FRIENDS & PARTNERS OF THE MUSEUM

Musée des blindées

1033 route de Fontevraud – 49400 Saumur
http://www.museedesblindes.fr

Over the last 80 years, armoured vehicles form the spearhead of modern armies. The museum Musée des Blindés in Saumur traces their origin, their history and their technical evolution throughout the world from 1917 till today.

Aux anciens commerces

Ecurie du Baron Foullon, Chemin du Lavoir
Doué-la-Fontaine – 49700 Doué-en-Anjou
http://www.anciens-commerces.fr

Private museum created in 1987, located in the Stables of the castle of Baron Foullon (the 18th), from shell-marl stone and at stone’s throw from the Rosary Foullon! About a twenty shops represent a century of commerce : 1850-1950.

DALI À L’OEUVRE – NATIONAL EXHIBITION

Les Halles – 37190 Azay-le-Rideau
www.azaylerideau.fr/saison-culturelle

Big dreams come true this new cultural season with the national exhibition « Dali à l’oeuvre » being held from 29 June to 4 November 2018. Iconic example of surrealism, the brilliant and ingenious ideas of this artist have inspired people of our time. Azay-le-Rideau reveals the artistic creation process of the Catalan artist (happening, cinema, sculpture and illustration) and uncovers the strong ties between the work of Salvador Dalí and Robert Descharnes (photographer and one of the principal biographers and collaborators of the Catalan painter).

LODGING & RESTAURANTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT

La Buronnière – Chambres et table d’hôtes

2 route des Sicots – 37190 Rivarennes
www.chambre-hote-la-buronniere.com

In the heart of the Touraine region which is listed as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites, in an environment dedicated to the discovery of the Loire Châteaux and their gardens, enjoying the gastronomy and wines of the Loire region, come and relax in the lush green area, La Buronnière, character property, opens its doors for you.

Restaurant Côté cour

19 rue Balzac – 37190 Azay-le-Rideau
http://www.cotecour-azay.com/

Eat healthy Bistro-style. Come to enjoy a savoury alliance of home-cooked fresh and local products. Discover, in dining room or on the terrace with castle view, the rural and relaxing atmosphere of a village from the Renaissance period. On sunny days, spend your time at Côté Cour to have a lunch break or diner, and revitalize yourself in the former parish garden. Put your bare feet on the grass…

Hôtel des Châteaux

2 route de Villandry, rue Gustave Eiffel – 37190 Azay-le-Rideau
www.hoteldeschateaux.com

In Azay-le-Rideau, in the heart of the Valley of the Kings and globally renowned vineyards, l’hôtel des châteaux welcomes you the whole year round for a nice and easy stay. On sunny days, on the terrace under pine parasols, the fine cuisine of restaurant « La rose des vents » can offer you everything you need when it comes to satisfying your appetite.

OTHER NOT-TO-BE MISSED PLACES NEARBY

Château de Villandry

37510 Villandry
www.chateauvillandry.fr

Château de Villandry is the last of the large Loire castles erected in the Vale-de-Loire region during the Renaissance period. The remaining elegance of its architecture combined with the charms of its extraordinary gardens make it one of the jewels of the world heritage.

Chateau de l’Islette

9 route de Langeais – 37190 Azay-le-Rideau
www.chateaudelislette.fr/

In the heart of the Touraine region, in a seductive environment where the white of the limestone (tuffeau) harmoniously blends with the ever-changing green of the river L’Indre, l’Islette opens its doors for you. The Renaissance castle, enclosed between the river branches of the l’Indre, resembles the castle of Azay-le-Rideau, its neighbour. They are often called, two brothers.

TROGLODYTE VALLEY OF GOUPILLIÈRES

Les Goupillières – 37190 Azay-le-Rideau
www.troglodytedesgoupillieres.fr/

Touraine region heritage. The site has been preserved demonstrating the ingenuity of the farmers and the visitor will be struck by the authenticity of the place. The most common objects can be found, the farm animals live in the area which was theirs before. In Goupillières, life is as it was in the past. A very nice way to remember that in the Touraine region, there were quite a few people behind the castle walls.

Chateau d’Ussé

37420 Rigny-Ussé
www.chateaudusse.fr

This is the story of Ussé, the castle of Sleeping Beauty. Once upon a time there was a castle of magical appearance, overhanging the rivers Indre and the Loire.. its beauty inspired Charles Perrault to write the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Château d’Azay-le-Rideau

19 rue Balzac – 37190 Azay-le-Rideau
www.azay-le-rideau.fr

Visit the jewel of the French Renaissance in the Touraine region. Built under the patronage of King Francis I.

LOCAL FLAVOURS

Cave Angelliaume

La Croix de bois – 37500 Cravant les Coteaux
http://www.angelliaume.fr

Appellation Chinon, the 40 acres of the Domaine benefit from the varied soils, perfectly fitted for vine cultivation: limestone clay, flint clay and gravel on beautifully exposed hillsides.

LES REINES DE TOURAINE

27 rue du Commerce – 37190 Rivarenne
http://www.reines-de-touraine.fr/

Reines de Touraine is a company specialized in the production of dried pears and apples in the Loire valley. The company invites you to try their hand-made traditional products. Manufactured according recipes dating back from the Middle Ages.

SOMETHING TO READ…

Find the latest news on collection cars every week: event reports, stories, auction results, comprehensive event agenda and don’t forget,  the hundreds of small ads!

La Nouvelle République

www.lanouvellerepublique.fr

Find all the information in Centre – Val de Loire and Poitou region, but also in France and abroad : political news, news stories, justice, economy, leisure, education, environment, health.

Tracteurs Passion et Collection

2-Monthly magazine on tractor passion

Discover the richness and diversity of more than 1500 museums who tell the history of the Second World War in Europe. Additional to your museum visit you can also discover more than 400 relics (tanks, canons, bunker, bridges) that remained at the war sites. Most comprehensive search and discovery tool ever to have been issued on this subject. Categorized by country and then by region, this useful tool will enable you to organize your itinerary along history….

The Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts

Whether you’re enjoying a special journey across the channel with friends or a club, or looking to include automotive-themed locations in your family holiday, this guide shows you how to combine them with a gourmet meal, wine tasting at a château or just relaxing on the beach! Full of practical, clear, easy-to-find information, this is the ideal companion when planning a trip, or as an on-the-road reference book.

INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS

Agence départementale du Tourisme de Touraine

www.touraineloirevalley.com

The Touraine region offers its visitors an exceptional historic, architectural and natural patrimony. The Loire and its tributaries have shaped its landscapes and have made it rich grounds. From the monuments of the Val de Loire region to the illuminating country side, between vineyards and charming villages each area displays its identity. This visitor will discover Tours and the jewels Amboise, Chenonceau, Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Langeais and also medieval Chinon and Loches…

Fédération française des véhicules d’époque

www.ffve.org

The federation hosts about 1200 members. These are clubs, professionals in ancient vehicles or museums. They bring more than 230.000 collectors, owners of around 800.000 old vehicles, together.

La Loire à Vélo

http://www.loireavelo.fr

La Loire à Vélo, is a vast tourist bicycle route with a length of 800 kilometers, a unique bike path in France. From one direction to the other, it connects Cuffy (close to Nevers) to Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (just across Saint-Nazaire). Imagine: it traverses the regions Centre- and Pays- de-la-Loire. This wonderful valley flirts with the longest river of France, the Loire, which banks are an inexhaustible mine of treasures.

L’Indre à Vélo

http://www.indre-a-velo.com

An itinerary of more than 200 kilometres on countryside roads: From Azay-le-Rideau to Jeu-les-Bois, passing Chenonceaux, discover at your own pace the rural route and exceptional historical sites.

Having noticed the increasing number of camping cars travelling across the vineyards in the south of France, the editor of a wine-growing magazine invented the concept of « Invitation formula ». He became aware of the difficulties for overnight parking in the country side. His idea was to propose to wine growers a formula for free parking in a private environment and thus permitting them to host camping car owners on their property the whole year round, for one night or 24 hours stay. That was in 1993….

To further increase the hospitality level and to improve the quality of tourist services provided in France, the state created the label Qualité Tourisme. Qualité Tourisme is the only label assigned by the state to tourism professionals for the quality of their facility and their services.

Label Tourisme et Handicaps

http://www.tourisme-handicaps.org/leslabels

The logo Tourisme et Handicap aims to give reliable, descriptive and objective information on accessibility of tourist sites and facilities taking into account all kinds of handicaps and developing adapted tourist services as an integral part of the general services offered.

TOURIST OFFICE TERRE D’AZAY-LE-RIDEAU VAL DE LOIRE

www.azay-chinon-valdeloire.com

From the historical heritage, castles, gardens, to gastronomy and traditional know-how, from the discovery of preserved nature, or with the focus on water, from sports activities to nice itineraries, here everything is at hand to appeal to the emotion and to « savour » the good life….

Accueil Vélo is a national label which guarantees high quality accommodation and services for bikers along the bike paths. With Accueil Vélo, you are most welcome at one of the partners of France Vélo Tourisme!