L'Office de Tourisme du Pays de Ste-Maure de Touraine
Les Passerelles - 77 avenue Général de Gaulle - 37800 Sainte-Maure de Touraine Phone number. : (0033)2 47 65 66 20 / fax : (0033)2 47 34 04 28 Opening : from january till june and september till december, from monday till friday, from 9:30 am to 12 am and from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm - july and august : everyday from 9:30 am to 12:30 am and 2 pm to 6 pm
Communauté de Communes de Sainte Maure de Touraine
Places to visit
Memory house to Maillé
On August 25th, 1944, 124 inhabitants of the municipality of Maillé are massacred by German soldiers and the village is almost entirely destroyed. Nevertheless, unlike Oradour-sur-Glane, the history of Maillé remained totally forgotten. Opened in 2006, the Memory House has for objective to immortalize the memory of this drama and to give elements of explanations to understand the context and the progress of this massacre. The permanent exhibition is also usual in the post-war years which saw Maillé to recover from these ashes counterparts that little by little the national memory forgot the tragic fate of this village. Opening : from Wednesday till Saturday from 10:30 am till 1 pm and from 2 pm till 6 pm, Sunday and Monday from 2 pm till 6 pm. All year except on December 25th and January 1st.
Rates : adult: 5,90€, child ( +12 years old ): 2,95€. Free for least than 12 years. Movie : 1,30€
The exhibition " Les Passerelles " emphasizes the wealth and the actors of the territory of Sainte - Maure's association of local authorities of Touraine. It reveals the treasures and emphasizes the men and their know-how. It presents their most beautiful production cheese maker, AOP Sainte-Maure de Touraine. Country and knowledges, man and products of the earth, find themselves there to make up one thousand sensory agreements which make this crossroads of wealth shine.
Opening: from juanuary till June, and fromù september till december, from Monday to Friday 9:30 am / 12 am - 2 pm / 5:30 pm From July 1st on August 31st: from Monday to Saturday 9:30 am / 12:30 am - 2pm / 6 pm
Rates: free for the individual, 2€50/pers for the groups from 15 people on reservation ( inclusive tasting)
Enter in the house of Léonard de Vinci and discover his visionary genius ! At François Ier's invitation, it is in Clos Lucé that Leonardo da Vinci lives his last years and works relentlessly on numerous projects for king. Visit its room and the room Marguerite de Navarre completely restored. Admire the chapel in frescoes painted by his followers, the kitchen, board room and beautiful rooms from Renaissance. Discover machines conceived by Leonardo da Vinci and realized by IBM with the materials of time. New: 6 3D animations of the inventions offer a dynamic reading of Leonardo da Vinci civil and military engineer.
Opening: all year except December 25th and 1st of January. The landscaped route is presented in its entirety from March till November. In January: 10 am-6 pm, in February in June: 9 am-7 pm, in July and August: 9 am - 8 pm, in September and October: 9 am-7 pm, in November and December: 9 am-6 pm.
The Troglodytic Valley of Goupillières to Azay-le-Rideau
In the shade of the castles of the Loire, find the life of the farmers who lived from the Middle Ages in these troglodytic farms. In the middle of an exceptional natural frame, the site makes you find the authenticity of the peasant life and the wealth of the rural heritage of Touraine. Troglodytic farms, underground passage refuge of the Middle Ages, animals of the farm.
Opening: 02/07 to 04/03 : every day from 2 pm till 5:30 pm ; 04/04 to 09/30 : every day from 10 am till 7 pm ; 10/01 to 11/02 : every day from 11 am till 5.30 pm.
Rates: adults: 6,50€, children (5 - 17 years): 5€.
The Maurice Dufresne museum is established in the magnificent park of a former mill on the edges of the Indre, in Azay-le-Rideau, the restored mechanisms of which are always in service. The treasure of the museum lives more still in its spectacular collection: old vehicles, unusual objects, vintage posters, collection of weapons, historic parts, etc. make live to the visitors a surprising journey in the past of these last hundred and fifty years. The oldest specimens of the collection going back up at the beginning of the XXth century. These collector's items were protected thanks to the passion of a salvage dealer and an exceptional collector, who, for sixty years of his life, so established a real mechanical and historic heritage. On the road of the castles of the Loire, the Maurice Dufresne museum became an inescapable and original stage for all the ages, as well families, nostalgic, as collectors. Opening: every day from 10 am till 6 pm (from March till April and from October till November 11th), from 9:30 am till 7 pm (from May till September)
Rates: 10€ / adult, 5€ (child from 6 to 15 years old). Free (child - of 6 years). Group: 7€ / pers (from 20 persons). Commented visit: 40€ (price for group).
The Renaissance castle, enclosed by the arms of the Indre, calls back the one of Azay-le-Rideau, its neighbor. Two brothers as it is often said... L' Islette, among which Camille Claudel and Rodin were several time the hosts, sheltering their passionate loves there, is an invitation to be allowed take by the charm so romantic of the Valley of the Indre. Novelty: visit of the chapel and its painted decorations.
Loan of princess and knights costumes to the children. Playground, loan of books for a moment of relaxation around the mill or in border of river. Rent of boats for a walk on the Indre. Possible picnic inside the property at the water's edge. Shop - refreshment room.
Opening: May 1st on September 30th: every day from 10 am till 7 pm (last entrance at 6 pm)
Rates : adults: 8,50€, reduced: 5€ (for 8/18 years old and less than 25-year-old students on presentation of their card, free less than 8 years. Groups (15 pers minimum): 7€
The castle of Guerche built on the bank from Tours of the Creuse, establishes a remarkable example of the art to build in the XVth century. The guided tour allows to discover the park, the basements (attics, casenates, and prison), as well as furnished lounges. A dumping in the history art, adapted to the various types of public (children, non French-speaking).
Visit of the castle and the walk in the park Opening: In June 16th on September 15th, 2014 Every day except Sunday morning from 10 am till 7 pm Departures of guided tours: 10 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm
Visits of groups on reservation Rates: full price: 6€, reduced rate: 4€. Castle of Guerche 4, place de la Mairie 37 350 Guerche Phone number : (00 33)2 47 91 02 39 Site: www.chateaudelaguerche.com
Castle and gardens of Rivau to Lémeré Visited by Joan of Arc and quoted by rabelais, discover the magic and fantastic universe of the Castle of Rivau : an exceptional medieval castle restored with refinement. Gothic furnish, revival and works of art have a dialogue with the collections of contemporary art. The castle visits in music. Broadcasting projections invite to relive the rich equestrian past in the Royal "Stables classified as Historic Monument". Around the castle, 14 classified gardens " Remarkable Garden " and academy of perfumed roses complete the breakaway in the supernatural. Possible dressed up visits. To visit in family, between friends or between enthusiasts of plants. Rent of tape guides in F-GB-D-I-E-NL-CH. Restoring the Table of the fairies opened at lunch time.
Opening: in April: 10 am-6 pm, from 05/01 till 09/30: 10 am-7 pm, from 10/01 till 11/02: 10 am-6 pm. Restoring the Table of the fairies: 12 am / 2:30 pm from April till September + Halloween holidays.
Rates: adult: 10€, child from 5 to 18 years old: 7€, student: 8,50€. Failed family (2 adults + 2 children): 30€. Adult handicapped person: 7€, handicaped child: 5€.
The Holy Michel royal abbey of Bois Aubry, Ancient memorial classified of the beginning of the XIIth century, is famous for its Romanic (XIIth) and gothic (XIVth and XVth) architecture, for its except-work bell tower (XVth), for its massive fortifications (XVth), for its animated history (érémitisme, cénobitisme, tironien order, Louis XI, Charles VIII), and finally, for its private cemetery where rest ashes of the famous Hollywood actor Yul Brynner (" 7 mercenaries, 10 commands, Anna and king, Taras Bulba, rreine of Sabah, Anastasia, The Brothers Karamazov).
The guided tour and fervently commented by the site is assured by his owner who will allow you to discover his treasures : outside fence and fountain, romantic convent, abatiale in Latin cross, bell tower, ledges in modillons, royal rood screen, chapter room with Roman column, hostelry of lay, room bent in "echo", fortifications, grave of Yul Brynner. Finally, the site possesses also two holiday cottages of charm with swimming pool opened to the worried vacationers of well-being and culture.
Opening: guided tours from 04/10 till 09/15 - Tuesdays and Sundays at 3 pm. Personalized guided tours all year long by appointment (min. Pers 6.) Free visits from 04/10 till 09/15 from 10am to 12.30am and from 2pm to 6pm (more details on www.abbayedeboisaubry.fr or by phone +33 (0)2 47 58 37 11).
Rates for guided tours: adult: 10€, child ( 5 - 16 years): 5€, groups, handicapped persons, students: 8€ Rates for free visits: adult: 8€, child ( 5 - 16 years): 5€, groups, handicapped persons, students: 7€ School groups : information on the web site
The fortress of the Black Hawk, the fief of the terrible count of Anjou, Foulque III Nerra, dominates the valley of the Indre and the city of Montbazon, down from its rocky spur. It represents one of our older military constructions. Sheltering the oldest still standing donjon of France, its history extends of the end of the Xth century until the XVth. We can, all summer long, discover the jobs by the Middle Ages nested in their workshops, which propose workshops rich in teaching and colourful, for everyone. Knight, the sword in the hand and activating machines of war, liven up the visits, punctuating them with crunchy anecdotes. He leads the visitors down from ramparts up to the bottom of underground passages... The greediest visitors, can feast on miscellaneous "fouées" without moderation ! Fridays and Saturdays evenings, in the dark night, the fortress sieves its lights. We can cross there the characters who had wrote the history.
Livened up banquets followed by the night-visit (costumes lent on request) in the evenings of july 13th and August 15th/16th.
Opening and rates 2015: ►Middle Ages jobs with workshops and livened up visit: Mays : all the week-end the 1st, the 2sd and the 3rd - The 8th, the 9th and the 10th - the 14th, the 15th, the 16th and the 17th - the 23th, the 24th and the 25th - the 30th and the 31th June : all the week-end July and august : every day from the 1st of July till the 1st of September September the 12th and 13th : equestrian tournament September the 19th and 20th : Heritage days from 10 am-7 pm.
The Castle of Ormes from 17th and 18th century, belonged to a big aristocratic family of the time of the lights, the family of Argenson. The castle by its architecture and its preservation will transport you in an another period. You will discover a kitchen garden to 5 homes, an icebox of time, style pieces of furniture, a speedboat, a farm with columns...
Opening: all the year - from 2pm till 6pm - except on tuesdays.
Rates: 10€/person - Free for children less than 7 years old. Castle of Ormes 22-28 street Pierre d' Argenson 86220 Les Ormes Phone number : 00 33 1 42 27 55 61 or 00 33 6 71 65 07 21, fax: 00 33 1 46 22 87 45 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Site: www.chateaudesormes.fr
Castle of the sleeping beauty, Rigny Ussé At the edge of the dark and mystrious forest of Chinon, the majestic white outline of Ussé, the castle of Sleeping Beauty stands impressively over the Indre Valley. It inspired Perrault to write his famous stories and it remains a symbol of the medieval fairytale castle inhabited by brave lords, beautiful ladies and poets. It was mainly built in the 15th and 16th centuries on the foundations of an 11th century fortress, but its successive owners, each with personal touch, brought to it a unique charm. Every season, a collection of period costume will be presented to you
Opening : 02/12 in 03/31 : 10 am / 6 pm - 04/01 in 08/31 : 10 am / 7 pm - 09/01 in 11/11: 10 am / 6 pm Last ticket delivered 1 hour before the closure Rates : adult: 14€, child ( 8 - 16 years) : 4€, group (from 20 persons) : 8€
Nested in Saint-Rémy-sur-Creuse's cliff in Vienne, Ethnicité village troglodyte, is overhanging Creuse's valley. Come and discover the story of the fortress of the Middle Ages called Chalopy. The king Richard the Lionheart decided to create a new and free city in 1184. Weavers families settled in troglodytes from 17th to 19th century. Weaving and spinning will be explain to you.You can also stroll throught the garden and relax at the “Troglo'thé” while tasting a sweetness.
Opening : from wednesdays to sundays (and holidays Mondays inclued)
From 04/01 to 04/26 from 2 PM to 5.30 PM (guided tours to 3 PM)
From 04/29 to 06/14 from 2 PM to 6 PM (guided tours to 3 PM and 4.30 PM)
From 06/17 to 08/30 from 2 PM to 7 PM (guided tours to 3 PM and 5 PM)
From 09/02 to 09/27 from 2 PM to 6 PM (guided tours to 3 PM and 4.30 PM)
From 09/30 to 11/01 from 2 PM to 5.30 PM (guided tours to 3 PM)