Your guide will meet you at your Normandy hotel and you will explore the beautiful and dramatic coastline of Brittany. Stunning vistas; charming and historic ports and villages; an endless array of water sports; profusions of sea bird species; a haven for artists, museums, and galleries; and delicious local cuisine make the region a truly special place to visit.
St Malo - With charm to spare and a tradition of seafaring exploration, the ancient walled citadel of St. Malo is a must-see Brittany highlight. Jacques Cartier set sail from here in 1534 and discovered Canada. In the 17th century pirates used the town as a key stronghold. And, during World War II, the town was all but destroyed. Today, more than 80 percent of the center of St. Malo has been meticulously restored and reconstructed to its former medieval heyday. Follow the cobblestone streets past lovely homes, shops and restaurants. Places worth visiting include the beautiful Chateau, Saint Vincent Cathedral, and the History Museum. At low tide, you can walk out to a small island and visit the grave of the French Romantic writer Chateaubriand. Be sure to take a stroll along the ramparts where you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous scenes of the sandy coastline and an overview of the town. In town, try some of the region’s well-known crepes and galettes served in restaurants called, appropriately enough, creperies.
Dinard - With its luxuriant and exotic vegetation of palms, eucalyptus and mimosa is one of the gems in the area. You may also enjoy a very scenic walk along the coast. Dinard can be reached by a quick ferry ride from St. Malo.
Dinan - Located about 18 miles inland from St. Malo, Dinan is a tranquil village built along the banks of the Rance River. It has attracted artists and writers throughout history, and its charm is authentic. Quaint 15th and 16th-century half-timbered houses—completed with pointed gables and wooden balconies—line the narrow cobblestone streets and a chateau presides over the scene, its ramparts protecting the town since the 1300s. A walk along the Rue Jerzual toward the river offers delightful insights into village life and shops and patisseries exhibit the excellent local arts and crafts and culinary delicacies of the region. From the terraced garden of the Jardin Anglais, you can take in splendid views of the river valley and the town’s encircling walls.