Indulge in Brittany and Normandy culinary traditions and lifestyle through our original cultural and gourmet off-the-beaten-paths tour featuring Saint-Malo, Cancale, Vannes, Dinan and the outstanding Mont-Saint-Michel!
Brittany & Normandy are close to each other, but different. Close by the history as under English domination at the Middle-Age. Different by landscapes, climate, cultural attractions, traditions and of course cuisine. Bordered by the English Channel and the Atlantic, Brittany and Normandy were shot to the sea always, forming generations of sailors, navigators and explorers. These two regions claim the values of their terroir, agricultural wealth, and little ports where the best fish and shellfish arrive each day. Join us to explore Brittany and Normandy millenary history, forming an unparalleled heritage with the remarkable sites that you will visit.
At Lifestyle Vacations France, we are very attached to the authenticity of the sites visited, as well as to the comfort of luxury small hotels, chateaux or guest houses accommodation. This program has been designed by Corinne A. Preteur who is Lifestyle Vacations' creator, owner and director. Corinne has carefully toured in Brittany and in Normandy to provide the very best of these regions. She knows perfectly each places you will visit. She knows the producers to meet. She knows the best restaurants to enjoy the refined local cuisine.
Brittany & Normandy Heritage program is a 7-day itinerary that includes the round-trip transfer from/to Paris, 4-star charming and luxury guesthouses located nearby the historic city of Josselin in Brittany first, and mid-distance to Saint-Malo and the Mont-Saint-Michel then. The itinerary includes guided tours to Vannes, Josselin, Carnac, Dinan, Cancale, Saint-Malo and the Mont-Saint-Michel. In Brittany, you will experience a fabulous market cooking class featuring the historic city of Vannes. Last but not least, Corinne Preteur personally escorts this tour.
Brittany & Normandy Heritage tour includes a 6-night accommodation in two luxury guest houses located nearby Pontivy in Central Morbihan county (Southern Brittany) and close to Saint-Malo.
The White and Blue Brittany guesthouse is a beautifully restored farmhouse offering 4 spacious rooms, with en-suite bathrooms (with shower) and all modern amenities. Rooms decoration pays tribute to the seaside environment and to the countryside traditions. White and Blue Brittany is home to a lovely couple, both cooking and baking addicts. Any time of the year the house smells good the freshly baked biscuits and cakes. Daily breakfasts, and dinners are amazing, and for sure you will enjoy it in a friendly atmosphere. The house has a heated pool and free internet access.
Le Chateau du Mont is your second "headquarter" in Normandy. Located in a quaint village, distance to Saint-Malo and to the Mont-Saint-Michel, this luxury guesthouse is home to Yannick and his family, a 18th-century typical stone-walls house which was a presbytery. Entirely renovated by Yannick and his wife Jacqueline, it offers 5 beautifully decorated rooms with its en-suite bathrooms, all painted in pastel and elegant colors to remain the comfort of a family house. Modern amenities match perfectly with the original wooden ceilings and beams, ancient waxed wooden floors, spacious rooms, fireplaces and bread wooden oven! For the morning moment of exchange and conviviality, Yannick prepares delicious breakfasts with fresh squeezed orange juice, fruits salad, home-made jams, delightful crepes, home-made cakes, and much more.
Brittany and Normandy bordered by the Channel sea and the Atlantic Ocean offers a large variety of fish and seafood but also varieties of fruits and vegetables produced in the coutryside. Farms spread over the whole territory raising cows for dairy produce. Rural areas welcome numerous artisans who keep the traditions precious and alive. You will find cideries, wheat mills, cheese farms… You will have the chance to meet fabulous local producers in Vannes food market.
The Breton and the Norman cuisines are made with tasteful produce, fish and seafood, meat (especially lamb and pork), buckwheat crepes filled with sautéed vegetables or ham and cheese or salmon and whipped cream… but not only. You will be spoiled with its delicacies such as the plums milky cake “far breton", buttered cake “quatre-quarts" and of course the “kouign amann", a crusty cake which is made with bread dough containing layers of butter and sugar folded in, similar in fashion to puff pastry.
BRITTANY & NORMANDY HERITAGE program includes a market cooking class.
In Vannes, you will experience the food market tour with the Chef on Saturday morning. This is the biggest and most beautiful market in southern Brittany. You will meet Betty and her fabulous heirloom organic vegetables, Freddy the fishmonger who is so proud to present the fruits of his labor : blue lobster, John Dory and Turbot fish, Joachim and Nicolas who grow delicious organic berries, etc. After the food market tour, you will go to Séné oysters farms to enjoy a fabulous picnic while admiring the silver shades on the ocean. Back to the White & Blue farmhouse kitchen in the afternoon, you will wash hands, tight your apron and learn how to prepare and to cook a typical Breton 4-course menu. Tasting dinner accompanied by wine follows the class.
Brittany and Normandy Heritage itinerary features 10 main cultural sites to explore, indulging in a millenial history.
Dinan is a very impressive walled town set on a hillside overlooking the river Rance. This town is the birthplace of Bertrand Du Guesclin, the 14th-century military leader famous for victories over England. You will admire its numerous half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops.
Founded by the Romans after their victory over the Veneti in 56BC, Vannes became one of the most important cities of Brittany, and the favorite residences of the Dukes at the end of the Middle-Age. In the 17th century, convents were built giving to Vannes the status of an important religious city. At the same period, as the Parliament of Brittany moved from Rennes, many houses were built especially in the southern part of the walled city. Later in the second half of the 19th century, the railway and the installation of two artillery regiments contributed to the city's growth. Today Vannes boasts a superb and well-preserved architectural heritage that you will discover along a guided walking tour.
Saint-Malo, well-known as the pirates and corsairs' headquarters! The most important historic period for Saint-Malo started in the 1500's for 3 centuries. It was a base for many 'official pirates' and corsairs including Duguay-Trouin and Surcouf. Pirates were supported by the King of France to attack and seize the goods from ships of other nations. It was a profitable trade which made shipowners very rich… From the port of Saint-Malo departed many expeditions especially the one led by Jacques Cartier when he discovered Canada, and the city also built its reputation with the spices trade. Saint-Malo 'intra muros' old quarter boasts tall granite buildings and an impressive thick granit fortifications.
The last day is given to the Mont-Saint-Michel medieval Unesco site. The Mont Saint-Michel requires time… time to visit the abbey and cloister which remains primarily a place of meditation and contemplation in the heart of the bay and its silver waters which sparkle like diamonds.
Day 1 (Friday) - Private transfer by car from Paris CDG airport to Josselin (4h30). Lunch in a traditional restaurant on the way. Afternoon check-in to the White and Blue Brittany guesthouse. Resting time. Afternoon visit to Notre-Dame-de-Carmès chapel and/or Timadeuc abbey. Aperitif and dinner in the guesthouse, served in the family dining room. Overnight.
Day 2 (Saturday) - After breakfast, transfer to Vannes. Morning market tour and shopping with Chef Joris. VIP picnic in Séné oysters farms (Gulf of Morbihan). Afternoon guided tour of Vannes historic quarters. Cooking class at the White and Blue Brittany guest house followed by a 4-course tasting dinner accompanied by aperitif, wine, mineral water, tea of coffee. Overnight.
Day 3 (Sunday) - After breakfast, transfer to Carnac. Morning cycling tour through the megalithic site and the picturesque hamlet of Saint-Colomban set on the custom officers path. Lunch in a typical crêperie. Transfer to Josselin through Etel and Saint-Cado. Afternoon visit to the chateau of Josselin (opened 2:00pm to 5:30pm). Transfer to the guesthouse. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 (Monday) - After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Dol-de-Bretagne through Dinan. Morning guided walking tour of Dinan. Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Dinan. Afternoon transfer to Dol-de-Bretagne through Combourg (the history of the medieval chateau is linked to the French litterature genius writer François-René de Chateaubriand). Check-in at the Chateau du Mont. Dinner at Le Chateau des Richeux Michelin-star restaurant in Cancale. Overnight.
Day 5 (Tuesday) - After breakfast, transfer to Saint-Malo. Full-day in Saint-Malo including a 2-hour guided walking cultural tour of the city, and time free for shopping. Lunch in a traditional restaurant. Transfer to Dol-de-Bretagne through “Les Rochers Sculptés" (a unique heritage left by the Abbot Fouré in the 19th century who was deaf and dumb. It took him 15 years to carve 300 figures in the granit rock, tracing the existence of a family of privateers of the 16th century, according to the legend). Dinner and overnight in Le Chateau du Mont.
Day 6 (Wednesday) - After breakfast, transfer to the Mont-Saint-Michel. Full-day in this outstanding cultural heritage, including a 2-hour guided walking cultural tour of the site, and time free for resting. Lunch in a traditional restaurant. Transfer to the parking by shuttle and to Dol-de-Bretagne by car then. Resting time. Dinner and overnight in Le Chateau du Mont.
Day 7 (Thursday) - After breakfast, transfer to Paris by monospace car. End of the tour.
US$ 3,980 per person (double occupancy)
Single occupancy supplement: US$ 390
All taxes & VAT included.
Paris downtown or Charles-de-Gaulle airport round-trip transfer
7-day ground transportation by private car
7-day private guided tour to Brittany and Normandy
3-night White and Blue Brittany 4-star guesthouse accommodation
3-night Chateau du Mont 4-star guesthouse accommodation
6 continental breakfasts
12 lunches and dinners at the White and Blue Brittany guesthouse, at Le Chateau du Mont, and at traditional and Michelin-starred restaurants
Marketplace tour and cooking class celebrating the Brittany and French cuisine
Recipes in English
Guided visits to the cultural sites (entrance tickets included) as detailed in the itinerary
Not included : airfare to/from your country, drinks in the restaurants, personal insurance, and personal expenses.
September 14-20 (4 spots left)
Tour is confirmed with 4 people, and it's limited to 6 participants. Considering the limited space in the tour and in the guest house, reservation in advance is strongly recommended.