Tours Cultural Walk, Tours

Tours is home to a thriving cultural life. The town’s many interesting venues offer a large spectrum of performances, exhibitions and festivals. Take our tour to see all the best cultural spots in Tours.
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Tours Cultural Walk Map

Guide Name: Tours Cultural Walk
Guide Location: France » Tours (See other walking tours in Tours)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: Linda
Le Petit Faucheux

1) Le Petit Faucheux

This top French jazz club on the Rue Léonard de Vinci opened in March, 2002. It boasts a 200-seat theater hall where you can see all kinds of contemporary jazz performances, as well as occasional classical concerts. This centrally located venue is the perfect place to catch an interesting music show during your stay in Tours.
Nouvel Olympia

2) Nouvel Olympia

The Centre Dramatique Régional de Tours Nouvel Olympia, known as the Nouvel Olympia for short, is the most important centre of stage theatre in the whole Touraine region. Housed in the former Cinema Olympia, this great venue contributes greatly to the cultural life of the city.
Le Grand Théâtre

3) Le Grand Théâtre

Reconstructed a number of times, today this theatre’s architecture closely resembles that of the Palais Garnier in Paris. Its monumental staircase, Italian style hall and ceiling paintings are all in the same style as the building in the capital. The theatre itself bestows upon the city a wonderful season of symphonic recitals, opera shows, classical concerts and special shows for younger audiences.
Les Studio

4) Les Studio

This independent cinema is an important resource for emerging alternative filmmakers and their fans. Its program includes foreign films in their original language, documentaries, festivals, retrospectives and much more.
Vinci Centre International de Congrès

5) Vinci Centre International de Congrès

This international cultural centre is another important institution on the arts landscape of the town. A wide variety of programs are run here, including exhibitions, performances and shows that bring the arts to the communities of Tours.
Le Bateau Ivre

6) Le Bateau Ivre

This contemporary theatre and music hall has delighted audiences in Tours for more than 25 years. Within this pleasant atmosphere you can experience all kinds of original works in many different artistic genres.

Walking Tours in Tours, France

Create Your Own Walk in Tours

Create Your Own Walk in Tours

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tours is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Declared a “City of Art and History” more than 20 years ago, Tours stays true to its title boasting rich cultural and historic heritage dating all the way back to the second century BC. Stately architecture complete with beautiful gardens await visitors coming to the city. See all these on this orientation walk and enjoy your time in Tours.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Tours Old Town Walk

Tours Old Town Walk

The city of Tours has successfully preserved much of its medieval and Renaissance heritage. Most of these historic buildings and other sights are concentrated in the ancient village of Chateauneuf, now known as the Quartier Plumereau. Take our tour to see the best sights in this amazing area.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Tours Museums Walk

Tours Museums Walk

Tours is one of France’s great historical centres, as shown by its wide range of museums that tell the fascinating story of the country’s long history. Take our tour to see the most interesting collections.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Tours Churches Walk

Tours Churches Walk

In Tours there are several notable places of worship that pay testament to the rich history and spiritual life of the town. Take our tour to visit the most interesting places of worship in Tours.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Tours Nightlife Walk

Tours Nightlife Walk

Tours is a beautiful and lively city at night, when you can find lots of places to relax, drink a beer or dance the night away. Take our tour to find the best bars and nightclubs in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tours for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tours has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tours, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.