Organising car hire in Saumur, a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France, allows you to access Angers along the Bouche Thouet River in 45 minutes. Hiring a car in Saumur allows you to access the beautiful scenery of the Saumur vineyards between the rivers Loire and Thouet. These vineyards produce some of the best quality wines in the country. Only 21 minutes away from Saumur is the abbey of Fontevraud; the most intact medieval abbey in France, this building is where Plantagenet's Richard the Lionheart and Henry II of England are buried.
If you plan on hiring a car in Saumur, a visit to L''Abbaye Fontevraud, the largest abbey in Europe, comes highly recommended. After ten centuries of being cloistered, the public can now access Fontevraud. It has been a monastery, and a prison city, so accessing it now is a complete change of tack. Built between 1105 and 1165, the abbey combines the styles of Angevin and Poitevin. The abbey then became a prison city, between 1804 and 1963. Known as one of the toughest prisons in France, prison life was filled with silence, work and rituals. Rent a car in Saumur and explore the abbey, or drive 45 minutes and explore fabulous Angers.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1200 1400-1800, Sa 0830-1200, Su closed
Address: 78/80 Avenue du General de Gaulle
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.