The ISSP18 conference will be held in Tours, France, 1-hour distance from Paris-Montparnasse station by high-speed train (TGV) and 2 hours from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.
City of art and history, Tours is the gateway to the Loire valley region, in the heart of an area with a rich heritage. Tours is within a short distance from the prestigious Loire Valley Chateaux (Amboise, Chambord, Chenonceau, Chinon, Langeais, Villandry). In addition, Tours offers a wide range of local attractions: preserved historic center, fine art museum, magnificent cathedral and basilica, gastronomy (restaurants, visits of vineyards and cheese refining cellars), vivacious markets (flea markets, flavors of food markets, scents of flower markets)… But Tours is also well known for its natural environment: splendid city parks and gardens, many different types of path walks along the Loire River, the last wild river in Europe. Natural and cultural heritage of Tours make it a very pleasant city to live and to visit.
Place of the conference:
Hôtel Oceania l’Univers, 5 Boulevard Heurteloup, F-37000 Tours
See also the page dedicated to the hotel.
To reach Tours city, the organizing committee recommends to fly to Paris and then to take the train to Tours or drive (2h30).
From Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Tours train station:
There is a direct high speed train (TGV) connection from Paris, Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG 2 TGV station, between terminals 2C-2D and 2E-2F) to Tours. There are about 8 daily departures to Tours and take about 1h40. A connection is usually made in the station Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (4 km from Tours Station).
From Paris Montparnasse train station to Tours train station:
High speed train (TGV) is the most convenient way to reach Tours (1h -1h30). There are 20 daily departures from Paris-Montparnasse station to Tours station.
In addition to public transportation, taxi cabs are readily available throughout both airports.
Tours International Airport:
For those coming from London Stansted, Dublin, Porto and Marseille, this airport is the easiest solution. Located 10 min on foot from the tramway, take the line A direction Joué-Jean Monnet to get you at the train station, next to the convention center.
Tours city transportation:
Bus and Tram are the most convenient way to travel within Tours city.
In addition to public transportation, cabs are readily available throughout the city.
Tours enjoys a temperate climate. During summers from June till early September, life in Tours becomes agreeable with pleasant heat and a great level of sunshine. The annual mean temperature is 20°C (68°F).
France is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), 2 hours during summer time.
The currency of France is the Euro (€). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the banks, airports and train stations. Credit card payment is accepted everywhere in France.
All French buildings use an electrical outlet of 220 volts. Visitors with differents types of voltage are urged to bring adapters with them.