Five cool and unusual experiences in Orléans Métropole

Orléans, a cool and unusual metropolis!

Fives cool ans unusual experiences!

Over the centuries, Orléans Métropole has been shaped by its close relationship with the Loire as well as its fascinating historical and cultural heritage.

From Sainte-Croix Cathedral to its inextricable bond with Joan of Arc, Orléans has built its reputation on the many symbols of the city’s past. However, there is far more to Orléans than meets the eye!

Discover the cool and unusual experiences that promise to make your stay in Orléans Métropole entertaining and unique in equal measure.


Take a stroll with a greeter

Do you know what a Greeter is? Venture off the beaten path and discover the cool and unusual side of Orléans Métropole with a local volunteer! Put yourself in the capable hands of an Orléans native as they share their passion for their neighbourhood and city. Get their recommendations for things to see and do around the city, and make a new friend along the way.

This entirely free guided tour is the ideal option for exploring different parts of the city: stroll around the old town, pass through the Dunois quarter, enjoy a lovely walk on the banks of the Loire or simply check out the night life of Orléans. An original and personal way to discover cultural surprises that even frequent visitors to the city might not know about!




Traditional boat trips on the Loire

If the idea of exploring the Loire on a traditional river craft floats your boat, then look no further! Set sail on an unforgettable boat cruise. This toue sablière, a small, flat-bottomed barge measuring between 10 and 20 metres long, provides an original mode of transport taking you into the heart of the local countryside. The captain always enjoys sharing his love for his boat and his extensive knowledge of the Loire with passengers. An ideal activity for visitors of all ages to enjoy with the family, a group of friends or that special someone!

A fan of river and canal cruising and interested in learning more about the Loire and its sailors? Then come for the Loire Festival, the biggest European gathering of river boats taking place from 18 to 22 September 2019.




Ride in a hot-air balloon

Have you always dreamed of flying through the air, free as a bird? Do you want a unique and exhilarating experience? Then set sail in a hot-air balloon and view Orléans from way up high.

Share the magic of a hot-air balloon ride with a small, intimate group. Riding the wind currents, you will feel in perfect communion with the natural landscape below, a striking mosaic of colour unfurling in every direction. From the meandering Loire to the region’s most prominent landmarks, get a whole new perspective of the region on this thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience!




Another way to visit Orléans

Orléans Val de Loire Tourisme offers a selection of guided tours, such as Orléans Top to Bottom. Climb all 252 steps up to the top of Sainte-Croix Cathedral to find the best panoramic views of the city. Your efforts will be rewarded with a moment to catch your breath and the sweeping views of Orléans and the Loire. Then venture down into the ‘bowels’ of the city to visit the crypt of St. Avit, a Romanesque vault which lay hidden until the 19th century.

After visiting the famous Cathedral and the crypts, join our ‘Play Detective’ tour! Team up with Inspector Salerno and hunt for clues and symbols around the city. Learn, interpret and, most importantly, discover how this multi-faceted city was built through the ages.




Explore street art in Orléans

Orléans and street art, a long-term relationship!

From the cats by internationally-renowned artist Thoma Vuilla to the graffitied walls of the former Dessaux vinegar factory, not to mention the ‘MUR Orléans’, MifaMosa’s mosaics, the famous fish by Rire fish and the Levalet collages, Orléans is awash with street art.

During your visit to Orléans, swing by the Mur Orléans (Orléans wall) on the front of Les Carmes Cinema on Rue Henri Roy to see a modern work of art in continual renewal. Plus every April, Orléans comes to life, hosting two events devoted to street art—the Loire Art Show and the Roads Festival—to promote all manner of urban art to a wide audience.