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Thursday 21 August 2014

In discovery of the Martinopole

This visit is combined with a guided tour through the Châteauneuf neighbourhood to discover the wealth of the preserved Saint-Martin heritage.

Visit / Walk Tours

Thursday 21 August 2014

The paths of the nature reserve by bike

By Loiret Nature Environnement

Visit / Walk Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Mesmin

Thursday 21 August 2014

“Chenin faisant”: a literary stroll

Fond of wine and reading? Between pages and grape varieties, spend a few intimate moments with the writers who celebrated Touraine’s vineyards. You’ll have our friend Promenadine to guide you through the vines. Tasting of the estate’s cuvees upon return.

Visit / Walk Chançay (37)

Thursday 21 August 2014

Masterpieces of Roman Art

During an afternoon on the banks of the Loire, we invite you to discover remarkable Roman sites alongside their owners and enthusiasts.

Visit / Walk Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault

Thursday 21 August 2014

The Île d'Offard, from one bank to the other

Set “between the bridges”, this historic neighbourhood forms a link between north and south Saumurois and has withstood the passage of centuries, as a number of its venerable buildings still bear witness to.

Visit / Walk Saumur

Thursday 21 August 2014

On the banks of the river

A walk along the Loire’s quays is an ideal way of familiarising yourself with Tours’ monumental and natural heritage.

Visit / Walk Tours

Thursday 21 August 2014

Collegiate Church Nights: “Revolution(s)”

Take a trip back in time to 1793, to the beginnings of the Terror, and witness the torments that earned it its name. Experience the Revolution close-up and get better acquainted with this little-known chapter in its history. You’ll be carried away by the flow of events and cocky humour of the characters that people them, who will draw you in and share the turmoil of the era with you.

Show Angers (49)

Thursday 21 August 2014 at 20h30

Louis XI, or the career of a king

Dramatised tour of Vieux Tours. 1864. Casimir Duverger, a playwright, and his fiancée Hortense Grézille, an Operetta singer, have decided to put on a Mystery-Operetta in Tours based around the character of Louis XI. To complete the casting, a surprising audition will be held in Vieux Tours.

Show Tours

Friday 22 August 2014


Listen to the history of a village closely linked to the royal river and wine.

Visit / Walk Limeray

Friday 22 August 2014

Twilight canoe-kayak excursion

An extra-special way of getting acquainted with the river, in the company of a nature guide.

Visit / Walk Saint-Dyé-sur-Loire

From Friday 22 to Saturday 23 August 2014

Tasting session and boat ride on the Loire

The Maison Loire et Nature and the Bateliers des Vents d’Galerne invite you to a tasting session of regional produce on the docks of La Chapelle-sur-Loire, followed by a boat ride on board the barge "Brise chapelonne".

Visit / Walk La Chapelle-sur-Loire

Friday 22 August 2014

In the vines at dusk

A commentated viticultural stroll at nightfall, sampling of the estate’s cuvées and regional products in the midst of the vines, and return by lantern light.

Visit / Walk Chançay (37)

Friday 22 August 2014

Nantilly, troglodyte secrets

Nantilly, Saumur’s oldest district, contains some truly mysterious caves, invisible to anyone who doesn’t know their whereabouts.

Visit / Walk Saumur

Friday 22 August 2014

The wild Loire at twilight

The magnificent architectural heritage of Candes-St-Martin and Montsoreau lights up while nature gently darkens.

Visit / Walk Candes-Saint-Martin

Friday 22 August 2014

Wine-growing Friday in Loire Layon

Oenological activities, discovering the domaine, the wines, and so on.

Animation Maine-et-Loire (49)

Friday 22 August 2014 at 17h00

[French version only] Les Ardoisières de Trélazé

Lors de cette échappée belle, des guides bénévoles du Musée de l’ardoise vous proposeront de retracer cette histoire riche et symbolique d’une industrie ardoisière ayant fait la réputation de notre région dans le monde entier.

Visit / Walk Trélazé

From Saturday 23 August to Sunday 07 September 2014

[French version only] Festival International de Portrait Animalier

15 jours d’exposition et de déclinaison sur le thème du portrait animalier dans l’orangerie du château ! Des visites thématiques et des jeux de pistes sur le sujet pour petits et grands enfants !

Fest / Festival Celettes (41)

From Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 August 2014

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

Saturday 23 August 2014

[French version only] Sur les traces du castor

Le soleil se couche, la Loire se calme, les saules et les peupliers rongés vous entourent. Cachez-vous au bord de l’eau, peut-être se montrera-t-il ?

Visit / Walk Jargeau

Saturday 23 August 2014

Saint- Benoît-sur-Loire

Guided tour. Do you know what the oldest house in Saint Benoît is? What the town's ditches and wash houses were used for?...

Visit / Walk Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire

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And still

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

From Thursday 10 July to Thursday 28 August 2014

Court secrets, women’s secrets

Dramatised tour through some of the Château’s rooms with Jehanne de Kermeur, lady’s companion of Queen Anne of Brittany.

Show Langeais

From Wednesday 25 June to Saturday 30 August 2014

At the Court of King François I

A la cour du Roy François

Evening festivities at Château d’Amboise.

Show Amboise

From Friday 11 July to Saturday 30 August 2014

The Loire, river of sand

Photographs by François Ledos

Exhibition Jargeau

From Tuesday 01 July to Sunday 31 August 2014

Garden Portraits

Photographs by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Exhibition Montlouis-sur-Loire

From Thursday 05 June to Sunday 31 August 2014

[French version only] Les dents du fleuve

Le castor d'Europe

Exhibition Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire