Accompanying Persons Programme

Full programme is being organised for Accompanying Persons which will include visits in Nantes and to famous historic locations a short distance outside the city. The visits will take place every day from Wednesday to Friday, September 19-21, 2018. In view of the large numbers expected and the practical limit of numbers in any one group, parallel visits will be organised on each day.

Participants in the technical programme who wish to join an Accompanying Person’s visit may do this. However, due to limitation on participation, priority will be given to Accompanying Persons. Participants wishing to join a visit, will only be able to register in person upon arrival at the Symposium, numbers permitting.

APV1: Walking Tour in Nantes

Wednesday, September 19, 10:00-12:00 Free (max. 25 persons)

Lets get you into a walking tour with our expert guide and learn more about the history of Nantes from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. This stroll will take you through the medieval district known as “Quartier Bouffay” with its two impressive buildings; the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany and the Cathedral St Peter and St Paul. You will also see the Isle of Feydeau, known for its 18th Century architecture and the quays. A short stroll away, you will encounter the magnificent “Passage Pommeraye”, which is a commercial center of the 19th century and then, the Nantes’s Opera.

Castle of the Dukes of Brittany and Passage Pommeraye  

APV2: From Nantes to Clisson, the trip in the vineyard

Wednesday, September 19, 13:00-18:00 Cost: €50 (max. 50 persons)

With 1150 ha, the Nantes vineyards is the largest wine garden of the Vallée de la Loire. Near to the ocean, the vineyard extends from the banks of La Loire to the north of La Vendee. An Italian-influenced architecture punctuates its hilly landscapes, the red of the tiles and the brick contrasts with the deep green of the vineyards which extend to the doors of houses.

Guided tour of Clisson: Explore Clisson, which will bring you back in time to the period of the Middle Ages and its famous people who inhabited the imposing castle of the city, beautiful example of fortified architecture, built between the 13th and 15th century. In its narrow streets and the banks of La Sèvre, you will discover a whole palette of colours coming from Tuscany, installed here in the early 19th century by the artists in love with this decor, on their return from Italy.

Discover of the Château de Goulaine: Located in15 minutes south of Nantes, this castle is for over 10 centuries the property of the same family. You will visit its remarkable and luxurious salons, among the most beautiful Loire Valley’s castles, and its permanent exhibition on the history of the LU collection.

Clisson and the Goulaine Castle  

APV3: The Castle and its museum

Thursday, September 20, 9:30-12:30 Free (max. 25 persons)

Both imposing fortress and elegant palace the Castle of Nantes reveals a panoply of surprises and emotions. A meeting with historical celebrities and the unsung who have all moulded the local identity. An encounter deeply linked to the sea and the river.

From its roman-gallic beginnings through the times of Anne of Brittany, the slave trade until the closure of the shipyards, all the main periods of the town’s history are set out. A rich and balanced visit in terms of content and duration of the visit.

Castle of the Dukes of Brittany  

APV4: Trentemoult, former Cap Horners Village

Thursday, September 20, 14:00-16:00 Free (max. 25 persons)

In a few minutes, leave the city centre of Nantes by crossing the Loire river aboard the Navibus to join the typical village of Trentemoult on the other side of the Loire. This old fishing village will charm you with its colourful houses. It is now a popular place for its panoramic view of Nantes, its pedestrian streets, narrow and flowery, and the lively atmosphere of its dock. It was also in Trentemoult that Roman Signer installed a large pendulum 7 m long hanging from a former concrete plant.


APV5: Pornic, the Loire estuary and the land art

Friday, September 21, 08:30-16:30 Cost: €100 (max. 50 persons)

Departure by bus at 08:30 to Pornic, and visit of the cheese factory “CURE NANTAIS”: 100 years of history of production for a visit that will lead you to the tasting. Lunch at a restaurant on the seashore and then bus route through the estuary to get a closer look at a selection of works: “The Ocean Serpent” by Huang Yong Ping in Saint Brévin-les-Pins, and Erwin Wurm's soft boat in Pellerin.

Pornic and the Bay of La Baule