The contrast between the cosmopolitan chic of Paris and the charm of rural Brittany makes this tour a splendid introduction to the rich variety of France. At the heart of the holiday is Brittany with its extraordinary mixture of French and British influences. Its name derives from ‘Briton’, reflecting the fact that the inhabitants are descended from Britons who fled the Channel to escape the Anglo-Saxon invaders in the fifth and sixth centuries, although to the modern British visitor the tone is unmistakably Gallic!
Our base is either Dinan, a medieval walled city at the head of the Rance estuary or St.Malo, an historic port and modern holiday resort. We have two nights in Paris to sample the delights of this most elegant city and also include a visit to the scenes of the famous D-Day landings.
Brittany boasts some 750 miles of coastline and a beautiful beach is never far away. St Malo is home to several sandy beaches of fine white sand and a cluster of rocky islands that may be reached on foot. The latter are home to a variety of fortifications, as well as the tomb of Chateaubriand and provide great views back to the walled city. Dinan is home to an attractive port lined with old stone houses, many of which are now waterside restaurants and chandlers’ shops.