Sunday Overnight: Hotel Le dAvaugour
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
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
(Single Supplement $655.00)
Hotels - Where we stay
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 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
La CheneviÃ¨re is a striking 18th-century chÃ¢teau 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 ChÃ¢teau 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 dÃ©cor 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.