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Brittany

Travel Guide

The Brittany Travel Guide

A land of authenticity and tranquility

Dive into the heart of Breton culture! Even for the French a holiday in Brittany means going on an exotic trip with strange names. Is it because of the difficult pronunciation of, for instance, Pouldreuzic or Locmariaquer ? We promise – no need for a visa to enter this land of Celtic roots! During our customized tours, we take you to breathtaking sceneries and invigorating gourmet experiences!

Your most important decision, if not the most difficult, will be to choose where to stay! Brittany offers a whole range of itineraries and climates to experience: from the Pink Granite Coast to the wild cliffs in the north, from the Gulf of Morbihan and its many islands to the estuary of the Loire River with the historical capital Nantes.

Eager for adventure or interested in nature… just stroll the narrow cobblestone streets inside the ramparts of Concarneau, or meet an oyster farmer, passionately fond of the oysters that he breeds in the magnificent Morbihan Gulf; yet again, sail in the Saint Malo Bay while savoring the master chef’s delicacies prepared before your very eyes from the catch of the day. Want more? Marvel at the spring tides in St Malo; admire the artists’ works in Pont Aven art gallery. Not forgetting the Carnac menhirs, which will take you to a trip back in time.

Brittany in a nutshell: more than 2,700 km of coastline and 2,900 historical monuments which make its heritage the second richest after Paris.

Our Brittany Tours can easily be combined with Normandy and Loire Valley Tours.  Revel in luxury, calm and voluptuousness

When to come to Brittany ?

The oceanic climate of north and south Brittany offers a variety of experiences throughout the whole year.

Springtime and Summer

From the beginning of April, temperatures are getting milder and the sun is dazzingly reflected in the ocean. This is the right time for a cycling tour; eight main itineraries are possible with 800 km of cycle routes on old towpaths or converted railroads leading you to the peninsula’s most striking spots.

For food lovers, springtime is the perfect season to saunter through the markets and go to meet producers of local specialties, as for example the renowned Plougastel strawberry which is present on the market stands a few weeks in June only.

The lively months of July and August as well are ideal months to enjoy Breton folk festivals and make the best of sandy beaches and water sports.

Fall and Winter

Saint-Malo, Cancale and Mont Saint Michel are impressive during the high tides. Autumn and winter storms are good incentives for you to be pampered in thalassotherapy at Carnac or Belle-Île en Mer….

Get to Brittany: Heritage and exceptional sceneries are so easy to reach

By plane from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Most of the international flights arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at Paris. A direct train to Rennes leaves at terminal 2 airport train station, 5 minutes on foot since plane arrival hall. In slightly more than three hours, you will arrive in the heart of Breton’s modern capital. Please check the following general CDG airport plan

More information > Paris Airport

In order to make you feel at home right from your arrival, we are able to organize an individual welcome. Your personal host guides you from the airplane to your train or a luxurious car with private driver stands ready for comfortable transfer to Rennes, Saint Malo, Mont Saint Michel, Vannes ou Nantes.

Please note: We would like our customers to understand that Loire Secrets cannot provide or book airplane tickets but is helpful in booking train tickets for the SNCF.

By train from Paris city center

Whether you want to attend one of our nature or gourmet tours or you prefer to have a customized individual trip, we recommend choosing one of the following TGV train stations:

  • Rennes (2h10 from Paris Montparnasse train station)
  • Vannes (3h20 from Paris Montparnasse train station)
  • Nantes (2h10 from Paris Montparnasse train station)

In 2017, once the TGV Rapid Train Link is finished, Rennes will be less than 1.30 hour from Paris, which will save 45 min.

Our private drivers will wait for you at the chosen train station and drive you to the most gorgeous seaside and towns in Brittany: the Pink Granite Coast, Cancale, Saint-Malo, Quimper, Carnac…

More information > SNCF : www.voyages-sncf.com

Where to stay in Brittany?

Luxury is very personal!

Hidden in the Breton countryside, overlooking the sea or located in the dynamic cities of Rennes or Nantes, our entire range of accommodations offers the best: comfort, hospitality and social interactions to help you relax during your luxury Brittany Tour.

Careful and regular site inspections at our partners’ businesses guarantee an exclusive selection of the most attractive spa-hotels, residences and bed-and-breakfast guesthouses.

Get around Brittany

Brittany Tours

For you to make the most of your tours, our driver-guides accompany you during your entire stay.

If you long for more nature or more sport, there is a large offer of long and well-marked cycle paths with guides respecting your own pace.

Contact our team; we’ll book one of our knowledgeable guides for you!

For your orientation

With only a couple of days at your disposal you will have to choose between the wilder north coast – the Channel Coast – and the beauties of the south coast.

On the north coast are to be found Brittany’s finest old towns : Dinan, Saint-Malo, Dinard…

  • From the ‘Marvel’ of Mont Saint Michel to the privateer town of Saint Malo, the Côte d’Emeraude follows the rhythm of Europe’s most spectacular spring tides.
  • Dinard with its Belle Epoque villas has kept its old charm and the town of Cancale must be enjoyed both with the eyes and with the palate.
  • The valley of the Rance River is one of the most characteristic estuaries of the area, revealing its cultural riches in rhythm with the tides.
  • The Pink Granite Coast is famous for its weather-shaped rocks and offers the visitor a nearly out-of-this-world view.

The Atlantic coast: the islands’ pace of life and their megalithic secrets

  • It is difficult to resist the beauty of the enclosed old town Concarneau.
  • Pont-Aven is famous for its painting movement, whose best known proponent was Gauguin.
  • Carnac is the legendary “French Stonehenge”, where 3000 menhirs are aligned on the heath, best observed at dawn or dusk.
  • The Morbihan Gulf, one of the most stunning bays in the world, is genuine postcard material with its 42 islands on the azure blue sea.
  • Belle-Île is the largest of the Breton islands and will impress you with its unspoiled wild environment.
  • Discover the salt ponds of Guérande and around, the country of “White Gold”, before going to Nantes, the place where Jules Verne was born. Here begin the vineyards of Muscadet, a white wine which has to be sipped very fresh!

Dining in Brittany

Undeniably Brittany calls to mind gorgeous plates of oysters and seafood platters or succulent crêpes and buckwheat pancakes. Your taste buds will be delighted to travel on Celtic soil! You will not be able to leave the place without tasting the many local delicacies.

The restaurants are open from 12 to 2pm for lunch and from 7.30pm for dinner.

Typical Breton fruits and vegetables

Did you know that Brittany is one of the largest areas in France where vegetables are grown? You will be astounded at the sight of those most appetizing, very typical French markets with the highly renowned Plougastel-strawberries in June, or, a little later in the summer, the famous artichoke-variety “Camus de Bretagne”.

Seafood heaven

Taste the very special Cancale-oysters on a restaurant terrace or at a stand along the waterfront with a view onto the bay of Mont Saint Michel!

Top starred restaurants offer langoustines (a smaller type of lobster), scallops and, of course, the classical “Homard à l’armoricaine”.

Another high quality sea product is the salt from Guerande salt ponds, which is extremely valued by the greatest master chefs.

Meat lovers are not forgotten

A particular delicacy is the meat of the salt-marsh-grown lambs, whose flavor comes from the tasteful grass they eat on Mont Saint Michel Bay’s marshes or on Ouessant Island.

The crêpe : the Breton contribution to French gastronomy

At lunch or dinner in a crêperie, start with a ‘galette’, a savory thin buckwheat pancake filled with ham, egg and cheese, called ‘The Complete’. For dessert, go for a crêpe filled with chocolate, whipped cream and almonds…. And don’t forget to wash the whole down with cider, another typical Breton must! And if, by chance, you turn out to have a sweet tooth, try the best known Breton cake: the “Kouign-Amann”, a slowly-baked, crusty and flaky cake made of dough, butter and sugar.

Most of our Brittany Tours include breakfast and dinner in our favorite restaurants, but we leave the choice to your driver guide for personal recommendations and lead you to his preferred places to better answer your sudden cravings.

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