Excursions
Excursions
Excursions
Excursions
Excursions


Excursions

Due to our central location in the heart of the World Heritage Site „Loire Valley”, you will find numerous attractions of great interest in front of our doorstep.

To follow, a small selection which we feel are of interest:

(The code in parantheses indicates the distances – explanation in the column on the right)

Châteaux

(A) Azay-le-Rideau
a jewel of the Renaissance, located on the Indre River
More informations …

(A) Château d’Ussé
this castle was a model for the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty”
www.chateaudusse.fr

(B) Chenonceau
a world renowned moated castle builton the river Cher
www.chenonceau.com

(B) Château de Brézé
the largest underground fortress in Europe
www.chateaudebreze.com

(C) Château de Valençay
was the residence of Talleyrand, Napoleon’s Secretary of State. To this day fully furnished and with a beautiful garden and park
www.chateau-valencay.fr

Gardens

(A) Château de Villandry
is world famous for its decorative vegetable garden
www.chateauvillandry.com

(A) Château du Rivau
is beautifully restored and has a magical fairy garden
www.chateaudurivau.com

(C) Chaumont sur Loire
since 1992 the venue of international garden designers at „Festival International des Jardins“
www.domaine-chaumont.fr

(B) Château Valmer
is well known for its terrace and vegetable gardens
www.chateaudevalmer.com

(B) Château de la Bourdaisière
more than 400 varieties of tomatoes are grown in this garden of the “Prince of Tomatoes”
www.labourdaisiere.com

(B) La Chatonnière
9 terraced gardens changing appearance according to the season
www.lachatonniere.com

(C) Terra Botanica
close to Angers, it is unique in Europe – the first park in which you can experience the whole botanical world
www.terrabotanica.fr

For children

(B) Futuroscope
a leisure park, totally different to Disney Parks – it is an adventure for the young and the not so Young
www.futuroscope.com

(A) Saint-Benoit Aventure
here all the action is in the tree tops
www.saintbenoitaventure.com

(B) Zoo from Doué-La-Fontaine
has the largest aviary in Europe
www.zoodoue.fr

(B) ZooParc de Beauval
is classified as one of the 10 most beautiful zoos worldwide and is the home of almost 8000 animals, some unique in France, like pandas
www.zoobeauval.com

Museums

(B) Château de Montpoupon
the castle houses a hunters museum from the 19th century
www.montpoupon.com

(A) Musée Maurice Dufresne
a diverse collection of machinery, vehicles and other objects distributed over 6 hectares of land
www.musee-dufresne.com

(A) La Devinière
near Chinon, the birthplace of François Rabelais
www.musee-rabelais.fr

(B) Musée de Champignon
in the midst of a mushroom cultivation, the galleries are located just below Saumur
www.musee-du-champignon.com

(A) Musée Théophraste Renaudo
in memory of this universal scientist, physician to King Louis XIII, and founder of French journalism who was born in Loudin
www.museerenaudot.com

(B) Le Musée Auto-Moto Vélo
it tells you the automotive history in the setting of a historical factory site in Châtellerault.
More informations…

(B) Le Grand-Pressigny
>museum of the Prehistory
More informations…

(B) Village Troglodydite Rochmenier
galleries built in the tuff stone rock with underground homes, traditional furniture, troglodyte farms, a chapel etc. on one hectar ground
www.troglodyte.fr

(A) Cadre Noir
the world famous French National Riding School
www.ifce.fr/cadre-noir

Cities – Villages

(A) Richelieu
was built by the cardinal of the same name and was one of the most modern cities of its time world wide
www.ville-richelieu.fr

(A) Saumur
besides the castle the cavalry school “Cadre Noir“ is also famous
www.saumur.fr

(B) Tours
the old capital of Touraine has become a lively university city and boutiques and a historic town centre with chic shops (Place Plumereau)
www.tours.fr

(B) Amboise
it was here at the royal court of King Francis I, Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life
www.ville-amboise.fr

(B) Angers
the old town, once the capital of Anjou, is today a World Hertage Site
www.angers.fr

(C) Le Mans
every year, middle of June, the famous 24 hours of Le Mans increases the heart beat of every motor sports fan
www.lemans.org

(A) Candes St. Martin
the place where the Vienne meets the Loire, here once lived and died St. Martin. Together with Crissay-sur-Manse (A) – it is one of the most beautiful villages in France

(B) Villaines-les-Rochers
since 1849 it is the centre of French basket making
www.vannerie.com

Other excursions

(A) Abbey de Fontevraud
is one of the most important cloisterdevelopments in Europe and burial ground of King Richard the Lionheart and his mother Aliénor of Aquitaine
www.abbayedefontevraud.com

(B) Notre-Dame de Culnault
the finest romanesque building between Orlèans and Nantes, between Saumur and Gennes located at a beautiful river landscape
–> Wikipedia
Distance

A = app. 1⁄2 hours away
B = app. 1 hour away
C = up to 2 hours away