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Rennes, Fougeres, Vitre, Cancale, Mont Saint-Michel, Quiberon, Carnac, Vannes, Josselin, Nantes, Vannes, Rocherfort en Terre, St. Martin, Rieux, Le Croisic, Guerande, Saint-Brevin-Les-Pins, Pornic & Esse
SATURDAY, 3RD SEPTEMBER
We meet the tour leader at the airport at 3.00pm. for our Ryanair flight to Nantes leaving at 5.35pm and arriving at 8.30pm. Upon arrival, we proceed to our hotel in Rennes. SUNDAY, 4TH SEPTEMBER | Today, we go on a walking tour of Rennes, the capital city of Brittany. Here, we shall visit the main sights, the Rennes Cathedral, and the numerous half-timbered houses. In the afternoon, we have an optional half-day excursion to Fougeres and Vitre, two lovely French medieval villages.
MONDAY, 5TH SEPTEMBER
On today’s optional full-day excursion to Cancale and Mont Saint-Michel. Cancale is Brittany’s oyster capital. From here, one can also admire its spectacular views of the incredibly beautiful, jagged seaside cliffs, a lighthouse and on a clear day, and you can even see the silhouette of Mont Saint-Michel out in the distance. Afterwards, we shall drive to Mont Saint-Michel, one of the highlights of our tour. It is a Unesco world heritage site and is known for its well-preserved abbey. After climbing the numerous steps, we visit the Abbey and its ramparts (ent. extra). We shall have some free time before we drive back to our hotel.
TUESDAY, 6TH SEPTEMBER
Our full-day optional excursion takes to Quiberon, Carnac and Vannes. Quiberon is a town and a peninsula on the southern coast of the Finistère department of western Brittany, near Carnac. The peninsula is 14km long and connected to mainland France by little more than a bank of sand with a road across it, with the entrance to the peninsula being overlooked by the 19th century Fort de Penthièvre. We shall then drive to Carnac. Carnac is renowned for the Carnac stones – one of the most extensive Neolithic menhir collections in the world – as well as its beaches, which are popular with tourists. Our last stop shall be Josselin. On the banks of the Oust, Josselin is an important stage on the Route des Ducs. The history of the town is closely linked to that of its castle which overlooks it. In flamboyant Gothic style, it provides an interesting testimony to feudal and Renaissance architecture.
WEDNESDAY, 7TH SEPTEMBER
Today, we shall go on an optional full-day excursion to the city of Nantes. Nantes is a city full of interesting landmarks like the castle and the cathedral, with plenty of trendy venues and technological fantasy to enjoy too. Besides its manmade attractions, Nantes is famous for its vineyards that produce Muscadet white wine. We shall have some free time to explore the city and for shopping.
THURSDAY, 8TH SEPTEMBER | Our optional fullday excursion takes us to Vannes, Rocherfort en Terre, St. Martin and Rieux. Our first stop shall be in Vannes. This town is famous for its port, walled ramparts which surround the old town, 272 historic monuments, and many timber-framed houses scattered across the city. We shall then drive to Rocerfort en Terre. Without doubt, it is one of the most beautiful small Towns of Character. Rochefort-enTerre takes you on a journey through time. Admire its ramparts, castle, and ancient residences. Decorated with flowers, the town is lively all year round thanks to lovely boutiques, galleries, and craft shops. Our last stop will be in the village of Rieux. The town is bordered by the rivers Oust and the Vilaine . Rieux is between Nantes, Rennes and Vannes.
FRIDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER | Another optional fullday excursion to Le Croisic, Guerande, Saint-BrevinLes-Pins and Pornic. Our first stop shall be in Le Croisic. This town is best known for its fishing industry, but this attractive port was also one of the first tourist resorts in Brittany. Our next stop is Guerande. With its solid ramparts, Guerande can be likened to “Carcassonne of the west”. But behind the stone enclosure, the slate roofs of old dwellings confirm that this Town of Art and History is Celtic. Its wonderful opulence results from the salt marshes, a magical and sparkling place. Our last stop shall be in SaintBrevin-Les-Pins. Saint-Brevin has been a popular regional seaside resort since the 19th century, and it is still for the coast that most people visit Saint-Brevinles-Pins. Several sandy beaches are close to hand (there are almost 10km of beaches altogether), much of it backed by sand dunes and pine forests – one of the best is the Roussellerie beach, backed by the Forest of Pierre Attelee.
SATURDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER
Today, we have an optional half-day excursion to Esse to visit Le Roche au Fees. About 19 miles (30km) southeast of Rennes, La Roche aux Fees (fairies’ rock) in Esse is regarded as Europe’s best-preserved dolmen. We head back to the hotel where we shall have the afternoon free for last minute shopping before we proceed to the airport for our flight back to Malta departing at 8.55pm and arriving in Malta at 11.40pm.
PRICE PER PERSON
Adult in Twin €899 / €799*
Adult in Single €1209 / €1109*
*Special Price applies when all excursions are taken.
**Seats on flights are assigned directly by Ryanair.
Should you need seats near each other this may incur a charge.
Ryanair** return direct flights to Nantes airport incl. 10kg and 20kg checked-in luggage
7 nights in 3-Star Hotel Companile
Rennes Centre Gare or similar
Rooms with private facilities, hair-dryer & TV
Daily buffet breakfast
Return airport transfers
Services of tour leader
Airport taxes & service charge
Cancale/Mont Saint Michel €49
Vannes/Rocerfort en Terre/ St. Martin/Rieux €42
Le Croisic/Guerande/Saint Brevin-Les-Pins/Pomic €42
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Mont Saint Michel €8