the  Cathedral Saint-Croix, Romantic statues, streets, etc.

    3. Joan of Arc-related places

    Places where she passed through, corresponding military events:  Bourgogne street,  des Tourelles Battle etc.

    We will also see the of house of Joan of Arc which is the reconstructed house of Jacques Boucher, Treasurer General to the Duke of Orléans in which Joan of Arc was living during her stay in the city.

    An extra reason to follow our Orléans Joan of Arc walking tour

    Besides our Joan of Arc tour also allows you to discover the South East city center which is not covered by the two other tours.

    Our Orléans walking tours are designed to avoid redundancies as much as possible. So do not hesitate to follow all of the three of them if you want.

    Photo of a stained glass by Jacques Galland and Esprit Gibelin depicting Joan of Arc live to illustrate  the Orléans Joan of Arc Walking Tour in the Loire Valley, France.

    The entry of Joan of Arc in Orléans April 29 of 1429 : One of the 10 stained glass windows by Jacques Galland and Esprit Gibelin depicting the Joan of Arc live in Saint-Croix Cathedral – in Orléans, Val de Loire, France © Broaden horizons

    More About Joan of Arc in Orléans: the Museums

    The cathedral is not the only Orléans monument in which you can see some representation of Joan of Arc. Hôtel Groslot and Orléans Museum of History and Archeology are also showing an interesting iconography.

    Nevertheless the Orléans Museum of find Arts is the where you will fine more of Joan of Arc-related works of art, as for example canvas by  painter Boutet de Monvel who got worldly fame at the end of the 19th century for his Joan of Arc illustrated for children

    So if you are a real fan of Joan of Arc and you don’t have enough with our « Joan of Arc Orléans walking tour » do not hesitate to ask us to organize a museum complement for your Joan of Arc tour. 

    Joan of Arc painting by Jean-Jacques Scherrer to illustrate the Orleans Joan of Arc Walking Tour in Orleans Loire Valley, France

    The entry of Joan of Arc in Orleans in rue de Bourgogne a famous oil painting by Jean-Jacques Scherrer. This academic painting represents Joan of Arc as an icon for all the people of France : rich and powerful as poor and humble. © Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans.

    The Story of Joan of Arc the Maid of Orléans

    Childhood : Joan of Arc was born in east of France around 1412. At  thirteen years old, she starts to hear a voice from God,

    Orléans : At 17 she claimed the voices (She will later name them as being Saint Michael, Saint Catherine and Saint Marguerite) told her to raise the siege of Orléans from the English.

    Joan of Arc reached to meet the Dauphin Charles in Chinon who trusted her, and following her intervention in Orléans English army gave up the siege of the city on the 8th of May, 1429. 

    Reims Coronation : Joan of Arc insists that the Dauphin should go to Reims to receive his rightful crown. And after some other important French victories during the Loire campaign, the Dauphin was consecrate King Charles VII of France on the 17th July of 1429.

    These Orléans events ended by the Reims coronation were the watershed of the Hundred Years’ War which finally ended with the victory of the French against England in 1453. 

    Rouen trial : Joan of Arc was burned alive years before in Rouen in 1431, as after her capture in Compiègne she was put on trial by a pro-English Bishop and declared guilty.

    Rehabilitation : Joan of Arc trial was reopened by the examination of Joan’s mother, Isabelle Romée in the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris on the 7th of November 1455. The original sentence of Rouen was officially canceled in the same city on the 7th of July 1456.

    The city of Orléans took in Joan of Arc mother. One of the Joan of Arc’s brother, Pierre du Lys also settled near Orléans.

    Joan of Arc is considered a heroine of France, she was canonized in 1920.

    Tour Booking Information

    Know Your Licensed Guide in Orléans

    • State-graduate licensed guide lecturer.
    • Centre-Loire Valley Region accredidation (VPAH).
    • Bachelor with honors in Heritage Developpement & Preservation from Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers.
    • Postgraduate from Paris-Dauphine University.  

    Highlights of Your Orleans Jeanne of Arc Tour

    • Private tour
    • Discover the history of Joan of Arc in Orléans 
    • The opportunity to ask your dedicated guide any related questions

    Meeting Point

    In front of the Hôtel Groslot,
    place de l’Etape, 45000 Orléans.

    Access: Tram ligne B, station Cathédrale.

    Attention Points

    • Tour is on foot.
    • Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks or any other extra services.
    • Neighborhood tour:  we don’t enter in monuments unless otherwise specified.
    • Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies.
    • Weather: the tour will start on schedule rain or shine.

    Choose below your tour: You will then be  asked : -> choose the number of people, date & hour of visit -> after our validation-> pay on line.

    Choose below your tour

    You will then be  asked : 

    • choose number of people, date & hour of visit
    • after our validation
    • pay on line
    Photo of a sculpture of Joan of Arc by Denis Foyatier in place du Martroi, main square of Orléans to illustrate the Joan of Arc Guided Tour

     Joan of Arc tour, Orleans, Val de Loire, France © Broaden Horizons

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    Located at a little more than one hundred kilometers in the south of Paris, Orléans is easily accessible by intercity train (approx. one hour) from Paris-Austerlitz train station.

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    Your  licensed guide in Orléans is the holder of card n° CG 17-45-05, he is a member of FNGIC which is a member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.