Coastal Trails, Ancient Abbeys, and Legendary Cuisine

Overview

With a dramatic coastline of pink granite cliffs and a renowned cuisine of fresh-caught seafood and delectable cheeses, Normandy and Brittany are the perfect settings for our exclusive hiking and cultural adventure. We’ve crafted a journey that has you walking the D-Day beaches with an expert historian, crossing tidal flats on an amazing hike to iconic Mont St. Michel, and taking in the scale of Carnac, one of the largest megalithic sites in the world, with its mysterious standing stones dating from 4500 BC. As you explore, our culinary forays include sipping Calvados at an apple orchard, visiting an oyster farm, tasting scallops fresh from the Bay of St. Brieuc, and sampling the tangiest Camembert and Pont L’Eveque cheeses. C’est merveilleux!

I loved the scenery, the deep history, the emotional Normandy beach hikes and cemetery visit, the Mont St. Michel pilgrimage, the super care, conversation and humor of our guides (truly extraordinary men), the great French food and seafood, the wonderful sharing with fellow hikers, and the great hikes of varying flavors and terrain.
— Rose C. Charlottesville, VA

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Bayeux / D-Day Beaches / Mont St. Michel / Côte d’émeraude

After viewing the famed medieval tapestry at Bayeux, head to Omaha Beach for perspectives on the D-Day landings, then take an unforgettable hike across tidal flats (conditions permitting) to Mont St. Michel, a pilgrim site since the 8th century. On Brittany’s ravishing Côte d’émeraude, hike to Cancale, where France’s best oysters are harvested (with a tasting, of course!).

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Days 6-8
Dinan / Cap Fréhel

Our lovely hike brings you along the River Rance past half-timbered houses, and you’ll walk the ramparts in Dinan’s perfectly preserved 13th century town. On Cap Fréhel, hike to the ruined abbey of Beauport and boat to enchanting Île de Bréhat, a sanctuary for rare wildflowers and birds, for stunning vistas back to the pink cliffs of the Côte de Granit Rose.

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Days 9-11
Bay of Morbihan / Carnac / Côte Sauvage

From the Bay of Morbihan, hike to Poul-Fétan, the perfect place to enjoy a lunch of traditional galette Bretonne. On our visit to Carnac, we walk among ancient standing stones that stretch for miles amid burial mounds. Our journey ends with a spectacular coastal walk at the Côte Sauvage, with its dramatic windswept line of cliffs braving the Atlantic waves. Depart on Day 11 via Rennes.

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Highlights

Highlights

See the extraordinary Bayeux Tapestry, a 230-foot-long embroidery depicting the Norman Conquest of England in 1066
Visit the evocative D-Day sites of Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach
Hike to spire-topped Mont St. Michel, France’s famous island-abbey
Explore Carnac, one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe
Savor fresh seafood (and famous oysters!), legendary cheeses, crisp ciders and wines of Brittany and Normandy

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $5895  
Arrive: Caen, France
Depart: Rennes, France
Lodging: 10 nights charming hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate trails, 3-6 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)