ROYAL CITY OF TOURS - 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT from 145 €/person
Come visit the city of Tours and its museums, the castle of Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry Gardens and taste the wines of Vouvray
Arrival in Tours in the morning.
Check into your chosen accommodation in the city center of Tours (hotel**, *** or ****).
During the morning :
Visit on your own of the MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS of Tours. From the Revolution period onwards, these were collected from wealthy residences in Touraine, and there later on completed with pieces taken during Bonaparte’s campaigns, State donations, gifts, legacies and more recent purchases. Most of the remarkable masterpieces (N. Ceccarelli, L.veneziano 14th century, A.Mantegna 15th century, Rubens, Rembrant, Champaigne, Le Sueur 17th century; J.-M.Nattier, F.Lemoyne, F.Boucher, J.-B. Perronneau 18th century, E.Degas, E.Delacroix, C.Monet, A.Rodin 19th century; M.Denis, O.Debré, A.Calder, A. Giacometti 20th century…)are displayed throught the sumptuously furnished reception rooms whick evoke the daily life in a provincial 18th century palace.
Lunch on your own expenses.
During the afternoon :
Visit on your own of the MUSEE DU COMPAGNONNAGE, a municipal institution listed as a “Musée de France”. Collective masterpieces from the 19th century, masterpieces of patience, masterpieces created for reception into a guild, along with Companions’ attributes (sticks, flasks and colours), commemorative pictures, tools, archives, traditions and works by Companions of the Tour of France, from their beginnings to the present day, are all represented.
Then, continue with your car to Vouvray with your car, small village built at the foot of the cliff where cave dwellings are dug in the rock. It is also the Vouvray wine area, famous for its white wine from the IV th century, during which Saint Martin introduced the vineyards.
Guided tour of the "Cave des producteurs de Vouvray" and tasting.
Return to Tours.
Dinner in a city centre restaurant of Tours.
Accommodation in Tours (hotel**, *** or ****).
Meeting point at the tourist office.
Departure with an air conditioned minibus with a driver for a an excursion to discover 2 monuments of the Loire valley chateaux (visits on your own).
Visit of the CHATEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU. The chateau was built on an island in the middle of the Indre river and surrounded by greenery . It is a perfect example of the Early French Renaissance architecture.
Visit of the GARDENS OF VILLANDRY. You will walk through one of the most beautiful gardens in France distributed on three levels : the water garden, surrounded by a cloister made of linden trees , the ornamental garden, displaying its "love", "music" and herb gardens, the kitchen garden.
Back to Tours around 12:30 am.
End of services.
The sequence of visits can be changed according to your requirements.