In the steps of Balzac


Under the guidance of a guide, the Tourist Office and the city of Tours offer you a visit in the footsteps of Balzac

Born in Tours on 20 May 1799, Honoré de Balzac retained a real affection for his native city throughout his life. In the preface to his "Contes drolatiques", he states that he had "no desire to be anything other than a good Touraineur" and his precise descriptions have given rise to his reputation as a fine connoisseur of the monuments, streets and history of Tours. This tour puts the architecture of the city into perspective in Balzac's work.

To know

Pratical informationPlease arrive 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
Free for children under 12 (contact us: 02 47 70 37 37)

Reservations must be made in advance at the Tourist Office or online. No sales on site. 
The guided tour is in French only and is intended for individuals. For all group visits of more than 10 people, contact the Groups Department on tel: +33 (0) 2 47 70 37 34 or by e-mail:
In Short
  • Meeting point : in front of tourist office, 78 Bernard Palissy street
    Meeting point : in front of tourist office, 78 Bernard Palissy street
  • Departure time : 2:30 pm
    Departure time : 2:30 pm
  • Walking tour
    Walking tour
  • Duration: 1:30
    Duration: 1:30
  • Language :
    • French



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Guide agréable. Thématique intéressante qui a suscite ensuite ma curiosité.
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Arpenter le centre-ville et le vieux Tours un samedi après-midi n'est pas particulièrement agréable pour ce type de découverte. Malgré tout, ce fut un très beau parcours en compagnie d'une excellente guide !
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78-82 rue Bernard Palissy
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 47.39115
Longitude : 0.69379