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Gems of Brittany

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  • Dinan, Brittany in the Northwest of France

    Dinan, Brittany in the Northwest of France
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    2 couples laughing and joking, looking through telescope alongside railings on deck Mont St Michel ©Brittany Ferries
7 day tour
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Brittany offers a combination of pretty towns, bustling fishing ports, sandy beaches, a rugged coastline. The proud local, Breton traditions make Brittany the ideal holiday destination. In this tour we also visit Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy.

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Discover the history and culture of Brittany

Take time to enjoy the many beautiful historical sights Brittany has to offer. This includes the city of St Malo, a coastal city with a long historical connection to explorers, traders and pirates and was the home of the navigator Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada. As well as this, don’t forget to try the Breton cuisine! Speaking of which, if you mention the town of Cancale to any frnechman, the instant response will be ‘oysters’; the magnificent molluscs have been cultivated in this attractive fishing village for hundreds of years. There are also breathtaking views over the Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel and scenic walks in abundance here.

Brest; A Real Naval Treat

explore the heart of Brest, a famous naval port, nestled in one of France’s most beautiful natural harbours. Be sure to explore quayside Brest harbour, the ‘Rade de Brest’, a sheltered area of the sea big enough for great ships to lie at anchor. Although it was heavily bombed in 1944, this is by no means the town’s most interesting feature: it has rebuilt itself around a vision of the future, without honouring its past. Be sure to visit castle and maritime museum. Finally, whatever you do, you mustn’t leave Brest without paying a visit to Océanopolis, the only ocean discovery centre of its kind in Europe.

Mont St Michel – A UNESCO world heritage site

As one of France’s most recognisable and stunning landmarks, Mont St Michel remains a must see for anyone wanting to experience a ‘magical’ island residing a medieval monastery. Because of efforts to preserve the islands astonishing surrounds, the only gateway to the island is via ‘Passeurs’, ultra modern shuttle busses that take you directly to the mount. Once arrived, you can travel all the way to Benedictine Abbey and take in the dramatic and astonishing view of the French Coastline.

See all this as well as the walled town of Vannes, Paul Gauguin’s Pont Aven & the captivating Quimper at the heart of Brittany on this tour of discovery.


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Brittany.

Afternoon sailing from Portsmouth to Caen with optional dinner on-board. Overnight stop in Caen.

Day 2

St-Malo and the Oysters of Cancale.

We cross into Brittany and stop in the fortress town of St-Malo. Explore the historic old town and walk along the extensive ramparts. About 30 minutes away is the picturesque fishing village of Cancale, the ‘oyster capital’ of Brittany.

Day 3

Brest Sightseeing and Cruise.

Today we visit the lively port city of Brest. Take a stroll along the picturesque quayside to see ‘La Recouvrance’, a replica of an 1817 famous French schooner, and visit Océanopolis, the only ocean discovery centre of its kind in Europe. We then enjoy a cruise to see the dramatic cliffs and coastline of the Crozon peninsula.

Day 4

Quimper and Benodet.

The cobbled streets and slanted half-timbered houses of Quimper makes the town’s old quarter one of the loveliest in Brittany. In the afternoon we visit Benodet, with its pretty harbour and beaches.

Day 5

Vannes and Pont Aven.

Today we visit the popular walled town of Vannes with its well-preserved medieval streets and wooden-beamed houses. In the afternoon we stop in Pont-Aven, a pretty little village best known for its association with the painter Paul Gauguin, and Concarneau, a fishing port famous for its picturesque old town.

Day 6

Mont Saint-Michel to Caen.

Crossing back into Normandy we visit the world-famous Mont Saint-Michel. Climb the shop-lined cobbled street to the imposing Benedictine monastery that sits on top of the island. We stop overnight in Caen.

Day 7

Return to the UK.

It’s time to leave France and take the day sailing back to Portsmouth.


Suggested hotels:

Oceania Brest****

Hôtel Oceania Brest and its famous restaurant are located in central Brest, with close distance to Le Quartz Convention Centre. Guests have free access to the fitness centre 250 yards away. The Oceania Hotel guest rooms are fully equipped with parquet flooring, free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and en-suite bathrooms. The restaurant serves international-style cuisine and breakfast daily. Guests can enjoy a free drink from the hotel bar between 18:00 and 19:00 every Monday and Thursday. The hotel also has a lift.

Escale Oceania Quimper***

The Escale Oceania Quimper hotel invites you to discover the capital of the Kernev region. The hotel offers 64 fully-equipped, warm and cosy guest rooms to satisfy your every need. Room features include flat-screen TV, en suite bathrooms, walk-in-showers and free Wi-Fi access. The hotel’s restaurant offers french cuisine prepared with seasonal products.

Mercure Vannes


 Looking for other tours to Northern France?

Stunning St Malo Short Break

Gems of Normandy


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 2018 dates from £245.00

 

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.26. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with coach driver's free place in a single room both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited are a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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