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The Bay of Morbihan

Follow the route of the customs officers
  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Walking holiday
  • Holiday among adults, with group
  • Theme coast
945€

Information : The Bay of Morbihan

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Presentation

Discover the unique setting of the Gulf of Morbihan following waymarked coastal trails.  With superb panoramic views over multiple coastal landscapes, this small inland sea dotted with countless isles and islets will give you loads to enjoy. A haven of peace and refuge for many species of water birds, the Gulf of Morbihan is also home to an exceptional archaeological and maritime heritage. See the ‘Cairn’ on the isle of Gavrinis (prehistoric drystone funeral mound), the so-called Table of Merchants (superb dolmen), and tide-driven water mills…  these wonders of the Gulf are revealed by turns as you make your way along its gorgeous paths.

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  • Discovering the fantastic landscapes of the Gulf of Morbihan
  • Alternating stretches of walking with visits to the islands
  • Stopping over in carefully selected hotels that enhance the relaxed nature of your holiday
  • Discovering a wealth of heritage gems, natural beauty and cultural tradition

Program : The Bay of Morbihan

  • D1 Arrival in Vannes in late afternoon

    Throughout its two-thousand-year history, the city has used its privileged position – a sheltered haven in the Gulf of Morbihan -  to develop first, a commercial port activity then more recently, a fine marina. The medieval heart of the city of the ‘Vénètes’ (historical name given to the local inhabitants) bears witness to its past as the first capital of the Dukes of Brittany. Picturesque architecture, enhanced by the presence of many half-timbered houses, invites you to stroll along the narrow streets.

    Dinner and night in a 3-star hotel in the heart of the city.

  • D2 A walk on the isle of Arz

    15 km stage to which one must add a 2 km walk to the ferry terminal, a half-hour crossing, and a 2 km return stroll to the hotel.

    Little change in altitude. Rating 2/5.

    From your hotel you have a short walk (just 2 km).to the ferry terminal (Gare Maritime de Vannes)

    In the heart of the ‘inland sea’, (Morbihan in Breton), the Island of Arz promises the walker wild paths along zigzag points that create maritime views with multiple facets – including the isles of the Morbihan and its own beautiful sandy beaches along abundant creeks. Arz is also called the island of the Captains as a tribute to the many sailors and captains who have set out across all the seas and oceans of the world in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Return to the hotel 2 km.

     

    Dinner and night in a 3-star hotel in the heart of the city.

  • D3 Walk from Vannes to Arradon

    21 km stage (with 3 km option). Little change in altitude. Rating 3/5.

    This is the Gulf Riviera!  Maritime pine (pinus pinaster) and broom cling to the rocks, a little distance away from the more cultivated soils. The landscape is made up of spacious parks surrounding sumptuous mansions. The view over the Gulf is magnificent, with many islands within easy reach. The nearest is called Monks’ Isle (Île aux Moines) and there are constant swift flowing currents in the narrow stony strait between the points of Trech and Arradon.

    Dinner at the restaurant, overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

  • D4 Circuit around the Île aux Moines

    17 km stage.  Little change in altitude.  Rating 3/5

    Taxi transfer to Port Blanc, then ferry to the Île aux Moines (5-minute crossing every 30 minutes))

    The pearl of the Gulf of Morbihan. The Île aux Moines is wooded and enjoys varied landscapes. Called Izenah in Breton, it’s an open window on one of the most beautiful bays in the world, an invitation to calm and serenity.

    Return by taxi to the hotel.

    Dinner at the restaurant and overnight in a 3-star hotel.

  • D5 Walk from Arradon (Gréo) to Larmor-Baden

    14 km stage - Little change in altitude. Rating 2/5

    This is the geographical centre of the Gulf, before it opens into Quiberon Bay.  We are halfway between the Auray River to the west and the Noyado River to the east. In Penmern the path takes you past an old tidal mill known as the Moulin du Pont. In Port-Blanc, you’ll come across an astonishing old chestnut tree with a stocky twisted trunk; it took root between land and sea more than four centuries ago... a contemporary, indeed, of Henri IV of France!

    Dinner and overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

  • D6 Walks around Larmor-Baden

    The island of Berder is connected to the mainland by a passage only usable at low tide.

    The tour of the island on foot (2.6 km, about an hour) reveals a Mediterranean-type flora (unusual in this region) with beautiful groups of palms and majestic coniferous trees. To the south, there’s a superb view over "La Jument" (the mare), the second-most powerful seawater current in Europe.

    The island of Gavrinis. Leaving from the port of Larmor-Baden you stop over on the island of Gavrinis to visit one of the finest prehistoric sites in France: the cairn of Gavrinis. This is in fact a monumental drystone funerary structure sheltering a dolmen. It was erected around 4000 B.C. and is known throughout the world for a profusion of extraordinary decorative engravings.

     

    Overnight in a 3-star hotel (room with a sea view) and meal at the hotel restaurant

  • D7 From Larmor-Baden to Bono

    20 km stage. Little change in altitude. Rating 2/5.

    From Locmiquel cove you get a view of the mouth of the Gulf from one of its most charming villages.

    A number of islands are strewn about the sea towards the entrance to the Gulf. One of them is no longer strictly an island despite its name – ‘Sept îles’. A tombolo (sand bar) created by the current makes it possible to go there on foot, or to bathe on one of the most beautiful coves of the Gulf.

    Le Bono is a small village perched above its port. The old henceforth pedestrian suspension bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel, has been restored.

    This evening you eat out where you will, then retire to your 3-star hotel.

  • D8 Departure

    Transfer by taxi either to the hotel or to the railway station at Vannes.

Tariffs high season

FROM JULY TO AUGUST, DEPARTURE EVERYDAY

In a double room

Adult : 995 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  995 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In a single room

1310 €

Solo traveller

1390 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In a double room

Adult : 945 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  945 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In a single room

1260 €

Solo traveller

1340 €

What's included ?

  • 3 nights in B&B (room and breakfast)
  • 4 nights half-board (dinner, room and breakfast)
  • Accommodation in comfortable 3 star hotels
  • Luggage transfers
  • Ferries and visit to the island of Gavrinis
  • Return transfers
  • Detailed road book and waymarked maps
  • Updated GPS tracks available on request
  • Logistical and technical assistance

What's not included ?

  • Parking at the first accommodation (€10 per night, payable on site)
  • Dinner on days 1, 2 and 7
  • Drinks and extras
  • Trip from your home to holiday start point and back
  • Insurance (available as an optional extra)

Characteristics of circuits

  • Self-guided walking tour.
  • Average rating: 3/5
  • Daily stages: between 14 and 21 km, 4hrs to 5hrs 30 walking per day
  • Total uphill: quite modest

Organisation

The walks are more about exploration and discovery than sporting prowes!

Your luggage is transported by us from hotel to hotel, and a detailed roadbook will be your companion for the whole of the stay.

We provide logistical and technical assistance.

The 3-star hotels have been chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome, architecture and environment.

N.B: the accommodation described above is indicative and may be modified according to availability at the time of the final reservation.

Access

By car

Good roads from Nantes, Rennes and Quimper

By Plane

Nantes Atlantique International Airport (NTE) at about 1hour or Lorient Lann Bihoué (LRT) at 45 mins

By train

Vannes TGV station

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