Field Trips & Excursions in Nantes

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It would be a shame to come to France and not experience the culture and sites that define it. That’s why we organize trips for students throughout the week and on every weekend.

Field Trips

As part of the program, students will participate in two day trips on the weekend to travel to locations outside of the city. For 2017, day trips will likely include:

  • Loire Valley, a region studded with fairy-tale like splendor. and renowned for its fine cuisine. With crenelated towers, grand cathedrals, the Chateux, and the lavish gardens and antiquated villages that surround them, there’s much to see and do in the Loire Valley.
  • San Malo & St. Michel, two cities often discussed together when exploring Northwest France. San Malo is an enthralling port city encased by city walls and boasting long sandy beaches. It’s well known for its history of privateers (Pirates) and significance in WW2. St Michel is an island commune off the coast of Normandy. There students will have a chance to visit its famous abbey and explore the local village.


There is no short list of things to see and do within Nantes either. Throughout the week, students will have many opportunities to explore the city with their teachers and RAs. Some of the places students may go include:

  • Machines de L’lle – an unprecedented, artistic project displayed in the old shipyards of Nantes. The site brings to life the imaginary world of Jules Verne and the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Boulangerie Jean-Yves Gautier – where students would have a “hands on” visit to this famous bakery and learn how to make croissants and baguettes
  • Nantes Naval Museum – The trip would include a guided tour of the Maillé-Brezé, the first floating naval museum in France. Active in the French military for many years, the ship was decommissioned in 1988 and is now a functioning museum.