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Coastal Walking in Brittany

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    6 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $2279per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2023  
  • Departures
    Wednesday and Saturday from 8 Oct '22 to 22 Oct '22
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All breakfast and 3 evening meal
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, coastal routes
      from 3 reviews

Mrs Bartlett says...
Excellent holiday except our night at Le Chateau de Mont Dol
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France: Brittany

Coastal Walking in Brittany

  • Follow the 'Sentier des Douaniers' on the Emerald coast
  • Traditional Breton fishing ports offering spectacular seafood
  • Explore Mont St Michel and St Malo

A walk on the Brittany coastline from St Malo to the World Wonder Mont St Michel. Walk the famous custom's path and enjoy bird watching and exceptional views.

On one side, rocky points, wild coastline, dunes, beaches and coves. On the other side, marshes, a variety of fauna and flora, a rich historical heritage... and always the sea or the ocean in the background. Every bend on the GR34 plunges you into a new postcard. As you walk, the spirit of Brittany invades you, and you feel invigorated by the ocean breeze.

Created in 1791, the path was travelled by controls of customs officers - hence its name - in charge of preventing smuggling. To keep an eye on trafficking and on the pillaging of shipwrecks, they strode up and down the coastline, night and day, in all weather: think of this when your legs are tired! After falling into disuse in the early 20th century, the path experienced a revival in 1968, when a few passionate walkers decided to make it into a walking route. Today it goes all around the Brittany coastline, from Mont-Saint-Michel to the bridge of Saint-Nazaire. This path leaves a permanent mark on anyone who walks it.

In a large splash of green and blue, get ready to be amazed!



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Arrival in St Malo

Explore this historic port town made rich by its infamous naval privateers. St Malo has always been the scene of great adventures throughout its long history and has managed to preserve its authentic atmosphere, characterised by ramparts, cobbled streets and old stone buildings.
You stay at Hotel Les Ambassadeurs*** (Breakfast included)

Day 2: St Malo - Pointe du Meinga 15 km / 9 MI / 4.5 HR

Transfer to leave the city. Walk along the coast, on the GR34, with wonderful panoramic views via Rotheneuf and Pointe du Meinga. Transfer to your hotel in Cancale.

At Cancale the world is your oyster. Mention Cancale to a Frenchman or a foodie and the instant response will be 'oysters'; the magnificent molluscs have been cultivated in this attractive fishing village for hundreds of years.
You stay at Hotel Le Querrien*** (Breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 3: Pointe du Meinga - Cancale 19 km / 12 MI / 5 HR

Transfer in the morning. Then follow the old customs path to the headland at Pointe du Grouin, for spectacular seascapes. Marking the westernmost tip of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, this brilliantly located headland not only allows you to benefit from sublime views eastwards, but also splendid ones to the west. The island just offshore is off-limits though as it's the preserve of birds.

Continue along the coastline to Cancale and its quaint fishing harbour. Take a breath of fresh air, enjoy panoramic views over the bay and the harbour, observe fishermen as they unload their catch of the day. Stop around the port for dinner in one of the seafood restaurant where you can sample the 'king of shellfish'.
You stay at Hotel Le Querrien*** (Breakfast included)

Day 4: Cancale - Mont Dol 18,5 km / 11.5 MI / 5 HR

Today, along your walk, out of the flat landscape emerges an extraordinary outcrop, which is Mont Dol. Legend says that this is the place where Saint Michael supposedly fought off Satan. Climb the outcrop it for elating views.

Reach Chateau de Mont Dol, nestled within ancient walls from the 19th century, this charming property is a peaceful haven. The Jardin des Simples dining experience offers delights to everyone's taste buds. The owner of that place expresses his talent and passion as a chef, having worked alongside Michelin-starred professionals. Enjoy the candle-lit dining, savour seasonal dishes that harmonise fresh local fish with the organic vegetables from the very gardens you walked through that day.
You stay at Chateau de Mont Dol (Breakfast and evening meal included) - In July / August accommodation is at Hotel de Bretagne***

Day 5: Mont Dol - Roz sur Couesnon 21,5 km / 13 MI / 6 HR

Meet the natural treasures of this bay with exceptional bird watching with waders and other various species. Continue through pretty villages towards Dol with its medieval houses and 13th Century Cathedral.

Then, you will be welcome to the quaint, low-lying village of Roz-sur-Couesnon, where you can enjoy the lush green setting and all the comforts of this 3-star hotel. Enjoy the regional and innovative dishes cooked with local products during the dinner.
You stay at Les Quatre Salines*** (Breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 6: Roz sur Couesnon - Mont St Michel 14 km / 8.5 / 4 HR

Walk along the bay, through the marshlands, salt meadows with grazing sheep and green undulating landscape. Meet the natural treasures of this bay with exceptional bird watching with waders and other various species to Mont St Michel. For 13 centuries, this rocky island, nestling in the heart of a huge, beautiful bay has been home to a magnificent abbey. Perched at the top of the islet, as if levitating, the building is like a mirage, always a mesmerising sight. From the top of the medieval ramparts, enjoy the wonderful view over the bay where the light reveals a different landscape every second.
You stay Le St Aubert*** (Breakfast included)

Day 7: Leave Mont St Michel


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


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Ambassadeur, St Malo

NEARBY:

A direct access to the beach with an exceptional sea view! Located between the Cité Corsaire and the Thalassotherapy, the 3-star Hotel des Ambassadeurs offers you comfortable rooms. On your return from the beach or your walk, you can relax in the tea room, to refresh yourself or to restore yourself.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel Le Querrien, Cancale

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Recently renovated, Le Querrien offers comfortable rooms combining a navy-inspired decoration and a modern elegance. The rooms offer a view of the Mont Saint-Michel or the narrow streets of the fishermen village. With a view of the sea and a terrace, the hotel’s restaurant serves seafood and fish specialties in a boat decor, to make you go back to the time of corsairs.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Le Chateau de Mont Dol, Mont Dol

Nestled within ancient walls from the 19th century, this charming property is a peaceful haven. The Jardin des Simples dining experience offers delights to everyone’s taste buds. The owner of that place expresses his talent and passion as a chef, having worked alongside Michelin-starred professionals. Enjoy the candle-lit dining, savour seasonal dishes that harmonise fresh local fish with the organic vegetables from the very gardens you walked through that day.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Les Quatre Salines, Roz sur Couesnon

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Located in the low-lying village of Roz-sur-Couesnon, where you can enjoy the lush green setting and all the comforts of this 3-star hotel. Enjoy the regional and innovative dishes cooked with local products during the dinner.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Le St Aubert, Mont St Michel

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Located at the entrance to the Mont Saint-Michel Dike, the charming 3-star hotel Le Saint-Aubert offers all the advantages for a quiet stay in Normandy. In a green setting with flower gardens, you will enjoy a warm and relaxed atmosphere.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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.


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel Le St Aubert, Mont St Michel

Hair dryer iconNEARBY:

Located at the entrance to the Mont Saint-Michel Dike, the charming 3-star hotel Le Saint-Aubert offers all the advantages for a quiet stay in Normandy. In a green setting with flower gardens, you will enjoy a warm and relaxed atmosphere.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Ambassadeur, St Malo

NEARBY:

A direct access to the beach with an exceptional sea view! Located between the Cité Corsaire and the Thalassotherapy, the 3-star Hotel des Ambassadeurs offers you comfortable rooms. On your return from the beach or your walk, you can relax in the tea room, to refresh yourself or to restore yourself.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs Bartlett, 04/10/2022

Excellent holiday except our night at Le Chateau de Mont Dol


Prof Perry, 29/09/2022

I have sent separately suggestions for improvements to this walk, to enhance future travellers' experiences.


Mrs Cranfield, 20/06/2022

An interesting part of France to visit, with variety along the walk, from coastal paths to stretches along salt flats. The taxi connections need to be refined as we found ourselves waiting as they had gone to the wrong place. The hotels were ok but we found higher quality meals when we were not on a HB day. On most days it is difficult to find refreshments en route (without retracing steps from a previous day) so planning ahead is essential.



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 6 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All breakfast and 3 evening meal

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

Luggage transfers between hotels

Walking transfers


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

  • Oct 2022
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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Wednesday and Saturday from 8th Oct 2022 to 22nd Oct 2022, for 6 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfast and 3 evening meal

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.