The Tours Loire Valley Tourist Office and the city of Tours offer a thematic tour of the former Marmoutier Abbey, led by a guide. Hermitage of Saint Martin. Surrounded by a cliff, in a meander of the Loire, the site of Marmoutier is distinguished by its tranquillity and picturesque character. It was on this site, which has been occupied since antiquity, that Saint Martin founded a small hermitage in the 4th century, which rapidly developed into a prestigious abbey of considerable influence. Since 1981, the City of Tours has been the owner of the hillside and the adjoining land where most of the old buildings have been preserved. Every summer, the site hosts a programmed archaeological excavation, which you will discover during this visit.
Visit Tours by bike with a sporty guide who is passionate about his city! The tour guide will show you around Tours, taking you along its banks, over its bridges and through its medieval and Renaissance districts. For 1h30, climb on your bike and follow your guide on a flat and easy 5.5 km route, accessible to all levels. Discover the city, its history and its heritage while cycling. At your departure, the bicycles included in the tour are individually readjusted.
Under the guidance of a guide, the Tours Loire Valley Tourist Office and the city of Tours offer you a general tour of Tours. The city of Tours was founded in the 1st century on the left bank of the Loire. In the Middle Ages, two distinct sectors developed: the Cité around the unsinkable mound of the cathedral district and the Châteauneuf sector, also known as Old Tours, around a huge collegiate church dedicated to Saint Martin. Royal capital from 1440 to 1520, Tours saw the rebuilding of almost all its urban dwellings at the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. From this flourishing period, the city inherited a homogeneous group of old houses and religious buildings that you will discover during this visit.
Total immersion in 13th-century medieval Tours Rediscover Tours guided by Mahaut, the intrepid daughter of a Crusader militiaman. Embodied by your tour guide in period battle dress, explore together a city with a rich past. Soak up Tours' dual identity, with the bishop reigning over his cathedral to the east and the spiritual and economic blossoming of Martinopole to the west. As the bells ring out, feel the dust of the streets and the energy of the pilgrims converging on the sacred relics of Saint Martin. Discover how money, faith and steel wove together the fabric of this vibrant era. Mahaut breaks the shackles of medieval stereotypes about the role of women while fiercely protecting her city's treasures. Join her as she wields the sword of knowledge through the medieval streets of Tours!