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    Entrance tickets to the Chateau de Brissac. Must be purchased if you want to visit the Castle. In case you do not purchase the entrance tickets, you can choose other options upon arrival at the Chateau. Please note that the Chateau visit is of about 1 hour 1/2.
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    Adult entrance tickets to the Chateau de Serrant - Loire Valley Castles shore excursion from Nantes. Please note that this ticket does not allow access to all the rooms. If you wish to visit the library, you will need to pay an extra 1€ on site. The visit of the Chateau is not guided.
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Ophorus Tours - Loire Valley Castles Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Nantes

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Loire Valley Castles Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Nantes

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  • Small Groups ( 2~8 )

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Brittany Small Group Loire Valley Castles Private Shore Excursion from Nantes

Highlights

  • Pick up and drop off at Nantes Cruise Port
  • Visit the highest Chateau of the Loire Valley
  • Admire the town of Angers and its mighty fortress
  • Discover a Loire Valley Chateau owned by the same family since 520 years
  • English speaking local guide, expert in Loire Valley
  • Tour can be fully customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

This morning, we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Nantes. Meet your English speaking driver who will go over the itinerary and program of this day tour with you. Today we have selected unique experiences for you especially if you are interested in the Castles of the Loire. Nantes being a bit too far to reach the most famous châteaux of the Loire such as Azay le Rideau or Chateau de ...

This morning, we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Nantes. Meet your English speaking driver who will go over the itinerary and program of this day tour with you. Today we have selected unique experiences for you especially if you are interested in the Castles of the Loire.

Nantes being a bit too far to reach the most famous châteaux of the Loire such as Azay le Rideau or Chateau de Chambord, we have nonetheless included some great visits to chateaus that are rated 3*** on the Green Michelin Tourism Guide. Begin your full day private shore excursion, board your air conditioned vehicle and start to make your way to the Loire Valley and its castles.

Visit the highest castle of France 

Welcome to historic Anjou region of France that will be on your program today. After a short drive, reach the first Loire Valley Castle, Chateau de Brissac. The Palace of the Dukes of Brissac is the highest Chateau of France measuring around 48 meters high.

It is flanked by two massive medieval towers, with a Baroque type façade and Toscan style Pilasters - Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. There are no less than 204 rooms that cover 8000 square meters and that include a theater. The parc is also a delight to visit.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Chateau that is owned by the same family since the 16th century. 518 years later the descendants of René de Cossé still live in the Chateau - the Marquis and Marquise with their four children.

Then off to Angers, the Capital of Anjou

Your day trip moves along to Angers, the ancient Capital of one of the most emblematic regions of France: Anjou. Home to the Plantagenet dynasty - yes you know them - Henri II & Alienor of Aquitaine parents of Richard Lion Heart - the town of Angers was one of the most flourishing towns of Renaissance France. The city was built around the massive 13th century medieval fortress ordered by King Louis IX (Saint Louis) who wanted to affirm his military power.

If you do have some time to visit the fortress, do not miss the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestry which is a masterpiece of medieval Art. In Angers, you will have free time to visit on your own and at your pace. It will be in Angers that you will also have some time for lunch so don't hesitate to ask your private guide for some recommendations.

End the day with the Visit of Chateau de Serrant

Your private tour of the Loire continues with the visit of Chateau de Serrant. It is probably one of the most well furnished castles of France. The castle has an amazing collection of furniture and works of Art that span over a time period of more than four centuries.

As you visit, discover magnificent apartments, a huge library, multiple rooms and a convivial atmosphere as the house has always been inhabited. After the visit of the Chateau, we will head back to Nantes and drop you off at your Cruise ship in Nantes Cruise port.

Please note that it is also possible for us to organize a Loire Valley wine tasting session as the Anjou area is also a wine region of France. Just let us know and we will adapt the tour to your wishes.

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  • Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Nantes Port of Call

  • Visit the Castle of Brissac

  • Visit the town of Angers

  • Free time for lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense)

  • Visit the Chateau of Serrant

  • Drop off at your Cruise Ship in Nantes

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Ophorus Tours - Loire Valley Castles Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Nantes
Ophorus Tours - Loire Valley Castles Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Nantes

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  • Small group, personalized experiences
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Chateau Entrance fees can be purchased during booking process
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Nantes Cruise Ship Terminal

Departure

Pick up at Cruise Ship – Nantes Port of Call.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.

Return

Drop off at Cruise Ship – Nantes Cruise Port Terminal

Included / excluded

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship in Nantes
  • Visit Chateau de Brissac
  • Visit Chateau de Serrant
  • Walking tour in Angers
  • English speaking driver or driver/guide
  • Premium A/C vehicle

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • What type of vehicles are used during your private tours from Nantes?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private shore excursions from Nantes?

    All our tours are conducted by English speaking guides that are also, in most cases, the driver. For a more personalized experience, we can also organize any private tour with both driver and guide. On this particular tour, your guide is an expert in history & architecture of the Loire Valley.
  • Are the Loire Valley Castles visited the most famous ones?

    No, it would be dishonest to say that the castles you are going to visit on this tour are the most famous of the Loire Valley. Nantes being located nearly at the end of the Loire Valley, to visit famous castles like Chambord or Cheverny implies long driving time (between 2 1/2 to 3 hours) that we believe would make the tour strenuous. However, if you really wish to visit these castles then reach out to our team of travel experts and they will design your Nantes shore excursion accordingly.

    Please note that the two castles that we suggest on this tour are both rated as 3*** on the Michelin green travel guide and are well worth the visit or else we would not have included them on this tour.
  • How strenuous is this shore excursion from Nantes?

    This tour includeds the visit of two Renaissance Castles of the Loire Valley. It means that you will need to be in good physical health as there are steps to climb in both castles. The tour also includes a walking tour of Angers which also means walking on cobble stone streets. Therefore, we suggest that you only book this tour if you are in good physical condition and do not have any walking issues. 
  • Is lunch included on this private shore excursion from Nantes?

    No, we never include lunch on our private tours. However, if you would like to organize a lunch in a local restaurant then please let our team of travel experts know and they will do the rest. Indicate what type of restaurants you are looking for in terms of budget and meal or better let us know your choice and our team will make the corresponding arrangements.
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