If you’re a cruiser looking for something other than the typical “tropical” or European vacation, then consider booking a cruise that departs from Nantes! This fun and unique port city is unlike any you’ve visited before. Where else can you ride a giant mechanical elephant, tour a biscuit museum, and ride a steampunk carousel reminiscent of Jules Verne’s imagination? Discover fascinating museums, iconic landmarks, shopping centers, gardens, and numerous attractions dedicated to former resident Jules Verne. Nantes is a fairly walkable city and public transportation is available in the form of tram and taxi if needed. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on the delicious local cuisine (cheese stuffed garlic bread, anyone?). If you are taking a cruise from Nantes, you might consider spending an additional night in town to ensure you get to experience the true magic of this city. A great time to visit Nantes is between April and September, when you can enjoy the most pleasant weather for exploring.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Nantes, along with a brief description:
♦ Machines of the Isle of Nantes
Located on the site of former shipyards, the Machines of the Isle of Nantes is an artistic creation meant to represent the wonder of imagination and fantasy. Among the exhibits are The Great Elephant (a giant mechanical elephant that you can ride on), the Marine Worlds Carousel (an interactive, three-story carousel designed to represent the ocean), the Heron Tree (a giant climbing tree), and the Machine Gallery (where you can learn about how the machinery works). This is a wonderful family activity, and it can also be enjoyed by couples, friends, and groups of all kinds.
♦ Passage Pommeraye
It’s easy to shop until you drop in Nantes. Passage Pommeraye is a narrow glass-covered passageway where you can browse multiple levels of boutiques and storefronts. Discover an eclectic array of items for sale, such as shoes, housewares, and more. Even if you don’t plan on shopping, Passage Pommeraye is still worth a visit to admire its beautiful architecture. Many describe walking through this area as a way to step back in time and take in some of the city’s history.
♦ Chateau de Goulaine
Having once served as a castle, this stunning chateau is now an icon of French architecture and grandeur. When visiting Chateau de Goulaine, you can explore its beautiful courtyard and gardens, as well as tour the LU Biscuit Museum. Guided tours of the castle will provide you with local insights and stories before sampling some palate-pleasing wine and biscuits!
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