Tours  is located on the river Loire in the Centre-Val de Loire region. Touraine, the region around Tours, is renowned for its wines and the Loire Valley castles.  Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Chinon, Clos Lucé (last home of Leonardo da Vinci), Langeais, Loches, Villandry (and its famous gardens), Ussé (which inspire Charles Perrault for his fairy tale 'Sleeping beauty')…  These castles are inseparable from the history of France and its kings; these names evoke the stories of Joan of Arc, Leonardo da Vinci, the troubled Middle Ages and the lavish Renaissance period.

The city of Tours delight travellers with its medieval center, the shopping areas, its many parks and public gardens, sports clubs, cultural and associative structures.Place Plumereau is one of the hallmarks of the city. This small square surrounded by magnificent half-timbered houses is the liveliest place in the city, at the heart of the historic centre. The friendly atmosphere attracts tourists from around the world as well as students from the nearby universities.

 Join Tours from the Charles de Gaulle airport or from Paris

To travel from Paris-Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle CDG Airport to Tours will require a minimum of 1 change (at Saint-Pierre des Corps at 4 km from Tours).

  • Some high-speed TGV trains directly connect CDG2 to Saint-Pierre des Corps in 1 hour and 40 minutes. (On Sept 25: departure from CDG2 at 7h19; 12h15; 16h18; 18h15). The total journey time between CDG2 and Tours is around 1 hour and 50 minutes.

  • Alternatively, you can join Paris by the RER B (Suburban train) and take a TGV at the Gare Montparnasse (RER B up to Denfert-Rochereau then metro n° 6) or a classic train at the Gare d’Austerlitz (RER B up to Paris Nord then metro n° 5). The journey from the airport to the train station(s) takes about 1 hour. A train connects Paris and Tours either from Montparnasse or Austerlitz about each hour.

For train schedules see:


Hotel - Accomodation :

Our partner TOURS Val de Loire Tourisme holds allotments of rooms at special rates in different categories of hotels for the ISK 2017 participants. For more details about the hotels and for booking please click HERE:


Symposium access :

 By bus : Fil Bleu Ligne 5 , Rabelais stop





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