Indulge in Brittany and Normandy culinary traditions and lifestyle through their original cultural and gourmet off-the-beaten-paths tour featuring Saint-Malo, Cancale, Vannes, Dinan, and the outstanding Mont-Saint-Michel! Corinne has carefully toured for weeks in Brittany and in Normandy to provide the very best of these regions. She knows the places to visit, producers to meet, and the best restaurants to enjoy the refined local cuisine.
The maximum participants in the group is 6.
During this holiday trip, you will be staying in various accommodations with the options of private room, shared double room, and double room.
Le Chateau du Mont is your second headquarter located in Normandy. Situated in a quaint village, not far from Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel, this luxury guesthouse is home to Yannick and his family. It is an 18th-century typical stone-walls house which was a presbytery. Entirely renovated by Yannick and his wife Jacqueline, it offers five beautifully decorated rooms with its en-suite bathrooms, all painted in pastel and elegant colors to remain the comfort of a family house.
Modern amenities match perfectly with the original wooden ceilings and beams, ancient waxed wooden floors, spacious rooms, fireplaces, and bread wooden oven! For the morning moment of exchange and conviviality, Yannick prepares delicious breakfasts with fresh squeezed orange juice, fruits salad, home-made jams, delightful crepes, home-made cakes, and much more.
The White and Blue Brittany Guesthouse is a beautifully restored farmhouse offering four spacious rooms, with en-suite bathrooms and with shower, complete with all modern amenities. Rooms’ decoration pays tribute to the seaside environment and to the countryside traditions.
White and Blue Brittany is home to a lovely couple, both cooking and baking addicts. Any time of the year, the house smells good from the freshly baked biscuits and cakes. Daily breakfasts and dinners are amazing and for sure you will enjoy it in a friendly atmosphere. The house has a heated pool and free internet access.
Brittany and Normandy are close to each other, but different. Close by the history as under English domination at the middle-age. Different by landscapes, climate, cultural attractions, traditions, and of course cuisine. Bordered by the English Channel and the Atlantic, Brittany, and Normandy were shot to the sea always, forming generations of sailors, navigators, and explorers.
These two regions claim the values of their terroir, agricultural wealth, and little ports where the best fish and shellfish arrive each day. Join Lifestyle Vacations to explore Brittany and Normandy millenary history, forming an unparalleled heritage with the remarkable sites that you will visit.
Brittany and Normandy heritage program is a seven-day itinerary that includes the round-trip transfer from and to Paris, four-star charming and luxury guesthouses located nearby the historic city of Josselin in Brittany first, and mid-distance to Saint-Malo and the Mont-Saint-Michel then.
The itinerary includes guided tours to Vannes, Josselin, Carnac, Dinan, Cancale, Saint-Malo, and the Mont-Saint-Michel. In Brittany, you will experience a fabulous market cooking class featuring the historic city of Vannes. Last but not least, Corinne Preteur personally will escort this tour.
Brittany and Normandy bordered by the Channel Sea and the Atlantic Ocean offers a large variety of fish and seafood but also varieties of fruits and vegetables produced in the countryside. Farms spread over the whole territory raising cows for dairy produce. Rural areas welcome numerous artisans who keep the traditions precious and alive. You will find cideries, wheat mills, cheese farms, and more.
You will have the chance to meet fabulous local producers in Vannes food market. The Breton and the Norman cuisines are made with tasteful produce, fish and seafood, meat (especially lamb and pork), buckwheat crepes filled with sauteed vegetables or ham and cheese or salmon, and whipped cream among others.
You will be spoiled with its delicacies such as the plums milky cake “far breton", buttered cake “quatre-quarts", and of course the “kouign amann", a crusty cake which is made with bread dough containing layers of butter and sugar folded in, similar in fashion to puff pastry.
In Vannes, you will experience the food market tour with the chef on Saturday morning. This is the biggest and most beautiful market in southern Brittany. You will meet Betty and her fabulous heirloom organic vegetables, Freddy the fishmonger who is so proud to present the fruits of his labor which is the blue lobster, John Dory and his Turbot fish, Joachim and Nicolas who grow delicious organic berries, and more.
After the food market tour, you will go to Séné Oysters farms to enjoy a fabulous picnic while admiring the silver shades on the ocean. Back to the White and Blue farmhouse kitchen in the afternoon, you will wash hands, tight your apron, and learn how to prepare and to cook a typical Breton four-course menu. Tasting dinner accompanied by wine follows the class.
Brittany and Normandy Heritage itinerary features 10 main cultural sites to explore, indulging in a millennial history.
Dinan is a very impressive walled town set on a hillside overlooking the river Rance. This town is the birthplace of Bertrand Du Guesclin, the 14th century military leader famous for victories over England. You will admire its numerous half-timbered houses, attractive port, and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops.
The last day is given to the Mont-Saint-Michel medieval UNESCO site. Touring in Mont Saint-Michel requires time as you will be visiting the abbey and cloister which remains primarily a place of meditation and contemplation in the heart of the bay and its silver waters which sparkle like diamonds.
Saint-Malo, well-known as the pirates and corsairs' headquarters! The most important historic period for Saint-Malo started in the 1500's for three centuries. It was a base for many official pirates and corsairs including Duguay-Trouin and Surcouf. Pirates were supported by the King of France to attack and seize the goods from ships of other nations.
It was a profitable trade which made ship owners very rich. From the port of Saint-Malo, departed many expeditions especially the one led by Jacques Cartier when he discovered Canada, and the city also built its reputation with the spices trade. Saint-Malo “intra muros” old quarter, boasts tall granite buildings and an impressive thick granite fortifications.
Founded by the Romans after their victory over the Veneti in 56BC, Vannes became one of the most important cities of Brittany, and the favorite residences of the Dukes at the end of the Middle-Age. In the 17th century, convents were built giving to Vannes the status of an important religious city. At the same period, as the Parliament of Brittany moved from Rennes, many houses were built especially in the southern part of the walled city.
Later in the second half of the 19th century, the railway and the installation of two artillery regiments contributed to the city's growth. Today, Vannes boasts a superb and well-preserved architectural heritage that you will discover along a guided walking tour.
Private transfer by car from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CGD) to Josselin that will take approximately four hours and 30 minutes. You will have lunch in a traditional restaurant on the way. In the afternoon, you will check-in to the White and Blue Brittany Guesthouse.
You will have some resting time. In the afternoon, you will go on a visit to Notre-Dame-de-Carmès Chapel or Timadeuc Abbey. Later that day, you will have aperitif and dinner in the guesthouse, served in the family dining room. Stay overnight in the guest house.
After breakfast, you will transfer to Vannes. You will then go on a morning market tour and shopping with Chef Joris. Afterwards, you will enjoy a VIP picnic in Séné Oysters Farms in Gulf of Morbihan. In the afternoon, there will be guided tour of Vannes historic quarters. Later on, there will be a cooking class in the White and Blue Brittany Guesthouse followed by a four-course tasting dinner. Stay overnight in the guest house.
After breakfast, you will transfer to Carnac. There will be morning cycling tour through the megalithic site and the picturesque hamlet of Saint-Colomban set on the custom officers’ path.
Then, you will have lunch in a typical creperie. Afterwards, you will transfer to Josselin through Etel and Saint-Cado. In the afternoon, you will visit to the Chateau of Josselin which is opened from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Then, you will transfer to the guesthouse. You will have dinner and stay overnight in the guesthouse.
After breakfast, you will check-out and transfer to Dol-de-Bretagne through Dinan. There will be morning guided walking tour of Dinan. You will have lunch afterwards. In the afternoon, you will transfer to Dol-de-Bretagne through Combourg, the history of the medieval chateau is linked to the French literature genius writer François-René de Chateaubriand.
Then, you will check-in at the Chateau du Mont and have dinner in Le Chateau des Richeux Michelin-star restaurant in Cancale. Stay overnight in Le Chateau du Mont Guesthouse
After breakfast, you will transfer to Saint-Malo. You will spend a full-day in Saint-Malo including a two-hour guided walking cultural tour of the city and time free for shopping. You will then have lunch in a traditional restaurant. Afterwards, you will transfer to Dol-de-Bretagne through Les Rochers Sculptés, a unique heritage left by the Abbot Fouré in the 19th century who was deaf and dumb.
It took him 15 years to carve 300 figures in the granite rock, tracing the existence of a family of privateers of the 16th century, according to the legend. You will then have dinner and overnight in Le Chateau du Mont Guesthouse.
After breakfast, you will transfer to the Mont-Saint-Michel. You will spend a full-day in this outstanding cultural heritage, including a two-hour guided walking cultural tour of the site, and free time for resting. You will then have lunch in a traditional creperie. Afterwards, you will transfer to the parking by shuttle and to Dol-de-Bretagne by car then. Later on, you will have some time to rest. You will then have dinner and stay overnight in Le Chateau du Mont Guesthouse.
After breakfast, you will transfer to Paris by mono space car. End of the tour.
On day one, you will visit the Notre-Dame-de-Carmès Chapel or Timadeuc Abbey Colomban. On day two, you will go on a market tour in the morning and guided tour of Vannes historic quarters in the evening. On day three, you will go on a morning cycling tour through the megalithic site and the picturesque hamlet of Saint-Colomban set on the custom officers’ path.
On day four, you will go on a guided walking tour of Dinan. On day five, you will have a full-day tour in Saint-Malo including a two-hour guided walking cultural tour of the city. Last but not least, on day six, you will have a full-day tour in Mont-Saint-Michel including a two-hour guided walking cultural tour of the site.
Born in Paris and raised in the Loire Valley, Corinne has spent many years in the USA, working first for Hasbro Milton Bradley (Massachusetts and Rhode Island), and partnering with Birmingham Associates in Boston, then. Within her long professional career, Corinne has organized and guided numerous VIP tours and press trips worldwide. She has an extensive knowledge in France history, food, wine, and gastronomy, in general. She is the creator, owner, and director of Lifestyle Vacations France, and the founder of Paris-based Antilope Productions company and Côté Loisirs TV France.
This holiday trip will take place in Brittany and Normandy in France.
During this trip, you will be served with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will receive six daily continental breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners accompanied by wine, mineral water, and coffee or tea in the guesthouses, creperies, and in traditional and Michelin-star restaurants as detailed in the itinerary.
Please book your flight to arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CGD). Transfer from and to airport is included. Lifestyle Vacations will pick you up from the airport.
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