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As the western gateway to the Loire Valley there are plenty of things to do in Tours, which is also a strategic basecamp for exploring the region's fairy-tale châteaux and vine-clad slopes. Storybook scenery awaits in the medieval quarter, where the artful jumble of half-timbered buildings and cobbled lanes host lively street markets and terrace cafés. The mighty Loire River is the lifeblood of the town, and the tree-lined promenade is the spot for afternoon strolls and evening dining. Meanwhile, daily tours set out for Chenonceau, Villandry, and the Loire Valley wineries.

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Tours Old Town

Tours Old Town

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The old city center of Tours, called Old Town (Vieux Tours), is one of medieval-era winding streets, quaint shops, a bustling square (Place Pumereau) with cafes and restaurants and half-timbered homes that date back to the 14th century. With so much to see here, it's a wonder that the city had at one point slated to tear it all down in favor of a grid street system!Don't miss the St Gatien Cathedral, the weekly market in Place Jean Jaurès or the garden of the Musée des Beaux-Arts. This is where a cedar tree planted by Napoleon Bonaparte sits, as well as a bizarre stuffed elephant from the 1903 circus that came through town.More
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Chateau Gaillard

Chateau Gaillard

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Take your place alongside royalty with a visit to Chateau Gaillard, one of the Loire Valley’s most celebrated palaces, commissioned by Charles VIII in 1496. The chateau is known for having some of the first Renaissance-style gardens in France, and today both its interior and grounds are open to visitors.More

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Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle
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Hot-Air Balloon Ride over the Loire Valley, from Amboise & Chenonceau
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Loire Valley Wine Tour in Vouvray and Montlouis
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Loire Valley Half Day Wine Tour from City of Tours : 2 wine tastings in Vouvray
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Amboise Discovery Segway 45mn
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Best Tour Of Tours (1 hour)

Best Tour Of Tours (1 hour)

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Guided walking tour of Chenonceau chateau

Guided walking tour of Chenonceau chateau

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