The Loire Valley is one of the most beautiful and charming regions in France. A cruise ship is a wonderful way to experience this delightful region. Here are some highlights.
Founded by the Celts around 70BC, the city of Nantes has reinvented itself multiple times throughout history. Get a taste of the city’s history at the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. The restored rooms house exhibits detailing the city’s history.
If you’re a bookworm, you can’t miss the Jules Verne Museum. Verne was born in Nantes in 1828, and the museum has 1st edition books, manuscripts edited by hand, and plenty of child-friendly interactive displays.
WWII history buffs will love St Nazaire, known for its shipbuilding industry. During the war, it became the French headquarters for the German navy. This made the city a target for the Allies, who destroyed the city in a bombing raid in 1943.
Historical Angers was the capital of the province of Anjou, the homeland of the Plantagenets who ruled England from 1154 to 1485.
The city maintains some incredible architecture from that period, especially its unique Gothic Angevin style.
It’s also famous for two sets of incredible tapestries. The Tenture de l’Apocalypse (Apocalypse Tapestry) dates from the 14th century and lives in the medieval chateau. The 20th-century Chant du Monde has a home at the Jean Lurçat museum.
Don’t miss the chateau, ringed by moats and 17 round towers. Once the seat of the mighty counts of Anjou, you can now walk along the top of the castle’s ramparts and enjoy the spectacular views.
Cruise the Loire River, the longest in France, from the Atlantic Ocean to the city of Nantes with Voyages to Antiquity. Book before the 28 February 2018 to take advantage of RACQ Travel’s Cruise Sale! RACQ Travel will match any advertised price from a cruise supplier and do not charge credit card fees. Plus, you’ll pay no RACQ booking fees. For more information visit RACQ Travel or contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.