Established seaside resorts, seasoned fishing ports and abundant oyster beds are included in Slow Tours' itineraries, as well as a visit to the largest site of ancient menhirs in France. You will also appreciate the chance to wander though the restored former home of the Dukes of Brittany in France.
Enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful Gulf of Morbihan, or if you feel energetic, cycle down the narrow country lanes and let the fresh Brittany air energise you. Local grown pork, apples and pears, crepes made from fresh farm eggs and a glass of Breton cider are all a part of this region.
Included in the price are transfers from Rennes/to Nantes or Bordeaux, a welcome dinner, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 7 x 3-course meals (either lunch or dinner) with one or two glasses of wine, all excursions, all entry fees, bike and canoe hire for the energetic, boat trips.
Travel for daily excursions is in a new 5-9 seat vehicle
Arrive at Rennes for transport to your hotel with time to relax before the welcome dinner.
Visit Cancale with its stunning views over the bay of St Michel. Lunch on the fresh oysters and seafood from this famous area followed by a discovery tour of St Malo, a stone-walled ferry port with cobblestone streets and interesting architecture. Jacques Cartier is the most famous person from St Malo and is credited with the discovery of Canada.
Visit to Josselin chateau, first constructed in the 11th century with an interesting history since then. Currently owned by the Duke of Rohan. Lunch in a local restaurant then we take an afternoon stroll in Paimpont forest, the legendary Arthurian Broceliande forest.
Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we take a coastal drive to Paimpol and a boat trip to the Ile Brehat for lunch. An afternoon drive takes us to our next accommodation near Quimper.
Visit to the island fort in the harbour of Concarneau and lunch in the old town. Afternoon visit to a Renaissance chateau on the hill overlooking this seaside port.
Drive to the Morbihan gulf for a boat trip to Monks Island, the largest of the 50+ islands in this enormous bay. We explore the island and its small village before taking the boat back to the mainland. A visit to an extraordinary number of menhirs at Carnac highlights the drive back to our hotel.
Visit to a small Breton village of thatched cottages and lunch at Pont Aven, home of Paul Gauguin and modern day artists. Free afternoon to explore this small market town full of art galleries, boutiques, riverside walks and cafes.
Depart after breakfast with transfers to Nantes train station or airport
What a fabulous experience it was to travel with Carol and her guests over the three weeks spent in Normandy, Loire Valley and Brittany. I have a very busy corporate and social life and was looking for time to refresh and reenergise while at the same time having the opportunity to visit France to experience not only Paris and larger regional cities and their amazing histories, landmarks and art, but also to step off the main tourist drives and to experience and life in the communities; wining, dining, markets, shopping. Just wonderful. Over the three weeks I sipped champagne in a kitchen in Champagne with the owners of the vineyard and production plant (a very old family business); stayed in three chateaus, all had amazing Rooms with a View, all different but beautiful; enjoyed Monet’s garden and Da Vinci’s home and gallery of art and machines; bought jackets from a tailoress in one of the villages (one off designs), wonderful food in amazing restaurants and loved the fact that everyone takes time out for two hours in the middle of the day and that you don’t walk into a bakery 2 minutes to twelve. Mostly, as we travelled through these beautiful areas of France I could wander on my own to observe this beautiful country, or I could join in with all or some of the lovely guests that joined and left Carol’s tour along the way. Plenty of time for the personal and for the social. Going to the hairdresser can be an interesting experience when one doesn’t speak the language! I went in for a trim, and came out with a very short, but nice, new style. I knew from the first cut of the scissors I was about to be transformed. Thanks, Carol. For the best of holidays. Chris. Adelaide Australia June 2013 Normandy Brittany Loire Valley
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