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Brittany: Mont St-Michel & The Emerald Coast

€965 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
    8/6 Days I Level: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Combination of 2/3* hotels incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms); Dinners on days 2 and 4 (halfboard supplement for the rest days (4x, except Saint Malo) payable extra; check the Rates & Remarks tab for details); Detailed roadbook (route notes in English and walking maps, GPS tracks); Guided tour crossing the bay; Luggage transfers (1 piece per person, up to 13kg); People transfers on days 7 and 8; 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 Saint-Jean-Le-Thomas (18km, 5-5,30hrs, +260m/-550m)
Hike along the coastal path and beaches, from which you can see the Chausey archipelago, made up of 52 islands. Today you enjoy for the first time superb views of the world famous tidal island Mont Saint-Michel and its bay.
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Day 3: Saint-Jean-Le-Thomas to Beauvoir (17km, 5-5,30hrs, +50m/-100m)

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 (appr. 7km walk to the meeting point of the guided tour (exceptionally 12km). 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 (14km, 4-4,30hrs, +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, 6,30hrs, +250m/-270m)
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 (21km, 6-6,30hrs, +140m/-130m)
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 (18km, 5-5,30hrs, +340m/-310m)
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. Transfer and overnight in Saint-Malo.
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Day 8: La Guimorais - Saint-Malo; Departure (17km, 5-5,30hrs, +200m/-170m)
A morning transfer is organized to take you to the trailhead. 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 and pine forests. Upon entering St. Malo in the afternoon, the city of corsairs, you can either choose to spend the rest of the afternoon there, or simply take your luggage from your hotel and proceed with your journey (or you can skip the walk and devote the whole day to St. Malo).

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Price
965 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (01-23/04; 26/09-31/10)
1015 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (24/04-25/09)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 430 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 680 Euro (incl. sgl. room supplement)
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. Allowance for the daily luggage transfers: one piece per person up to 13kg.
Accommodation
We use a combination of 2/3* hotels, incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms throughout); Dinners are included on Day 2 and Day 4. Halfboard supplement for the rest days (4x, except Saint Malo) is optional and payable extra: 155 Euros/person.

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