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The famous lighthouse of Ploumanac'h
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Highlights

  • Walk Brittany’s GR34 along the famous ‘Côte de Granite Rose’
  • Relax on pristine sandy beaches in Perros-Guirec
  • Experience gentle coastal walks and charming Breton towns
  • Fill up on local savoury galettes, sweet crêpes and local cider
  • Sample gastronomic Brittany in a Michelin listed restaurant in Trébeurden

Discover the very best of Brittany’s famous Granite Coast on this relaxing inn to inn walking holiday.

With its bizarre rock formations, pink tainted rocks, white beaches and clear blue waters, La Côte de Granite Rose is considered one of the most outstanding coastlines in Europe. Follow the long distance GR34 trail from Tréguier to Perros Guirec and onto Trébeurden along the Northern coast of Brittany.

Feast on local specialities such as fresh oysters and crêpes, and wash it all down with some famous Breton cidre. Finish your trip in style with a night in a luxurious 4* hotel and a meal at a Michelin listed restaurant– the ultimate gastronomic treat!

Day 1: Arrive Lannion and transfer to Tréguier

Lannion is located in Northern Brittany and is approx. 4 hours train journey from Paris, and 1 hour 40 from Rennes.


A transfer from Lannion station to your hotel in Tréguier is included (20 mins). Check into your hotel and wander around the town.  Tréguier is a designated ‘Petite Cité de caractère’ and rightly so! While the port area has the feeling of a seaside town, a 5-minute walk brings you to the medieval centre with its magnificent cathedral and half-timbered houses dating from the 15th Century. 


Overnight: Tréguier


Day 2: Transfer to Pointe de Château and walk to back to Tréguier

Start the day with a  transfer to the trailhead (20 mins), before making your way on foot back to Tréguier on the GR34.  Continue along the coast passing small towns and ports, before joining the Jaudy estuary, and walking back into Tréguier and its Port de Plaisance.


Walking: 13 km, ascent/descent: 40m/90m


Overnight: Tréguier


Day 3: Transfer to Port Blanc and walk to Perros- Guirec

A short transfer (15 mins) will take you to the start of today’s walk., 'La Sentinelle', a picturesque sentry box situated high on the granite rock at Port Blanc.


Follow the GR34 along a mixture of coastal trails, paved paths and quiet country roads passing small port towns and beaches. You will most likely spot the locals out for a dip- regardless of the weather!


Arrive in Perros Guirec, a popular seaside town with a picturesque port area and three sandy beaches to choose from. Admire the view out the Sept-Iles, you may even wish to have an extra night here to take an excursion out the rocky outcrops and their thriving bird colony.


Walking: 18km, ascent/descent: 110/100m


Overnight: Perros-Guirec



Day 4: Loop Walk to Ploumanac'h

A fantastic loop walk takes you along the most celebrated section of the Granite coast, the 'Sentier des Douaniers', the name given to the historic custom officers’ path.


You will then come to Ploumanac’h, with its famous lighthouse made entirely of pink granite. Head inland and follow the green Vallée des Traouiero, a calm and quiet contrast to the popular sentier des douaniers!Return to Perros Guirec via quiet country roads.


Walking: 15 km, ascent/descent: 80/90m


Overnight: Perros-Guirec


Day 5: Transfer to Île de Renote and walk to Trébeurden

Transfer to Île de Renote near Tregestal (15 mins) where you will start today's walk. Follow the coastal path around the peninsula as it snakes through massive granite rocks and then brings you back to the coastline.


Head inland on country roads and woodland trails for the final stretch to Trébeurden, a sprawling town by the sea. Enjoy a celebratory meal in a Michelin listed restaurant, Maonir de Lan Kellerec.


.Walking: 17 km, ascent/descent: 100m/50m


Overnight and Dinner : Trébeurden


Day 6: Onward Travel

After breakfast check out of your hotel and you will be transferred to Lannion train station from where you can continue your onward travel arrangements.  From Lannion it is about 1 hour 40 by train to the charming city of Rennes, and about 4 hours by train to Paris.


Extra Nights

Why not extend your stay and add an extra night or two to your trip. We recommend an extra night in Perros-Guirec to have a day relaxing on the beach or to you could take an excursion to the Sept-îles, a breeding ground for seabirds and now a Reserve National de France.  Trébeurden is another good location for an extra night as the hotels we use here have some fantastic facilities including spas and easy access to the beach.


When travelling around Brittany, most long-distance trains go via Rennes which also happens to be a charming town with a picturesque centre. We can also book extra nights here if required.


Please ask your Destination Specialist for more information on extra nights.

Accommodation

Stay 4 nights in 3* hotels, and 1 night in a 4* hotel. Below is an example of the accommodations we use on this trip. These accommodations are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.


Meals

Breakfasts are included each day, Packed lunch items can be bought locally from supermarkets or the local boulangerie. 1 dinner is included in Trébeurden. On other evenings,  dinner can be purchased in each town with several options available, you will be spoilt for choice!


 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Aigue-Marine - Treguier

Wonderfully located beside the peaceful port and only a 5 minute walk to the charming historical centre of Treguier. Hotel Aigue Marine has an outdoor pool- perfect for relaxing after a day on the trail



 

 

 



Villa Des Hydrangeas - Perros Guirec

A firm favourite in Perros-Guirec, the Villa Hydrangeas is run by the lovely Coralie and her partner. In a stunning location in between two beaches, the hotel has everything you need for a pleasant stay.




 

 

 



Manoir Lan Kerellec - Trébeurden

Located high up in the seaside town of Trebeurden, the Manoir de Lan Kerellec offers fabulous views of the surrounding typical Breton landscape Enjoy a gastronomic experience at their Michelin listed restaurant


 

 

Time of Year

This tour is available from mid-May to mid-October. Any time within this period is ideal for walking. August can be very busy as this is the main holiday-making month for the French and other European countries. September and October are calmer and Brittany often experiences an 'Indian Summer' during this time with pleasant temperatures. 


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.


Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘easy—moderate’ with average daily distance being  15km. The walking is gently undulating and on a mixture of good coastal paths, woodland trails and quiet paved country roads. Should you want to skip a section, this can be arranged with the taxi driver.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

All trails are well way-marked and you will be provided with a map and route notes. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example. proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take.This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Getting to Lannion

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com




Fly: into Paris Charles de Gaulle, Orly or Beauvais airports. Train connections vary depending on which Paris airport you arrive into. There is a direct TGV train from Charles de Gaulle to Rennes which takes about 3 hours. Alternatively, if you make your way to Paris Gare Montparnasse in the city centre, there is a new TGV line that leaves from here and takes only 1 hour 25 mins to reach Rennes.


From Rennes, take a train to Lannion which usually involves one change and takes about 2 hours. Train times and details can be found at sncf.com.


Please note that we can also organise overnights in Rennes if required.


Train: Eurostar from London St-Pancras International to Paris (Gard du Nord). Change here and travel to Paris Gare Montparnasse, from here take a direct TGV train to Rennes (between 1 hour 25 mins and two hours). From Rennes, take a train to Lannion which usually involves one change and takes about 2 hours.


Please note that we can also organise overnights in Rennes if required.




The whole trip can be booked at www.eurostar.com.




Drive: From Folkestone, take the Eurotunnel shuttle to Calais, and continue driving from here. From Calais, it is about a 6 hour drive to Lannion/Tréguier. Booking and more info can be found at www.eurotunnel.com




Drive and Ferry: Drive to Dover and take the ferry to Calais (approx. 1 hour 15 mins crossing). Then drive onto Lannion/Tréguier(approx. 6 hours drive). Ferry info and booking can be found at www.poferries.com


Getting from Trébeurden


On day 6, you will be transferred from your hotel in Trébeurden to Lannion train station. From here you can take a train back to Rennes. Train details can be found at www.voyages-sncf.com. From Rennes you can take a TGV train to many locations in France and Europe, or continue home via one of the methods mentioned in the ‘Getting to’ section.

Included

  • 4 Nights accommodation in 3* hotels, 1 night in a 4* hotel
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • GPX tracks and access to our GPS Macs Adventure smartphone app
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Lannion
  • Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Brittany is extremely popular during the Summer.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness and is graded ‘easy—moderate’ with average daily distance being  15km. The walking is gently undulating and on a mixture of good coastal paths, woodland trails and quiet paved country roads. Should you want to skip a section, this can be arranged with the taxi driver. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

This tour is available from mid-May to mid-October. Any time within this period is ideal for walking. August can be very busy as this is the main holiday-making month for the French and other European countries. September and October are calmer and Brittany often experiences an 'Indian Summer' during this time with pleasant temperatures. 

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or a local taxi to continue to your next overnight stop.

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