Broaden Horizons Orléans Loire Valley

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    Broaden Horizons Orléans Loire Valley

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    Orléans Walking Tour
    With Private Licensed Tourist Guide Lecturer

    The location of Orléans, Loire Valley nearest city from Paris, made its port, until the 19th century, one of the main France economical center. You will discover during our Orléans Walking Tour that apart from the few medieval remains an important Renaissance heritage still wishes of the city prestigious past. The proximity of Paris, the recently renovated historical center, its architectural diversity, the exceptional cathedral, the Loire banks and the nature very present all around Orléans made the city of Joan of Arc an ideal weekend destination.

    Orléans Walking Tour
    With Private Licensed Tourist Guide Lecturer

    The location of Orléans, Loire Valley nearest city from Paris, made its port, until the 19th century, one of the main France economical center. You will discover during our Orléans Walking Tour that apart from the few medieval remains an important Renaissance heritage still wishes of the city prestigious past. The proximity of Paris, the recently renovated historical center, its architectural diversity, the exceptional cathedral, the Loire banks and the nature very present all around Orléans made the city of Joan of Arc an ideal weekend destination.

    Pavillons d'Escures, Orleans, Loire Valley, France

    Orléans Walking Tour: Place du Martroi, Orléans main square, with its famous Joan of Arc statue. Orléans Loire Valley, France © Broaden horizons

    An ORLéANS walking TOUR: THE BEST WAY TO DISCOVER THE CITY

    Our Orléans Walking Tour Essentials

    • Licensed tourist guide lecturer
    • Guide also owns VPAH Loire Valley Certification
    • Chose between 2 tour duration
    • A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours

    1.5 Hours Orléans Walking Tour

    The 1,5 hours Orléans Walking Tour, privately, in a little group exclusively yours, is the most efficient way to discover Orléans and its rich history. Four main themes are broached during the tour :   

     

    1. Gallo-Roman Orléans: Cenabum then Aurelianorum

    • Gallo-Roman city wall remains
    • Decumanus, Cardo ( Gallo-Roman main streets)

    2. Medieval Orléans 

    • Belfry (end of middle age)
    • Des Créneaux house (13e et 15e centuries)
    • Joan of Arc House (reconstruction)

    3. The Renaissance in Orléans 

    • Hôtel Groslot (where King François II died)
    • Des Créneaux hôtel (transition Flamboyant Gothic to Renaissance)
    • Hôtel Cabu (2nd Renaissance: Henri II style)
    • Campo-Santo (Former Cemetery Renaissance galleries)

    4. Modern era

    • Sainte-Croix  Cathedral (rayonnant, flamboyant & modern Gothic)
    • Loire Quay and ancient fluvial port
    • Pavillons d’Escures  (17th century mansions)
    • WII Post-war years reconstruction (Orléans experimentation)
    Photo of the Loire river bank, Orléans, Loire Valley, France.

    Orléans Walking Tour: The Loire river banks in Orléans. Recently renovated the quays are the heritage of the ancient port of Orléans on the river Loire. The port of Orléans was very active until mid 19 th century. Nowadays the quayside are a popular stroll destination © Broaden horizons.

    An exceptional architectural heritage of a great diversity 

    The route of the tour the Orléans Walking Tour will allows you to discover for sure the rich Renaissance heritage of Orléans but also some unexpected aspects of the city as for example the diversity of its architecture:

    • Half-timbered houses 
    • Art Deco District 
    • Art Nouveau  building
    • Classical 
    • Neoclassical

    We will also speak about Modern Gothic, neither Glamboyant Gothic nor neo-Gothic : an architectural exception to be discovered during your Orléans Walking Tour.

    Photo of Sainte Croix Cathedral from place de l'Etape in Orléans, Loire Valley, France.

    Orléans Walking Tour – View from the place de l’Étape of the Orléans Cathedral an unic monument : a gothic cathedral built in the modern era Orléans, Loire Valley, France © Broaden horizons

    3 Hours Orléans Walking Tour

    Extra content

    The 3 hour Orléans Walking Tour is based on the 1,5-hour tour. Nevertheless the tour route is notably enlarged alowing the discovery of some extra points of interest of the city, like for example two prestigious Renaissance Mansions :

    • La Vieille Intendance also called the « Logis du roi » (King house) ;
    • Jeannot le bouteiller (King François I’s sommelier) Mansion. 

    The Art Nouveau and Eclectic buildings of the Republic street and the « Palais de justice » (Law Court), Orléans biggest neoclassical building, are some of the other monuments we will discover in this extended version of the tour.

    The 3-hour  tour normally also allows a short visit of hôtel Groslot. 

     

    Pavillons d'Escures, Orleans, Loire Valley, France
    Photo : Veille intendance mansion and garden also called « Logis du roi » (King house). It was build in the begining of the 16th century under the reign of Louis XII formely duc of Orléans.© Broaden horizons.

    More comfort and flexibility

    Globally this long tour option gives more time to do everything more comfortably and see a larger zone of Orléans city center.

    Moreover, the Orléans Walking Tour route has been optimized to show you as many places as possible. We have designed the tours to be dissimilar from one another, so don’t be afraid to also follow our « Orléans Joan of Arc tour » and « Orléans Cathedral tour ».

    Nevertheless, the magic word of the three hours private Orléans Walking Tour is flexibility.

    So, if you want the extra part of the tour to focus more on Joan of Arc and / or on the Orléans Cathedral we will be happy to adjust the tour content per your request, if possible.

    Half-timbered houses of differente colors in Orléans, Loire valley, France

    Loire River’s photo : the cathedral and the George V bridge. It was constructed instead of the medieval bridge around which English and French with Joan of Arc where fighting during the hundred year war

    Orléans History Overview

    Orléans is before all a city of the Loire Valley with an exceptional location on the northern point of the river Loire (the nearest to Paris). This strategical location contributed to giving Orléans an important place in French history :
     

    • 451: Attila, Hun King gave up the siege of Orléans.
    • 511: Orléans Council, Clovis gather Gaule’s Bishops.
    • December 987: Robert le Pieux coronation in Orléans.
    • December 1022: first stake of medieval Christianity
    • 1108 Louis VI le Gros coronation in Orléans cathedral.
    • 1306: founding of the Orléans University (4th in France).
    • May 8, 1429: Jeanne d’Arc, English gave up Orléans siege. 
    • 1567: Prince of Condé made Orléans the capital of Protestant France.
    • June 1940, WWII Bombings, 20% of city center is destroyed.  

    Key vocabulary for the Orléans Walking Tour

    Here bellow is a bit of vocabulary you will need to make the most of your Orléans Walking tour:

    Gothic related vocabulary: pointed arch, gable, finial, niche, canopy, dripstone, turret etc.

    Renaissance related vocabulary: capital, pilar, pilaster, column, doric, ionic, corinthien, composite, scallop, dentil etc.

    Artists and Architects of the Orléans Walking Tour

    • J.A. Houdon, works of the sculptor on the cathedral facade)
    • P. Belmondo, sculptor, father of actor Jean-Paul Belmondo
    • Marie d’Orleans, sculptor, King Louis-Philippe daughter
    • Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, Renaissance architect
    • François-Narcisse Pagot, 19th-century Neoclassical architecte
    • Pol Abraham : WW II Orléans reconstruction architecte 

    Street Art is also visible, if you know where to look ! 

    Photo of the Hotel Groslot gardens to illustrate an Orléans guided tour in the Loire Valley, France.

    Orléans Walking Tour: hôtel Groslot 19th-century romantic gardens, in which are the vestiges of the Saint James Chapelle. This is one of the numerous green spaces of the city. Hôtel Groslot was probably build following plans by famous Renaissance Architect Jacques Androuet du Cerceau. In the courtyard is a famous romantic sculpture of Joan of Arc by princess Marie d’Orléans. © Broaden horizons.

    Why to Visit Orléans Today?

    A newly restored recognized heritage

    Nowadays Orléans is the capital city of the «Région Centre-Val de Loire » (Loire Valley region), the core city of a 281 899 inhabitants urban area.

    Orléans city center is part of the Loire Valley territory covered by the UNESCO accreditation. Orléans rich cultural heritage is also recognized by being listed as « villes d’art et d’histoire » (cities of art and history) the French heritage label.

    Since the beginning of the years 2000 Orléans old city center has been systematically restored. The result is impressive!

    A green city

    With many green zones and an easy access to the Loire and Loiret river banks, Orléans is an ideal place for nice and relaxing strolls.

    A city very easily accessible from Paris

    At only one hour by intercity train from Paris, Orléans is the closest point of the Loire Valley from the French capital. So drop in for an easy day trip and a nice Orléans city tour with us!

    Half-timbered houses of differente colors in Orléans, Loire valley, France
    Orléans Walking Tour: Newly renovated Orleans old city center. A public garden have greated in front of an old street with Numerous half timbered houses. If the oldest half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages others are from the Renaissance, the 17th or 18th centuries. The different typology of wood frames and colors depends  of the period of construction. Orléans, Loire Valley, France © Broaden horizons.

    What else to do in the Orléans Area

    Thematic Orléans walking tours

    We offer two more tours of Orléans in English:
    Orléans Cathedral and its Distric Tour
    Joan of Arc & Orléans Walking Tour

    Orléans Museum of Fine Arts tour

    Orléans Museum of Fine Arts is one of the richest outside of Paris, a Loire Valley must-seen. Don’t miss it if you visit Orléans and make the most of it with Our Orléans Museum of Fine Arts Guided Tour.

    More activities an landmarks in the Orléans area

    Check our dedicated page, Visit Orléans the Loire Valley next to Paris where are listed points of interest around Orléans as: Loire Valley Castle,  Joan of Arc related places, abbeys, etc.

    Half-timbered houses of differente colors in Orléans, Loire valley, France
    Orléans Walking Tour: photo of Ariadne in Naxos by Le Nain brothers, one of the numerous masterpieces of the Orléans Museum of Fine Arts. If you visit Orléans do not miss the Orléans Museum of Fine arts which is an important landmark of the Loire Valley. The museum houses important collections of paintings from the 16th to the 20th centuries and the second 18th century pastel collection in France after le Louvre’s one. photo © Orléans Museum of Fine Arts.

    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 by Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers.
    • Postgraduate from Paris-Dauphine University.  

    Highlights of Your Orléans Walking Tour

    • Private tour.
    • Choice between 1.5 hour or 3 hours tour.
    • Get a glimpse of Orléans history from Roman empire to 20th century
    • Discover the heritage of 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 line 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

    Our Services in Orléans

    Broaden Horizons Orléans
    Val de Loire

    Contact

    contact.orl.en@broaden-horizons.fr

    Orléans Guided Tour Services

    Reach Orléans

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

    Orléans guided tours : Logo of FNGIC French national federation of guide interpreters and speakers

    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.