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  • Nantes City Card Pass: 24/48/72 Hours Full Access

    1. Nantes City Card Pass: 24/48/72 Hours Full Access

    Nestled neatly on the banks of the Loire River, Nantes is a city with a lot to offer. On your 1, 2 or 3-day excursion, you will have full access to its greatest sites. With the convenient and flexible Nantes Pass, you'll have a chance to experience the best of the city in a fun and easy way. Nantes is a hub for culture and exploration, and with the Nantes Pass you will have full access to over 30 attractions, museums, monuments, and public transport. You'll also receive discounts on shopping, entertainment, and leisure! For a taste of what awaits you, perhaps you're interested in seeing the incredible museums. Check out the Galery of the Machines de l'Ile; its warehouses are full of amazing sculptures based on the imaginary worlds of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci. Perhaps you'd like to visit the Nantes History Museum in the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany; everything is possible wi...

    I'm not sure I fully got my monies worth however I was glad I bought the pass. I went to places I possibly wouldn't have known about or bothered going to and felt I covered a lot of the city. The pass also allowed me to travel to Clisson by train, a lovely wee place. The guide book provided is excellent, breaking the city into districts and easy to follow.

  • Highlights of Nantes Segway City Tour

    2. Highlights of Nantes Segway City Tour

    After meeting your guide right behind the royal square, hop on a Segway and explore the city. With your expert guide at the helm, you’ll pick up priceless local insight as you traipse through beautiful Nantes. You’ll start off at the Château des ducs de Bretagne, a stunning castle constructed in the 13th century. Then you’re off to the LU Tower, where you’ll learn about the history of Nantes factory workers.  Pop over to the Isle of Nantes to discover the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, the massive steampunk creations that wander the island. Marvel at a 40-foot-tall elephant, weighing over 45 tons. You’ll end your tour at the Graslin Square to learn about the posh, wealthy portion of the city.

  • Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

    3. Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

    Make travel as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Nantes from a local eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood and learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and get around. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do in the city, customized to your interests. Feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own, confident that you have all the information you need.

  • Between the Walls: 1-Hour Segway Tour

    4. Between the Walls: 1-Hour Segway Tour

    Start your Segway tour of Nantes on Place Royale, where the statues of the large fountain tell the story of the city and Loire River and its tributaries. Benefit from a short training session before you glide off through the city center and along the banks of the Erdre River. See landmarks from the history of the city, such as the 15th-century cathedral and the former residence of the dukes of Brittany.  Get lots of information about what you will see, and time to take souvenir photos of you and your friends or family whenever you want. 

  • Château du Bois-Huaut: Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting Class

    5. Château du Bois-Huaut: Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting Class

    Visit the wine estate Château du Bois-Huaut and take a leisurely stroll in the vineyard, tour the cellars with a guide, and participate in a professionally guided wine tasting masterclass with tastings of 8 different wines. Then take home 2 bottles of wine. Located just outside Nantes, in Gorges, Château du Bois-Huaut is an estate hand-picking its 14 different grape varieties (Muscadet, Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Sparkling and sweet) since 1897, having been in the family for more than 4 generations. Enjoy a guided tour of the wine cellars and learn more about the historic winery and wine-making.  Join a relaxed wine tasting workshop lead by an expert sommelier and awaken your tastebuds as your tasting session includes dry, semi-dry, sweet, sweet wines, vintage wines, and barrel-aged wine. Learn more about wine, how to make the most of th...

  • Nantes: 2-Hour Segway Tour

    6. Nantes: 2-Hour Segway Tour

    Start your Segway tour of Nantes on Place Royale, where the statues of the large fountain tell the story of the city and Loire River and its tributaries. Enjoy a short training session on your Segway before you glide off through the city center and along the banks of the Erdre River. See landmarks from the history of the city, such as the 15th-century cathedral and the former residence of the dukes of Brittany. On this tour you will be able to see all of the city's most important places. Receive lots of information about what you will see, and enjoy ample time to take souvenir photos of you and your friends or family whenever you want! Enjoy this amazing tour!

    The Segway tour was really informative. Every details of the history from old to new, Modern and past was shown and discussed. The tour starts with a brief lesson which is simple to get the hang of a Segway! The beautiful architecture you will see on the tour is amazing. One recommendations to wear warm clothes as the tour near the river does get a bit chilly, but with plenty of bars and restaurants to stop off and partake in a Winter warmer, this wasn't a negative just an observation. The guide we had was well informed of everything that we needed to know about Nantes and its history.

  • The Best of Nantes Walking Tour

    7. The Best of Nantes Walking Tour

    Explore the best of Nantes on this walking tour alongside a professional local guide. Learn fascinating facts and legends about the city as you see iconic sights and visit charming spots. Follow your guide to explore the streets, buildings, and corners of the city and discover the stories hidden within them. Learn about the local botanical garden with more than 10,000 species and 5000 flowers that are planted each season, hear about the Château des ducs de Bretagne castle that opened in 1207, and more. This tour is perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most out of their time here.

  • Nantes: Christmas Walking Tour

    8. Nantes: Christmas Walking Tour

    Enjoy a special walking tour Nantes during Christmas time with a professional local guide. Visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city as you become spellbound with the charming atmosphere.

    Learn more about the Christmas traditions of Nantes. Hear the story of the city's Christmas tree and who was the first person to decorate it, as well as other local legends. Explore the bustling Christmas market and see what local products are popular during the festive period, with expert knowledge from your guide.

  • Nantes: Romantic Walking Tour

    9. Nantes: Romantic Walking Tour

    Together with a professional local guide, visit the most romantic places in Nantes while learning local love stories and legends. This tour is perfect for romantics and couples. Prepare to be spellbound by the city’s charming atmosphere. Get an insider look at the best places to have a date in the city and where to take the loveliest photos. As you explore, hear about historic love stories hidden in the streets, buildings, and parks of the city, from heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious and spicy. Experience the magical atmosphere at a local park and visit the botanical garden to learn about its connection with a famous and inspiring couple, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. There is much to fall in love with on this tour.

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What people are saying about Nantes

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Super recommended to travel to Nantes. To make your stay more comfortable, I would not hesitate to take the Nantes Pass. It includes all transport (bus, train, navibus ...) and a number of sites (museums, galleries, Le Nid, ...). A very beautiful city.

Emilie was a great tour guide, she prepared well and had perfect local recommandations for us. She Was on time and cared about our well-being. You could tell she really loves the City of Nantes.

Very interesting, passionate producer beautiful visit beautiful tastings

Very interesting and original guided tour thanks to the segway trip.

Very nice trip, thanks to our super guides Nina and Anna !