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Tours, capital of the Loire castles

Tours, capital of the Loire castles

Tours is a French town located in the Loire Valley region in the centre of France. The region is well known for its wine and castles. Tours is home to more than 280,000 inhabitants and is well served by high speed trains. The TGV from Paris takes just 55 minutes to reach Tours. The town of Tours is known a city of art and history and it enjoys an exceptional place at the centre of the Loire Valley castles, in the heart of a region known as the garden of France. The region around Tours has one of Europe’s largest protected area of historic interest. This beautifully preserved mediaeval area contributes largely to the charm of Tours.

About France

Did you know that Tours was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of France in the 15th and 16th centuries? Today Tours is a modern, lively and dynamic town with a important economic development. Discover the square in front of the train station where lilac trees from India are planted. Take the Rue Bernard Palissy which leads to Place François Sicard, site of the Musée des Beaux Arts, which itself is surrounded by a sumptuous garden. Just a few steps away is the impressive Cathedral where you will find old cafés and 15th century houses.

Tours is well known for its particular art de vivre, which includes eating and appreciating fine wines. In Tours you will find excellent restaurants, making the town a gourmet’s paradise.

Go to the Vieux Tours area (Old Town). This ancient city centre has now numerous shops and is a thriving shopping area.

Office de tourisme de Tours
78-82 rue Bernard Palissy, Tours.
Tel: +33 2 47 70 37 37

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Tours can be found.

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Stopover on a return trip I want to go from London to Tours France with a stopover on the return leg in Paris for 3 nights. Do I have to purchase individual tickets?

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Travel from paris to tours Hello, I am looking to travel from Paris to Tours on Sat 17th January and trying to work out the best way for this. I can travel on the 16th if need be. I then need to return from Tours to CDG airport on the 7th Feb and need to arrive by (...)

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    Part of European trip | Alan t. | 2015/06/28
    "Probably underutilised Eurail pass but convenience factor was main drawcard. Main issue was lack of luggage space, particularly as train was well patronised. "

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    "This was a quick convenient way to get from Orleans to Amboise. "

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    Easy and convenient experience | John m. | 2015/05/12
    "The train trip from Paris to Tours was all we hoped for, easy to book, easy to locate and relaxing on board. Would be great to have just a little bigger area for suite cases. "

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    Fun | Francis r. | 2015/05/06
    "Friendly and efficient staff on a good service "

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    easy to book | Susan w. | 2014/11/07
    "easy, convenient "

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    Wonderful experience. | Valentine s. | 2014/10/21
    "After landing in Paris in the early hours we took the TGV from the airport to Tours. What an eye-opener this was - superbly comfortable train, very smooth (no clickety clack), and so quiet that passengers spoke in whispers. It was a great experience seeing the countryside whizzing past as we travelled at over 200 kph. A fantastic introduction to the wonders of high speed train travel. "

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    Fast journey | Virginia k. | 2014/10/15
    "The TGV station at Tours needs an update, the ladies toilet was appalling. The large window in the foyer area meant it was difficult to see the screens and train platform information. Need more lifts to get people and luggage up to the platform. The staff were very good and helpful. It was a struggle to get our suitcases onto the train, why is there a step down into the train? The seats were comfortable and we were impressed by the speed of the trip. Great way to travel if you only have a small amount of luggage. "

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