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 captivating hiking and cultural adventure. We’ve crafted a wonderfully varied journey—you’ll walk the D-Day beaches with an expert historian, cross tidal flats on an amazing walk to iconic Mont St. Michel, and explore Carnac, one of the largest megalithic sites in the world, with its mysterious standing stones dating from 4500 BC. Culinary forays along the way include sipping Calvados at an apple orchard, visiting a historic 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
Bayeux / D-Day Beaches / Mont St. Michel / Côte d’Émeraude
After viewing the famed medieval tapestry at Bayeux, we head to the high cliffs between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach to experience the dramatic D-Day landing sites of June 6, 1944. We’ll walk this evocative trail with an expert historian, passing German bunkers and shell holes. An unforgettable hike brings us across the tidal flats (conditions permitting) to Mont St. Michel, a pilgrim site since the 8th century. On Brittany’s ravishing Côte d’Émeraude, we hike to Cancale, where France’s best oysters are harvested (with a tasting, of course!).
Dinan / Cap Fréhel / Íle de Bréhat
Contouring along the River Rance, our hike brings us past half-timbered houses, and we’ll walk the ramparts of Dinan’s perfectly preserved 13th century town. On Cap Fréhel, our trail leads to the ruined abbey of Beauport, and a boat crossing brings us to enchanting Íle de Bréhat, sheltering a variety of rare wildflowers. We’ll explore this car-free island on foot, with stunning vistas back to the dramatic pink cliffs of the Côte de Granit Rose.
Bay of Morbihan / Carnac / Côte Sauvage
From the Bay of Morbihan, our hike leads to Poul-Fétan, the perfect place to enjoy a lunch of traditional galette Bretonne (savory buckwheat pancakes). In 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 windswept line of cliffs braving the Atlantic waves. Depart on Day 11 via Rennes.