Tours City Breaks
The lively capital of the Loire Valley region is famous across France for its fine food and wine. That the 'Touraine' should be held in such high regard is quite an achievement in a country that prides itself on its dedication to food and drink.
The city stands on both the River Loire and the River Cher, with a picturesque Old Town which is built on the narrow peninsula between the two rivers. The city has managed to combine beautiful modern architecture and historic buildings in almost perfect harmony. However, the charm of Tours is complemented enormously by several famous chateaux that are located within an hour's drive of the city - a drive that takes you through the pretty, endless vineyards that surround Tours.
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Tours Old Town Quarter
The 'Vieux Tours' is a compact part of the city, wedged on a narrow peninsula between the city's two rivers, and is a delight to explore on foot. The narrow winding Roman roads are lined with a rich assortment of medieval half-timbered houses, with the lively Place Plumereau at its centre, which is almost always filled with café tables and people.
Cathedral St Galien
The city's pretty cathedral boasts Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture and has beautiful stained-glass windows.
Riverside walks along the Seine
On a fine day, there is no better way to be spending your day than by taking a pleasant walk along the banks of the River Loire.
The city of Tours boasts a number of excellent museums to visit, including its archaeological museum, its museum of fine art and the Musée du Compagnonnane, dedicated to the history of craft guilds in Tours, including ropemakers, woodturners and clogmakers. There is also an interesting museum about wine.
Chateaux tours from Tours
The Tourist Office in Tours offers a wide variety of excursions to explore the Chateaux which are located in the region surrounding the city, including Château de Chenonceau, Château du Gué Péant, Château de Chissay, Château d'Amboise and Clos Lucé Manor. You can also join tours which combine the chateaux visits with trips to local vineyards to sample the fine wines of the region. Alternatively, you could even book aeroplane or helicopter tours of the region.