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Tuesday 29 July 2014


Put yourself in the hands of Wenceslas-Christian and Marie-Odile, your two fanciful Vit'Visite© guides, whose job it is to reveal all of Château de Saumur’s secrets to you! An out-of the-ordinary visit with lots of surprises in store, mixing theatre, song, music and exuberant historical tableaux!

Visit / Walk Saumur

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Saumur, a town bounded by a river and ramparts (in English)

English tour in the old town ! It will take you from the ruins, to St-Jean Chapel and its tapestry relating St Florent's life who created Saumur city (9th century).

Visit / Walk Saumur

Tuesday 29 July 2014

From Tours to Savonnières

Bicycle tour. Running from Tours open-air café to Savonnières, this bicycle itinerary provides a great opportunity to discover the area’s rich natural and architectural heritage.

Visit / Walk Tours

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Girouet workshop on the banks of the Loire

Step into a bargee’s shoes for an afternoon to familiarise yourself with the rivercraft that once plied the Loire, and create your own personalised girouet.

Animation Saumur

Tuesday 29 July 2014 at 14h30

Workshop on sculpting with tuffeau stone for young and old alike

Come as a family and take part in our “my little troglodyte” workshop – just to see how well you do!

Animation Turquant

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Sailors’ secrets

What better place than a toue barge’s deck to delve into the history of Loire boating!

Visit / Walk Candes-Saint-Martin

Wednesday 30 July 2014

City plants and street plants

Armed with a magnifying glass and field notebook, set off in search of the strangely-behaving flora that manages to grow amidst concrete, asphalt and stone in the very centres of towns.

Visit / Walk Chinon

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Saint Gatien Cathedral

The cathedral is the result of many building campaigns starting in the 12th century. This visit will be the chance to discover the historical building through its evolution and restoration works.

Visit / Walk Tours

Wednesday 30 July 2014

[French version only] Découverte de la faune et de la flore estivales des bords de Loire

Par Loiret nature environnement

Visit / Walk Chaingy

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Saumur, military and equestrian city

Saumur’s prestigious Ecole de Cavalerie was founded 250 years ago, in 1763, by Louis XV’s Minister of War, the Duke of Choiseul.

Visit / Walk Saumur

Wednesday 30 July 2014

"Trainee herbalist" juniors outing

Plants, small and big, hold thousands of secrets... Stroll along our little trails and discover these plants, their colours, their scents and their uses. Yes, certain plants can heal and can be eaten... you are going to taste them!

Visit / Walk Saint-Rémy-la-Varenne

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Montsoreau Wednesdays

You’ll discover an old walled town built on succeeding levels between river and hillside: narrow, flower-filled little streets, church, troglodyte dwellings and superb panoramic views of the Loire.

Visit / Walk Montsoreau

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Ornithological outing

Themed cruise on the birds of the Loire. Observation and guidance by an ornithologist from the French Bird Protection League (binoculars provided).

Visit / Walk La Ménitré

Wednesday 30 July 2014

[French version only] Sur les traces de la faune de Loire

Atelier de moluage d'empreintes.

Animation La Ville-aux-Dames

Wednesday 30 July 2014

[French version only] Les franchissements de la Loire

…ou l’épopée des bâtisseurs contre les eaux vives du grand fleuve. Atelier 6-12 ans.

Animation Châteauneuf-sur-Loire

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Knights and princesses - château life!

The Lady of Montsoreau welcomes you to tell you about the history of her château.

Animation Montsoreau

Wednesday 30 July 2014 at 00h19

Germigny des Prés Oratory

A guide will be on hand to introduce you to France’s only Carolingian mosaic and the architecture of this 9th-century church built by Charlemagne’s councillor.

Visit / Walk Germigny-des-Prés

Wednesday 30 July 2014 at 10h30

Loire migrators

Loire fauna, flora and natural environments.

Visit / Walk Rochecorbon

Thursday 31 July 2014

Candes Saint-Martin, face of the Loire

An introductory stroll will unveil the origins of this Loire village to you – which emerged from the bowels of the earth to be shaped by man.

Visit / Walk Candes-Saint-Martin

Thursday 31 July 2014

Boat ride at dusk

On the Loire, at dusk, boat outing in discovery of bats, beavers and other river residents that come out at this time of the evening.

Visit / Walk La Ménitré

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And still

From Thursday 03 to Tuesday 29 July 2014

Little Cooking workshops!

Preparing an original snack, cooking alongside great chefs or conjuring up such local dishes as Crémet d’Anjou or Montsoreau mushrooms are just a few of the dozen or so à-la-carte workshops to choose from!

Animation Montsoreau

From Saturday 12 July to Friday 01 August 2014

Jargeau beach

Free activities on the banks of the Loire

Animation Jargeau

From Saturday 12 July to Sunday 03 August 2014

[French version only] Peinture par Michèle Strauss

Exhibition Montsoreau

From Saturday 19 July to Sunday 17 August 2014

[French version only] Sully plage

Jeux de plages, animations sportives et musicales.

Animation Sully-sur-Loire

From Monday 30 June to Monday 18 August 2014

Loire Lights

Some twenty artists - painters, photographers, sculptors, and others, will exhibit their works on the theme "Loire Lights" in this unique place, the Jardin de l'Evêché.

Exhibition Blois

From Thursday 03 July to Saturday 23 August 2014

The Horsemen of Time

The day is coming to an end in Saumur. The château is about to close its doors to the public and visitors are asked to make their way to the exit. But one young woman conceals herself and manages to stay inside. Then, sure of being alone before the stone walls, she sketches a series of occult gestures. And suddenly, the walls begin to light up. Might it not be one of those mysterious “horsemen of time”?

Fest / Festival Saumur

From Sunday 13 July to Saturday 23 August 2014

Children at the Royal Court in the Renaissance

Among other things, younger visitors can measure the weight of a coat of mail, play the role of monarch, or try their hand at Renaissance games.

Animation Amboise

From Friday 11 July to Sunday 24 August 2014

Azay nights

In a friendly and festive atmosphere, explore, listen, taste, contemplate and walk freely around the different activities.

Animation Azay-le-Rideau

From Sunday 06 July to Thursday 28 August 2014

A walk through the walled town

Get to know Saumur during a medieval walk through the narrow streets of the old town in the company of a guide.

Visit / Walk Maine-et-Loire (49)

From Tuesday 08 July to Thursday 28 August 2014

Visit with Anne of Brittany

Her Majesty Queen Anne of Brittany tells children about the customs at Court and her marriage with King Charles VIII.

Visit / Walk Langeais