• Post conference tours on Friday, June 21st 2019


We are very happy to welcome you in Angers and as such, we would like to suggest a few tours to help you discover our fabulous region. Angers is known as 'douceur angevine", or "sweetness of Anjou". It's a great place to live, between the city and the countryside. Angers is considered as one of the best French cities to settle down: Cheap accommodation, lots of green areas such as the Lac de Maine area, the Ile St Aubin, etc. It is also a nice place to study with high quality private and public schools and a great place for gastronomy or cuisine with great vineyards.

Please find below several tours that you can choose  (this includes transportation, meals, and entrance of the sites):

Please note that these social tours are subject to availability and to a minimum of 10 reservations.

June 21st in France is the day for our "Fête de la musique". Every year to celebrate the 1st day of summer, we have free outdoors concerts in the streets of Angers and it is the place where all generation meet for one evening. A great way to end a lovely day after visiting the area.

Post conference tour 1: Anjou Valley castle: The Chateau of Brissac:

Fares from 155€ per person with a minimum of 10 people booking the tour.

Is it possible to talk about the Loire Valley without evoking its famous Châteaux? Of course not!



The Chateau of Brissac is the tallest castle of France built in 1502 and owned by the same family since

then. 516 years later, in 2018, its descendants, the Marquis and Marquise of Cossé-Brissac still live

in the Chateau with their four children. You will be enchanted to visit this place stuck between

medieval and modern times. Guided visit of the castle by the official guide of the castle.

Followed by lunch:

Located between Angers and Brissac Quincé, on the Loire river, “Les Guinguettes” are

typical Loire restaurants cooking fish from the River: such as deep-frying eels or fish,

Pikeperch filet or fried smelts, etc.  It welcomes you from Tuesday to Sunday.

Menus and A la carte courses are all made with fresh fish,  top-quality and seasonal vegetables

and in a fabulous surrounding. A real festive moment, enjoy your meal!

1 hour cruise on the Loire river:



Discover the wild landscape of the Loire river during a commented one-hour cruise on the boat "Bateau de lumière". Learn all the secrets of the last wild river in Europe. Also called the Royal River, due to a large number of royal castles built all along, especially in the Centre region, this is the longest river in Europe with a length of 1.006 Kms. During the middle-age, the Loire river was used by boats to carry goods from one city to another with typical Loire boats called 'gabare', (replicas of the old cargo boats) which now provides a pleasant, original way to see incomparable sights and landscapes.

Have a glance at typical Loire villages while tasting 2 different kinds of white Anjou wine or home-made fruit juices with amuse-bouches.

Time schedule (subject to changes):

9:00 am: Bus departs at Angers Convention Center


10:00 : Arrival at Brissac Castle: guided visit of the castle and the park

1:00 pm : Lunch In The guinguette

3:00pm : Guided visit on a cruise boat

6:00 pm: end of the visit; return to Angers.

The fare includes: transportation from/to Angers by bus, entrance at each site, lunch (without alcoholic beverages), it does not include travel insurance, personal expenses.

Post conference tour 2 : Discovery of the Abbaye de Fontevraud.

Fares from 136€ per person based on a minimum of 10 people

Back in ancient times: The Abbaye de Fontevraud.

The Royal Abbey of Fontevrault (in French: abbaye de Fontevraud) was a monastery in the village of Fontevraud l’Abbaye near Saumur. It was founded in 1101 by the itinerant preacher Robert of Abrisel.

The King of England, Henry II, his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his son, King Richard the Lionheart were all buried here at the end of the 12th century. It was disestablished as a monastery during the French Revolution.

The complex of monastic buildings served as a prison from 1804 to 1963. Since 1975, it has hosted a cultural center, the Centre Culturel de l'Ouest.

Lunch in a troglodytic cave:

You will enjoy a tasty meal in the Caves of la Genevraie with typical cave food: Les fouaces. small bread cooked in a wooden oven filled with beans, mushrooms, ham and pork meat. A real delight.

Afternoon in a troglodytic cave:


Welcome to the underground and a world of caves. In Anjou, we have one of the biggest cave site in Europe. At one stage, they used to be homes for hundred of people In the heart of Rochemenier, visit a part of the village, the museum opened since 1967.
On 1 hectare, discover two ancient troglodytic farms with their rooms and dependencies. 
A unique underground lifestyle in the Loire valley! The underground chapel dug out in the 13th century to the latest modernized caves, stroll through this unique housing environment.

Time schedule is subject to change:

8:00 am: Bus departs from Angers Convention Center

9.00 am: Arrival in Abbaye de Fontevraud. Guided visit of the Abbey.

11.30 am: free time in Fontevraud.

12 pm: Departure to Louresse Village.

12.30 pm: Lunch in a troglodytic cave.

3.30 pm: Guided visit of the Museum of Louresse-Rochemenier.

5.00 pm: return to Angers convention center

General sales information:

The post tour is not part of the symposium registration fare and is optional. Participants will be able to book one of these tours at the same time  as the general registration for the symposium. These tours are subject to availability and a minimum of 10 people booking. Should we not have the minimum of participants, several options will be proposed to people that have booked: either to go on a different tour at the same fare, to go on the selected tour but with a different fare (as fare is based on the number of people) or else, should we have to cancel the post-tours due to a lack of participants, we would fully refund the tours to those who paid for it.

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