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Two-hour cruises

Between the Loire estuary and the Atlantic Ocean, Saint-Nazaire is probably best discovered from “outside”, from the sea.

A city by the sea… seen from the sea

Have you taken a close look at Saint-Nazaire’s geographical situation? The Loire estuary on one side, the Atlantic ocean on the other… this is truly a city by the sea. Our two-hour cruises make you understand Saint-Nazaire’s identity as a maritime city and its special relationship with the sea.

Croisière-découverte, approche du pont de Saint-Nazaire en bateau

The ideal summer outing

The cruises are definitely a must when you come to Saint-Nazaire in the summer !

  • There could hardly be a nicer way to spend two hours than on a ship sailing along the coast, along beaches and cliffs…
  • How often do you have a chance to sail underneath a huge bridge like the one that spans the Loire estuary?
  • Photographers will have a field day with all those beaches, coves, cliffs, sailing boats, lighthouses, harbour terminals…

Don’t forget sunglasses, a cap and your camera for your trip! The two-hour cruises take place on ships seating approximately 150 passengers.  They are accompanied by professional guides. Please note that comments are in French. According to the tide and the weather, tours can vary slightly.

Three cruises to choose from

The “Saint-Nazaire sur mer” trip takes you along the beaches and cliffs which make the coast in Saint-Nazaire so attractive. The ship sails past small coves, rocks and cliffs, open sandy beaches… and gives unhindered views of a largely unspoilt and wooded coast. After having turned round, the ship sails upstream on the Loire River, passing in front of the shipyard and some of the impressive harbour terminals, and also underneath the Saint-Nazaire bridge. A great moment!

Croisière-découvertes Saint-Nazaire sur mer, passagers sur un bateau de promenade.

As to the “Côte d’Amour” or “Love Coast” cruise, it sails along the shore until the bay of Pornichet – La Baule – Le Pouliguen, which is part of a very exclusive club: it is one of the most beautiful bays in the world! The big sand dune of Escoublac in La Baule, one of the highest in Europe, the islet of “Pierre Percée” with its pierced rock or the mighty lighthouse “Grand Charpentier” are some of the highlights of this lovely summer outing which offers superb panoramic sights on the way.

Baie de La Baule, voiliers, immeubles, dune boisée dans le fond.

For the nocturnal cruise, “La Route des phares” (“The lighthouse route”) you sail out of the harbour at sunset, and you enjoy a magical two hours on the water while little by little, lighthouses, beacons and other signal lights can be seen all around.

Where?

Cruises leave from quai de Kribi, just outside the heritage museum Ecomusée, avenue de Saint-Hubert. Car parks nearby.

Public transport. – The nearest bus stops are rue de la Paix + 20 minutes walk, Hélyce line (every day) ; Petit Maroc + 8 minutes walk, U4 line (from Monday to Saturday).

 

When?

2017 Schedule

Meeting point outside the entrance hall of the Ecomusée, avenue de Saint-Hubert, please meet there at least 15 minutes before departure time.

 

How much?

2017 prices
Full Reduced* Children age 4-14
20 € 18 € 10 €
* Reduced price (ID required): students, unemployed, disabled persons and accompanying person (if necessary), mini-groups of at least 10 tickets for the same visit, in a single payment.

 

How?

Two-hour cruises with commentaries in French.

Please note: cruises may be cancelled in case of bad weather conditions.

See conditions for groups.