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  • Leaving on: 19/04/2017
  • Arriving back on: 23/04/2017
  • Location: Nantes, France

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Combine a visit to the beautiful city of Nantes in France with the unforgettable quilting show: Pour l’Amour du Fil (For The Love of the Thread) 2017.

is renowned for its friendly and sociable atmosphere and its inspirational quilting displays with more than twenty quilting artists decorating specially created ‘houses’ with their stunning quilting displays.

The 9th edition of this innovative show in Nantes will again take place at the impressive venue of Parc des Expositions de la Beaujoire, Nantes.

This tour will also give you an opportunity to explore the city during your stay.

The accommodation is conveniently located near to the exhibition centre (around a 10-minute walk) and also within easy reach of a tram-line which connects to the centre, which is about a 20-minute journey.

A taxi from the hotel to the centre of Nantes costs around 20 euros.

Map shows distance from hotel to tram stop

Nantes is the Capital city of the Pays de la Loire region and of the French Département, Loire Atlantique. It is said to be one of the most desirable places to live in France and it has become a popular and attractive destination for visitors wanting to visit a French city bursting with culture, art, excellent restaurants, historic buildings and attractions. Nantes enjoys the perfect combination of open green spaces and city, enjoying an excellent location on the banks of the River Loire.

Read more about the regions you will be visiting

During the French Revolution (1789-1799), Nantes was the battlefield of Republicans versus counter-revolutionaries.  In 1783, revolutionary Jean-Baptiste Carrier, was instrumental in establishing a Revolutionary Tribunal, part of the activities of which became the mass slaughter by drowning of what is estimated as being four thousand people considered by Carrier to be loyal to King Louis XVI.

Between 16 and 23 September 1943, Nantes suffered a vigorous bombing campaign at the hand of the Allied forces, leading to a death toll of over 1,200.

Nantes flourished again during post war peace and, in a reversal of the 20th century trend of tramway closures, the Nantes tramway was re-opened in 1985 with the line being extended in 1989 to include a city centre link to Beaujoire (the location of the hotel accommodation for the Pour l'Amour du Fil tour).

Today, a visit to Nantes promises parks and gardens with quirky art installations, smart pedestrianised shopping streets and the medieval Bouffay district, where the rue du Château is crammed with up-and-coming boutiques and cafés.  Enjoy!

The traditional food of Nantes is varied.  Lying, as it does, at the crossroads between Brittany, the Vendée and the Loire River, Nantes also benefits from a food culture enriched over the centuries by flavours brought to its port from around the world.  There is a network of high quality growers, market gardeners, fishermen, breeders, as well as cheese and wine makers, all of which ensures a rich diversity of tastes.

The local wine, made just outside Nantes is Muscadet - a wine which sometimes undergoes special 'sur Lie' ageing in order to produce a fresh tasting wine with a more structured aroma. By ageing the wine in the barrel without first decanting, it absorbs the flavours of the deposits from the grapes and the yeast (on the 'lie'). It is the only natural way of producing this wine - and it’s done in Nantes!

Local dishes include Gateau Nantais, an iced sponge cake made with ground almonds, Galettes (similar to crepes) and Beurre Blanc, is a hot emulsified butter sauce made with a reduction of vinegar and white wine, ideal with fish.

Looking for ideas for other things to do while in Nantes? 

For 1, 2 or 3 days, discovering Nantes is easy with the Nantes Pass!

Available to purchase at the Tourist Office near to the Nantes Chateau or online before your visit.

Nantes Pass Includes:

1 24hr ticket for Public Transport (Navibus, Tram, Bus, Busway)

Museum and audio guide + exhibition

River Erdre cruise

Town visit with audio-guide

Carrousel des Mondes Marins - Amusement park

Le Nid (tour bretagne)

Find out more here: Pass Nantes

FLYBE - Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 April

Southampton

Southampton BE3703 / Nantes      1040/1250  

Nantes BE3704 / Southampton      2145/2155

*Please note: Baggage and seat reservation is not included with Flybe and can be booked at an additional cost at time of booking.

 

EASYJET - Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 April 

Gatwick

Gatwick EZY8961 / Nantes             1500/1725  

Nantes EZY8962 / Gatwick             1715/1735

 *easyJet - Included hold luggage weight of 20kg

Wednesday

Arrive in Nantes. Transfer to hotel.

Thursday / Friday / Saturday

At leisure to visit the Pour l'Amour du Fil show.

Sunday

Transfer to airport for return flight.


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Tour price per person

Guild MembersOthers
Flying from Gatwick 19/04 - 23/04
£680£700
£540£560
Flying from Southampton 19/04 - 23/04
£630£650
£490£510
*Purchase price will be guaranteed upon full payment. The above prices are valid until 13 February 2017.
Travelling from outside the UK? Contact us for a land package.

Tour Includes

  • Return Flybe/EasyJet flight to Nantes
  • Four-day pass to Nantes Quilt Show 2017: Pour l'Amour du Fil 
  • Four nights' bed and breakfast at the 3* Hotel Ibis Nantes La Beaujoire Parc Expo 
  • Return Nantes Airport transfers
  • 20kg Hold Luggage (easyJet - Gatwick only)
Not included
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage & Reserve Seating (Flybe - Southampton)

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