Visit of the port

Visit of the port

At the heart of the estuary landscape, port facilities represent a window to the world and an economy lung for the territory. Invested for more than 20 years in economic discovery tourism, Nantes - Saint Nazaire Port has been collaborating with the local tourist offices and tourist structures to welcome nearly 30,000 visitors per year.

Visit of the port sites from Donges to Saint-Nazaire

For more than 10 years, Nantes - Saint Nazaire Port has entrusted Saint-Nazaire Agglomération Tourisme with the organisation of tourist visits to discover its downstream facilities. Nearly 7,000 visitors each year choose this visit, which is recognised by the Qualité TourismeTM brand.

The coach excursion, departing from the submarine base, is commented by a certified guide. The tour, with stopping points depending on the port activity of the moment, lasts 2 hours. You will drive around the terminals, get as close as possible to the containers, XXL industrial packages (aeronautical parts, wind turbine components, etc.) or witness the transfer of various goods to Saint-Nazaire, Montoir de Bretagne and Donges.


Bus tour of the sites of Saint-Nazaire, Montoir-de-Bretagne and Donges

Individuals and groups 
 : 2h00
For schoolchildren : visits proposed from secondary school onwards

In the summer, the guided day or evening cruises departing from Saint-Nazaire offer a breathtaking view of the city. A rare opportunity to contemplate from the sea, beaches, creeks, cliffs and also shipyards and port terminals! From the Loire River, cargo ships from all over the world offer a unique visit and a stunning show to passengers!

Cruise on the Loire estuary

Individuals and groups 
 : 2h00

croisière Loire

Information and bookings : Saint-Nazaire Agglomération Tourisme 

Tél. 02 28 540 640 (individual visit)
Tél. 02 28 540 809 (group visits)


A visit with the Tourism QualityTM label

In 2015, Nantes - Saint Nazaire Port was awarded the TourismeTM Quality label for visits to the port facilities at the Montoir de Bretagne and Saint-Nazaire sites.

It became the first Grand Port Maritime to receive this distinction.


Visit of Nantes port sites

Anchored in a history deeply linked to the city, the Nantes port domain today represents 590 ha. Concentrated on approximately 300 ha on the sites of Cheviré, Cormerais and Roche-Maurice, port traffic represents approximately 2 million tonnes and nearly 600 ship calls per year

Come and discover the port of Nantes and its history! During this visit, led by professional Nantes travel guides, you will travel back in time to learn more about port activity. Firstly, its origins, by exploring, on foot, in the city of Nantes, emblematic places of maritime trade. Then you will discover today's port by visiting, by coach, the port sites of Nantes and their facilities. Wheat, sand, wood, aeronautical parts, recycled products... the goods in transit via Nantes Cheviré are many and varied. As a genuine multimodal logistics platform, the Nantes sites open doors to the world.



Bus tour of the Nantes-Cheviré port site

Constituted groups only 
Duration : 2h
Groups of pupils from CM1 level upwards


Information and reservations : The Trip to Nantes


Tél. 02 40 20 60 11


Our best spots to observe port activity 

  • The roof of the Saint-Nazaire submarine base

    The Place du Commando in Saint-Nazaire

    The village of Trentemoult, in Rezé

    The viewpoints of the Loire estuary


Other possibilities of visits to discover the port activity


Marine & Loire Cruise :
 02 40 69 40 40

Centre Culturel Maritime de Nantes :
02 40 43 16 94


Other possibilities for visits in Pays de la Loire

Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port is a member and founding member of the association "Visit our companies in Pays de la Loire". The structure, created in 2001, offers several tourist offers for economic discovery. Within this framework, around fifty companies, including Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port, open their doors to the public.



Visitez nos entreprises en Pays de la Loire
 02 40 44 63 49