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Tours Old Town
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.

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Tours is a popular base for explorers of the Loire Valley. It is about three hours from Paris by car; it takes an hour and 15 minutes by direct TGV train. The city has an extensive public transportation system, but Old Town is pedestrianized, so no cars or trams allowed.
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2-Day Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris

See the incredible châteaux (aka ‘castles’) of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage–listed region of France, on this overnight tour from Paris. With a guide, you’ll drive by coach into the French countryside to visit Château de Cheverny, Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord. See the château where Leonardo da Vinci lived at the end of his life, and learn about the histories of these palatial homes.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Gourmet and cultural sightjogging in the Loire Valley with licensed guide.

This easy 4 mile jog will make you know all about the greatest town in the Loire Valley. Your guide will give you the best eating and sightseeing tips in the Loire Valley. Your guide is passionate about the region's food and wine specialties and will transmit this. The jog makes you see all aspects of the town: the wild river banks, the medieval streets and squares, the food market.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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