Pays de la Loire Culture & history

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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.

Angers: Château d'Angers Fast Track Ticket

2. 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.

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

3. 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 Chenonceau and Chambord castles 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.

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

4. 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.

Montsoreau: Château de Montsoreau Museum Entry Ticket

5. Montsoreau: Château de Montsoreau Museum Entry Ticket

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.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 30 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!

Wonderful trip, well organized and very interesting. Excellent tour guide (Leona) and driver (Ibrahim). Highly recommended

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

Great trip to St. Michel and the Chateau Country Region. The Hotel stay was A+

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