The following itinerary describes a range of museums and gardens which we plan to visit. Many are accessible to the public, but others require special permission which may only be confirmed closer to the tour’s departure. The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in opening hours, flight schedules and confirmation of private visits. Participants will receive a final itinerary together with their tour documents prior to departure. The tour includes breakfast daily, lunches & dinners indicated in the detailed itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner.
Rouen - 6 nights
Day 1: Saturday 4 June, Paris CDG – Lyons-la-Forêt – Rouen
- Afternoon tea in Lyons-la-Forêt village
- Introductory Meeting
- Welcome Dinner
Today drive from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle Airport to the historic city of Rouen, to begin our exploration of the gardens, great houses, villages and historic monuments of Northern France. En route we stop in Lyons-la-Forêt, one of France’s most picturesque villages, for an afternoon tea in the Hôtel Les Lions de Beauclerc; many of Lyons-la-Forêt’s 17th-century houses have façades featuring intricate wooden frames. The village was initially a Roman settlement. Henry I of England, son of William the Conqueror, built a castle here to exploit magnificent hunting grounds in a nearby beech forest. Lyons has an excellent 18th-century covered market. We shall pass the house of one of France’s greatest musicians, Ravel.
We continue to Rouen, arriving in the evening. After checking into our hotel, and some time at leisure, we shall have a brief introductory meeting followed by a welcome dinner at nearby Brasserie Paul. (Overnight Rouen) D
Day 2: Sunday 5 June, Rouen – Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville – St Pierre-de-Manneville – Rouen
- Romanesque Abbey of St Georges-de-Boscherville
- Manoir et Parc de Villers, St Pierre-de-Manneville
- Orientation walk of Rouen
- Evening meal at restaurant La Couronne
Today, we first visit the Abbey St Georges-de-Boscherville. In the 7th century, a chapel dedicated to St George was built here over an earlier Celtic shrine. In the 11th century an existing college for canons here became a Benedictine abbey. We shall visit the abbey with its fine Romanesque carvings and explore its garden, with plants believed by the monks to cure souls.
After lunch we visit the magnificent Manoir de Villers, a beautiful half-timbered manor house begun in the time of Charles VII (1403-1461). Its owners, M. and Mme Robert Mery de Bellegarde, will show you their magnificent family furniture collection and we shall enjoy a light lunch prepared by our hosts in its gardens.
We return to Rouen for an orientation tour of this historic city. Once an important city of Roman Gaul, it became an ecclesiastical centre from the 3rd century and, ultimately, part of the the Norman kingdom, until lost to the French by King John in 1204. It changed hands during the Hundred Years’ War and by the end of the 15th century had become a centre of the French Renaissance.
Rouen has some of France’s finest Gothic architecture. Its cathedral façade fascinated Monet, who painted it at different times of the day. Other churches include 15th-century St Ouen and St Maclou (1437), two notable examples of French flamboyant Gothic architecture. The Renaissance Gros-Horloge pavilion contains a 15th-century clock, and the Tour Jeanne d’Arc is where the saint was imprisoned before her execution. The Hôtel de Bourgheroulde (1501-37) is the best example of the city’s fine medieval domestic architecture.
Tonight we dine together at the restaurant La Couronne. Housed in a superbly preserved half-timbered home, and dating from 1345, it is considered the oldest inn in France. (Overnight Rouen) BLD
Day 3: Monday 6 June, Rouen – Buchy – Bosc-Roger-sur-Buchy – Montmain – Rouen
- Buchy village market
- Le Jardin de Valérianes, Bosc-Roger-sur-Buchy
- Les Jardins d’Angélique, Montmain
Today we shop for lunch at the Monday market in the small village of Buchy. Buchy’s Monday market features exclusively local produce specialising in organic products. The medieval covered market hall has fixed wooden tables that were originally butchers’ blocks.
Michel and Maryline Tissait created the nearby Le Jardin de Valérianes. We explore this lovely English-style garden that combines perennials, roses, trees and bushes.
We next visit the Jardins d’Angélique at Montmain, comprising two wonderful gardens. South of the manor house is an Italianate formal garden with walkways and clipped hedges, box-edged beds of perennials and ornamental grasses, yew topiary and a central fountain. It provides marvellous panoramas of the surrounding countryside. To the north is a flowing romantic ‘English-style’ garden with grassy paths winding between shrubs, plants and trees.
In the late afternoon we return to Rouen, where the evening is at leisure. (Overnight Rouen) B
Day 4: Tuesday 7 June, Rouen – Giverny – Auzouville-sur-Ry – Rouen
- Monet’s House and Gardens, Giverny
- Le Jardin Plume, Auzouville-sur-Ry
This morning we drive to Giverny to visit the great Impressionist Claude Monet’s beautiful home and garden. Here he created a water-lily pond and wisteria-covered Japanese bridge, favourite motifs in his paintings. Monet’s house, ‘Le Pressoir’, and its gardens have been faithfully restored. Our visit will include a stroll through the garden with its thousands of flowers, including the Nympheas. We cross the Japanese bridge hung with wisteria to a dreamy setting of weeping willows and rhododendrons
In the afternoon we drive to Auzouville-sur-Ry to visit Le Jardin Plume, where owners Sylvie and Patrick Quibel have converted their orchard into a parterre. There are also a spring garden, summer garden and autumn garden. The summer garden is a modern knot garden with a very formal layout of clipped box. Each part is filled with a very natural planting of grasses and perennials but the colours are superb – lots of golden yellow, deep red and burning oranges. In September the box hedges are typically filled with vibrantly coloured flowers, interspersed with grasses. (Overnight Rouen) B
Day 5: Wednesday 8 June, Rouen – Ermenouville – Varengeville-sur-Mer – Tourville-sur-Arques – Rouen
- Château de Mesnil Geoffroy, Ermenouville
- Church & Sailor’s cemetery, Varengeville-sur-Mer
- The Shamrock Garden, Varengeville-sur-Mer
- Château de Miromesnil, Tourville-sur-Arques
Today we head north to the Château de Mesnil Geoffroy, built at the beginning of the 17th century on the site of a 13th-century castle. The current building is in the Louis XIII style, with high slate roofs, large fireplaces and central main corps de logis. It is surrounded by a 10ha French garden designed by Collinot, the gardener of André Le Nôtre. It has the most important private rose collection in Normandy with 2,900 rose bushes and 2,000 different varieties. The romantic flowered vegetable garden gathers ancient varieties of vegetables from all continents.
We eat a picnic lunch near Varengeville-sur-Mer Church and sailors’ cemetery. Varengeville, perched atop white limestone cliffs, attracted many artists including Monet, and is famous for its church, with its stained-glass windows designed by Georges Braque. From its sailors’ cemetery, where Georges Braque is buried, there is a superb view of Dieppe and the cliffs towards Le Tréport.
We then head back to the village to visit the Shamrock Garden created by Corinne Mallet. It displays a wonderful Hydrangea Collection including 2,000 plants from over 1,200 varieties.
In the late afternoon we continue to the Château de Miromesnil at Tourville-sur-Arques, a splendid 17th-century (Louis XIII) château, where Guy de Maupassant was born. Located in a large plantation dominated by two 200-year-old cedars of Lebanon, it contains a very fine kitchen garden. with vegetable plots surrounded by a bewildering variety of flowers. The park, enclosed by old brick walls, features fruit trees, rose trees, magnolias, arborescent peonies and a magnificent variety of clematis. Following dinner at the Château de Miromesnil we return to Rouen. (Overnight Rouen) BD
Day 6: Thursday 9 June, Rouen – Le Neubourg – Rouen
- Château Champ de Bataille, Le Neubourg
- Afternoon at leisure in Rouen
This morning we visit the Château Champ de Bataille. Interior decorator Jacques Garcia has completely renovated this 18th-century castle and gardens. The château boasts a magnificent garden based in part on the classic French style and heavily influenced by drawings by the French designer André Le Nôtre. A surviving outline plan of the château’s former gardens revealed its basic outline. Jacques used this as a general guide; the result is a masterful blend of classical French and Italian styles with modern influences. Parterres, follies, classical temples, fountains and lakes are crowned by a stunning view that stretches over a mile down the garden from the château’s main terrace.
After a light lunch in restaurant Le Café Garcia, located in the château’s former stables, we return to Rouen for an afternoon at leisure. (Overnight Rouen) BL
Honfleur - 2 nights
Day 7: Friday 10 June, Rouen – Varengeville-sur-Mer – Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer – Honfleur
- L’Etang de Launay, Varengeville-sur-Mer
- Lunch at Le Piment Bleu, Varengeville-sur-Mer
- Le Jardin du Vastérival, Ste Marguerite-sur-Mer
This morning we depart Rouen for the port of Honfleur. Our first stop is L’Etang de Launay, the recently created private garden of Jean-Louis Dantec, with its highly-pruned specimen trees leading to a lake and ponds, and one of Europe’s finest woodland plantings beyond.
After a lunch at Le Piment Bleu, in the grounds of the Château de Varengeville, we drive to Marguerite-sur-Mer to visit the gardens of Vastérival, residence of the late Princess Sturdza. Vastérival contains one of France’s finest plant collections. Cleverly designed paths wander through this ‘informal’ garden, passing rich under plantings of the woodlands, into lovely glades. The garden is famed for its collections of rhododendrons, hydrangeas, maples, birches, viburnums and camellias.
In the late afternoon we make our way to the old trading and fishing port of Honfleur, situated at the mouth of the Seine, where we shall spend two nights. (Overnight Honfleur) BL
Day 8: Saturday 11 June, Honfleur – Le Havre – Honfleur
- Morning at leisure: Old Port of Honfleur and Saturday Market
- Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux, Le Havre
- Dinner at Le Manoir des Impressionistes, Honfleur
This morning there will be time at leisure to explore Honfleur, with its old, picturesque port painted by artists like Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet. Honfleur is also famous for its Saturday market, taking place around the lovely Sainte Catherine church, the largest timber church in France.
After lunchtime at leisure we drive south to Le Havre, situated on the estuary of the Seine and on the English Channel. Here we visit the André Malraux Modern Art Museum, which contains the second most extensive collection of Impressionist paintings in France. There are paintings by Claude Monet and other artists who worked in Normandy including Camille Corot, Eugène Boudin, Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Sérusier and Édouard Vuillard. Modern art is well represented with works by Henri Matisse, Albert Marquet, Raoul Dufy, Kees van Dongen, Fernand Léger, Alexej von Jawlensky and Nicolas de Staël.
We end the day with a dinner at gastronomic restaurant Le Manoir des Impressionistes, in Honfleur, overlooking the estuary of the river Seine. (Overnight Honfleur) BD
Bayeux - 3 nights
Day 9: Sunday 12 June, Honfleur – Ouilly-le-Vicomte – Mézidon-Canon – Bayeux
- Château de Boutemont, Ouilly-le-Vicomte
- Château de Canon, Mézidon-Canon
Today, on our way to Bayeux, we visit the Château de Boutemont. Dating back to the 12th century, it is today surrounded by an 11-hectare park. Achille Duchène’s early 20th century French gardens have since been augmented by landscape architect Georges Hayat’s Renaissance Italian garden, rose trees-decorated arches and small ‘scent garden’.
After lunchtime at leisure we visit the gardens of M. Alain de Mezerac’s Château de Canon, an 18th-century house surrounded by contemporary gardens and a park, created by Jean-Baptise-Jacques Elie de Beaumont and his wife Anne-Louise. The family has owned this property since the Middle Ages. Their present splendid two-storey Neo Classical structure has garden pavilions and statuary in the English style. In the late afternoon we continue our drive to Bayeux, our next base in Normandy, which is famous above all for its tapestry. (Overnight Bayeux) BL
Day 10: Monday 13 June, Bayeux – Brécy – Bayeux
- Cathedral Notre-Dame & historic centre of Bayeux
- Bayeux Tapestry Museum
- Château de Brécy, St-Gabriel-Brécy
We begin today with a walking tour of Bayeux’s historic centre and the fine Cathedral of Notre-Dame (1077), a gem of Norman architecture.
We next visit the special museum dedicated to the Tapisserie de Bayeux which chronicles the Norman invasion of England. This Anglo-Saxon work, presented by Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror) to Bishop Odo in c.1080, chronicles events from Harold Godwin’s promise to bequeath his kingdom to William to his death on the field at Hastings; it is fascinating for its detailed depictions of arms and the 11th-century methods and machinery of warfare.
After lunch at leisure, we drive to M. and Mme Didier Wirth’s Château de Brécy, with a wonderful formal French garden. The house dates from the 17th century, and bears many hallmarks of the great François Mansart’s architecture. The garden immediately behind the house consists of five terraces, fine stone work, elegant parterres, pools, topiary and beautiful wrought-iron gates. (Overnight Bayeux) B
Day 11: Tuesday 14 June, Bayeux – Saint-Maurice-en-Cotentin – Castillon – Bayeux
- Le Jardin de la Bizerie, Saint-Maurice-en-Cotentin
- Les Jardins de Castillon-Plantbessin, Castillon
This morning we cross the Cotentin Peninsula to visit the private gardens of La Bizerie. Benefiting from the Cotentin micro-climate, Jérôme Goutier has transformed a damp valley into a unique garden, filled with mediterranean plants as well as semi-tropical species usually found in the southern hemisphere.
After lunching together we return to Bayeux via Castillon to visit the Jardins de Castillon-Plantbessin, created by Colette Sainte Beuve as a water garden to complement her plant nursery. Here you will find a marvellous treasure trove of plants that includes beautiful samples of Japanese plants as well as herbs and heather. (Overnight Bayeux) BL
Bagnoles-de-l'Orne - 2 nights
Day 12: Wednesday 15 June, Bayeux – Caen – Bagnoles-de-l’Orne
- Fine Arts Museum, Caen
- Abbaye-aux-Hommes & its abbatial church St Étienne, Caen
This morning we visit Caen’s excellent small art museum built within the ruined walls of William the Conqueror’s castle. Among its treasures are works by Van der Weyden, Perugino, Poussin and Veronese.
After lunch at Café Mancel in Caen, we explore Caen’s Abbaye-aux-Hommes, and its church, St Étienne. This masterpiece of Romanesque church architecture was begun by William the Conqueror as his mausoleum. One reason for the finesse of this building, which influenced many later Romanesque churches, was this region’s abundance of good building stone.
We stay for the next two nights in a lovely small heritage hotel, Le Manoir du Lys, at Bagnoles-de-L’Orne, owned by a family noted for their fine cuisine, which we shall sample in our evening meals. The hotel is set in a pretty garden on the edge of the Andaine Forest. (Overnight Bagnoles-de-l’Orne) BLD
Day 13: Thursday 16 June, Bagnoles-de-l’Orne – Saint-Biez-en-Belin – St-Christophe-le-Jajolet – Bagnoles-de-l’Orne
- Le Jardin d’Atmosphère du Petit Bordeaux, Saint-Biez-en-Belin
- Jardins et Terrasses du Château de Sassy, Saint-Christophe-Le-Jajolet
Today we drive toward the Maine region. We visit Le Jardin d’Atmosphère du Petit Bordeaux, a private 1.5-hectare garden, full of trees under planted with hydrangeas, day lillies, hostas, ancient roses, acers and dogwood. Two large ponds provide focal points in the garden. There are more than 4,000 different plants including collections of Acers, Hydrangeas, Cornus, roses and grasses. We shall have lunch in the gardens before making our way to Saint-Christophe-Le-Jajolet.
We next drive through the majestic Forêt d’Écouves to the Château de Sassy. Its garden, a benchmark of the French formal style, was inspired by the great André Le Nôtre, creator of the gardens of Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte. The garden rolls out like a vast, magnificent carpet below an 18th-century château. Its strict formality beautifully counterpoints a surrounding pastoral landscape of hedges and clumps of fruit trees. A deep perspective of terraces with intricate broderies (‘boxwood embroideries’) passes tiers of moats and features a round pool. A lovely small pavilion flanked by two monumental fastigiate yews and rows of shaped lindens forms the perspective’s centrepiece. (Overnight Bagnoles-de-l’Orne) BLD
Vannes - 2 nights
Day 14: Friday 17 June, Bagnoles-de-l’Orne – Vitré – Vannes – Auray
- Guided tour of the medieval town of Vitré
- Guided tour of the walled town of Vannes incl. Saint-Pierre Cathedral
Today we drive through the scenic department of Mayenne to Brittany via the medieval town of Vitré, located on the slopes of the Vilaine river valley. A guided tour will take us from the Château de Vitré to the heart of the old merchant town. One of Brittany’s best-preserved towns, it has remained remarkably unchanged for 500 years, with half-timbered houses, ramparts and religious buildings. During the Renaissance, merchants built large private, ornately decorated mansions within the city walls; these are still visible today.
After a picnic lunch at Pré des lavandières, we drive to the south coast of Brittany. Nestled in the Gulf of Morbihan, in one of the world’s most beautiful bays, Vannes is a fortified town with a 2,000-year history. Here you can sample two of the region’s famous specialities. Far Breton is a traditional custard cake with prunes, while Kouign-Amann is made with flaky, buttery, caramelised pastry.
A guided tour will lead us through Vannes’ remarkable old quarter to impressive Saint-Pierre Cathedral and along the town’s ramparts. These 13th-century fortifications, regularly remodelled until the 17th century, provide wonderful views of the town’s formal gardens and its cathedral. (Overnight Auray) BL
Day 15: Saturday 18 June, Auray – Pont-Aven – Carnac – Auray
- Pont-Aven Museum
- Guided tour of Carnac: stone alignments and circles
- Dinner at Crêperie Saint Sauveur, Auray
This morning we leave Auray for Pont-Aven, a small, picturesque Breton village which owes its fame to the Pont-Aven School of artists of whom the most famous was Paul Gaugin. We visit the gallery devoted to the work of the Pont-Aven School with paintings by Paul Gauguin and his fellow-artists. You will then have time at leisure to explore the village, walk along the River Aven and sample the town’s ‘galettes’ – butter biscuits.
In the afternoon we drive to Carnac to explore the largest Neolithic alignment in the world (3500-3000 BC), with almost 3,000 upright stones arranged in 11 almost parallel lines over several kilometres.
We then return for dinner to Auray. Its ancient quarter of St-Goustan, has delightful 15th and 16th-century houses. Situated at a bend in the River Loc’h it soon became one of the busiest ports in Brittany. In 1776, Benjamin Franklin landed here on his way to seek Louis XVI’s aid in the American War of Independence. Here we shall eat together at a local crêperie. The word crêpe is French for ‘pancake’ and is derived from the Latin crispus meaning ‘curled’. Crêpes originated in Brittany and were once called galettes, meaning ‘flat cakes’. (Overnight Auray) BD
Perros-Guirec - 3 nights
Day 16: Sunday 19 June, Auray – Mûr-de-Bretagne – Penvénan – Perros-Guirec
- Les Jardins du Botrain, Mûr-de-Bretagne (subject to confirmation in 2022)
- Jardins de Pellinec, Penvénan
This morning we depart Auray for Les Jardins du Botrain, located outside the small town of Mûr-de-Bretagne in the centre of Brittany. Inspired by English garden design, this romantic garden surrounds an 18th-century manor house with its unique apiary. The garden which consists of many rooms, includes a Japanese garden, a rose garden, an iris garden, an area of hostas, acers, a pond and even a small lake.
After lunch we explore Le Jardin du Pellinec, a private manor house garden. This seven-acre garden on the Pellinec estuary has excellent soils and a particular microclimate that enabled Monsieur Jean to grow a huge diversity of plants. The view is ever changing; at high tide, the sea laps at the garden’s edges, a spectacular sight.
In the late afternoon we continue to our hotel located outside the town of Perros-Guirec, on the northern coast of Brittany at the centre of the ‘Coast of Pink Granite’. The region’s combination of pink rocks, blue sea and a few islands on the horizon gives it a picturesque beauty. While based in Perros-Guirec we shall visit a number of private gardens as we journey through the area’s rocky coastline, deep-cut inlets and inland wooded valleys. (Overnight Perros-Guirec) BLD
Day 17: Monday 20 June, Perros-Guirec – Saint-Rivoal – Trédarzec – Perros-Guirec
- Eco-musée des Monts d’Arrée, Natural Regional Park of Armorique
- Les Jardins de Kerdalo, Trédarzec
In the morning we travel through the Natural Regional Park of Armorique. We shall drive up to the highest hills of Brittany, Les Monts d’Arrée, stopping in the town of Saint-Rivoal where we shall visit the eco-museum and be introduced to the Park’s unique fauna and flora by our local guide.
After lunch together, we visit to the gardens of Kerdalo. The gardens, in a valley near the Brittany coast, were the subject of a book by its owner-designer, Prince Peter Wolkonsky: Kerdalo: Un Jardin d’Exception (Paris, 1995). Originally a manor farm with natural springs, the formal garden merges into a wooded valley with a lake, pools and grotto and a rich collection of trees and shrubs.(Overnight Perros-Guirec) BL
Day 18: Tuesday 21 June, Perros-Guirec – Ploëzal – Guingamp – Lanrivain – Pontrieux – Perros-Guirec
- Château de la Roche-Jagu, Ploëzal
- Lunch at leisure in Guingamp
- Le Grand Launay, Lanrivain
- Boat tour of Pontrieux’s washhouses
This morning we travel to Ploëzal to visit Le Château de La Roche-Jagu, which is surrounded by a contemporary garden overlooking the River Trieux. Inspired by medieval gardens, it features a kitchen garden, a medicinal garden and a flower garden. There are wonderful walks in the woodlands, where you can find areas of palms and camellias and water features.
Following some time at leisure for lunch in the market town of Guingamp we continue inland to Le Grand Launay, featuring a unique design, perfectly shaped topiary and beautiful hedging. The garden was designed by its owners, Jean and Jacqueline Shalit, in collaboration with the landscape designer Gael Boedec. Their modern garden of mostly green plants and some white climbing hydrangeas is built around an old castle which gives it a specific charm. In the fascinating ‘garden of temptation’, boxwood snakes climb the apple tree as in the garden of Eden.
In the late afternoon we return to Perros-Guirec via the small town of Pontrieux, which is nestled deep in an estuary. It features 50 or so beautifully restored and flower-decked washhouses which adorn the banks of the River Trieux. We take a short tour by boat to view these charming washhouses and dine at a local restaurant. (Overnight Perros-Guirec) BD
Saint-Malo - 2 nights
Day 19: Wednesday 22 June, Perros-Guirec – Dinan – Bazouges-la-Pérouse – Saint-Malo
- Guided visit of the medieval town of Dinan
- Château de la Ballue, Bazouges-la-Pérouse
This morning we drive to Dinan. Once a fortified stronghold of the Dukes of Brittany, Dinan is noted for its beautiful maisons à piliers, medieval half-timbered houses built on stilts over the sidewalks. The town centre is dominated by an impressive castle and it is surrounded by ramparts. The ramparts were built in the 13th century when Dinan became a duchy. They were continually improved until the Wars of Religion of the 16th century, after which they lost their defensive role. You may wish to take a walk along the ramparts, starting from the castle.
After lunch we drive east toward the Château de la Ballue, located between Brittany and Normandy. This 17th-century château, visited by writers like Balzac and Victor Hugo, is surrounded by dramatic theatrical gardens. When the castle was built in 1620, it was surrounded by Italian-style gardens. They were abandoned in 1942. Claude Arthaud bought the property in the 1970s and architects Paul Maymont and François Hébert-Stevens created a classic garden and a Mannerist garden. New owners, Marie-France Barrière and Alain Schrotter, have redesigned and reinterpreted the gardens with a modern twist. There are neat traditional geometric terraces, and a lush fernery and scented groves.
In the late afternoon we continue to the port city of Saint-Malo. Encircled by its strong granite ramparts. (Overnight Saint-Malo) B
Day 20: Thursday 23 June, Saint-Malo – Mont-Saint-Michel – Saint-Malo
- Time at leisure in Saint-Malo
- Farewell Dinner
One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, which perches upon a great, isolated granite cone rising from the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, the sands of which are bared at low tide. Believed by the Celts to be a resting place to which the departed were ferried on an invisible boat, it became the site of a hermitage after an apparition of St Michael to St Aubert, Bishop of Avranches (708). A Carolingian church was built in the 10th century, followed by a Romanesque basilica in the 12th century. Count Richard I of Normandy established a Benedictine Abbey here in 966 and it became a major seat of learning in the 11th century. It was progressively fortified in the Middle Ages. We shall visit the small village below the Mount and then participate in a tour of the Abbey, visiting its church, refectory, ancient scriptorium, and cloister.
Enjoy a free afternoon in Saint-Malo to explore the walled city and its ramparts. In the evening we shall meet all together for a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (Overnight Saint-Malo) BD
Day 21: Friday 24 June, Saint-Malo – Paris. Tour Ends.
- Transfer to Paris CDG airport
Our tour ends today with a coach transfer from Saint-Malo to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, via Rennes TGV station. On our way, we stop in Chartres, where there is time at leisure for lunch and visit to Chartres Cathedral (1194). B