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Discovery cruises

An unexpected journey between the estuary and the ocean

There’s nothing like a seaview – or indeed a view from the sea. Here, you can take a boat trip along the coast and see the town from a new angle. For an hour or two, gaze at the coastline, beaches, cliffs, shipyard and quays across the water. From afternoon light to magical sunset, boat trips showcase all that’s stunning in Saint-Nazaire.

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discovery cruises

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 aboard a ship sailing along the coast, beaches and cliffs…
  • How many opportunities will you have to sail underneath the huge Saint-Nazaire Bridge or in close proximity to an amazing granite lighthouse?
  • Photographers will have a field day with all the beaches, coves, cliffs, but also the shipyard and harbour terminals…

Several cruises to choose from

Gain a new perspective on Saint-Nazaire by joining one of our daytime and evening cruises:

  • 2-hour daytime cruise: ‘Saint-Nazaire sur Mer’
    This tour takes you along the beaches and cliffs which make the coast in Saint-Nazaire so attractive.
  • 1½-hour daytime cruise: ‘Le port, vues d’estuaire’
    A surprising excursion that combines a 90-minute boat trip, and a 30-minute visit to the EOL Wind Turbine visitor centre.
  • 1½-hour evening cruise: ‘Accords maritimes’, musical cruise
    Embark on an unexpected journey to Saint-Marc-sur-Mer. Two musicians and a narrator tell you about the multifaceted history of Saint-Nazaire.
  • 2-hour night-time cruise: ‘Route des phares’
    Step on board and admire the beauty of coastal landscapes in the magic light of sunset.

Live commentary in French. Cruises take place on ships having a capacity of 120 seated passengers. You will be accompanied by professional guides. According to the tide and the weather, tours can vary slightly.

Practical Information

Visitor info:

  • All health and safety measures have been taken to assure you the best possible conditions for your safety and wellbeing while you visit.
  • Face mask compulsory (face masks are available for purchase from the ticket office).
  • Booking essential.
  • Live commentary in French only.
  • Meeting point: Quai de Kribi –near Écomusée– at least 15 minutes before departure time, with your tickets.
  • See booking terms and conditions for groups of 20 people or more.

Prices – Discovery cruises

Full Reduced Children aged 4-17
€24 €22 €12

  • Reduced price (on presentation of proof): students, job seekers, people with disabilities with one accompanying person, annual PASS holders.
  • Free admission for children under the age of 4.
  • Where can I buy tickets?
    • On this website
    • On site, 3 ticket offices: submarine base, fortified lock and Écomusée
  • Means of payment: cash, credit card (VISA and Mastercard)

How to get here?

Meeting point: Quai de Kribi –near Écomusée– at least 15 minutes before departure time.

There are several car parks close by.

Public transportation:

  • Saint-Nazaire is served by both the TGV and the regional trains.
  • From the railway station, the nearest bus stops to Écomusée are:
    • ‘Rue de la Paix’ (Hélyce line, daily) + 17 minutes walk
    • ‘Ruban Bleu’ (U2 and U4 lines, from Monday to Saturday) + 14 minutes walk

Accessibility

  • Mobility impairment: the cruises are not wheelchair accessible
  • Deaf and hearing impaired visitors: no specific arrangement
  • Blind and visually impaired visitors: guided sightseeing cruises
  • Mentally impaired visitors: weather-related risks

For further clarification or information, please call +33 (0)2 28 540 640