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Gien is a pretty riverside town in central France, around 130kms south of the capital Paris and also well within reach of old Orleans. It is on the Loire River in nice surroundings, making it beneficial to pick up car hire in Gien.
This once royal commune has a fine disposition on the Loire River and is especially known for its production of high quality ceramics and for its cheap car hire in Gien. It has many intriguing old buildings that have seen much rebuilding after heavy bombing during WWII.
The International Museum of Hunting (Musée International de la Chasse) is the main architectural and education highlight. It resides in grand chateau that hails from the 15th century and features many fascinating exhibits, including a large variety of armaments and ceramics. The museum also lays on a presentation of methods for crockery manufacture.
Another top sight which can be seen with car rental in Gien is the nearby Company Gien Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Faïencerie), which shows you how the items are churned out, while the church and castle of Arrabloy are also worth a look. Perhaps the most interesting structure in the town is the 400-year-old bridge that spans the Loire.
There is some nice driving to be had in this region of France with cheap car hire in Gien owing to the flatness of the terrain and the high quality of the roads. Orleans is just 80kms northwest along the Loire River. The road hugs it all the way. Orleans boasts an impressive cathedral and a happy nightlife along Rue de Bourgogne.