Resting at the confluence of the Cher and Loire rivers in France, the bustling university town of Tours features a rich cultural heritage, modern-day conveniences and magnificent surrounding landscapes. This thriving commercial hub is the largest city in the region and provides an excellent base from which to explore Touraine, the region around Tours. The main attraction in this area is undoubtedly the spectacularly scenic Loire Valley, which features countless French chateaux and quaint storybook villages. Meander through the old quarter of this sprawling town and visit the historic Place Plumereau, a picturesque square featuring restored half-timbered medieval townhouses as well as vibrant open-air cafes, bars and restaurants. Don’t miss the 12th-century Saint-Gatien Cathedral featuring impressive Gothic architecture. Other popular attractions include: Tours Cathedral, Tours Castle and the ancient ruins of the Basilica of St. Martin.

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