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Tours

Country
France
State
Indre-et-Loire
City
Tours
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

Aeroport Tours Val de Loire (IATA: TUF) , has regular flights to London and Porto operated by RyanAir and seasonal flights to Marseille, Dublin and Figari.

By train

TGV from Paris is the fastest way to get to Tours from the capital and costs about €40 each way. It takes just over 1 hr to get to Paris Montparnasse, and about 2 hr to get to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on a direct train.
You could also take the normal SNCF train which passes Orleans and Blois too, it takes about 2 hr depending on which train you take.

By car

Tours is situated at the centre of a highway crossroads: the A10 to Paris or Bordeaux, the A85 towards Nantes and Bourges, and the A28 towards Le Mans and the rest of Normandy. the A10 passes between Tours and St Pierre des Corps, from where you can turn off to get to the city centre.
 

Key places to visit
Tours Cathedral, Jardin botanique de Tours, Museum of Fine Arts of Tours


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Places to Visit

Tours Cathedral

Saint Gatien's Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral church of the Tours diocese and the metropolitan cathedral of the Tours ecclesiastic province, in Indre-et-Loire, France. Saint-Gatien's Cathedral was built between 1170 and 1547. At the time construction began, it was located at the south end of the bridge over the Loire, on the road from Paris to the south-west of France. It has been a classified Monument historique since 1862.

Jardin botanique de Tours

The Jardin botanique de Tours (5 hectares) is a municipal botanical garden and arboretum located at 33, Boulevard Tonnellé, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France. It is open daily; admission is free.The garden was established by public subscription in 1843 at the initiative of pharmacist Jean-Anthyme Margueron (1771-1848), and is the oldest public garden in the city. In response to the 1841 creation of the city's Hospice Général et de l’Ecole Préparatoire de Pharmacie, it began as a collection of about 2,000 medical and exotic plants arranged in greenhouses (containing about 500 plants), orchard, and garden proper. It was flooded by the Loire in 1848 and again in 1856, to a depth of 2 meters, which required rebuilding the garden and replacing most of its trees. In 1863 an orangery and animal park were added, and then in 1890 new greenhouses (cold, temperate, and hot) under the direction of Louis Madelin, with the garden's first seed catalog published in 1901

Museum of Fine Arts of Tours

Museum of Fine Arts of Toursis located in the bishop's former palace,near the cathedral St. Gatien, where it has been since 1910. It displays rich and varied collections, including that of painting which is one of the first in France both in quality and the diversity of the works presented.
 

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