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Brittany Activities

Brittany Activities

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  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationsingle-centre
  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • Departures
    Every Saturday from 4 May '19 to 12 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All buffet breakfasts
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Cider Collection Service
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Route directions and maps
  • Optional Upgrades
  • City break add-ons in Paris
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, solo travellers, couples, families, lake & river routes
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Mr Stephens says...
My wife and I had an enjoyable holiday (mid-July 2018) staying in Dinan exploring the town, walking and cycling. ...
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Brittany Activities

  • Stay in the centre of mediaeval Dinan, close to its riverfront port and its ancient ramparts
  • Plenty of tempting riverside restaurants and local market (Thursdays)
  • Superb seafood; sweet and savoury crepes; refreshing local cider
  • Gentle walking and cycling along riverside paths, valley trails and through peaceful woodlands
  • Option to visit the famous old port town of St Malo, Dinard and Mont-Saint-Michel

No visit to this part of Brittany would be complete without seeing the beautiful mediaeval town of Dinan. This beautifully preserved ancient walled town, with riverfront port and picturesque half-timbered buildings, is an absolute gem. Wander round the marvellously restored ancient squares and ramparts, visit the imposing C13 castle (with dungeon), admire the flamboyant Gothic basilica and stroll the lovely cobbled streets packed with authentic artisan workshops. Maybe take lunch in the bustling Place des Merciers, where pretty triangular-gabled houses are further examples of Dinan's exceptional architectural heritage.

We provide optional suggestions for every day of your stay, with a good mix of walking and cycling, usually at 1 or 1+ boot and 1-bike level. There's something for everyone, of every ability: there are short strolls to work up an appetite and rewarding day walks as well as the choice of easy bike rides from your doorstep on the voie verte cycle trail along the River Rance, which will enable you to get to know the area intimately.

It's a fantastically varied region with a landscape of peaceful river valleys, rugged coastal cliffs and secret coves, traditional Breton villages, and charming seaside resorts. Visit Dinard with its sandy beaches and Belle Epoque villas; take a short boat-hop to St-Malo to tour its famous ramparts. You could drive up to the coast for an unforgettable walk along the magnificent Cotes d'Armor trail that hugs the northern coast. For very little effort, you are rewarded with fabulous views, and highlights that include Cap Frehel and Fort La Latte. For a day out a little further afield, you could head over to iconic Mont St-Michel.

We are delighted to have found this lovely hotel right in the heart of mediaeval Dinan. All the rooms are en suite and individually decorated with stylish soft furnishings.

The hotel has a small bar and a beautiful garden where you can have breakfast or enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Walk to the end of the garden and you find yourself on the ramparts of the town.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1 Arrive in Dinan

Arrive at the *** Hotel Le d'Avaugour. The hotel has a small bar and a beautiful garden where you can have breakfast or enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Walk to the end of the garden and you find yourself on the ramparts of the town. Below is our suggested itinerary for the week but you're free to pice and choose when and where you walk or cycle each day.

Day 2 Lehon and Dinan Walk 7km/4.5mi/2hr

An easy walk to get to know Dinan and the Rance Valley. Amble along the river to Lehon, the C9 Abbaye Saint Magloire and the ruins of its C11-13 hilltop chateau. Then it's up into Dinan to explore this mediaeval gem.

Day 3 Taden Circuit Walk 13km/8mi/3.5hr or Cycle 8km/5mi OR 23km/14.5mi

This leisurely circuit takes you along the north side of the River Rance to the village of Taden with its restored church and the C14 Manoir de la Grand' Cour. Choose to walk through peaceful woodlands and valley trails or cycle along the well-maintained cycle paths to the river marina at Lyvet/La Hisse and return along the old Dinard-Dinan railway line.

Day 4 Free Day

Explore the area around Dinan port or further afield. You can rent canoes or kayaks for guided tours or independent rental, or electric boats to head further upstream to Lehon or down-river to Lyvet. There are even boat trips as far as St Malo. (2.5hr each way).

Day 5 Evran Loop Cycle 25km/16mi

Cycle south along the Rance to Lehon (as per the walk you might have already enjoyed). Then continue along the canal to Evran. Choose the same route back from Evran on the voie verte, or take to the backroads through countryside.

Day 6 Free Day (Bus, taxis or hire car required)

The options are almost endless, with coastal footpaths from Dinard (west or east) or around the headland at Cap Frehel to see Fort La Latte. Alternatively, take the bus to Dinard or the boat across to St Malo, to explore the ramparts and old town, or head even further afield to the iconic island commune of Mont-Saint-Michel.

Day 7 Moulin de Plou�r to Dinan Walk 14km/9mi/4hr

Take a taxi to Moulin de Plou�r (just east of Plou�r-sur-Rance) and walk back to Dinan along the Natura 2000 trail. You stay along the River Rance, sometimes on its banks, at other times high above it and often with great views, especially at high tide on the more northerly section to Lyvet.

Day 8 Leave Dinan

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Hotel Le d'Avaugour, Dinan

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We are delighted to have found this lovely hotel right in the heart of mediaeval Dinan. All the rooms are en suite and individually decorated with stylish soft furnishings.

The hotel has a small bar and a beautiful garden where you can have breakfast or enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Walk to the end of the garden and you find yourself on the ramparts of the town.


Room upgrades: Garden Room.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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Hotel Le Senat , Paris

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The 4* Le Senat is simply stunning! There are just 41 rooms, all stylishly furnished and a couple of suites with terraces, if you really fancy splashing out! All have satellite television, mini bar, air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer, plus Internet access.

The hotel has its own small bar - adorned with photographs of eminent artists, being in the heart of the artists' quarter - plus a reading room with complimentary internet access.

Breakfast is taken in the basement, where you'll find a copious buffet of viennoiseries, cereals, fruit salad, ham, cheese, bread, yoghurt, bacon, eggs, sausage, fruit juices, tea or coffee. If you prefer, you can have a continental breakfast served to your room at no extra charge.

Le Senat is perfectly located on a quiet side street just a stone's throw away from the Luxembourg Gardens and metro, and a five-minute walk from the vibrant Latin quarter, where you'll find a plethora of restaurants to suit all budgets.

Travel

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.

Reviews

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Mr Stephens, 25/07/2018

My wife and I had an enjoyable holiday (mid-July 2018) staying in Dinan exploring the town, walking and cycling.

From our experience, future holidaymakers should note that:

1.The hotel, Hotel d’Avaugour (3 star), locks its doors at 9.00pm and sometimes up to an hour earlier. Access after this time is by code and keypad, and allows guests into the lobby and the rooms; the bar, lounge and garden (a prime feature of the hotel) are not accessible once the hotel is locked.

2.During weekdays, the owner seems to run the hotel on his own; he both staffs the reception desk and puts out the breakfast. As there is no cooked or hot food provided at breakfast, it only requires stored or freshly-delivered items to be laid out. At weekends (busier times), there seems to be two part-time staff members in addition to the owner.

3.As the owner carefully manages what he provides, three times during our 7-night stay he had to go, when requested,to a local bakery to supplement basic the breakfast items eg bread and croissants.

4.All the staff, when available, were friendly and very helpful.

5.The information provided notes for two cycle rides and four walks, two of which required a taxi ride and two were covered by the cycle routes. If you only want to walk or cycle, be prepared to find your own routes to supplement those covered by the notes.

Headwater response:
Thank you so much for your feedback and for sharing your holiday experience. We are very pleased to hear that you found the hotel staff helpful, and we've been assured by the hotelier that should guests wish to enjoy the bar area and gardens they will remain open for them.
Many thanks again and I do hope we can welcome you on a Headwater holiday again soon.


Mr Curry, 18/07/2018

Lovely town. Excellent rep. Long climb back up to hotel/town from port.Hotel limited and closed doors with no reception (just code) or bar after 9pm. Increased number of suggested walks and rides would be helpful


Mrs Boxall, 21/06/2018

The highlight of our holiday was the wonderful care & attention from our guide/rep, Steve. He was full of good advice & suggestions & nothing too much trouble.

Dinan is a lovely town to visit. I recommend the St Louis restaurant & the outdoor swimming pool for anyone who enjoys that.



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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Independent multi-activity holiday Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures

Meals
All buffet breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Lamballe train station at 17:28 Sun, 17:23 Mon-Sat and back to Lamballe train station at 09:25 Mon-Fri, 10:00 Sat-Sun.

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