The Nitty Gritty on Travel – Specifics, Ideas and Suggestions

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Morning Pick-up at Nantes Atlantique Airport

  • Between 9:30 – 11a.m. at the arrivals area of the airport. Exact time will depend on individual travel plans of the participants for the particular week. When we know everyone’s plans, we’ll give you a more precise time. If everyone is on the early flight and there are no other pick-ups, we’ll leave straight-away. If not, we’ll wait in the café until the others arrive, until 11ish. Please let us know if you need advice or have any questions. If you think you may miss the pick-up time by 20 mins, get in touch and we’ll try to make it work. We can normally be flexible up to 20-30 mins. Nantes airport is 1h20m from Circle of Misse and there are no taxis or Uber that will do a trip of that distance. We provide this free pick-up for your convenience.
  • If you plan to travel to Nantes by air:
    • Both Easyjet London Gatwick (LGW) Saturday morning flights arrive in time to meet us for the pick-up
    • The Ryanair London Stansted (STN) Saturday morning flight arrives in time to meet us for the pick-up
    • The London Luton Friday night Easyjet flight means you could spend Friday evening in Nantes and meet us at the airport for pick-up Saturday morning. Many airports have shuttles and there is also a shuttle bus between the airport and city centre train station if you want to stay in town. Look lower down on this page for some hotel suggestions.
    • There is also a Friday evening Ryanair flight from Edinburgh.
    • There are numerous other early morning flights from a wide variety of European and other destinations that would allow you to meet us by 11 a.m. Check here to see if there is a flight from your city. You should also check Friday flights and consider staying in Nantes and meeting us at the airport Saturday morning.
    • North American/Australian and other participants arriving on long-haul flights will likely find it more convenient to take a train from CDG to our afternoon pick-up in Saumur. However, Air France does operate a few morning flights that connect with North American flights in particular. So consider searching for flights to Nantes connecting in Paris. Remember they must arrive in Nantes in time for you to meet us at 11 .a.m.
    • If you plan to travel by train to Nantes
      • If you are already in Paris, or another French city with early morning rail connections to Nantes and can catch a train that arrives in Nantes and allows you enough time to catch the shuttle bus to the airport before our 11 a.m. pick-up, then you should do this. There are several early morning trains from Paris that would allow you to do this. Many participants spend a day or two in Paris prior to coming to us. Otherwise, it will make more sense for you to use our afternoon pick-up at Saumur described below. Check trains here: French rail site Oui-SNCF.com
  • Afternoon Pick-up at Saumur Rail Station
    • This pick-up time will vary depending on the travel plans of all the participants that week, generally between 16:40 and 18:15. If your only option a later train from Nantes, please do get in touch. We may be able help. Some weeks the pick-up may be earlier or later depending on everyone’s travel plans. If you plan to utilize the afternoon pick-up, do get in touch with us to discuss your plans and timings so we can suggest what might work best with when the precise pick-up time is likely to be, etc.

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