Weekend Getaway in Tours

Day 1:

Arrive in Tours and check into your hotel in the city center, ideally near the Old Town or the Quartier des Halles. These areas offer a central location and easy access to the main attractions.
Start your day by visiting the Cathédrale Saint-Gatien de Tours, a stunning example of Gothic architecture. Admire its intricate stained glass windows and explore the interior.

Explore the charming streets of the Old Town, known as the Vieux Tours. Visit the Place Plumereau, a picturesque square lined with half-timbered houses, and discover the local shops and cafes.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the local restaurants, savoring regional specialties such as rillettes de Tours (pork pâté) or fouées (small savory rolls).

Take a walk along the banks of the Loire River, enjoying the scenic views and the tranquil atmosphere.
Dine at a traditional French restaurant in the Quartier des Halles, trying local dishes or international flavors.

Day 2:

Take a day trip to the nearby Château de Villandry, located about 20 minutes away by car. Explore the stunning gardens of the château, known for their intricate designs and vibrant colors.
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the château gardens, taking in the beauty of the surroundings.

Return to Tours and visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours, housed in the former Archbishop’s Palace. Admire its collection of art, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Rodin.
Explore the Jardin des Prébendes d’Oé, a beautiful park offering green spaces, flower beds, and a peaceful atmosphere.

Dine at a restaurant in the Old Town, enjoying the charming ambiance and the flavors of French cuisine.
Take a leisurely walk through the illuminated streets of Tours, enjoying the ambiance and the city’s architectural beauty.

Day 3:

Visit the Musée du Compagnonnage, dedicated to the crafts and trades of the Compagnons du Devoir, a French guild. Learn about the history and traditions of various trades through exhibits and demonstrations.
Take a scenic drive to the nearby town of Chenonceaux, where you can visit the famous Château de Chenonceau, spanning the Cher River with its iconic arches.

Return to Tours and visit the Musée du Vieux Tours, housed in a 15th-century half-timbered house. Learn about the history and heritage of Tours through its exhibits and artifacts.
Explore the local markets, such as the Les Halles de Tours, and browse through the stalls filled with fresh produce, local products, and artisanal crafts.

Depart from Tours, taking with you fond memories of your weekend getaway in this charming city.

Remember to check the opening hours and availability of attractions in advance, as well as any travel restrictions or guidelines that may be in place during your visit. Enjoy your trip to Tours!