Loire Valley, France

Tours: Major Streets, River Paths, Sights

Mark Lowenstein

One of our favorite things about Tours is its several long, wide streets, allowing for a nice exploration of the city and its major sites without a lot of turns. Use the Place Jean Jaurès, with the spectacular Hôtel de Ville de Tours (City Hall) as an anchor point. From there, Bd. Béranger is a wide street with a tree-lined median that runs east-west, while Rue Nationale is a wide pedestrian street that runs south toward the river (and beautifully lit at night!).

Mark Lowenstein

Starting at Place Jean Jaurès, head east briefly on Bd. Béranger, then toward the river on R Jules Simon, passing the Cathédrale Saint-Gatien and the Château de Tours. Use the pedestrian bridge to cross over the Loire River, then head west on the river path to Pont Wilson (or Pont Napoleon for a slightly longer run). Cross back over, using Rue des Tanneurs as the anchor point for your own exploration of Vieux Tours, the historic old town.

Add-Ons: Use our mapped route to create your own additional exploration of the river paths, paths around l’île Simon, bridges, and streets of Vieux Tours.

 

Essentials
  • Mapped Route: 5 km (3.2 miles)
  • 21m (70 feet)
  • Place Jean Jaurès (or other point)

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Essentials
  • Mapped Route: 5 km (3.2 miles)
  • 21m (70 feet)
  • Place Jean Jaurès (or other point)