Highlights Day-long tour of D-Day Landings site Visit to the US cemetery Overnight stay in Mont St Michel and tour of the famous abbey Sample calvados, apple cider and icecream See the Bayeux Tapestry History buffs will love this Walk, which includes a day-long tour of the D-Day Landings site and a visit to the US cemetery. We visit the scene of the largest airborne night assault in history, the center of the US 82nd Pointe du Hoc where the battery has been left as it was on D-Day. A Walk highlight is our overnight stay in Mont St Michel and a tour of the famous abbey. Our stay here gives us the luxury of exploring the famous islet in the peace of the evening after the crowds have gone home. Back on the mainland, a stroll though Normandys famous bocage, a picture postcard landscape of woods, meadows and orchards, enables us to sample the renowned local apple brandy and ice-cream.

Sunday Overnight: Hotel Le dAvaugour

We rendezvous in Rennes, the capital of Brittany and drive to Dinan, a lovely medieval town surrounded by fortified walls. After a welcome aperitif and talk in the hotel, we stroll out to one of the best restaurants in town for dinner.

Monday Overnight: Hotel Le dAvaugour

We start the day with a guided walking tour of Brittanys most beautiful old town, the former seat of the Dukes of Brittany, surrounded by ramparts almost 250 ft. above the River Rance.

We walk beside the river to the village of Lehon, protected by its feudal castle dominating the former abbey. After lunch in a local inn, we continue along the river ascending through meadows to end the day with a great view of the city and its river-port from a magnificent viaduct. We dine this evening in a typical creperie, much favoured by the townspeople.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Le Nouveau Monde

We take a short walk from our hotel to board our boat for a leisurely cruise along the Rance river followed by a walk to our lunch venue. We start our afternoon with a short transfer to see a unique tidal power-station and then continue on foot to the famous resort of Dinard, pausing to enjoy its magnificent setting opposite the corsair city of St-Malo, which we reach by ferry. We stroll along the ancient city ramparts to our beautiful new hotel, before having dinner in the restaurant overlooking the sea.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Le Relais St Michel

We walk along the coastline, passing the amazing sculptured rocks of Rotheneuf, comprising 300 local characters carved into the granite by a 19th-century priest, the Abbe Foure. We continue along the picturesque Côte dEmeraude (Emerald Coast) to lunch followed by a drive into Normandy.

With the fabulous profile of Mont St Michel beckoning us, we follow an old pilgrims' trail to the sandy bay from where we walk up to the Abbey for an unforgettable visit to the famous abbey the Marvel of the Western World in its island setting.

In the evening, we walk across the causeway to Mont St Michel to dine on the famous omelette de la Mère Poulard; a unique experience!

Thursday Overnight: Château La Chenevière

Driving through the typical Normandy countryside, we arrive at Bayeux, a medieval city which escaped from the worst of the WWII bombing. We visit the famous Tapestry made in the 11th century celebrating the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy.

After lunch, we walk through the bocage, a Norman word to describe the unique, picture postcard landscape of woodland, pasture and meadows formed by dense hedges (a nightmare for the paratroops in the weeks after D-Day), interspersed with charming hamlets.

We stop to taste the renowned local calvados, made from the fruit of the ubiquitous apple-orchards, local cider and homemade ice cream and visit an elegant 18th century manor. We settle in our stunning hotel in Port-en-Bessin, before a presentation on the D-Day Landings, the Battle for Normandy and the beaches we will explore tomorrow.

Friday Overnight: Château La Chenevière

After breakfast, we depart for a full day's fascinating and thought-provoking tour of the famous and infamous Normandy beaches. We will visit St Mere Eglise, scene of the largest airborne night assault in history (800 planes) and center of US 82nd Airborne operations; the German cemetery at La Cambe; the Pointe du Hoc where the battery has been left, as a memorial, as it was on D-Day. After lunch, we pass by Omaha Beach and the US Cemetery, with time to reflect... Look how many there are. Look how young they are. They died for your freedom. Hold back your tears and be silent We return to our hotel for our Farewell Dinner. Overnight: Port-en-Bessin

Saturday

Transfer to Caen to say au revoir at the station.
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TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,295.00
Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement $655.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,080.00

Dates

From Sep 8 to Sep 14 (more dates)
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Arrival: Rennes Departure: Caen

Activities

Boat RideLocal expert talkWalk Classic
Brittany & Normandy 08-Sep-2013-14-Sep-2013 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel Le d'Avaugour

Hotel Le d'Avaugour

This charming hotel is superbly located in Dinan's lovely historic town centre with the building integrating into the old town ramparts. The 21 comfortable bedrooms are tastefully decorated and they have authentic furniture that gives them a certain charm.

The bedrooms offer full bathroom facilties with bathtub and the rooms include television, phone, Wifi internet access and all modern day conveniences. The relaxing flowered garden is the perfect place for an aperitif in the setting sun.

Le Nouveau Monde

Le Nouveau Monde

Ideally located in the heart of Saint-Malo, facing the sea and close to the old town, the Nouveau Monde is a chic, luxury hotel and spa. The rooms are stylishly decorated with high quality fabrics and the contemporary design retains a welcoming atmosphere. You will have a sea view room and amenities include minibar, safe, phone, hair dryer, TV and Wifi internet access. The hotel also offers a range of well-being treatments. The pool has several underwater jets and a swimming lane so rest and relaxation is guaranteed!
Le Relais Saint Michel

Le Relais Saint Michel

The Relais Saint Michel is a luxurious hotel with panoramic views and comfortably stylish bedrooms. It is set in a landscaped park with colourful gardens and offers its guests outstanding views of Mont Saint Michel.

The bedrooms are tastefully decorated, spacious and light. Each features a satellite TV, phone, complimentary newspapers and bathroom with shower/tub combination and hair dryer. Additional amenities include a minibar, in-room safe and Wifi internet access.

Chateau La Cheneviere

Chateau La Cheneviere

La Chenevière is a striking 18th-century château situated between Omaha Beach, where the American forces landed on D-Day, and the historic town of Bayeux, famous for its tapestry depicting William the Conqueror. Standing in its own parkland and gardens, this Château combines the elegance and fascinating history of an old house with the conveniences of a cosy English manor.

The luxury rooms are spacious and refined with a comfortable blend of antique and contemporary. Every bedroom has a different décor but the same charm and is equipped with TV, minibar, safe, hair-dryer and Occitane courtesy products. Wifi is available in all the lounges.

The dining room, overlooking the park, has a certain grandeur on an intimate scale, while classic cuisine allows you to explore all the distinctive flavours of Normandy.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation - Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager - A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage - Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List - Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, cutlure, peoples, flora and fauna - Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites - All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.) - Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip - First-class accommodations with culural and historical interest - All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!) - Wine with dinner - On-trail snacks and refreshments - All gratuities at hotels and restaurants