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Guided Tour of Nantes (Classic Package) - You'll discover the small streets of the medieval Bouffay quarter and the beautiful Flamboyant-style Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. We'll visit the île Feydeau and its exceptional buildings dating back to the 18th century, and then on to the quays. After, you'll discover the shopping districts created in the 18th century around the Théâtre Graslin and the Passage Pommeraye. We'll continue our tour to the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. The last castle before the river reaches the ocean, this Breton monument with its outstanding 15th to 17th century buildings will transport you back in time - Duration approx. 4.5 hours

 

Prices - £53.00 Pre Booked / £59.00 On Board

 

Guided Tour of Angers (Classic & Discovery Packages) - Angers was the capital of the historical Anjou province and is distinguished not only by its legacy, but also by its modern nature. Angers, particularly rich during the Renaissance, was home to the House of Plantagenet. The immense walls of the famous Château d'Angers contain the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestry. We'll visit the 13th century castle and discover the Apocalypse Tapestry*, part of one of the most important collections of medieval tapestries in the world - Duration approx. 4 hours

 

Prices - £51.00 Pre Booked / £56.00 On Board

Tourist Cruise on the River Erdre (Classic Packages) - Transfer by coach to the Bateaux Nantais dock. At approximately 8:00 p.m., we'll leave for a cruise on what King Francis I called the "most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre. As the scenery rolls by, discover the history of the river and its numerous châteaux - Duration approx. 3 hours

 

Prices - £50.00 Pre Booked / £55.00 On Board

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Prices are subject to change

All shore excursions are subject to availability at the time of booking and minimum numbers.

We recommend that appropriate footwear is worn on all excursions.

Guided Tour of Saint-Nazaire (Classic Package) - We'll begin our visit with the Escal'Atlantic, which ingeniously retraces the history of Norman and French ocean liners through a unique experience. Then we'll continue on to the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest and well-renowned in Europe. Once the birthplace of the most outstanding French transatlantic liners, today it is the construction site for elegant cruise ships. While following a tour especially designed to better understand the complexity of constructing these truly modern floating palaces, you'll discover the immensity of this site (267 acres), the stunning logistics, and the advanced technology required to build the ships. After our tour, you'll return to the ship on the subway - Duration approx. 4.5 hours

 

Prices - £65.00 Pre Booked / £72.00 On Board

Musdcadet Region (Classic Package) - We'll pass through several villages that are testimony to the strong winegrowing identity in the region. We'll travel to La Chapelle Heulin and stop at the Château Cassemichère (or similar site). This exceptional site invites you to discover its history-filled vineyards, visit its cellars and taste* the dry, light, fruity and aromatic wine. We'll continue towards Clisson, a charming medieval city with 15th century vestiges and a slight Italian feel - Duration approx. 5 hours

 

Prices - £54.00 Pre Booked / £60.00 On Board

CroisiEurope offer 2 Types of Excursions: Classic & Discovery

THE CLASSIC EXCURSIONS - Are based on culture, architecture and history to give you a more authentic experience!

THE DISCOVERY EXCURSIONS - Are designed for the adventurous, the offbeat, or those who are looking for something new.

When Booking Excursions - You can pick & mix between Classic & Discovery Excursions or book the full package for additional discount. You can pre-book your shore excursions at a discounted price, or wait until you are on on board, however please note these are then subject to availability and are NOT at the discounted price.

Loire Valley Chateaux Tour (Classic Package) - We'll leave by coach for the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau. Built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, the château as it is seen today was built under Francis I by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier who wanted to incorporate its medieval past alongside the latest architectural styles of the Italian renaissance. The chateau is a French national monument and possesses all the refinement found in the French Renaissance. We'll continue to Villandry for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a walk through the lovely gardens surrounding the Château de Villandry. Spread out over an impressive area, the gardens bring together aestheticism, diversity and harmony. Afterward, we'll continue our tour and visit the Château d'Ussé. Rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries, this stronghold with fortified towers, turrets and steeples looks like something out of a fairytale. The castle is still inhabited today and takes visitors back to a time of legends and fairytales. It is thought to have inspired Charles Perrault when writing "Sleeping Beauty” - Duration approx. 11 hours

 

Price - Included Tour

Helicopter Flight - The Loire from Above (Discovery Package) - We’ll take you to the airport in Ancenis. Upon your arrival, you’ll meet your pilot and head out for a helicopter tour of the Loire. You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of breathtaking landscapes. You’ll fly over the tower in Oudon, whose medieval architecture reaches towards the sky, dominating the city of Ancenis, then farther along the châteaux de Clermont, a Renaissance-era building in the style of Louis XIII that was also the home of French actor Louis de Funès. Next you’ll notice the Île d’Or golf course, built in a unique setting on one of the islands of the Loire. The minutes tick by and soon it’s time to return to Ancenis. On the way back, you’ll fly over Champtoceaux, without a doubt one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Loire. This is where you’ll understand why the Loire is sometimes called the untamed river. We’ll return to the airport and transfer to the ship - Duration approx. 10 minute flight

 

Prices - £110.00 Pre Booked / £125.00 On Board

Chateau de Brissac (Discovery Package) - We'll leave by coach for a visit to the Château de Brissac, located about nine miles from the city of Angers. Known as the tallest royal residence in France, it contains 204 rooms, monumental staircases and never-ending hallways. Acquired by René de Cossé in the 16th century, Château de Brissac is still owned by the Cossé-Brissac family. Its park contains some magnificent shady spots under centuries-old trees, and the castle's spectacular decorations and the breathtaking Belle Époque theater are definitely not to be missed! At the end of our visit, we'll discover the castle cellars and enjoy a wine tasting*. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship. - Duration approx. 4 hours

 

Prices - £65.00 Pre Booked / £72.00 On Board

Nantes - Machines de l'ile, Secret Courtyards & Covered Passageways (Discovery Package) Leaving from the dock in Nantes, you'll set out to discover the magical world of the Machines de l'île. This totally unprecedented artistic project is a cross between the imaginations of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci. After this exceptional tour, we'll continue on to explore Nantes through its hidden courtyards and covered passageways reflecting the glorious past of the city's grand families from the 15th century to today. - Duration approx. 4 hours

 

Prices - £49.00 Pre Booked / £54.00 On Board

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