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Road-trip through the Monkey Valley and the Futuroscope®

Discover Poitiers and the Vienne region

Vienne will hold no secrets from you after this 6-day tour between Poitiers, its Vallée des Singes (Monkey Parc) and the Futuroscope®, the finale of your stay that children will await with great excitement. But before reaching this great park, you’ll be charmed by the landscapes of the Vienne, its legends, its religious groups that hide real historical treasures. That’s all we’re saying for now. Let’s get going !

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Day 1 - Poitiers

Your journey in Vienne starts with two days in Poitiers. A city of great battles and exceptional medieval heritage, the capital of Poitou has earned its place in the history books. Begin the visit with the Notre-Dame-la-Grande church, built on the site of an ancient Gallo-Roman pagan temple. Next is Rue des Cordeliers, visit the Tour Maubergeon, a rectangular dungeon made up of four round towers and connected to the Palais de Justice and l’Hôtel de l’Echevinage near the Cordeliers shopping center where you can take a shopping break after breakfast.

The afternoon stays with the religious theme with the exploration of Cathedral Saint-Pierre, startling for the its size and scale. Unwind at Blossac Park, the largest public garden in the city. Here you will find a lovely English garden with caves and fountains, and a French garden with a bandstand. Spend the evening dining on the terrace.

MyTripTailor Tip: Children will love the stories told on the façade of the Notre-Dame-la-Grande.

  • Distance : 5,4 km
  • Duration : 0h19

Day 2 - Poitiers - Charroux

Take to the road to Romagne, to spend the day in the midst of free running primates at the Vallée des Singes (Monkeys).

With the primates in an almost free space, this wooded 16 ha park is particularly well thought out and since opening in 1998 has recorded over 700 births, some of which are very rare, even in the wild. In all, some 450 monkeys and lemurs have evolved here on isolated islets, sometimes in direct contact with visitors. At fixed times throughout the day, the feeding of Mandrills, Brown Capuchin, squirrel monkeys, lemurs and silver marmosets will provide you with surprising moments of tenderness between the animals and their guests.

Towards the end of the day, head back in your car to Charroux where you can spend the night.

MyTripTailor Advice: Children can alternate their park visit with breaks on the playground and mini-farm (geese, donkeys, chickens, goats…).

  • Distance : 56 km
  • Duration : 0h59

Day 3 - Charroux - Montmorillon

You wake up today in Charroux, small medieval town with beautiful market halls and a few half-timbered houses. The famous Tour Charlemagne serves as a unique vestige of the old Romanesque abbey, once the guardian of the relics of the Cross of Christ and a vital step on the route to St Jacques de Compostelle (Way of St James), testifies to the city’s prestigious past. We highly recommend a one-hour guided tour to visit the abbey, the tower, the cloister and the Treasury of Saint-Sauveur Abbey.

Your next port of call is the Gartempe valley. The cliff bordering the Lussac lake contains many prehistoric caves and rock shelters. L’Ermitage is the old 17th century leper colony which is astonishing for its architecture. Time permitting, take a short tour of the Museum of  Prehistory in Lussac.  After which, it’s time to head to Montmorillon to spend your evening and stay overnight.

MyTripTailor Advice: something to do with the children: a boat trip to the miniature port of the îles de Payré.

  • Distance : 55 km
  • Duration : 0h54

Day 4 - Montmorillon - Chauvigny

This is a small city that knows how to be loved, with its macaroons, its 14th century Gothic bridge over the Gartempe, its picturesque streets and its vast medieval heritage. Admire Notre-Dame church, particularly the Sainte-Catherine crypt which contains the most famous frescoes of Poitou.

At the Abbey of Saint-Savin, you should raise your eyes to the sky, or rather to the high vault of the nave. Nicknamed “the Sistine of the Romanesque period” by André Malraux, the abbey holds frescoes of universal value, registered by UNESCO world heritage since 1983. The discovery of this cycle of 11th century biblical paintings, miraculously preserved, is truly spectacular and you immediately realise the prowess in their execution, on a vault 16 metres in height. Not to be missed!

It’s high time now for a picnic lunch in Angles-sur-l’Anglin before going on to Chauvigny to watch the birds of prey show.

Spend the night in Chauvigny and don’t stay up too late, the next day has a busy schedule!

 

MyTripTailor Tip : If a barefoot visit tempts, try the Montmorillonnais EcooMuseum.

  • Distance : 26 km
  • Duration : 0h24

Day 5 - Chauvigny - Futuroscope

Set off for the Futuroscope® !

Fly, fall, leave the solar system, all without leaving your chair: here, digital technology takes you into the 4th dimension, where science and simulation combine to make you touch the future. Since 1987, this leisure park, with breathtaking architecture and ever-changing attractions, has made young and old dream before interactive giant screens that arouse curiosity, emotion and imagination.

MyTripTailor Advice: Visitors to the Futuroscope® can endure long waiting times for its most popular attractions. A Premium pass gives access to 5 of them in 10-15 minutes. It’s best to arrive 30 minutes before the evening show to choose your place. Finally, several smartphone applications provide session schedules and waiting times in real time. Very handy!

  • Distance : 28 km
  • Duration : 0h31

Day 6 - Futuroscope - Poitiers

For this last day, come back to Poitiers to complete your visit of the city.

  • Distance : 12 km
  • Duration : 0h19

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