Angers is a beautiful medieval city, with many historical monuments. If you have a moment during the conference, do not forget to visit some of them!
Here are a few useful links for your information and pleasure:
- Anjou Tourisme (Anjou regional tourist office)
- Angers Loire Tourisme (Angers tourist office)
- Ville d’Angers (our city)
- Restaurants in Angers (French only)
You can find below a list of several guided tours organized specifically for EMC Europe 2017:
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5|
Fares are based for a minimum of 20 people
- Guided tours with a professional tourist guide
- Tickets for entrance to the different sites
- Lunch with beverages (only for day 5)
- Transfers by bus to the sites
It does not include:
- Meals not mentioned in the programme
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
Tuesday, September 5th
Angers, a know-how story (half-day)
- 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Transfer by bus to Carré Cointreau
Guided tour of Carré Cointreau (2 hours)
Discover the Maison Cointreau, its creator Edouard Cointreau, its history, its uniquedistilling process of orange peels essences, its iconic bottle, its innovative communication, its local, regional, national and worldwide radiance into the far corners of the world, since 1849.
All over the world, Cointreau is a symbol of French elegance and Art de vivre. Visit our unique distillery in the heart of the Loire Valley. Our guided tours will reveal the secrets of Cointreau and will bring you to the cosy atlmosphere of our private bar where you can discover our cocktails and why not create your own !
- Transfer back to Angers city centre
Wednesday, September 6th
Guided tour of the Castle of Angers (half-day)
- 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Angers, a medieval capital and its unique fortress in the Val de Loire (3-hour visit)
Discover one of the best-preserved mediaeval fortresses in France. The castle’s architecture enables us to trace the morphological evolution of the site right back to the first traces of human occupation about 4000 years BC, including the construction of the fortress and its 17 towers by the young St Louis and that of the royal apartments, the chapel and the “châtelet”or little castle by the dukes of Anjou. Come and admire this superb 13th-century fortress, with its sumptuous gardens and its famous tapestries, including the remarkable Apocalypse Tapestry.
Thursday, September 7th
Guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts
and traditional Cruise on the Maine river.
- 9:00 AM: Visit of the Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts)
Located in the historic centre of Angers, on an ancient and medieval site, Le Musée des Beaux-Arts, is made of several buildings from different areas :
The Logis Barrault, a private mansion:
This listed Historic Monument was built between 1486 and 1493. Throughout the ages, this dwelling has received several prestigious guests including Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne, César Borgia and Marie de’ Medici…
The vaulted hall of the Logis Barrault (late 15th century):
When you enter the ground floor of the museum, the vaulted hall, the current passage des musées is sure to attract attention. This space was originally designed as a ceremonial room, ‘to receive and host one’s friends and other goode people’, as the master of the residence himself, Olivier Barrault once said.
The refectory of the great seminary (late 17th century):
This huge nave with eleven bays served as the refectory of the great seminary. It occupies the entire ground floor of a large part of the building built in the latter part of the 17th century, on the site of the ‘Petit Barrault’, as part of the larger Barrault complex
Walk to the port of Angers.
- 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Boarding at the Cale de la Savatte in the port of Angers for a commented cruise on the Maine river.
Discover Angers in a different way with a traditional boat named
‘Gabare’. Made of wood, these kinds of boats were used to carry goods from one town to another along the Maine and Loire River during the Middle-Age.
You will see the beautiful countryside of Angers, one of the most green cities of France !
Friday, September 8th:
Visit of the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud (half-day)
- 8:00 AM: Transfer by bus to Fontevraud l’Abbaye.
- 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Guided visit of the Abbey of Fontevraud by a guide of the site – the largest abbey in Europe!
Considered as one of the greatest monastic cities in Europe, and Royal necropolis of the Plantagenet dynasty, the Abbey of Fontevraud is impressive both in its size and its originality. Today, within the abbey church are the recumbent statues of the Plantagenet dynasty: Henri II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard Lionheart, and Isabella of Angoulême.
It is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
- 11:00 AM: Transfer by bus back to Angers
Saturday, September 9th:
Full day in the Anjou countryside and caves
Transfer by bus to Brissac.
Guided visit of the Château de Brissac with wine tasting
(about 2 hours)
Acquired in 1502 by René de Cossé, first Lord of Brissac, it is today the residence of the 13th Duke of Brissac. Whilst the park offers magnificent views from the shaded century old trees, the visit reveals a dazzling décor. You will notice stunning ceilings, precious furniture and a ravishing theatre Belle Époque, dedicated to Opera. Wine tasting in the cellar of the castle.
Departure by bus to Louresse-Rochemenier
Lunch in the cave restaurant called « troglodyte »
« les Caves de la Genevraie » in Louresse-Rochemenier
This restaurant welcomes you in its natural rooms, old galleries now converted and communicating between each other. You will taste traditional menus, based with products of the cave, served with the specialty of the region, the “fouaces”. This delicious bread dough kneaded are put into the bake in front of you in traditional wood stove.