The Continental Celts: July 24 - August 2, 2019
Discover Brittany with an epic 9-day tour of this most western part of France that retains a special link with its Celtic roots.
You'll begin your journey by visiting the seaside fortress of Saint Malo, historically the home of corsairs and great explorers like Jacques Cartier. St Malo's imposing fortifications and winding streets are a favorite of visitors worldwide. The journey will continue via the beautiful town of Rennes into the Morbihan (Little Sea in Breton language) region of Brittany to the well preserved medieval city of Vannes, long designated a town of art and history that preserves an extraordinary historic and natural heritage. You'll visit St Goustan, the port that welcomed Benjamin Franklin to Europe, and the legendary Carnac one of the largest collections of ancient megaliths in the world. You also take a special boat trip on the enchanting Gulf of Morbihan.
From there you will continue to Quimper, a gem of Western Brittany known for its architectural and cultural heritage. You'll arrive there during the Festival of Cornouaille, celebrating Brittany's uniqueness. You'll be guaranteed an immersion into the heart of Breton culture with nightly festou-noz (music & dance parties with songs sung in the Breton language). You'll take a half day trip along the breathtakingly wild and mysterious Odet, acclaimed as the most beautiful river in the whole of France.
You'll then go deeper into Brittany by journeying to Lorient, the premier fishing and nautical port of France with a rich history that dates back to the East India Company of the King of France. While based there you'll visit the famed art museum in nearby Pont-Aven with its unique collection of Paul Gaugin paintings. Lorient is the site of the biggest Celtic festival in the world and even though we will not be there at festival time we will hear some of the finest music in Brittany during our visit.
You will end your journey in beautiful Chartres with a stop on the way in Rennes, the capital city of Brittany.
Throughout the tour, we will stay in stylish four-star hotels and enjoy wonderfully presented haute cuisine either in their lovely dining rooms or in nearby gourmet restaurants in a part of Europe famed its exquisite food. As in all our cultural tours each day will conclude with either visits to festival concerts, communal night dances or private concerts presenting some of the finest musicians and dancers in the Celtic world.