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Discover the Mystery of the Faluns in the Loire Valley


Meet in a prodigious troglodytic cellar

Who hasn't dreamed of experiencing adventures from the past? Find yourself 11 million years back in time for a few moments.

The mystery of the Faluns between history and poetry

Combine science and imagination during your visit to the Mystery of the Faluns near Cholet. Stroll through the immense underground galleries which have been classified as a remarkable environmental site.

Throughout your investigation, artistic projections on the quarry will allow you to see things from another dimension. Welcome to a New World!

An extraordinary visit

Set your watch, the tour starts and you will experience unknown sensations for over an hour. Explore this historic site at your own pace. If you are afraid of getting lost, don't worry! A map will be given to you at the ticket office and you will be able to discover the main stages of your tour.

The precautions to take are simple:
  • Wear a little wool, as the temperature is usually around 12 degrees.
  • Bring good shoes. It seems that a 7% slope is to be anticipated...

Activities for young and old

To complete your discovery of the underground museum, activities and workshops are organised throughout the year. Major general themes are addressed. They will allow you to deepen some of your knowledge or to make new ones.

All the practical information about the Mystère des Faluns in Doué-la-Fontaine

Each season, the opening hours of the site change.

Between February and June:
Tuesday to Sunday
from 10 am to 12.30 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm

Between June and September:
every day
from 10 am to 7 pm without interruption

Between September and November:
Tuesday to Sunday
from 10 am to 12.30 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm

  • adults: €7
  • teenager from 12 to 18 years old: 6 €.
  • children under 12: €4.50

Staying in Cholet

The Best Western San Benedetto is a 3 star hotel in the city centre of Cholet. The calm and contemporary atmosphere of the hotel will give your stay a touch of absolute tranquillity.

Do not hesitate to consult our "Visits & News" section to find out about all the good things to do in the area around your accommodation.
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Dear Customers,
Following the national lockdown announcement end of October 2020, the hotel is open some days of the week; unfortunately, we are not able to open every day of the week.
You will find more details to see which weeks we are open by checking on our information page whose link is at the end of the message or by calling us.

Everything is done to make your stay as pleasant as possible under the current conditions: a few dinner options and an à la carte breakfast served in your room.

We have worked hard and are trained on our new health and cleaning protocols in order to welcome you in the best possible conditions.
Due to these new health and safety measures, we inform you we had to modify some of our services.

You will find more information on our page, « >Our health measures for a relaxing stay » which you can find in the section « Relaxing ».

We hope to see you again soon in our hotel!

The BW Hotel San Benedetto team