Highlights

  • Day-long tour of D-Day Landings site
  • Pay our respects in a US cemetery
  • Overnight stay in Mont St Michel and tour of the famous abbey
  • Visit a medieval town and walled cities
  • Taste renowned local cuisine including crepe Bretonne and omelette Mere Poulard
  • Sample calvados, apple cider and ice cream
  • 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 enjoying the famous islet in the peace of the evening after the crowds have gone. Back on the mainland, a stroll though Normandy's 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 d'Avaugour

Rendezvous in Rennes, the capital of Brittany, then drive to our hotel in Dinan, a lovely medieval town. After a welcome aperitif in the hotel, we stroll to one of the best restaurants in town for our Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: Hotel Le d'Avaugour

The day begins with a tour of Dinan's beautiful old town, resting high above the River Rance. Today's loop follows the river to Lhon, with its feudal castle and former abbey, then returns us to Dinan via a magnificent viaduct, offering stunning views of the lower town port and the surrounding countryside. We dine tonight at a typical ˜crperie' much favored by the townspeople.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Le Nouveau Monde

After breakfast, travel by boat part-way toward St-Malo, stopping to see a unique tidal power station, then walk to the famous resort of Dinard. After a brief visit, it's a short ferry ride to St-Malo. We'll stroll along the ancient ramparts to our beautiful hotel, and have dinner in the restaurant overlooking the sea.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Le Relais Saint-Michel

Today's route follows the Emerald Coast path, to the amazing sculptured rocks of Rothneuf. We'll stop near here for lunch, then drive into Normandy. With the fabulous profile of Mont St Michel beckoning us, we follow an old pilgrims' trail and walk up to the abbey for an unforgettable visit. In the evening, walk across the causeway to Mont St Michel to dine on the famous 'omelette de la M¨re Poulard', a unique experience!

Thursday Overnight: Chateau de Sully

Begin the day with a visit to the famous Bayeux 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 interspersed with charming hamlets. We'll taste the local calvados, hard cider and homemade ice cream before settling into our stunning chateau hotel. This evening, a local expert gives a presentation on the D-Day Landings.

Friday Overnight: Chateau de Sully

Spend a full day touring the famous and infamous Normandy beaches, including visits to St M¨re Eglise, the center of US 82nd Airborne operations, the German cemetery at La Cambe, and the Pointe du Hoc. We'll pass by Omaha Beach and the US Cemetery, with time to reflect. Then return to our hotel for our Farewell Dinner.

Saturday

Transfer to Caen and say ˜au revoir' at the station.
Easy-Moderate
"Wayfarers' Walks enrich your whole understanding of a country. They understand it's not just scenery; it's culture and history, too."
Terrain: Easy to moderate. Coastline paths, country trails. 6-8 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,995.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $765.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,745.00

Dates

From Jun 10 to Jun 16 (more dates)
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Arrival: Rennes Rail Station
Departure: Caen Rail Station

Activities

Walk CultureBoat RideLocal expert talkWalk Classic
Brittany & Normandy June 2018 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.

Hotel Le Nouveau Monde

Hotel 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!

Hotel Le Relais Saint-Michel

Hotel 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 de Sully

Chateau de Sully

Chateau de Sully is a stately 18th century chateau, a luxury Normandy hotel, 5 minutes from the centre of Bayeux, near the sea and Omaha Beach. The chateau's amenities include a Michelin-starred restaurant, spa, indoor heated pool. free Wi-fi, and spectacular grounds. It's the perfect spot to relax and unwind after a wonderful day outdoors.

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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, culture, 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 cultural 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