First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture
Kid Friendly: No. Suitable for children 10 and older if they have an interest in history.
There are a number of sets of stairs on the walk including several spiral staircases. The streets up to the citadel are sloping and paved with sett stones.
Maximum travelers: 6
English (fluent), French (conversational)
Medieval and Renaissance off the beaten track
The small town of Loches in the Touraine Loire Valley is packed with history. The medieval kings of France and England lived here, Joan of Arc was here, the sorrowing Anne of Bretagne and the lovely Agnes Sorel. You won't see a modern building in the old centre of town. We will visit the Royal Apartments and the oldest castle keep in France, full of fascinating and unique graffiti and resonating with the sense of past lives.
We will walk through the streets of the old centre of Loches to the Medieval church and citadel. There we visit the tomb of Agnes Sorel and the royal apartments where she and Anne of Brittany lived, and where Joan of Arc met with Charles VII. At the other end of the citadel we will climb one of the towers at the Donjon and go underground to see the prison cells and the quarry.
Then if there is time we will stop off to see some forgotten masterpieces.
On Wednesday and Saturdays the excellent local farmers and general market will be included.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Outside the Tourist Office (Office de Tourisme), Place de la Marne, Loches.
End location: The Tourist Office, Loches.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
8 euros - Entry to the royal citadel is about 8 euros per person.
The cars are licenced to carry 5 people including driver.
We cannot provide pickup service in Paris. The train takes one hour to reach Tours from Paris, the same journey in our car would take about 4 hours