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Overview

Nantes, the ancient capital of the Duchy of Brittany

Nantes, the ancient capital of the Duchy of Brittany and once a busy seaport, is located on the Loire River, 50 km from the Atlantic coast. Certainly one of the most enjoyable, cultural, artistic, creative and emerging cities in Europe, it can be easily reached by TGV from Paris (2h trip).

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Start the day by walking the old town where each stone reflects the fascinating history of the city, both in its relation to Brittany and its openness to the world. Visit the Cathedral Saint-Pierre and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, where you will discover the secrets of Nantes through a contemporary museum scenography
A stone’s throw away, explore the more classical part of the city famous for its Place Royale, the Opera Graslin and the Cours Cambronne, a charming alley. Make a detour to browse shops under the covered gallery of the Passage Pommeraye which is much appreciated by filmmakers.
Visit Ile de Nantes where contemporary architecture is blooming. The permanent artistic displays of the Estuaire Arts Festival that spread along the Loire up to Saint-Nazaire will delight you. Be inspired and follow the steps of Jules Verne by riding the 12 metre-high mechanical Grand Elephant and visiting the extraordinary Galerie des Machines and the Carrousel des Mondes Marins located in the former shipyards.

The Talensac market can be your perfect starting point (closed on Mondays). A true local institution, a morning visit is a must. You will be able to taste local specialities such as fresh garden products, galettes and crêpes as well as oysters accompanied by a glass of Muscadet. Afterwards take the Navibus on the Loire River to reach Trentemoult, an ancient fishing village plunged in a retro atmosphere. Discover its coloured facades, charming little streets and beautiful view over the Loire estuary. Have your lunch at the Civelle, an ancient tavern.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Nantes can be found.

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    Seamless |
    "The facilities at the Gare Montparnasse make life easy before you board : clear signage, shops to acquire anything you need for the journey etc. The train left and arrived on time, the seat was comfortable, the ride was smooth. Seamless. "

  • Another Easy Trip |
    "It was so easy to purchase my ticket online in Australia. It was sent out to me by regular mail. At Saumur, my daughter and I verified the ticket in the yellow box (as stated) and got on the train, which was on time. The seat was clean and comfortable and the journey was easy to follow as there is a digital board showing all the stations and where to get off. I would definitely recommend Rail Europe train travel in France. Thumbs up!! "

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    Nantes / Paris Montparnasse |
    "Short trip - comfortable, good temperature and service car in operation. "

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    Comfortable and economic trave |
    "Our travel by TGV from Nantes to CDG Aeroport was comfortable with departure from Nantes and arrival at CDG both on time. The train was clean and adequate storage space for both large heavy luggage and smaller items. Recommended mode of travel. "

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    Wonderful experience. |
    "After landing in Paris in the early hours we took the TGV from the airport to Tours. What an eye-opener this was - superbly comfortable train, very smooth (no clickety clack), and so quiet that passengers spoke in whispers. It was a great experience seeing the countryside whizzing past as we travelled at over 200 kph. A fantastic introduction to the wonders of high speed train travel. "

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    TGV |
    "Pleasant trip and seating suitable for 2nd class travel Staff helpful showing correct carriage on commencement of journey "

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    Trains through France |
    "This was one of several trips we did over last 3 weeks. Train was on time, booked seats essential as we had to remove a family who had squatted in our seats, but no argument. Great trip through scenic countryside but stressful transfer to next connection. We had been warned by Rail Europe to take care with only 20 minutes between trains but made it with 1 minute to spare!! Great way to get around Europe and looking forward to next trip! "

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    Trains |
    "The trip from Paris to Nantes was ok. I was disappointed I couldn't choose my seat so had to sit backwards which I don't like "

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    Rob and Fiona Walters |
    "Very nice trip from Paris to Nantes. Everything was perfect Thankyou. "

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    Top Class Travel on French Rai |
    "I enjoy travelling on French Rail. On time comfortable, flexible and very comfortablr "

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