Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


Please wait …

Immerse yourself in the Breton Culture in Vannes
×

Highlights

  • Easy going walks around Brittany's Morbihan peninsulas and islands
  • Stroll through the medieval market town of Vannes
  • Immerse yourself in authentic Celtic Brittany and the Breton lifestyle
  • Feast on local savoury galettes, sweet crêpes and refreshing cider
  • Travel by scenic ferry to Île-aux-Moines, Île d'Arz and Locmariaquer

See a different side to Brittany on this twin centre walking holiday exploring Vannes, the islands and peninsulas of the Morbihan Gulf.

Start your trip with 3 nights in Port de Crouesty. Take short yet scenic ferry boats through the sparkling waters of the Gulf to tranquil islands where easy coastal trails await.
Head to the lively town of Vannes for four nights, a real hidden gem on Brittany’s South coast, and follow relaxing coastal walks, some along the long distance GR34 trail.

A free day in Vannes gives ample opportunity to explore its medieval ramparts, or simply wander the stalls of the twice-weekly market and relax with an apéritif by the port, like a true ‘Vannetais’.

Day 1: Arrive Vannes and transfer to Port de Crouesty

Vannes is located in Southern Brittany and is approx. 4 hours from Paris via Rennes by TGV train.




A transfer from Vannes station to your hotel in Port de Crouesty is included (30 mins). Port de Crouesty is located on the far end of Rhuys peninsula and is a port town just south of the quiet village of Arzon. After checking into your hotel, have a wander around and enjoy a drink and a crêpe in one of the port-side cafés.


Overnight: Port de Crouesty


Day 2: Ferry to Locmariaquer, Loop Walk

Start today with a quick ferry crossing from Port Navalo to Locmariaquer (15 mins). Head south and follow quiet country roads until you reach the coastal path. Pass viewpoints and inviting beaches, ideal for a break. You also pass the Dolmen d'Er Houel, one of the many Neolithihc sites to be found on on the Locmariaquer peninsula. This walk can be shortened at several places along the way.




Walking:  16 km




Overnight: Port de Crouesty


Day 3: Ferry to Île-aux-Moines, Loop Walk

Start the day with a 30 minute ferry ride to Île-aux-Moines, the biggest island of the Morbihan gulf. Walking along quiet paths you will experience the best the island has to offer. Stop and relax on sandy white beaches along the way and dip your feet into the refreshing clear blue waters. The trail also takes you inland at places along quiet paved roads and past the flower framed cottages of the island's residents.


Walking: 15km


Overnight: Port de Crouesty






Day 4: Loop walk to Petit Mont and transfer to Vannes

Today starts at the Port de Crouesty and follows the coastal path until you reach the megalith cairn of Petit-Mont, one of Brittany’s most significant Neolithic sites.  Once you have finished exploring the area, continue to the sandy Plage de Fogeot.




An afternoon transfer (30 mins) takes you to the city of Vannes, where you will spend the next four nights. An atmospheric market town with an interesting history, Vannes is the perfect place to soak up the Breton culture and lifestyle.




Walking: 9 km




Overnight: Vannes


Day 5: Ferry to Île d’Arz, Loop Walk

A scenic ferry ride (30 mins - tickets to be purchased locally) takes you to the Île d'Arz, the second largest island in the Gulf of Morbihan after the Île-aux-Moines. First inhabited by sailors and fishermen, earning the island the nickname 'Captain's Island', the island has stayed close to its roots with the main activity beside walking and cycling being sailing lessons at the Glénans sailing school. Be sure not to miss the Moulin de Berno, a tidal sea mill lovingly restored by the locals.




Walking: 15km




Overnight: Vannes


Day 6: Walk from Vannes to the Séné peninsula

At 20km, today's walk is long but mostly flat and it can also be shortened at various stages. Starting at Vannes picturesque port, walk South out of the city before joining the coastal path as it meanders and hugs the shore line. Continue to follow the GR34 trail out to Port Anna. Head towards Moustérian with views to the secluded islands of Boed and Boedic. Walk back to Séné from where you can hop on the ferry back to Vannes.




Walking: 20km




Overnight: Vannes


Day 7: Free Day Vannes

Enjoy a free day in Vannes to relax in your spa hotel or explore the town some more. Why not take a walk around the medieval ramparts for great views of the old town and the impeccably kept gardens.  Stroll around the extensive outdoor market in the heart of the old town (every Wednesday and Saturday morning) and sample local fruits, cheese and meats along the way.


Overnight: Vannes


Day 8: Onward Travel

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and say goodbye to Vannes and the Morbihan! From Vannes train station you can get to any major French/European destination by train. Have more time to explore Brittany? Why not experience a different side to Brittany on our The Best of Brittany’s Granite Coast trip, just ask your Destination Specialist for more information.


Extra nights

When travelling around Brittany, most long distance trains go via Rennes which also happens to be a charming town with a picturesque centre. It is a nice place to split up a long journey with an overnight stay.  We can also book extra nights here if required.

Accommodation

Stay 3 nights in a comfortable 3* hotel, and 4 nights in a fabulous 4* spa 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. Breakfasts in Brittany tend to be a buffet selection with lots of sweet treats like crêpes, home made jams, cakes and pastries. Savoury tastes are also catered for with cheeses, ham, eggs and bread available. Packed lunch items can be bought locally from supermarkets or the local boulangerie (bakery). In France,  boulangeries are still an important part of everyday life and can be found on most streets.  Dinner can be purchased in each town, with several options available you will be spoilt for choice! Some Breton specialities that shouldn’t be missed are freshly shucked oysters from the bay of Quiberon cooked in chouchen (a kind of Breton mead), sea salt toffee, local cider and of course the ubiquitous crêpe!


 

 


 

 

 



Villa Kerasy Hotel and Spa



Villa Kerasy Hotel and Spa

A fabulous boutique hotel located conveniently close to the train station and a pleasant 10-minute walk from the medieval old town. Rooms are individually decorated to an Eastern theme, with the prevailing theme being quiet and relaxation! Why not treat yourself to a treatment at their onsite Spa or relax in the peaceful zen garden after a day of walking .



 

 

 



Hotel le Crouesty - Port de Crouesty

A comfortable and modern 3-star hotel with a great view of the harbour of Le Crouesty. Breakfast is plentiful with delicious continental buffet items to fill up on before a day on the trails.


 

 

Time of Year

This tour is available from mid-May to the middle of September. 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 is calmer and Brittany often experiences an 'Indian Summer' during this time with pleasant temperatures. Between the 15th of May and the 6th of July, this tour cannot be started on a Wednesday or Thursday due to ferry restrictions.


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. All the walks can be easily shortened in places. The walking is very gently and almost completely flat! You will be walking on a mixture of coastal gravel and sand paths, and quiet paved country roads.


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.


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 Vannes

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 Vannes which takes about 1 hour. 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 Vannes which takes about 1 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 Vannes. 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 Vannes (approx. 6 hours drive). Ferry info and booking can be found at www.poferries.com


Getting from Vannes

From Vannes train station you can take a train back to Rennes (about 1 hour). Train details can be found at 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

  • 3 nights accommodation in a 3* hotel, 4 nights in a 4* spa hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Ferry tickets on Day 2 & 3
  • 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 Vannes
  • Ferry tickets on Day 5 & 6
  • Lunches
  • 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 gentle and almost completely flat! You will be on a mixture of good coastal paths and quiet paved country roads.

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. 


×
×
Enquire Now


Get adventure news, trail guides, new trip updates and destination inspiration by signing up to receive our regular emails. We only send these by email, and we never pass data to third parties for marketing purposes. Please confirm if you are happy to receive this travel inspiration & advice into your email inbox.

Our full data & privacy policy



Book self-guided walking holidays and cycling holidays with Macs Adventure. Explore Europe, the UK and the rest of the world and find out why thousands of people trust us to arrange their perfect self-guided adventure.


Get In Touch

lf you require more information before booking, please contact us on

+44 (0)141 530 5464

+1 -844-858-0740

(USA & CANADA)

© 2019

Macs Adventure - Head Office: Skypark 5, 45 Finnieston Street, Glasgow, G3 8JU, UK

Sitemap

Are you in the US?

Visit our US site for the most relevant content. 

USA UK & Rest of World