Let’s start with our walk via Richelieu ! Ideal town designed by the famous architect Jacques Lemercier, it owns the marks of its founding father the Cardinal of Richelieu, stroll through the 475-ha park, discover its mansions and its extraordinary architecture, get on your bike on the green road leading to Chinon. 20 km of serenity combining nature and heritage, will take you to one of the treasures of the Vienne Valley: The Castle of Rivau!
Continue on our way to Luzé to discover the Abbey of Bois Aubry, a 12th century historical monument, remarkable for its history and architecture. Then to Maillé where the Memory House will give you a part of our history not to be forgotten.
A gourmet break would be welcome: AOP Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine goat cheese, asparagus from Braslou, Saffron, truffles, Touraine Gélines… So many local products for the pleasure of your taste buds!
Bucolic paths, natural landscapes, troglodytic valleys, the continuation of our walk leads us to the Valley of Courtineau, natural area of ecological, wildlife and flower interest, strolling through its mills, wash houses, troglodytic houses are a delight for the eyes. Let’s end this walk by the discovery of one of the most beautiful villages of France : Crissay-sur-Manse, walk through these narrow alleys, enjoy the beautiful tufa residences of this medieval village that has kept its whole character.
Beautiful discoveries in Touraine the Vienne Valley!
The Sainte-Maure de Touraine: the famous goat cheese crossed by a rye straw
It is a cheese born some centuries ago by the conjunction between the generosity of nature, the kindness of animal and the talent of man. The AOP Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine is made in the heart of a region where the way of life is king: Touraine. It is from the unpasteurized goat’s milk that the whole art of producers, cheese makers, maturing process is revealed… From the breeding of goats to the milk collection, from moulding to maturing process, the creation of the Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine exceeds the know-how. This is an art to make signed by the talent of each producer.
Push the door of the Gangways in Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, this permanent exhibition will show you all the secrets of this famous cheese!
The Memory House
On August 25th, 1944, while Paris was celebrating the Liberation, a German army landed into Maillé and murdered 124 inhabitants of the village, aged from 3 to 84 years old. This chapter of our history must not be unknown, relive its history through the Memory House in Maillé.
The Castle of Rivau and its fairy tale gardens
Far from a traditional castle visit, the Rivau takes you in an amazing journey among 14 extraordinary gardens! Here all senses are wide awake: 500 varieties of fragrant roses, a superb vegetable garden whose vegetables are tasted in the restaurant, monumental works in the gardens and the castle. Many activities for children and adults: treasure hunts, visits in costume, creative workgroups. Not to be missed: the equestrian jousts will offer you a real journey in the time of knights.
The Royal Abbey Saint-Michel de Bois Aubry
This classified historical monument of the early 12th century is famous for its history, its architecture and its cemetery. The site classified as Historical Monument in 1944 today shines by the romantic poetry that emerges from these places. The Abbey of Bois-Aubry combines the Romanesque and the Gothic in all their declinations. The cemetery of the abbey has a curious feature: the grave of the actor Yul Brynner. Meet a passionate owner who will reveal all the secrets of this exceptional site.
Crissay-sur-Manse, one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France
A tufa setting in the heart of Touraine. Walk through the picturesque streets of this medieval village, admire its beautiful mansions and discover its castle, witness of the past greatness of the village.
Think to be in Lapland around Richelieu
In Jaulnay nearby Richelieu, a pack of husky and their passionate musher wait for you to live a unique moment of sharing, sensations and emotions. Cani kart or cani rando it’s your choice!
Château and gardens of Le Rivau
chiens de traineau
J'ai adoré les sensations de vitesse et la joie que procure cette balade en Cani-Kart tiré par une sacré meute de chiens de traneaux !