France Brittany & Normandy
- Guided tour of Mont St Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Renowned local cuisine - crepe bretonne and omelette a la Mere Poularde
- Cruise along the River Rance
- Medieval towns and walled cities
- Explore the D-Day Landings at Omaha Beach
Walk Rating: Easy to moderate. Coastline paths, country trails. 6-8 miles walking per day.
US$ 4,295 per person double occupancy
US$ 4295 per person double occupancy
US$ 4295 per person double occupancy
The Walk begins in Dinan, arrival at Rennes Rail Station and ends in Port-en-Bessin, departure from Caen Rail Station.
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.
We start the day with a guided walking tour of Brittany’s 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.
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.
We start our 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 Cote d’Emeraude (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 will walk across the causeway to Mont St Michel to dine on the famous “omelette de la Mere Poularde”; a unique experience!
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.
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.
After a stylish petit-dejeuner, we transfer to Caen to say Au Revoir at the station.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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Le d'Avaugour - Sunday & Monday
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.
Château de Chenevière - Thursday & Friday
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. There is a heated outdoor swimming-pool for you to enjoy at the end of the afternoon.
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