16th July 2018
Monday - Wellesbourne
We leave from our local departure points and travel south to our overnight hotel near Wellesbourne. Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel.
Tuesday - Portsmouth
After a leisurely breakfast, we tour around the charming villages of The Cotswolds before heading south to Winchester, a city crammed with hidden treasures just waiting to be explored. A short drive takes us to Portsmouth, where we board Brittany Ferries to St. Malo. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner, bed and breakfast on board ship.
Wednesday - Concarneau
After disembarkation, we travel to one of Europe's most unforgettable sights, Mont St. Michel. A magical island topped by a medieval monastery and set in a mesmerising bay where Normandy & Brittany merge, the Island draws the eye from a great distance. We allow time to cross the causeway to this charming island before continuing our journey south to Concarneau on the Finistere coast and our base for six nights. Hotel de l'Ocean.
Thursday - Monday - Concarneau
Everything about Brittany is distinctive, from its geography and granite looks to its traditions and language. Boasting a staggering 1,700 miles of coastline, it ranks as one of France's top destinations for tourism and seaside holidays. Concarneau is a charming coastal resort with lovely sandy beaches, a fishing port and a quaint walled town, packed with cafes and shops. We travel to Quimper, generally regarded as the cultural heart of Brittany and an atmospheric old-town with half-timbered houses dating from the 14th century and in the afternoon, we include a rustic cider farm tour and tasting in nearby Ergue-Gaberic. We tour the coastal towns of the Finestere, visiting Benodet, situated at the mouth of the Odet estuary, the authentic Breton village of Fouesnant and Pont Aven, an attractive village with lovely riverside walks and best known for its association with post-impressionist painter Paul Gaugin. Our programme takes us to Vannes, capital of the Morbihan and a delightful town steeped in over 2000 years of history.
Tuesday - Caen
More interesting scenery awaits as we travel north to Dinan, one of the most attractive and best preserved towns in Brittany before continuing to Normandy, Caen and our hotel for the night. Hotel Mercure.
Wednesday - Oxford
Before taking the daytime crossing from Caen to Portsmouth, we tour the poignant Normandy Beaches, scene of the D-day landings. On arrival in Portsmouth, a short drive takes us to Oxford and our hotel for the night. The Oxford Belfry.
Thursday - Scotland
We return to Scotland in the early evening after a wonderful French holiday.
A charming three star superior hotel, close to the beach and overlooking Concarneau Bay. Our hotel offers modern rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, terrace and bar and a warm Breton welcome.