Land of Myths and Legend
Call for flexible dates
- Day 1: (Hotel in Pontorson)
- Arrival in Rennes. An En France guide will meet new arrivals at the train station.
- Visit the walled city and castle of Fougères.
- Day 2: (Hotel in Pontorson)
- Visit Cancale, a fishing port famous for its oysters, and Saint-Malo. Founded in the 6th century, this fortified city became one of France's most important ports. From here, fishermen, sailors and pirates set sail for the New World. You'll wander the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and walk the 12th-century ramparts. The castle watchtowers offer impressive views of the coast
- Explore Dinan, its cobbled streets, shops and half-timbered dwellings--a perfectly preserved medieval town, guarded by its imposing castle. Panoramic views of the Rance Valley.
- Optional visit of the Mont-Saint-Michel.
- Day 3: (Hotel in Morlaix)
- Visit Guincamp to see the Black Madonna in the basilica of Notre Dame de Bon Secours.
- Check into the hotel at Morlaix.
- Visit some of Brittany's parish closes: St-Thégonnec, La Martyre, or Guimiliau, distinctive religious monuments of the 16th-18th centuries, groupings of calvaries, fantastically decorated and carved in granite.
- Day 4: (Hotel in Morlaix)
- Drive to Perros-Guirec to explore the Corniche Bretonne. You'll enjoy magnificent views and have fun putting familiar names on the fantastic shapes of the great granite rocks. Other visitors have recognized a whale, an umbrella, Napoleon's hat, and more. Walk along the craggy rose granite seascape of Perros-Guirec. Admire its giant boulders, silver-sand beaches, lighthouses and caves believed to have been inhabited by Neolithic tribes.
- Visit the ancient Cairn de Barnénez a burial mound built well over 6000 years ago, and St-Pol-de-Léon, a small market town with a fine medieval cathedral and belfry.
- Day 5: (Hotel in Quimper)
- Drive through the Monts d'Arrée to Locronan, whose fine Renaissance buildings were built with wealth gained through the manufacture of sailcloth. The sailcloth is gone, but the village retains its original appearance and is reserved for pedestrians only.
- Check into hotel in Quimper
- Drive to the dramatic cliffs of Pointe du Van for panoramic views over the Atlantic.
- Day 6: (Hotel in Locmariaquer)
- Take time to explore Locmariaquer, the oldest city in Brittany. Discover its distinctive Breton architecture, remarkable cathedral and folk museum, unique hand-decorated, colorful faïence (glazed earthenware)
- Explore Pont-Aven, a village known for lovely promenades. One walk crisscrosses the river on landscaped paths for views of mansions and watermills. Another leads into wooded gardens which have inspired musicians, poets and painters. Gauguin lived here in the 1880s and influenced the development of an art colony. A wooden Christ sculpture in the 16th century Trémalo Chapel was the model for Gauguin's "Yellow Christ".
- Late afternoon
- Guided visit of the megalithic monuments at Carnac, the most important prehistoric site in Europe, with almost 3,000 menhirs
- Day 7: (Hotel in Locmariaquer)
- Spend the day exploring the Golfe du Morbihan and its islands. Special visit to see the Cairn de Gavrinis, considered the most interesting megalithic monument in Brittany. Explore other monuments near Locmariaquer.
- Day 8:
- En Route to Rennes brief walk in the primeval forest of Brocéliande, legendary realm of King Arthur, whose story is closely linked to Breton history. Possible stop at the remains of the ancient château and the fountain which legend says is the birthplace of the fairy Viviane, Lady of the Lake. See the magical spring where the sorcerer Merlin is said to have met Viviane.
- Visit the church at Tréhorenteuc and trace the history of the Grail and its powerful impact on Breton culture.
- Mid-Afternoon: Arrive in Rennes to take the TGV back to Paris.
Château de Fougères
Cancal, oyster beds
Vue from Pointe du Van
The Yellow Christ
Brittany Land of Myths and Legend
8 days, 7 nights