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Loire Valley



Vieux Tours street with medieval carvings, Loire Valley, France

A street in Vieux Tours with medieval carvings.

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Tours is the largest city in central France and has been an important crossing point of the Loire River since Romans ruled the roost in 1st century AD.

Nicknamed 'Le Jardin de la France' (The Garden of France) due to the number of parks, street trees and its fertile location between two rivers, the Loire and the Cher, Tours is a relaxed city with a medieval core, a sense of humour and the purest spoken French in the country.


Vieux Tours buildings, Loire Valley, France

Half-timbered buildings in Vieux Tours, Old Tours, the city's medieval sector.


Vieux Tours eats street, Loire Valley, France

Cheaper eats just off Vieux Tours central plaza, Place Plumereau.



An architectural mix  in Vieux Tours, Loire Valley, France

An architectural mix in the outer parts of Vieux Tours.


The main street beside the Loire River, Tours, Loire Valley, France

The main street beside the Loire River.



Tours makes a great base/jump-off for exploring the Loire Valley with its international airport, extensive rail links, including high-speed TGV, and excellent autoroute connections to the rest of France.

Distances/time to/from Tours

Paris: 240km - 149 miles
Motorway: 2H 10m
Train: 55 mins  

Bordeaux: 330km - 205 miles
Motorway: 3H 15m
Train: 2H 30m  

Nantes: 196km - 122 miles
Motorway: 1H 45m
Train: 1H 30m  

Lyon: 432km - 268 miles
Motorway: 4H 00m
Train: 3H 30m  

By Air:
Lyon: 1 H 55m
London: 1H 15m

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