The summer is drawing to an end, the flamingo inflatable has been packed away and the undercurrent of excitement that awaits an upcoming holiday is gone.
The only way to deal with the deflation that follows a holiday being over is to give yourself something to look forward to – book another one.
We have the perfect autumn/winter break right here with today’s Big Deal for a three night stay in Nantes in the north of France.
With an abundance of culture, fascinating historical sights, a rich gastronomic heritage and lively nightlife, Nantes could be your new favourite French city.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you direct to Nantes Atlantique Airport from Edinburgh International and includes hand luggage and three nights, room only accommodation, based on two sharing a standard double or twin room at the three star BEST WESTERN Hotel Graslin.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out from Edinburgh International with Ryanair on the following dates:
5th, 12th October
16th, 23rd, 30th November
18th, 25th January
8th, 15th, 22nd February
The flights leave on a Friday and the indicative times are: flying out from Edinburgh Airport at 13:30 and arrive in Nantes at 16:20. Returning from Nantes at 15:25 and arrive in Edinburgh at 16:15. Actual flight times will be confirmed at booking.
Central Nantes accommodation
This Big Deal includes a three night stay in BEST WESTERN Hotel Graslin in Nantes city centre. The hotel has soundproofed rooms with flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, hairdryers, desks, an iron and ironing board and ensuite bathroom with a bath and shower.
Hotel Graslin is within easy walking distance to most tourist sites in Nantes, including the Graslin theatre, the Passage Pommeraye, the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, the Cathedral of Nantes and Jardin des Plantes.
Francophiles, listen up. Nantes might just be your new favourite French city.
Beautiful, beguiling and bursting with history, the city is known for its public art, lively student population and foodie culture.
Located on the banks of the River Loire, Nantes was separated from Brittany when regional boundaries were redrawn during World War 2 and is officially the capital of the Pays de la Loire region. However, many Nantes residents still consider the city to be Breton.
Home to a number of universities, Nantes has a lively student scene. It also has a plethora of spectacular historic buildings as well as the city’s must see attraction La Machine, a 12 metre high mechanical elephant which can take up to 49 passengers for a walk around the city.
Nantes also has a stunning medieval quarter and nineteenth century town to explore.
BEST WESTERN Hotel Graslin has had a very positive reception on TripAdvisor with an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 from 81 reviews.
Recent reviews, edited for length, say:
‘Perfect city centre hotel for this reviewer… good price, fantastic location… neat clean tidy and spacious rooms… Good comfortable bed… free WiFi and room safe. Perfect location “on the GREEN line” that is one for those who know about Nantes… close to tram and airport bus stop… in a quiet street safe and clean.’
‘The rooms are nice, bed is perfect. Bathroom is new with a lot of comfort. The breakfast is complete and staff are discreet, friendly and helpful. Perfect for a business or city trip.’
Autumn or winter break
This Big Deal for a three night trip to Nantes is the perfect way to beat the autumn and winter blues.
With flights and accommodation taken care of, all you need to think about is having a great time.
Take advantage of this Big Deal to Nantes, a beguiling French town which many have yet to discover.