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To land's end in Britanny

A walk along the GR 34 in Finisterre
  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Walking holiday
  • Holiday among adults, with group
  • Theme coast
1070€

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A journey that takes you to the tip of the Old World: La Pointe du Raz.
Your walk takes you through the Land of Bigouden along the GR.34 coastal path.
Clear waymarking along the GR.34 leaves you free to enjoy the breathtaking marine scenery.
During the first days of your ramble, you make your way from one fishing village to the next, a unique opportunity to try some of the delicious sea food on offer. Then, once past the Pointe de la Torche, you’ll enjoy treading across a swathe of white sandy beaches.  A little inland, you’re immersed in a centuries-old history of Breton religious symbols – sturdy chapels, crosses, and calvaries, but also mysterious menhirs and dolmens of a far-gone age.  The last days of your journey lead you to an untamed, majestic coastline where mighty ocean waves hurl themselves against the rocky coastline.
Feel the sea winds, the power of the Atlantic, and the stunning brutal beauty of the place…and you’ll be in no doubt you are indeed at the edge of the world!


 

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  • Hotels within sight and earshot of the ocean
  • The contrast between bustling fishing-ports and the calm of soft white sandy beaches
  • Pretty tables laden with fresh seafood
  • The Atlantic Ocean in all its splendour

Program : To land's end in Britanny

  • D1 Arrival in Bénodet, late afternoon.

    Dinner and night in 3-star family hotel with lovely garden and private pool.

  • D2 Walk from Bénodet to Lesconil

    18 km stage along easy-going terrain. About 5 hours.


    Bénodet takes its name from the Breton ‘Ben-Oded’, meaning head (or mouth) of the Odet. It is the place where the tidal river Odet, regarded as one of the loveliest in France, meets the open sea. On the opposite bank sits the pretty fishing port of Sainte-Marine, where the Rue du Phare takes you down to the Pointe de Combrit and the broad beaches of southern Britanny. 
    Further west, you come to the ‘isle’ of Tudy.  Once a real island, this surprising former fishing port is situated at the mouth of the estuary of the Pont-l’Abbé river. On arrival at Lesconil you have a view across the beach aptly named ‘Les Sables Blancs’.
    Dinner and night in a small 3-star hotel with view over the port.

  • D3 From Lesconil to Saint Guénolé

    17.1 km on even ground. Around: 4hrs 30


    The south coast of Finistère is very much a land of contrasts. On leaving Lesconil, you encounter a wild coastline where rocks sculpted by the ocean give way to beaches of fine sand.  Then there is Guilvinec, France’s premier coastal fishing port, that still lives to the rhythm of the tides and the ebb and flow of its small independent boats. 
    Guardian of the Pays Bigouden, hemmed in by reefs and often besieged by the ocean, the Pointe de Penmarc’h, is an exceptional feature.  At close to 200 feet, the light house at Eckmühl is a vital reference point for both ships out at sea and walkers unsure of their way.
    Dinner and night in 3-star hotel along the beach.

  • D4 Walk between Saint Guénolé and Plovan

    23.3 km along mainly level ground. About 6 hours.


    Traditional capital of the sardine-fishing trade, Saint-Guénolé too lives according to the ocean tides.  As you stroll along the quay you may well see the boats come in, accompanied by a flocks of clamouring sea birds. The famous ‘vente à la criée’ (quayside auction of the day’s catch) begins toowards evening. While you’re waiting to bid (!), enjoy a visit to the seafood ‘conserverie’ (canning factory). 
    This is the heart of the Pays Bigouden, jewel in the crown of Breton tradition.  Boldly facing the open sea, the peninsula known as La Pointe de La Torche endlessly battered by the wind, is also a mecca for surfing enthusiasts.
    Dinner and night in 3-star hotel by the beach, with well-being facilities.

  • D5 Walk from Plovan to Audierne

    19.8 km again on very level terrain.  Around 5 hours 


    Along the coast of Finistère, the Bay of Audierne forms an arc of a circle stretching from the Pointe de Penmac’h to the Pointe du Raz. This is a wild shoreline, harshly mineral, almost defying mere landlubbers!  Ports are rare here.  There are long beaches, bars of shingle, and dunes and lagoons just inland.  The Bay of Audierne, indeed, is listed by the EU as a site of particular interest thanks to its unique landscapes and the diversity of its flora and fauna.  When at day’s end you leave this untamed unfamiliar itinerary, what a contrast is offered by the pretty village of Audierne and its bustling quayside.
    Dinner and night in a 3-star hotel with a gorgeous panoramic view over the sea.

  • D6 From Audierne to Le Loc’h

    10.7 km along even terrain.  About 3 hours. 


    The GR34 stretches along the same coastal itinerary as was once followed by customs officers in their constant struggle against smugglers.  Today this long-distance footpath enjoys superb views over the Breton coastline for no less than 1800 kilometres! It is a legend among the Grandes Randonnées of France. (GRs).  Beyond the Anse du Cabestan (bay), its well-known white and red signs lead the way through awe-inspiring scenery.  As it follows the wild coastline, the GR34 is bordered by low drystone walls built to mark out parcels of farmland.   This an ancient pathway that creates the link between the sea and the people of Cornouaille.
    Dinner and night in a 3-star hotel facing the ocean.
     

  • D7 From Le Loc’h to the Baie des Trépassés

    12.5 km along even terrain.  Around 3hours 30.


    The Pointe du Raz, a wild promontory swept by the wind, is made up of jagged outcrops of rock . over which the immense ocean waves endlessly break and foam.  This is where the very name of Finisterre (end-land) takes all its sense. The old world ends here in a rare, spectacularly intense manner.  Far off, you can see the beam of the square sentinel set on the Isle of La Vieille, and on a clear day, the  outline of another  lighthouse on the Island of Sein, Ar Men, a national monument.   Beyond a doubt, you are at the end of the world!
    Dinner and night in a 3-star hotel facing the sea.

  • D8 Departure

    Breakfast.
    Taxi transfer: either to the hotel at Béhrs Nodet / or to the railway station (SNCF in Quimper).

Tariffs high season

FROM JULY TO AUGUST, DEPARTURE EVERYDAY

IN DOUBLE ROOM

Adult : 1120 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  1120 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

IN A TRIPLE OR QUADRUPLE ROOM

Adult : 1065  €
Junior (12 - 17) : 1065 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

IN A SINGLE ROOM

1405 €

SOLO TRAVELLER

1570 €

Tariffs low season

FROM APRIL TO JUNE AND FROM SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER, DEPARTURE EVERYDAY

IN A DOUBLE ROOM

Adult :  1070 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 1070 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

IN A TRIPLE OR QUADRUPLE ROOM

Adult : 1015 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 1015 €
Baby (0 - 1 an) : 80 €

IN A SINGLE ROOM

1355 €

SOLO TRAVELLER

1520 €

Prestations comprises

  • 7 nuits en demi-pension
  • Hébergement en hôtels 3* chambres supérieures ou confort
  • Bac de Bénodet/Sainte-Marine (jour 2)
  • Bac île de Tudy / Loctudy (jour 2)
  • Transport des bagages
  • Transfert retour de la Baie des Trépassés au premier hôtel ou à la gare de Quimper
  • Livret de route détaillé et cartes tracées
  • Traces GPS actualisées disponibles sur demande
  • Assistance logistique et technique

 

Prestations non comprises

  • Boissons et extras
  • Trajet aller/retour de votre domicile au premier hébergement du parcours
  • Assurances facultatives

Caractéristiques techniques

Randonnée pédestre itinérante, sans accompagnateur

Cotation moyenne : 3/5

Étapes journalières : entre 10 et 23 km, soit 3h à 6h de marche par jour

Dénivelée : faible

Organisation

Les balades privilégient la découverte plutôt que le côté sportif. Vos bagages sont transportés d’hébergement en hébergement par nos soins et un livret de route vous accompagne tout au long de votre séjour. Nous assurons également l’assistance logistique et technique.

Les hébergements (hôtels ***) ont été choisis pour leur atmosphère, leur qualité d’accueil, d’architecture et d’environnement.

N.B : les hébergements décrits ci-dessus sont donnés à titre indicatif et sont susceptibles d'être modifiés selon leur disponibilité au moment de la réservation finale.

Accès

By car

From Rennes : 2:20

From Nantes : 2:30

From  Paris : 5:30

 

By air

 Quimper,  Lorient, Brest and Nantes airports

 

By train

Quimper train station

Bus connexion  Quimper-Bénodet (Line 41) and in summer Bénodet-Concarneau (Line 48)

Comments

Global note
5.0
  • Randonnée facile du fait du faible dénivelé des 5 premiers jours avec des hôtels confortables et surtout d'excellentes tables.

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