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Brittany: Mont St-Michel & The Emerald Coast

€815 per person

Starting in Normandy and ending in Brittany (Bretagne in French), this magnificent self-guided walking adventure takes you in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims, eternal travelers and dreamers, which used the coastal trails of The Emerald Coast centuries ago, and continue doing so in recent days. Great cultural heritage is combined with stunning natural beauty on this legendary hiking trail. Walk along the rocky headlands, wildflower carpeted beaches and woodland valleys with seagulls as fellow travelers along this legendary walking route.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    2-3* guesthouses & hotels incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms); Dinner on Day 4 (halfboard supplement for the rest days payable extra; check the Rates & Remarks tab for details); Detailed roadbook (route notes in English and walking maps); Guided tour crossing the bay; Luggage transfers; Emergency hotline;
  • What is not included
    Drinks, other meals and transfers
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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Day 1: Arrive in Granville
Arrival in Granville. If time permits, do not hesitate to explore the streets of the one that is nicknamed "Monaco of the North".
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Day 2: Granville to Carolles (14km, 3,30hrs, +180m/-150m)
Hike along the coastal path and beaches, from which you can see the Chausey archipelago, made up of 52 islands. Arriving at Carolles, you will climb to the top of the cliffs of Champeaux, where stands the Cabane Vauban. Along the 7 km of trail, you will enjoy superb views of the world famous tidal island Mont Saint-Michel and its bay.
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Day 3: Carolles to Beauvoir (22km, 5,30hrs, +155m/-110m)

After crossing the dunes of Dragey, where many species of sea birds nest, a certified guide will take you to Mont Saint-Michel sharing stories of its pilgrimage past as well as legends. 2,30-3hrs trek with permanent focus on Mont Saint-Michel, walking barefoot on the sand freshly washed by the sea: it's an experience not to be missed! At the end of the day you will be able to explore on your own the Mont, the town and its abbey. Proceed on foot to your next hotel in Beauvoir. (N.B. The guided tour for this day depends on the sea tide; check with us for details)

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Day 4: Beauvoir - Roz-sur-Couesnon (13km, 4,30hrs, +0m/-0m)
Today's walk takes you to the polder land - fertile land reclaimed from the sea in the 19th century, where local sheep breed is strangely used to graze salted grass. Pass through Saint-Broladre, a charming granite village and finish your hiking day at the ancient cliffs of Roz-sur-Couenon and the settlement of the same name, overlooking the polder land.
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Day 5: Roz-sur-Couesnon - Dol-de-Bretagne (22km, 5,30hrs, +270m/-250m)
Woods, small ponds and charming hamlets (Roz / Couesnon, St Marcan, St Broladre) mark your walking route today. Your excursion extends to the heart of a wooded valley, dominating the polder and the bay. In Dol-de-Bretagne, a preserved medieval city,  you will visit the St. Samson cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Brittany, and the unique Cathedraloscope museum (which takes you back in time to the era of cathedral building) . Overnight in Dol-de-Bretagne.  
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Day 6: Dol-de-Bretagne - Cancale (22km, 5,30hrs, +180m/-180m)
Start of the hike opposite Mont-Dol, a promontory in the middle of the land, which like its cousin Mont St-Michel, is a small granite island subject to multiple legends. Then you join the beautiful coastal path that you follow to Cancale, passing through St-Benoît-des-Ondes and the tip of Roches Noires. Cancale is one of the major oyster ports of the region, and the place where you stay overnight.
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Day 7: Cancale - La Guimorais/Saint-Malo (22km, 5,30hrs, +530m/-490m)
From the famous oyster port of Cancale, you follow the hiking trail towards the Pointe du Grouin, theater of the highest tides in Europe. Along the way you discover Port Briac, Port Pican and Port Mer, secluded gems that have become small seaside resorts, nestled in coves protected by high cliffs. Your walking tour for the day ends in the splendid Duguesclin cove, a superb blond sand beach. Dependning on availability you either spend the night in La Guimorais or Saint-Malo.
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Day 8: La Guimorais - Saint-Malo; Departure (13km, 4,30hrs, +240m/-270m)
From the Touesse cove, you then access the Rothéneuf haven, cove completely drying out at low tide. You cross sandy coves and peninsulas, but also superb rocky points (Meinga), clusters of Sculpted Rocks (paid visit without package) and pine forests. Free time in St-Malo, the city of corsairs. This is where your self-guided hiking journey ends. Meet the taxi at the appointed place and time in the afternoon to collect your luggage. End of services.

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Price
815 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 300 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min. group size: 2 pax)
Tips
Daily departures between the beginning of April and the end of October. All starting dates should be checked with us before placing an order in order to match the timetable of the guided tour on Day 3, which depends on the low/high tide.
Accommodation
2/3* hotels & guesthouses, incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms throughout);Dinner is included on Day 4. Halfboard supplement for the rest days is optional and payable extra: 165 Euros/person.

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