Tours

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Tours featuring outdoor eating, cycling and heritage architecture

Relax in the quaint central plaza of this former Roman city, which is a hub of historic remnants, art and elegant churches.

In the center of France, Tours is a quaint city surrounded by vineyards. The Loire River passes through the region on its way to the Atlantic coast. The city is famous for the Battle of Tours in A.D 732. Find museums, galleries, churches and parks as you wander through its many medieval alleys, streets and plazas.

The Musée des Beaux-Arts is in a former bishop’s palace. Browse more than 1,000 works of art including paintings and sculptures by Monet, Rubens, Rembrandt, Rodin and others. Explore the courtyard and colorful gardens of the grand structure.

Place Plumereau, a square in the center of the city, is home to upscale restaurants and cafés. Sip coffee in the al fresco seating. Admire the black-and-white façades of the historic buildings lining the sides of the plaza. The area is a popular meeting point as one of the most recognizable parts of Tours.

Visit the Prieure de Saint-Cosme, ruins of a priory from the 11th century. Discover old furniture and relics from the Middle Ages. The scenic garden is dedicated to the 16th-century poet, Pierre de Ronsard, who lived at the priory for several decades.

Make your way to the Tours Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century. Note the blend of Renaissance and Gothic architecture. Inside you’ll find a 16th-century organ.

See the giant 19th-century Saint Martin Basilica. Admire its neo-Byzantine design and stained-glass windows. Its western clock tower dates back to the original church built on this site honoring the Bishop of Tours from the fourth century.

The regional French dialect spoken in Tours is said to be neutral and easy to understand. Tours was formerly known as Caesarondunum (Caeser Hill) in Roman times. The current name of the city resembles the former Gallic term, Turones.

Tours is easy to reach from Paris, just over an hour on the TGV train. Enjoy a pleasurable vacation browsing these historic sites in the Loire Valley.

Where to stay in Tours

Best Western Central Hotel
Best Western Central Hotel
3 out of 5
21 rue Berthelot, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, 37000
The price is HK$713 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (369 reviews)
Great location, a little below usual BW standard
"Excellent central location with many nearby restaurants & shops. As well as there was no food available (apart from breakfast) not even snack/sandwich. Room pretty small but comfortable. Clean. Toilet seat very loose (reported next morning). 2 dogs -charge 18 euro per night, parking 10 euros. 2 beers ..."

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2022

Best Western Central Hotel
Château Belmont Tours by The Crest Collection
Château Belmont Tours by The Crest Collection
4 out of 5
57 Rue Groison, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, 37100
The price is HK$900 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (348 reviews)
"It is a beautiful place with a garden and parking is free. But most will get a room in an annnex building, which is not really the "chateau" building. The room layout could improve, too much stuff in a small room. The huge desk and TV set kind of block the passage to one side of the bed. It won't ..."

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2022

Château Belmont Tours by The Crest Collection
Les Trésorières
Les Trésorières
5 out of 5
2 Pl. Jean Meunier, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, 37000
The price is HK$2,106 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Popular attractions Saint Martin Basilica and Place de Châteauneuf ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"The staff was extremely friendly and helpful!"

Reviewed on 1 May 2022

Les Trésorières
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aparthotel Adagio access Tours
Aparthotel Adagio access Tours
3 out of 5
41 Rue Edouard Vaillant, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, 37000
The price is HK$488 per night from 3 Jun to 4 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value ...
4/5 Very Good! (276 reviews)
Great aparthotel with secure car park
"Great aparthotel near Tours historic centre. Kitchen area really useful with crockery, kettle, microwave, job, fridge. Plentiful underground secure parking for the hotel on site with big spaces. Fitted our 4x4 fine (car park exit a little tight but ok). €10 parking. We had a balcony room but there ..."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2020

Aparthotel Adagio access Tours
Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor
Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor
6 Rue Marcel Tribut, Tours, 37000
The price is HK$545 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this spa residence in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (280 reviews)
Good
"Room condition was so good. Location was also good, it just takes 3-5 minutes from the station."

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2021

Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor
Odalys City Tours Le Jardin des Lettres
Odalys City Tours Le Jardin des Lettres
49 bis Boulevard de Preuilly, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, 37000
The price is HK$515 per night from 25 Jun to 26 Jun
Stay at this aparthotel in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (377 reviews)
Good quality for the price paid.
"Good location, room was as described. Ideal for a family. Enough space to store the luggage. Nice balcony for a morning breakfast. Thank you"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2021

Odalys City Tours Le Jardin des Lettres
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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