Here is the itinerary for our Fall 2018 Normandy and Brittany Tour:
Day 1 Wednesday Oct 10
Starting in Paris we’ll head to Giverny for a morning tour of Monet’s home and gardens.
Then we’ll head to Honfleur to check into our hotel and then walk around this lovely seaside town. In this region we’ll have a chance to see some exquisite examples of thatched roof houses that are so well known in Normandy.
Stay at La Maison de Lucie (or similar).
Optional Jet Lag massage available.
Day 2 Thursday Oct 11
Visit Êtretat and its famous chalk white cliffs with dramatic natural arches which inspired Monet and many other artist to paint.
Then we’ll meander through the French cider route stopping for lunch and tastings of Calvados, Cider and Pommeau, if time allows we’ll stop in Camembert at a cheese farm.
In the afternoon we’ll visit the town of Bayeaux and its museum where the historic tapestry illustrating the war of 1066 is kept.
Dine on fresh seafood this evening in Trouville, a quintessential Norman coastal town and sample Pont L’Eveque cheese made nearby.
Back to our Honfleur hotel.
Day 3 Friday Oct 12
Visit Mont St. Michel early before the tourists arrive
Eat an omelet for lunch at the famous Mere Poulard at the bottom of the hill and take home some of their breton biscuits as a souvenir
Take a long walk on the beach and meet an oyster farmer. From him we’ll learn how they grow these briny Norman molluscs
Later we’ll gorge on local oysters and other fresh seafood in Cancale, the oyster capital of Northern France.
Stay at a lovely Chateau near Mont St. Michel.
Day 4 Saturday Oct 13
Awake and depart for Brittany.
Today we are headed to a Plus Beaux Village de France (one of the most beautiful villages in France) where we’ll stay.
Locronan by the sea dates back to Viking times and was renowned for shipbuilding and sailcloth and is also known for its sacred Celtic Path up in the hills which acts as a pilgrimage
For breakfast today we’ll sample the famous Breton butter cake also known as the Kouign Amann made with dough and high quantities of butter and sugar – melt in your mouth deliciousness.
We’ll stop along the way in Dinan, the ancient walled Breton town filled with half-timbered homes from medieval times. Here we’ll visit the Saturday market and buy picnic supplies for our lunch.
After checking in to our hotel we’ll visit Quimper nearby and learn how the famous pottery made here is produced and hand-painted.
Tonight we’ll stay at the Relais and Chateaux Hotel de la Plage where we will dine in style.
Day 5 Sunday Oct 14
Today we’re headed down the Atlantic coast to the seaside town of La Trinité-sur-Mer, France.
Our outing today will give us the opportunity to learn how sea salt is harvested in Brittany. We’ll visit the salt flats and learn about salt making from the farmer himself.
Today we’ll also get a chance to sample some of the best crêpes and galettes in the region.
This evening we’ll stay at the charming four star Le Lodge Kerisper
Day 6 Monday Oct 15
Leaving the very best for last tonight we are destined for a Michelin star meal worthy of an entire episode of a Chef’s Table.
We will be staying on the quaint small island of Noirmoutier at a Chef owned inn where we’ll be enjoying our two Michelin star meal later that night.
En route we’ll have the opportunity to take a barge tour of the Brière marshes where we’ll see the marsh flora and fauna including sea bids of all types. On board we’ll enjoy an apero of local cider, sardines, rillettes and Breton cheeses.
Check-into our hotel for the night with time to explore our tiny beautiful island.
Tonight we’ll experience the creativity of Chef Alexandre Couillon who has achieved something quite remarkable at his restaurant La Marine with his own hyper-local cuisine sourced primarily from the island. We’ll spoil ourselves with his 6-course gastronomic menu which he calls Marine et Vegetal served with his choice of appropriate wines paired with each course.
The Irish Times says about Alexandre: “An extraordinary lunch cooked by a resilient islander who found his voice and his audience in this lovely remote place”
Day 7 Tuesday Oct 16
Breakfast then depart via train from Nantes back to Paris in AM.
** Itinerary is subject to change slightly based on weather or availability.