Departure: Saturday 6th April 2019
Breathtaking Brittany - with its half-timbered houses, medieval walled cities, tiny harbour towns, castles, windmills, picturesque rivers and golden sandy beaches - Brittany has it all! Discover its charm for yourself and join us on the New Tour.
Hotel de l'Ocean is a contemporary 3 star hotel located within walking distance of the walled medieval city of Concarneau and enjoys a stunning position overlooking Concarneau bay. All 71 modern bedrooms are equipped with TV and hairdryer. The airy restaurant provides panoramic views over the beach and serves a choice of cuisine. There is also a heated outdoor swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi.
With an early morning start from home, we travel to Portsmouth for our overnight ferry crossing (meals not included).
We will continue our journey to our hotel, with comfort stops on route.
Days 3 - 5
- Day of leisure to explore Concarneau. You can take the land train or simply wander along the beach to the beautiful walled town that sits on a long island in the centre of the harbour.
Today, we will make our way to the seaside resort of Benodet, from where we embark on a circular river cruise, along the beautiful Odet River, 'the most beautiful river in France'. Our journey will take us past wooded landscapes, numerous castles, manor houses and forgotten creeks and the guided commentary will tell us all about the attractions along the route. After our cruise, we will make our way to Quimper, the cultural heart of Brittany. The city's crowning glory is its gothic cathedral, which dominates the atmospheric old town. We spend time here and enjoy lunch before making our way to the stunning village of Locronan. This exquisite village is named after a revered Irishman who settled here in the Dark Ages but its legacy stems from its later trade as a centre for sail-making which brought the village prosperity and exceptional architecture. The village is full of history and has many little boutiques to explore.
This morning we will visit the pretty 'village of artists'and historical port town of Pont-Aven. Historic watermills along the banks of the River Aven provide a scenic backdrop to the town that is also famous as an artists' retreat and for the invention in 1920 of galettes (butter biscuits). After lunch, we will continue on to Lorient, one of France's most important maritime towns, and visit the National Maritime Museum in Port-Louis.
Sadly, it is time to leave and make our way back to the ferry and home, with comfort stops on route.