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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 with the Nantes City Pass. Among it's many attractions, you'll be able to visit the Caroussel des Mondes Marins, which was elected the most original attraction by the Themed Entertainment Association in 2014. 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!

Nantes: Machines of the Isle of Nantes Guided Segway Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

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.

Nantes: 2-Hour Segway Tour

7. 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!

Nantes: City Highlights Walking Tour

8. 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: 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.

Nantes: Romantic Walking Tour

10. 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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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 261 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...) .

A great investment that allows you not to ask questions when you are in front of a museum door. This allows you to make even more fun to really discover this magnificent city! I recommend it! Free transport, a real advantage. Activities offered and free.

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 !

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