Things to see and do in Tours and the Loire

Why not visit the Touraine region during your stay? Fully immerse yourself in the abundant nature and refined heritage of the area, discover the land, and savour the culinary savoir-faire on offer. 

Would you rather explore a waterside castle, play golf on a prestigious course, taste the best local wines, or fly off in a hot air balloon?The team at Le Domaine de la Commanderie de Ballan is on hand to guide you through the multitude of activities on offer in Tours and the Loire Valley. Each and every experience as a couple, with family, or among friends will be truly unique.

Loire Valley castles to visit

Chambord, Chenonceau, Azay-Le-Rideau… There are hundreds of castles in the Loire, each deserving a visit lasting several hours. We have selected eight castles to see near the Domaine de la Commanderie de Ballan.


The Domaine de la Commanderie de Ballan: the perfect stopover for a Loire bike trip

The Loire by bike tourist cycle route is known for being one of the most beautiful in France and covers 560 miles. Fortunately, there's no need to cover the whole distance! Simply pedal along at your own pace, taking in the natural landscapes with UNESCO World Heritage status.


Discover Touraine’s wines during a stay at the Commanderie de Ballan

With 620 miles of vineyards, the Loire is full of delicious wines. A stay at the Commanderie de Ballan is an excellent opportunity to explore the Loire Wine Route. From vine to château, try the best white, red and sparkling vintages the Loire has to offer.


The best golf courses near Tours selected by the Commanderie

Golf is as good for the body as it is for the soul. It takes energy, flexibility and concentration. And these are qualities you can work on at your leisure on the wonderful golf courses close to the Domaine.


Guide for a weekend near Paris in Touraine

If you want a relaxing weekend near the French capital, Touraine is the perfect place to escape to. Stroll through the cobbled streets of Vieux Tours (the old town), get some fresh air by the Loire River, visit nearby châteaus like Amboise and Chinon... As a tourist in Tours, there's no time to get bored.


Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon over Tours!

There's nothing like a hot-air balloon flight over Touraine if you want to go up in the world. It really gives you a new perspective on the landscapes of the Loire, the gardens of the châteaus near Tours, the region's vineyards and local life.


Tours weekend ideas

Place Plumereau, Saint-Gatien Cathedral, Villandry Château... Below, you'll find some great places to visit during your time in Tours. Discover the best the city has to offer, then stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town and try some delicious local specialities.