Welcome to Tours
As the western gateway to the Loire Valley there are plenty of things to do in Tours, which is also a strategic basecamp for exploring the region's fairy-tale châteaux and vine-clad slopes. Storybook scenery awaits in the medieval quarter, where the artful jumble of half-timbered buildings and cobbled lanes host lively street markets and terrace cafés. The mighty Loire River is the lifeblood of the town, and the tree-lined promenade is the spot for afternoon strolls and evening dining. Meanwhile, daily tours set out for Chenonceau, Villandry, and the Loire Valley wineries.