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Nantes: Private custom tour with a local guide

1. Nantes: Private custom tour with a local guide

Nantes can sometimes feel inaccessible to foreign visitors. Take the mystery out of your visit by exploring with a local on a private, customized tour. Your guide contacts you beforehand to get a feel for your interests and tastes to ensure that you only visit the places you are interested in. As you explore the city, your guide shares insights into local life forming a clearer picture of Nantes's culture. - Private tour for just you and your group - Your guide customizes your tour to your interests and personality - Get a deeper insight into Nantes life than possible alone - See Nantes through the eyes of a local and discover its hidden gems Choose from 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8-hour tour options.

Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

2. 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.

Blois: Private Tour of Blois Castle with Entry Tickets

3. Blois: Private Tour of Blois Castle with Entry Tickets

Take a walk back in time while visiting the charming Château Blois, the favorite residence of 7 kings and 10 queens of France! Learn about the history of the castle combining 4 architectural styles. Discover the unique art collection, including the masterpieces of the famous artists "Ingres", "Rubens", and "Boucher". Visit the royal apartments, decorated with wonderful pieces of Renaissance furniture. Stop at the King's room, where François the First ate his meals. Admire the huge fireplaces and amazing tapestries! The Studiolo (from the italian "study") is the only royal cabinet of the French Renaissance to have been conserved. Enjoy a private, 2-hour tour with a local licensed tour guide who is ready to answer all your questions and personalize the visit according to your own needs!

Loire Valley: Vouvray Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

4. Loire Valley: Vouvray Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

Head to the quaint village of Chançay, at the heart of appellation Vouvray to meet your guide, the wife of the winemaker at the family-owned winery you'll be touring. Hear about the history of a winery owned by your guide's parents-in-laws since 1973 and immerse yourself in life at the winery for a few hours.  Take a guided walk in the vineyard surrounding the winery to learn about the French appellation system and its strict rules, as well as the art of vine-growing throughout the year. Understand the specificities of the terroirs in Vouvray and enjoy the view over the vineyards, the winemaker's houses, and the rock-hewn cellars that are typical of the area. Follow the path taken by the grapes at harvest time from the vineyard to the winery where they're pressed to make wine. Learn about different wine-making techniques and visit the wine cellar dug in the rock by your guide's family. Discover the traditional method used in the area to make the famous sparkling wines of Vouvray. Then taste a range of 6 wines produced at the winery from sparkling white and rosé to dry and sweet white wines. Enjoy local delicacies served with the wines, including Loire fish rillettes, charcuteries, cheeses, and local desserts. At the end of the tour, take advantage of the chance to buy wine at cellar-door prices.

Chenonceau Castle: Private Guided Walking Tour

5. Chenonceau Castle: Private Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of Chenonceau Castle with a local guide who will tailor the excursion to your tastes and introduce you to the castle’s beautiful places. Start at the entrance of the castle and then head to the charming gardens full of flowers. Chenonceau castle has been classified a “Historic Monument” by the French Ministry of Culture and has been home to famous queens as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis. Discover its original design and architecture and immerse yourself in the medieval period during this informative tour.

Outdoor tale : The origins of Nante's steel elephant

6. Outdoor tale : The origins of Nante's steel elephant

Spectacle en plein air : Venez découvrir l’île Forget si riche en faune et flore. Croisez des chevaux, vaches et moutons qui gambadent dans leur vastes enclos. Installez-vous confortablement sur l'herbe, sous les bouleaux et laissez-vous embarquer dans un voyage littéraire joué par une comédienne qui avec les mots de Jules Verne vous dévoilera les origines de l’éléphant nantais. Invented by Jules Verne and known as the Steel Giant, the mechanical elephant first appeared in the novel "La maison à vapeur" published in 1882. Come and discover the origins of the Nantes elephant through an interpretation of fragments from the novel "La maison à vapeur". A new way to discover Nantes! "Ah! how beautiful it is to travel, even when you come back" Jules Verne

Amboise: Entry Ticket to Château Gaillard Amboise

7. Amboise: Entry Ticket to Château Gaillard Amboise

Château Gaillard is the small Renaissance palace dreamed up and built by Charles VIII on his return from Italy. Visit the private residence of the 3 Renaissance kings; Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I. Discover the place where orange trees were first introduced to France, with a collection of more than 70 different varieties and 200 trees on the estate. Admire the gardens of the King and the 4 rivers of Paradise crossed by a source feeding the Fountain of Youth in its center. See 15 hectares of park and forest in the heart of the city.

Private Walking Tour of Tours Historical Center

8. Private Walking Tour of Tours Historical Center

Do you know which city was the capital of France in 15th century? Where the famous French novelist Honoré de Balzac was born? Which city is considered to be the Garden of France? Or where you can hear the purest French spoken language? The answer to all of these questions is Tours, a historic city dating back to the Middle Ages located right in the heart of France, just one hour away from Paris. Join our helpful and knowledgeable guides to discover the rich history and wonderful medieval buildings of Tours. Visit the city's beloved Cathédrale Saint-Gatien, which dates back to as early as 1170. The cathedral is a beautiful mix of different architectural styles, with major sections finished between the 13th and 15th centuries. Another point of interest may be the medieval Tour Charlemagne, located in the center of the Old City. Or, feel free to visit the famous museum of Beaux- Arts on your own, admiring its impressive collection including pieces by French, Italian, Flemish and Dutch masters. Then, enjoy a taste of the region's fine wine, considered by many to be among the best in all of France. Let us show you the beautiful city of Tours through the eyes of a local!

Loire Valley châteaux/castles walking tours

9. Loire Valley châteaux/castles walking tours

After meeting you in front of the castle entry, I'll guide you in an amazing castle full of history and art! I enjoy exchanging with my visitors, explaining them everything with a simple vocabulary. I will present you the French art de vivre /way of life, our Heritage and culture. Like Paris, the Loire Valley is the center of French History. You'll discover and understand the fairy-tales Loire Valley châteaux/castles with me! History, architecture, art and wonderful Renaissance gardens characterize my tours. Most of these castles were royal residences for French Renaissance kings, surviving the French revolution and now openend to the public. Welcome!

Romantic Nantes Escapade and Waterfront Charms

10. Romantic Nantes Escapade and Waterfront Charms

Indulge in a Nantes adventure designed to make you the star of your own love story. Our Romantic Nantes Escapade and Waterfront Charms tour takes you on a captivating journey through the enchanting Les Machines de l’Île, where colossal mechanical creatures will ignite your passion for creativity. Stroll through the Quartier de la Création, a hub of innovation and artistry that will inspire your dreams together. As the sun sets, embrace the Hangar à Bananes district by the river, where the night comes alive with romantic dining and vibrant nightlife. Let love bloom in Nantes – become the hero of your own unforgettable tale. Book now and create lasting memories with your special someone.

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4.4 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Our guide Matthew was informative , and very accommodating. The two gentlemen in our group needed to sit while Matthew talked to us and he always found a place for them. We walked slowly and he was willing to extend the time of the tour so he could fit everything in. He showed up in costume and so we not only got a history lesson about Tours we had a history lesson about musketeers. A would highly recommend this guide, he is a treasure!!!!!

Emilie was the best! She knew the history of Nantes and even obscure facts. Her recommendations of shops and places to eat were great! I spent lots of money at one shop! I highly recommend her.

C‘etait tout à ce quoi je m’attendais. Une guide très sympa et j’ai passé un très bon moment à découvrir la ville. Je recommanderais fort cette expérience !

Excellent tour with excellent knowledge and fun stories