Day Trips: Deux-Sevres

Montgolfiere du Bocage
Hot air baloon rides offered at Cerizay (79). Contact: Damien Merceron
Museum of Tumulus
Open museum and archeological site built 2,000 years before the pyramids of Egypt, access for the disabled. Situated at Bougon.
Tour guide located in Niort (79) for customized guided tours of the town. Contact: Agnes Brillatz
Melle Aboretum
Aboretum with discovery trail and various walks through the forest. At Melle (79).
Chateau dOiron
Grand chateau built in the 16th century and refurbished in the 17th century. Numerous galleries and salons plus restaurant. Open 1 April to 30 September 10:30-18:30. Closed on some public holidays. At Oiron (79).
Silver Mine
Situated at Melle (79), with 350 metres of underground limestone galleries, a metal workshop and a Carolingian garden.
Trails through the Secret Poitou
This 110 Km-long marked tourist road connects Poitiers and the Marais Poitevin, inviting travellers to an unusual discovery of the land along the smaller roads.
Je Regarde
Tailor-made guided tours offered across the Poitou-Charentes region. Specialising in historic and UNESCO registered monuments. Contact Agnes Brillatz
Maison Theophane Venard
Mr Venard Srs office provides explanations on the familys lifestyle, with visits of the kitchen and the upstairs floor where one can discover the classroom and childrens bedrooms, which still retain memorabilia items. Call Mr Giret. In St Loup Lama
Le Cebron St Loup
246 ha area with huge lake for fishing, windsurfing and other water activities. Picnic area and close by outdoor swimming pool. This lake has a bird watching observatory. Situated near Airvault (79).
Animal park at Villiers-en-Bois (79), in the Chize forest. Contact: Michele Mercier
Le Jardin des Oiseaux
Designed for visitors to discover birds and learn how to draw them into your own garden. Set in 75 hectares of garden. Situated at Menigoute (79).
International nature and fishing center. All the pleasures of fishing and eco tourism in a domain extending over more than 150 hectares. Discover the sights beneath the surface of the Pescalis waters, bike rides, horse riding activities. Near lAbsie.
Hot Air Balloon
Joy flights in hot air balloons. Take off from Chanteloup or all other appropriate sites (subject to conditions). Information: Mr Fuseau, Chanteloup (79).
Centre Regional
Exhibition of information and artifacts relating to the role of the French Resistance during the 2nd World War. At Les Ecuries du Chateau, Rond Point du 19 mars 1962 Thouars (79). Contact Marie-Fanelie Jourdan.
Underground River
Discovered in 1970, the Chamdeniers underground river can be explored over approximately 800m. Naturally formed in the wake of the tectonic movements in the region, the river is comprised of a main corridor that meanders in the direction of Cours.