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Puy du Fou: 1-Day Entry Ticket

1. Puy du Fou: 1-Day Entry Ticket

Pre-book your ticket and enter the legendary Puy du Fou theme park in Les Epesses where heroes are eternal. Visit with your family, loved ones, or friends and experience unique and immersive shows. Discover a natural park on more than 55 hectares of forest and witness nearly 20 impressive shows with daring staging. From Antiquity to the present day, travel through time to the rhythm of special effects, breathtaking stunts, and meticulous choreography. Tremble at the warriors of the North on their terrible Viking ships, dream in front of the unforgettable aerial ballet of 300 birds of prey, and let yourself be carried away by a moving adventure of cloak and sword. In the heart of strikingly realistic settings, you can even act out your own adventure thanks to the immersive shows. For non-french speakers, benefit from live translations on the park's mobile app. Explore four period-styled villages to admire the ancestral know-how of the craftsmen. At nightfall, extend the dream with the night show "Les Noces de Feu"

Nantes City Card Pass: 24/48/72 Hours/7 Days Full Access

2. Nantes City Card Pass: 24/48/72 Hours/7 Days Full Access

Nestled neatly on the banks of the Loire River, Nantes is a city with a lot to offer. From a weekend to 7 days, 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 40 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 or the Carrousel des Mondes Marins; discover some 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 with the Nantes City Pass. If you'd like, you can also enjoy deep discount offers on leisure activities and gift shops around town. You will also have access to guided tours, river cruises and more. There is so much that awaits you – time will simply fly by! Come and spend some time exploring this beautiful part of the Loire River valley. From the grand castles and chateaux to the splendid food and culture, Nantes can be enjoyed by everyone!

Puy du Fou: Multi-Day Entry Ticket

3. Puy du Fou: Multi-Day Entry Ticket

Pre-book your 2- or 3-day entry ticket and enter the legendary Puy du Fou theme park in Les Epesses where heroes are eternal. Visit with your family, loved ones, or friends and experience unique and immersive shows. Discover a natural park on more than 55 hectares of forest and witness nearly 20 impressive shows with daring staging. From Antiquity to the present day, travel through time to the rhythm of special effects, breathtaking stunts, and meticulous choreography. Tremble at the warriors of the North on their terrible Viking ships, dream in front of the unforgettable aerial ballet of 300 birds of prey, and let yourself be carried away by a moving adventure of cloak and sword. In the heart of strikingly realistic settings, you can even act out your own adventure thanks to the immersive shows. For non-french speakers, benefit from live translations on the park's mobile app. Explore four period-styled villages to admire the ancestral know-how of the craftsmen. At nightfall, extend the dream with the night show "Les Noces de Feu"

Angers: Château d'Angers Fast Track Ticket

4. Angers: Château d'Angers Fast Track Ticket

With fast-track access, get right into this medieval castle and see the world's biggest and oldest collection of medieval tapestries. Get amazing city views from over the castle walls too! With 17 stunning and looming towers, the Château d'Angers was founded in the 9th century by the Counts of Anjou and expanded in the 13th century. Step back in time to the refined court life in France. Wander through the magnificent traditional gardens and out to the castle moats, walk along the wall for panoramic city views. Don't miss your chance to see the world-famous Apocalypse Tapestry. Woven in 1375 of 14th-century life in France, is one of the world's best tapestries. Spanning 103m in length and housed in its own impressive room, it's the largest woven work in medieval history.

Nantes: Machines of the Isle of Nantes Guided Segway Tour

5. Nantes: Machines of the Isle of Nantes Guided Segway Tour

Discover the Machines of the Isle of Nantes by Segway, with a guided tour of the island's main attractions. Zoom around and find the courthouse, the mythical elephant, the carousel of the marine worlds, the Maille Breze, the cranes of the Titans, and the project of the Heron Tree. Meet your guide and get acquainted with your self-stabilized, Segway. Perfect for all levels of experience, spend a few minutes to feel confident, then venture into the unforgettable exhibition. Enjoy yourself, as you explore the large space, that offers plenty of fun. Learn about the artists who reclaimed this area for their art exhibition and look way up at the massive installations. Marvel at the machines and ponder their size. Admire the unique setting along La Loire and have a unique experience.

Highlights of Nantes Segway City Tour

6. 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.

From Paris: Mont St Michel and Loire Valley 2 Day Tour

7. From Paris: Mont St Michel and Loire Valley 2 Day Tour

Escape the busy city of Paris and immerse yourself in the French countryside on this 2 day trip. The tour departs the city and crosses the western districts of Paris along the Normandy motorway to reach your first destination. At Mont Saint-Michel, enjoy a fascinating guided visit of the abbey’s interior and marvel at the Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the building. Spend some free time exploring the rest of the abbey and surrounding village. After the abbey, head towards Château d’Angers for your overnight stay. Check into your 4-star hotel for the night and relax before the second day of the tour. On the second day, wake up to a delicious breakfast and begin your journey to the breathtaking Loire Valley. Upon arrival in the valley, visit the Castle Langeais passing by Cunault and Saumur along the way. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and learn about the rich history of the people who lived here.   Finally, on the return to Paris, marvel at the stunning landscape of the countryside as you travel.

Between the Walls: 1-Hour Segway Tour

8. 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

9. 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 the aromas, and how to taste the wine. Taste 8 of the wine maker's favorite wines and at the end you will be offered two bottles per person to take home Feel free to wander around the stunning vineyard at your own pace.

Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Pays de la Loire

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 338 reviews

All the staff was very friendly though we were 5 minutes late. The correct meeting point is 9 rue des vieilles douves not place Royale. Our children (11 and 9 years old), my husband and I have found this first Segway experience very pleasant. Sure it will not be the last!

Excellent activity in a superb setting. The explanations are clear and complete. The oenology course with tasting is simply brilliant. We recommend this activity without hesitation, because we had a great time.

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 !

Very well, on a privatized visit because I was alone. Thanks to the guide for her kindness

Very interesting chateau set in a lovely town . The tapestry was amazing