Coastal Trails, Ancient Abbeys, and Legendary Cuisine

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. We hike from 2-4 hours each day. The trails are a mixture of flat walks through historic towns and hilly coastal tracks. Depending on tides, we will likely hike through the tidal flats to Mont St. Michel on Day 4, so be prepared to get a little muddy from your knees down—most people will carry their shoes in their packs and hike this portion barefoot. Trip members should be in good shape and have good hiking boots. A vehicle will transfer our luggage between overnight accommodations.

On some days, we enjoy picnic lunches with local wine and regional specialties. On “town” days, we often have lunch at local cafes. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm. Accommodations are in small hotels and inns. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you require a single room, please make your request as early as possible.

In an effort to capture the spirit of old Europe, the hotels we use are often family-run converted villas or inns, full of ambience and colorful local history. Although the rooms in these hotels are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders always try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.