Social Program > Tours

A wonderful social and accompanying persons program has been developed that will afford delegates and their accompanying persons the opportunity to sample some of the best that Poitiers and its surroundings has to offer. Participation to the dayly excursion tours is included in the registration fees.


Tour 1: The Atlantic Coast with visit of La Rochelle

The Atlantic city of La Rochelle is one of the most charming and interesting cities in France. Built on a rocky platform on the marshy Atlantic coast, this was once the most important port in France. This city is full of history as attested by its old towers, old houses, and rest of fortifications.




Tour 2: The Loire Valley and and its Renaissance castles

This tour will head to the Loire Valley and will offer the possibility to visit two well-known castles: the castle of Chenonceau and the Cité Royale de Loches.

Property of the Crown, the Chenonceau Castle is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women, who were all extraordinary and who, for the most part have marked history.

Loches rises on banks of Indre. The central part of the city preserved its aspect of the Middle Ages: strengthened a “city” reduced to two of its three primitive enclosures crowns the city. Its historical, military and archaeological interest is of first order.



Tour 3: Cognac and its famous vineyard

During this tour, one can discover cognac by means of a guided tour that ingeniously put all the greatest companies “savoir-faire” into offering a cultural approach to this unique experience. Of course, a cognac tasting is provided at the end of the visit.



Tour 4: Le Marais Poitevin

A land a waterways and greenery, an aquatic labyrinth where inhabitants of this marsh landscape use punts to transport hay, wood, and the local Mogette beans.

1) Orienteering. Come and challenge your navigations skills. With the help of a map, compass and your teammates, you will navigates from checkpoints to checkpoints to discover what is also known as the "Venise Verte" - The green Venice.

2) Eventually, and if you find your way out of the "French jungle", you will continue experiencing the magic of this enchanting corner of France with rowing punts.



 Tour 5: Futuroscope 

Second largest leisure park in France, The Futuroscope educates whilst it entertains. Futuroscope’s diverse attractions are based on senses, in particular on our sense of vision. Main attractions include the breathtaking 4D adventures of Arthur and the Minimoys projected on a vast IMAX dome, a unique perspective on the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, dancing with robots and flight simulators. New in 2015, the Sport Tech Arena includes free fall toboggans, MindBAlls, trampolines with lasers, etc.










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