TROGLODYTES ET SARCOPHAGES – Doué-en-Anjou (49)

• To visit

This unique site in Europe, one among listed heritage sites, brings to light the astonishing roles of cave dwellings :
the great underground shelter at the time of the Vikings ; the chapel ; the «cathedral» caves ; the troglodytic farm ; the wine cellar and the oven, not forgetting the prestigious quarry of Merovingian sarcophagi discovered by archeologists.

You travel through 1500 years of history.

PARC ORIENTAL – Maulévrier (49)

• To visit

The maulévrier oriental park is the story of the rebirth of a forgotten garden. It was originally created at the beginning of the 20th century when alexandre marcel, the famous architect and expert on the orient, redesigned the gardens of château colbert with the help of the gardeners and his parents-in-law, the owners. A forgotten garden: when Alexandre Marcel died, the garden fell into a state of abandon between 1940 and 1980 and many of the plant varieties and garden structures were lost.

Japanese experts: since 1980 the park has belonged to Maulevrier town council and is managed by
a charitable association. With the help of numerous volunteers and permanent staff the garden was gradually restored.

In 1987, 3 Japanese experts recognised the park as an example of the great landscape gardens of the Edo period (17th and 19th century), with historical and symbolic importance. Since then, 12 hectares
have been transformed into a Japanese landscape and receive permanent attention from gardeners and
landscape artists.

Night-time walk, Japonese tales: After visiting the park during the day, take a stroll around the lake between darkness and light, punctuated by traditional Japanese tales for old and young. The walk takes about an hour and half. Last entry 11.30pm. The garden closes at half past midnight.

CHÂTEAU DE BEAUVOIS **** – Restaurant le Louis XIII

• Accomodation / Where having lunch

From a lovely country road, you look up ever so slightly and the Château de Beauvois unfolds before your eyes.
With its centuries of history, it looks ever so stately! A 4-Star hotel, cultivating the French art of living, welcomes you at this castle .

The Louis XIII cuisine is a reflection of the Castle’s refined elegance. Whether dining with friends, family or business colleagues, the Chef Régis Guilpain great connoisseur of seasonal and local products, he manages to flatter the palate with his subtle blend of flavors and textures ! Gourmet, friendly, and generous cuisine to enjoy throughout the year.

LE BIOPARC – Doué-la-Fontaine (49)

• To Visit

Located in the heart of Anjou, the Bioparc is the only troglodyte zoo in the world.
Over 1400 animals live in an exceptional natural setting dedicated to the protection of endangered species.
Dug into the rock, our tunnels will leadyou from one environment to the next. A trip filled with emotions in a true mineral and vegetal labyrinth!

New : The Carnivores crater
Explore a spectacular landscape home to lions, cheetahs, meerkats… In 2021, an African aviary will be added on to the park. You will be stunned by the multicolored flashes of scarlet bee-eaters, jackdaws and other Livingstone’s turacos.

The rhino Valley
Go and meet the big fauna of African plains.
Once you have walked past the pygmy hippos, go alongside the rhino valley dug out of the rock and watch the impressive black rhinos and the gazelles.
Children will be able to stroke goats and have fun meeting mongooses on an unusual gallery tour!

South-American great aviary
Walk into the heart of the largest aviary in Europe and have an unforgettable immersion with 600 birds.
Flying space for 35 different bird species, this quarry has similar South-American rocky ecosystems and dry shores where penguins, aras, ibis and other flamingos cohabit.

SAUT AUX LOUPS – Montsoreau (49)

• To visit

Le Saut aux Loups combines a site to visit and a troglodyte restaurant. Take a tour of the mushroom galleries which have been in production forover a century. Then, in the restaurant, you can taste the famous “galipettes” (stuffed mushrooms) and other specialities based on mushrooms!

• To Visit

Musical with horses

A show lasting more than 3 hours to amaze, amuse and delight adults and children alike. The cabaret offers an original creation combining art forms rarely found together, a cross between cabaret and circus. To enjoy the full experience, you can eat beforehand to the strains of live music. See the calendar of performances on www.orstella.com

PARC DE L’ETANG – Brissac Quincé (49)

• Leasure

Games and activities for all ages : trampolines, inflatable structures, pony rides, donkeys, goat garden, pedalos, ziplines, water slide, miniature train, mini-golf, mini-bobsleigh, a big maze, barefoot walks and more. Lots of picnic tables and barbecues for you to use, guaranteeing a relaxing, fun day out for all the family.

RESTAURANT TROGLODYTE LES CAVES DE MARSON – Rou-Marson (49)

• Where having lunch

The Caves de Marson were created since 1987 and still serve the traditional « fouées ». Mme and Mr Noyer, look forward to welcoming you to this superb, candlelit restaurant in a cave in Marson, the « fouée » capital. The ideal place for a lively meal with friends or family, 5 minutes from Cadre Noir and 10 minutes from Saumur. Booking recommended.

MAISON DES ARTISANS – Angers (49)

• To visit

80 craftsmen can be found at the Maison d’Adam. The Maison des Artisans (house of the craftsmen) is installed in
the Maison d’Adam, a famous and magnificent, partly wooden house from the 15th century, and is the showcase for
the talent and creativity of more than 80 craftsmen: glass blowers, sculptors, jewellers, wood turners, potters and so
on. They have got together here to allow you to see the fruit of their work. Come on in – when you leave you will have
another wonderful memory of our region and be delighted by this visit to a very special place. Following the tradition
of the Angevin tapestry makers, the Maison d’Adam has a good choice of reproduction tapestries (The Lady and the
Unicorn, the Angers Apocalypse, Bayeux, etc.) and contemporary tapestries (patterns from Picasso, Klimt or Monet).
There is something to suit every budget. You are sure to find the ideal present here, either for yourself or to give to
someone else. Open all year long from 9:30 am to 7 pm except Sunday and Monday morning.

VILLE DE LOUDUN (86)

• To visit

Sites not be misse !

– The house where Théophraste Renaudot, dedicated to the life and work of the man who founded the French press and gave his name to the famous literary prize: the Renaudot Prize.
2 Petite rue du Jeu de Paume – 05 49 98 27 33 – musee.renaudot@ville-loudun.fr
– The former Sainte Croix Collegiate , a Romanesque church converted to a covered market in the 19th century, and now a centre for contemporary art and cultural events.
Place Saint-Croix – 05 49 98 62 00 – collegiale.ste.croix@ville-loudun.fr
– the Charbonneau-Lassay museum, open the door of this private mansion and you will find a rich and varied collection reflecting Loudun’s history…
24 rue du Martay – 05 49 98 08 48 – musee.charbonneau-lanssay@ville-loudun.fr
– The Square Tower, following a careful restoration, the Tour Carrée offers a unique panoramic view of the town. Don’t miss its mediaeval garden.
Rue de la Tour – 05 49 98 81 59 – culture@ville-loudun.fr

LE CADRE NOIR – St Hilaire St Florent (49)

• To visit

The Cadre noir de Saumur has a full programme of guided tours, shows for the pubic and gala evenings.

During the guided visits, you’ll learn about the history of the Cadre Noir and discover the main facilities of the school.

Public performances and galas offer you the chance to appreciate the skill of the riders in the school’s main indoor arena.

CHÂTEAU ET HÔTEL-DIEU DE BAUGE (49)

• To Visit

Welcome to the private home of a 15th century prince. Le palais du Roi René (King René’s palace) is a new, exciting tour for all family, full of surprises, to show you what King René’s daily life was like. The castle in Angers where he ruled over the world from Anjou to Jérusalem is well know, but de you know the private residence where this learned prince liked to live, to receive his friends, to hunt and to write.

Discover the treasures and secrets of a hospital throughout the ages…
How were our ancestors cared for in the reign of Louis XIV, during the revolution, before the First World War and in teh sixties? The Hôtel-Dieu in Baugé-en-Anjou knew all these time. It can tell us the fascinating history… of healt. As a classified historial monument, the Hôtel-Dieu apothecary opened in 1675, and houses a collection of over 650jars, pillboxes and bottles, one of the richest of its time. Young and old will enjoy the myserious names of the contents, like dragon’s blood, crayfish eyes, and woodlouse powder.

TERRE DE ROSE DISTILLERIE – Doué-en-Anjou (49)

• To visit

Stroll through a garden planted with sweet-scented roses when you visit this restored former farm. Tools and implements from days gone by can be seen in the original buildings. You can stroke the friendly farm animals throughout the visit. See the rosewater distillery to discover our speciality and find out all its secrets. The shop stocking traditionally made rose products is open all year round.

Musée Henri Barré – Thouars (79)

• To Visit

Musée Henri Barré has been installed since 1920 in a mansion built in the 19th century in the heart of a historic part of the city.
It has retained some of its interior decor and the charm of a collector’s house.

BOUVET LADUBAY – ST Hilaire St Florent (49)

• Wines

Etienne Bouvet created the Bouvet Ladubay company in 1851, thus associating his wife’s name with his brand name.
Within a few years, the fine sparkling wines of Bouvet- Ladubay, Saumur Brut & Crémant de Loire, were exported worldwide.

An expertise recognized by the granting of more than 460 medals in 40 years. Along the 5km of galleries, visitors will discover all the stages of winemaking with, in the heart of the cellars, more than 1000 oak barrels and a sunken cathedral (made up of 35 monumental sculptures).
Including : Contemporary Art Center, nineteenth century Theatre, Wine Tasting School, Seminar Rooms.
Visit of the cellar by Vintage Bicycle and and new – Heritage tour, October to may.

New 2021 : discover the Horse-Drawn Vehicles Collection of Saumur.

CAVES VEUVE AMIOT – St Hilaire St Florent (49)

• Wines

Founded in 1884 by Elisa Amiot, «Maison Veuve Amiot» welcomes you for a guided tour of the cellars and production site througout 6 kilometers of galleries.

Commented tasting. A world of flavours is waiting for you.

Wide range of Saumur and Crémant de Loire.

Fly Vintage – Saumur (9)

• Leasure

Overview of the Loire castles from Saumur.
You will be greeted by the pilot at Saumur airfield.
Premises with toilets are available for those accompanying the candidate for the flight.
The flight lasts 30 minutes but the time to «brief» the flight requires an hourly amplitude of 1 hour.

It is possible to take photos or film during the flight.

CHÂTEAU DE LA ROCHE RACAN – St Paterne Racan (37)

• To visit

The poet Racan, Honorat de Bueil, follower of Malherbe and member of the Académie Française, built this family country house which overlooks the peaceful valley of the Escotais from the great terrace supported by a series of arcades in 1636, with the help of Jacques Gabriel, from the famous family of architects.

Loire Vélo Nature, l’Ecotourisme en Val de Loire

• Leasure

Bike Rental
Loire Vélo Nature, loueur de vélos depuis 15 ans !
Avec un parc de plus de 350 vélos, nous louons nos vélos à Bréhémont et nous intervenons également entre Orléans (Loiret) et Angers (Maine et Loire). Nous sommes ouverts toute l’année du 15 mars au 15 novembre, de 9h à 19h (sur réservation le reste de l’année).

Retrouvez sur ce site tous nos services en lien avec la Loire à vélo : réservations sur les points de dépôts, livraisons/rapatriements, suivis de bagages, accompagnements, …
Notre équipe ainsi que l’ensemble de nos partenaires se chargent de tout pour vous assurer une visite de la Vallée de la Loire dans les meilleures conditions.

Chasse au trésor – Noyant Village (49)

• To Visit

In 2021, the treasure hunt returns for a third edition. This year, folow Kelvin, the guardian of the waters in his quest! You will discover with him the natural and historical heritage of Noyant-Villages. The treasure hunt will take place from 1 July to 30 September. It can be done over a day or several days. The game booklets will be collected in the shops of the municipality or dowload on www.noyant-villages.fr . This game is free of charge and is of purchase. The winners will be awerded by random draw.

KARTING DE LOUDUN (86)

• Leasure

Taste the sensations of flying with your family, friends or coworkers ! Practice karting safely on one of the most beautiful tracks on the Franch circuit. Loudun’s go-kart welcomes you to a wooded and shaded space with these tables and bench too hase a good time, even in the heat of heat. You’ll also have something to freshen up and fill in the little cravings.

LE MOULIN DE SARRÉ – Gennes (49)

• To visit

Even today it is places and know-how which remind us of the flavours of the good products of yesteryear. The Sarré Mill is one of these places.

The last of nine water mills which used to turn along the river Avort, the Sarré Mill produces ground flour which is used to made good bread.

The Lauriou family invite you to enjoy this crossroads between nature and tradition where they have been millers for four generations.

During your visit you will discover the recently renovated runnel wheel. This wheel drives a system of cogs intended to multiply the driving force from the Avort fountain jet of water, transferring this energy to the millstone which grinds the grain.

Guided tours at 3 pm, 4 pm, and 5 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and August, unaccompanied tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3 pm to 6 pm.
By appointment for groups at other times.

Centre régional « Résistance & Liberté » – Thouars (79)

• To Visit

A novel way to learn about the events of the Second World War, and the local Resistance. This is an unusual,
interactive display using audio documents, photos, audiovisual sources and multimedia screens to see into the heart of these dark years. Follow the tracks of the secret army to undestand the more recent past and observe the world of today.
Come and feel the winds of freedom. The audio documents are available in English.

VISITE DE LA CAVE AUX MOINES – Préban – Chênehutte (49)

• To visit

Dug by men from the XIIth century onwards to extract the stone, « the tuffeau » destined for building, The Cave aux Moines was used as far back as the beginning of the XXth century to cultivate mushrooms.

Tour the working mushroom farm and as the same time, discover what it was like to live in cave dwellings, see the snail cave and a wine cellar (wine tasting and sales).

DOMAINE DE ROCHEVILLE – Parnay (49)

• Wines

In the heart of the Saumur Champigny appellation, at Parnay, the Domaine de Rocheville welcomes you to spend an unforgettable moment in a family wine estate, Gold medal of the Trophies of Oenotourism.

The winery is in the contemporary architectural style, unique in the Loire valley, surrounded by vines and overlooking the Loire.

There are lots of things for you to do: stroll through the vines, visit the winery, enjoy musical gourmet events, or simply discover our wines with the Terra Vitis and Agriculture Biologique labels, which are renowned for their elegance and finesse.

ART MONGOLFIÈRES – Val de Loire

• To visit

Discover the magic of a balloon flight, this ball of air suspended in space…
Appreciate the amazing feeling of passing by the clouds…
Seeing the rising or setting of the majestic sun…
All this while flying over the magnificent Chateaux of the Loire Valley.

MUSÉE RENAUDOT – Loudun (86)

• To visit

Come and learn the story of Théophraste Renaudot: an extraordinary man.
He was Louis XIII’s doctor, founded dispensaries and cared for people at a distance with his medicine “Polychreston”.
He created the first newspaper in France in 1631, “La Gazette”.
He was a philanthropist and forerunner of numerous institutions in modern France, such as the employment agency, pawnbrokers and small advertisements…

Don’t miss the botanic garden and the 10-metres-deep underground cavern.

LA SEIGNEURIE – Saumur (49)

• Wines

Alban Foucher, 3rd generation at La Seigneurie, is one of the last wine producers within the town of Saumur, situated between Saumur castle and the Tank Museum.

Come and taste the latest vintage and the whole range of wines including Saumur Champigny, Saumur, and Crémant de Loire…. Between 6€ and 15€.

Domaine Jean-Michel SORBE – BRINAY (18)

• Wines

Jean-Michel Sorbe’s domain is at the heart of the Quincy and Reuilly AOC and here you can experience a real journey
through the vines and wine.
The vineyard is run sustainably and has the HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale) certification.
It produces authentic, rich wines which perfectly express the fine soil cultivated with respect.
You will be welcomed by the team at the domain all year round in the winery, where you can follow the Sentier du Vin wine path and learn all about the work from the vine to the wine!

Château d’Ussé – Rigny Ussé (37)

• To Visit

Once upon a time there was a fairy tale-like castle, overlooking the Indre and the Loire, which was so magical that it inspired Charles Perrault in his Sleeping beauty fairy tale. Fallow in the footsteps of Vauban, Perrault, Chateaubriand, Le Nôtre and the de Blacas who still inhabit this prestigious château to this day.

Domaine Joseph Mellot – Sancerre (18)

• Wines

The iconic historic, family-run Maison Joseph Mellot is one of the Sancerre wine producers not to be missed, with its vineyard in 8 of the Centre-Loire appellations. All the vine are cultivated in line with sustainable agriculture standards with High environmental Value certification, and some are cultivated organically. The Maison has the « Vineyards and Discory » label for wine tourism, its restaurant the Auberge Joseph Mellot, its holiday cottage and its historic cave in the heard of the Sancerre region. You can also visit the winery to find out about the Maison and our wines.

Une saison inédite au Château à Motte (49)

• To Visit

More than a cultural place, the Château à motte is an exceptional place where, thanks to the work of a team of enthusiasts, history is made alive!

This year, the summer season will start on Wednesday, July 1st.

A redesigned and special season, in an exceptional context.Each workshop and each visit have been reviewed and revisited, in order to offer a maximum of diversity and to allow you to enjoy recreational activities. Families are particularly «targeted» by this program.Parents, or grandparents, and children are expected to visit the place in all its forms and participate in workshops to discover the Middle Ages and its treasures.Bestiary fantastic, introduction to medieval building techniques, discovery of the life of the knight… and her princess, discovery of illumination, calligraphy, or heraldic art, games of skill, chance and reflection, participate in one of the workshops offered.

Don’t miss the tours, the Escape game, or the treasure hunt… A program established in compliance with health rules: group of 8 people maximum, reservation required, hydroalcoholic solution available, distancing respected.

FAMILY PARK – Sorigny (37)

• To visit

Family Park is the amusement park for all your family!
Over 45 attractions to choose from : big wheel, pirate ship, circus show… This year 4 new attractions : Liberty Slide : slide down 35 metres from a heightof over 10 metres – the Boomerang : this giant saucer will rock you from right to left 10 metres above sthe ground – Turbulences : enjoy a calm flight or do spins and loop-the-loop in your plane – Aquatic area : refresh yourself and relax.
Possibility to picnic or eat on site. Barbecue available

Le Mystère des Faluns – Les Perrières – Doué-en-Anjou (49)

• To Visit

The Perrières is famous for its monumental size and is now home to the spectacular “Mystery of the Faluns”*, which has
made it one of the most visited sites in Anjou. As you progress from cave to cave you will enjoy the magnificent beauty of the
site and its geological and human history.

You will be amazed by a series of imaginative works, blending art and science, plunging you into a magical underground and underwater world.

An informative film, exciting lighting, walls glowing blue, a ballet of jellyfish, a water mirror, a shark, a whale and atmospheric music… An unforgettable experience for the whole family!

Allow from 45 minutes to one hour..

*One star in the 2016 Michelin Guide Vert

CHÂTEAU LE PRIEURE **** – RESTAURANT LE CASTELLANE – Chênehutte (49)

• Accomodation - Where Having Lunch

Imagine an elegant castle overlooking a magnificent Loire River landscape…

You are at the Prieuré in Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault, just at 10 minutes from Saumur. Welcoming you, is a 4-star castle hotel brimming with refinement and the French art of living.

With a majestic view over the Loire River, the Prieuré’s restaurant, Le Castellane, welcoming you for lunch and dinner throughout the year.

Whether dining with friends, family or businesscolleagues, the Chef Richard Prouteau offers a menu with a selection of delicately crafted dishes with each seasonal product from the best local producers, before creating refined and gourmet dishes.

LANGLOIS-CHATEAU – St Hilaire St Florent (49)

• Wines

Since 1885 the house of Langlois-Chateau has retained its family atmosphere and is as remarkable wine site.
The vines overlook the cellars, which are dug into the tuffeau.

The site offers ‘Behind the Scenes at the Winery’, a presentation in 4 acts :

1- Introduction to oenology in the wine school.
2- Visit of cellars with wine presses and fermenting tanks for white and red wines.
3- Visit of 300 meters of underground cellars, to understand the different stages of the traditional method.
4- Commentated, comparative tasting of still and sparkling wines.

RESTAURANT DE LA CAVE AUX MOINES – Préban – Chênehutte (49)

• Where having lunch

The underground restaurant at the Cave aux Moines “Les Pieds Bleus” offers genuine regional specialities: fouées, flat bread cooked in wood fired ovens which you will enjoy garnished with regional products, just as in time gone by.

You will also be able to try, troglodyte style, the mushrooms grown in the restaurant cellars.

BAUGEOIS – VALLEE : UN TERRITOIRE A DECOUVRIR (49)

• To Visit

Near from Saumur and Angers make superb discoveries in Baugeois-Vallée; enchanted territory in Anjou.

Châteaux and Mansions
New 2021: the chateau of Baugé offers you to discover the kink René’s Palace. In another style, Montgoeffroy symbolizes the 18th century art de vivre (art of living) and the numerous chateaux and mansious of the region reveal you the History of France.

Great Treasures :
THE must-see : the Hôtel-Dieu in Baugé and the 17th century pharmacy preserved in it original state, the collections of the Jules Desbois and Joseph Denais Museums, the famous twisted spires. And The  Anjou Cross, the gem of goldsmithing that beacame the Lorraine Cross in 1477.

An exceptional natura setting :
You enjoy trolling in gardens so discover the botanical parks in the region’s chateaux. The natural heritage is royal with its wild river, national forests. In these landscapes the ride is a queen there. Also enjoy many leisure activities, Treetop adventure, Golf , Horse riding, Fishing.