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What to do in Orleans in July ?

Find ideas for outings, visits and activities to make your stay or weekend a success!

A whole host of activities not to be missed in July

in Orleans and the Loire Valley

Summer has finally arrived in Orleans, and with it a host of activities to make your stay a success. Whether you’re looking for nature outings, shows or festivals, Orleans and the surrounding area are full of activities to suit all tastes.

And this summer, between the Tour de France and the Olympic Torch Relay, our city will be vibrating more than ever to the rhythm of sport and celebration.

The Tour de France

comes to Orleans

On Tuesday 9th July, Orleans will host the start of the 10th stage of the Tour de France 2024. Get out your yellow jerseys and flags, because the city is about to vibrate to the rhythm of the cyclists! From festive events to sporting highlights, this stage promises to be unforgettable.

The Olympic Flame

lights up Orléans

On Wednesday 10th July, Orleans will light up! The Olympic Flame will pass through our beautiful city on its way to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Get ready for a historic day, filled with festivities and sport, as we proudly welcome this global symbol of Olympism.

Jeux Olympique Paris 2024 à Orléans ©Destination Orléans Val de Loire
Spectacle Son et Lumière sur la Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans ©Ville d'Orléans

Admire the Sound and Light Show

On Orleans Cathedral

Throughout the summer, Orleans’ Sainte-Croix cathedral will be transformed into a beautiful fresco of light.

Come and discover two unique and captivating 1-hour shows, completely free of charge!

Let yourself be seduced by this magical experience.

Sailing on the Loire

departure from Orléans

Need a breath of summer air and a dose of nature? Set sail on Europe’s last wild river, aboard a traditional Loire boat.

Balade en vélo à Orléans ©Ludovic Letot

Bike tour

in Orléans and the surrounding area

Discover the cycling routes of Orléans and the Loire Valley!

Take to the cycle paths of the Loire à vélo or the picturesque trails of the Orleans forest. Opt for a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way to explore the magnificent Orléans region.

You can hire a bike directly here.

From the crypts to the Parc de Loire

Visit Orleans with us

Explore Orleans top to bottom, delve into the mysteries of The city from below, and set off to discover biodiversity on Île Charlemagne!

Discover our full programme of summer guided tours, full of history, surprises and fun.

Hauteurs de la cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans avec la visite guidée Orléans de haut en bas ©Ludovic Letot
Musée des Beaux Arts d'Orléans ©Lezbroz

A cultural summer

Orléans museums

Discover the museums on your holiday in Orléans, and make the most of your stay! All summer long, you’ll find surprising and captivating exhibitions.

  • “Jouer avec le Feu” of Johan Creten: Discover the 11 monumental sculptures scattered around the city and admire the 73 drawings and 31 sculptures on display at the Musée des Beaux-Arts until 22 September.
  • “Les Illudoxes 3D” at the MOBE: Explore stereograms, breathtaking optical illusions that will put your visual skills to the test at MOBE from 13 to 24 July and 3 to 14 August.
  • “Les Simonnet” at the FRAC: Immerse yourself in the unique artistic world of Jean-Marie and Marthe Simonnet, artists inspired by a modular approach inherited from their architectural thinking, until 18 August at the FRAC.

Discover the Parc Floral

Cool outings

During the summer, the Parc Floral is transformed into a haven of peace, ideal for relaxing and recharging your batteries. Explore its dazzling themed gardens, where bulbs, irises, dahlias, roses and perennials vie with each other in colour and fragrance.

The park is home to a zoo, where you can be enchanted by pink flamingos, exotic birds, ducks, farm animals and even tropical butterflies.

Parc Floral de La Source Orléans Val de Loire Tourisme
Balade conviviale à bord du Fiesta Vélo, la guinguette mobile ©Fiesta Vélo

On your pedals

with Fiesta Vélo

Every Thursday in Orléans, come pedal and have a laugh with Fiesta’Vélo! Climb aboard the giant bike and discover the city’s most fun mobile guinguette. You’ll get a free drink!

Let yourself be carried along by the water

with Aventure Outdoor

Take a trip down the Loire with Aventure Outdoor and enjoy unforgettable experiences. Explore the wild river on a canoe trip, bivouac on the banks of the Loire and follow in the fascinating footsteps of the beavers and birds that inhabit these exceptional landscapes.

Let yourself be carried away by this unique adventure that will reconnect you with nature and give you unforgettable memories along the water.

Canoë-bivouac sur la Loire à Bou © Ludovic Letot
Festival Cocorico Electro La Ferté Saint Aubin

An immersive festival experience

Summer festivals

The festival season is starting in Orléans, with a wide variety of music to suit all tastes!

Don’t miss Cocorico Electro, a festival dedicated exclusively to electro music, held at the castle of la Ferté Saint-Aubin, or the Music Club Festival at the Parc Floral, which promises a warm, acoustic atmosphere worthy of a jazz club.

These events are not to be missed and deserve a place in your diaries!

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