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Holiday type Tours
Rail holidays
Country France
Travel type Train
Price range From £749
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 6 nights
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Brittany by rail

Occupying an isolated peninsular jutting out into the Atlantic, Brittany is culturally and geographically distinct from the rest of France and so offers a glimpse of unique cultures and traditions, along with a blend of glorious coastal scenery, quaint towns and mysterious pre-historic sites.

This rewarding tour will give you a taste of the real Breton character from ancient sites such as Neolithic Carnac, typical towns including Dinan and Dinard, majestic castles like Combourg and Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel and dramatic scenery, the pink cliffs of the Cote de Granit Rose being of particular note. Based in the lively regional capital Rennes, your lovely central hotel is housed in the old printworks of the Ouest France newspaper.

Included

  • Return Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Rennes via Paris/Lille including transfer in Paris
  • Six nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four star Mercure Rennes Centre
  • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary as detailed above conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg.
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls.
  • Porterage and gratuities.


    PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras and Paris, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.
Day one

Travel by Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards by TGV to Rennes. On arrival transfer by coach under tour manager's direction to hotel for check in for six night stay on bed and breakfast basis.

Day two

Full day tour to Carnac and Vannes. Mysterious Carnac is one of Europe’s most important prehistoric sites, in use since 5700BC. Around 2,000 menhirs (megalithic stones) stand in parallel rows north of the delightful town, where you’ll also find an exceptional Musée de Prehistoire. Pass through the gateway Porte St- Vincente of Vannes’ walled and well-preserved old town and you enter a stroller’s paradise of lively squares, winding streets overhung by timber fronted houses and charming gardens. Busy, modern Vannes has plenty of grand public buildings and fascinating museums.

Day three

Full day tour to Mont-Saint-Michel and Fougères. The breath-taking Mont-Saint-Michel is definitely worth a quick sojourn into Normandy. The island commune has been the seat of a monastery since the eighth century though it was at its most influential in the 12th and 13th centuries as a pilgrimage site. The abbey, unchanged for centuries, crowns the island, the village at its foot full of shops and restaurants. En route, we will visit the fortress town of Fougères which is protected by ramparts. Its impressive château comprises 13 towers and walls over three metres thick.

Day four

Full day to relax and explore Rennes at your leisure. Rennes, the regional capital is a likeable, lively city. Though much of the historic centre was rebuilt in the 1720s following a devastating fire, there are still medieval gems to be found amongst the grand 18th century replacements. For an excellent overview of life in Brittany since prehistoric times visit the Museé de Bretagne whilst the Musée des Beaux Arts is notable for its paintings and drawings collection.

Day five

Full day tour to Dinan, Dinard and Saint- Malo. The medieval walled town of Dinan sits on a hilltop overlooking the River Rance. Some of its many historical buildings date back to the 13th century and the city walls are excellent for a stroll that will lead you to the Château de Dinan. Belle Époque villas and sandy beaches made Dinard France’s top resort until the 1930s and attracted many famous names including Picasso, Debussy and Winston Churchill. Saint-Malo is a walled port city that was once notorious for piracy. Today the only treasure is the elegant, old architecture, particularly the superb citadel at the city’s heart.

Day six

Full day tour to Côte du Granit Rose, Paimpol and Tréguier. The picturesque Côte du Granit Rose gets its name from its reddish-pink granite cliffs, the stone from which has also been used for many of the area’s buildings. Paimpol is a charming Breton fishing port with cobbled streets and a Quartier Latin.

Day seven

Transfer by coach back to Rennes station to catch the return TGV to Lille. At Lille, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Mercure Rennes Centre Parlement

The hotel sits on a quiet street in the very heart of Rennes, just a few minutes walk from both the train station and the city’s historic centre. Hotel rooms are spacious and bright, offering a private bathroom with bath and hairdryer, air-conditioning, television, WI-FI and minibar. The hotel also has a breakfast room and a bar that serves light meals.

This holiday is booked by phone. Click 'book now' to make a reservation request to our travel partner who will call you back to confirm your booking details and take payment. To speak to a representative now please call 0330 333 6761.

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Good guide, very knowledgeable, witty and intelligent. The hotel was ideal, the food was variable in quality and service was average. Would i use TE again, yes!
Aug 2011
Mr B O'Toole