8- Head West
Angers, Nantes, Rennes (6 days)
Explore Angers and Nantes, the châteaux and vineyards of the Loire Valley, and stroll around Rennes, capital of Brittany.
Located in the heart of the Loire Valley and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Angers is known for its quality of life and its rich cultural heritage. A city of art and history, replete with splendid gardens and strongly committed to sustainable development, Angers is also an ideal starting point for exploring the chateaux and vineyards of the Loire Valley.
oThe Château du Roi René (13th century), one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in France, housing the largest medieval tapestry in the world: “La Tenture de l’Apocalypse.”
oThe museums housed in historic monuments: the Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie contemporaine (tapestries), the Musée des Beaux-Arts (fine arts), Galerie David d’Angers (sculpture).
oThe religious buildings: Saint-Maurice cathedral, St Martin collegiate church.
oThe Carré Cointreau (Cointreau Museum and Visitor Center).
oThe Théâtre du Quai, a new performance space emblematic of Angers' cultural life.
oNumerous cultural events: Festival Premiers Plans (film), Festival d’Anjou (theater), les Accroche-Cœurs (street art festival), Angers l’Eté (music), Made in Angers (factory visits), etc.
oAn obstacle-free route around the city, suitable for disabled visitors.
•A short distance from Angers:
oThe Châteaux of the Loire Valley.
oLa Loire à Vélo, a cycle route through the Loire Valley.
oThe vineyards of the Loire Valley.
oGolf, river trips.
By Train: 90 mins from Paris by TGV, 1 hour from Nantes Atlantique Airport, 20 minutes from Angers Loire Airport.
40 minutes from Nantes by TGV.
By Road: 1 hour from Nantes (A11 motorway), 2 hours from Rennes.
Contact: Tel. +33 (0)2 41 23 50 00 www.angersloiretourisme.com
France's favorite city invites you to discover its latest extravagances: a transformed château, a giant elephant, an art trail covering 60 km (37 miles) along the banks of the Loire…
•Witness the rebirth of the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, transformed and resplendent in the center of town. Young and old, history buffs or not, a visit to the depths of this medieval fortress has something for everyone, relating the dramatic history and secrets of Nantes.
•Climb on to the back of the Eléphant: 40 tons of steel and wood, 12 meters (39 feet) tall, for a truly surprising trip through the city. Then visit La Galerie des Machines: the Manta Ray, the Calamar with its reverse propulsion, the Poisson pirate… You have landed in the city of Jules Verne!
•Experience the "lieu unique". As the name implies, this is a unique space combining artistic exploration and social interaction, where life spontaneously rubs shoulders with art in its most contemporary forms.
•Take a boat along the Erdre, one of the most beautiful rivers in France, or on the Loire.
-By Train: 2 hours from Paris by TGV (Gare Montparnasse).
40 minutes from Angers, 1 hour from Rennes.
-By Air: Nantes-Atlantique International Airport
Contact: Tel. +33 (0)892 464 044 www.nantes-tourisme.com
Rennes, the Capital of Brittany, offers the riches of its 2,000 year history and well preserved and restored historic heritage and proudly displays its modernity through its most recent projects: les Champs Libres, l’Alignement du 21ème siècle.
•The Parlement de Bretagne (17th century), with its ceiling, unique in France as a fine example of 17th-century pictorial art; the 18th-century district with two royal squares; medieval streets with colorful half-timbered houses; the Place des Lices and its open-air food market on Saturday mornings; the Thabor and Oberthür parks (19th-century); the “Champs Libres” building (Musée de Bretagne, Espace des Sciences, planétarium …); the Musée des Beaux-Arts (fine arts) and the Musée de Bretagne in the Champs Libres building...
•Visitors love the quality and diversity of the cultural heritage in this metropolitan city of art and history famous for its quality of life.
•Be sure to pick up your "Rennes Métropole City Pass" to visit the top cultural sights in Rennes.
•Find out about all the special visitor offers for individuals available from the Tourist Office and enjoy the many charms of the Capital of Brittany.
-By train: 2 hours from Paris,
-By car: 1 hour from Nantes and 2 hours from Angers, 50 minutes from Mont-Saint-Michel and 40 minutes from Saint-Malo.
Contact: Tel. +33 (0)2 99 67 11 11 www.tourisme-rennes.com