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Nantes: Machines of the Isle of Nantes Guided Segway Tour

1. 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.

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

2. 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

3. 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. 

Highlights of Nantes Segway City Tour

4. 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.

Mont Saint-Michel & Chateaux Country 3-Day Tour from Paris

5. Mont Saint-Michel & Chateaux Country 3-Day Tour from Paris

Drive through the beautiful French countryside to discover Middle Age and Gothic-inspired architecture, and learn the intriguing history of Normandy and France from an expert guide. Cross to the tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel, and soak up the refinement of prestigious Loire Valley castles, such as the vast royal Château de Chambord. Day 1 (Friday): Traveling by luxury air-conditioned coach, depart Paris via the western districts and take the Normandy motorway as far as Mont Saint-Michel. Arriving at approximately midday, stop for lunch at the 4-star Relais Saint Michel, offering fantastic views across to the island. After lunch, ascend to the Abbey on the summit of the mount for a guided visit of its Gothic and Romanesque interior. Enjoy some time at leisure exploring the narrow, hilly streets before your departure for Angers, cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty, where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Hotel Mercure Lac de Maine (or similar accommodation). Day 2 (Saturday): After a hearty breakfast, drive to Langeais, passing Cunault and Saumur en route. Driving by vineyards, enjoy views of romantic castles on the horizon. Arrive at Château de Langeais to explore one of the best-known examples of late medieval architecture. Continue with a guided visit of Clos-Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's last dwelling place. Stroll through the stunnning gardens of Villandry, and visit the old historic district of Tours on the lower reaches of the Loire. An evening meal will be served at your overnight stop in Tours at the Hotel Mercure. Day 3 (Sunday): Take a guide tour of the Château de Chenonceau, built on the site of an old mill across the River Cher. Continue to the decorative Château de Cheverny, used by Tintin creator, Hergé as the inspiration for his fictional Château de Moulinsart. After lunch at the Hotel Saint-Hubert, go to the Château de Chambord to explore the largest and most imposing castle in the Loire Valley. Admire the distinctive French Renaissance architecture, which blends impressively with traditional medieval forms.

Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art Full Access

6. Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art Full Access

Enjoy full access to the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art, a radical, committed, living place in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just 2 hours from Paris. Explore the museum's permanent collection comprised of the world's largest collection of works from the Art & Language movement, a pioneer of conceptual art. Installed in a château of the Loire Valley, the museum has the architecture, collection, and exhibition spaces that place it among the best international institutions dedicated to contemporary art. The cultural program is a mirror of the creative wealth of contemporary artists; Innovative and experimental, it is organized around temporary exhibitions, events, concerts, talks, and performances. Your access to the museum allows you to explore the richness of its permanent collection that includes videos, installations, paintings, and sculptures, and to discover the current temporary exhibition. The ticket also gives you access to the château's terrace that offers a panoramic view of the Loire River.

Nantes: City Highlights Walking Tour

7. Nantes: City Highlights 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: Family Walking Tour

9. Nantes: Family Walking Tour

Why is Nantes the best city in France? Experience the most rewarding adventure with your family on our exclusive family walking tour. Our family-friendly local professional guide will make sure the kids have as much fun sightseeing as adults. The well-informed guide will take you on a 2-hour long walking tour. The tour has an easy pace and includes a stroll around the city center, highlighting the famous cultural and architectural sites. The whole family will have fun learning about Nantes’s fascinating and interesting sites. The stories shared by the guide are guaranteed to provide a few giggles as you wind down the off beaten paths of the city.

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4.6 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Awesome experience! After a short initiation, Hakim, our great guide, took us to discover unmissable and atypical places and works in old Nantes. The sun being there, the ride was all the more beautiful... For those who would apprehend, no worries, after less than 10 minutes we are very helpful on the super stable and handy Segway. Special mention to Hakim for his smile, his kindness and his benevolence. To do and redo…).

An awesome experience!!! After a few minutes of initiation, Hakim took us to discover typical and unusual places and works. The sun was there, which made this walk even more beautiful... For those who are apprehensive, don't worry, in less than 10 minutes you are very comfortable... To do absolutely...(and to do again...) .

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!

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

Unfortunately, the guide hardly spoke any English, but he caught up with his nice manner.