At the border of Brittany and Normandy in France, the Bay of the Mont Saint Michel shelters one of the jewels of the western Christian art, the iconic Mont Saint Michel. The region around the Mont is mostly flat, at first glance the bay is nothing more than a sandy marsh, covered by the sea depending on the tide.
Originally this Mount was just a huge rock on which the church builders used the most imaginative techniques to erect what is now a masterpiece listed by the UNESCO amongst the ten monuments in the world to be protected. You will start in the beautiful seaside city of St Malo and begin a walk along the coast with the Mont constantly in view. Your anticipation will be heightened the closer you get, and along the way you will be charmed by the quiet beauty, the original flora, the thousands of birds that nest or fly through the bay.
Day 1: Arrival day in St Malo, the "city of the sea". St. Malo is a famous seaside resort town and a famous sailing city as it is connected to many major sailing events. Located just near the beach, your very charming 3 star hotel is ideally located to explore this beautiful city. Receive maps and route info at check in, orientation by phone at 6pm; dinner on your own.
Day 2:St Malo to Cancale - 15 km
Our driver will transfer you to La Guimorais, from where you will pick up the GR34 trail. You will walk along the Emerald Coast up to La Pointe du Grouin, where you will have a stunning viewpoint on the ocean. On a clear day, you can even see the outline of the Mont Saint Michel! Your destination today is Cancale, a picturesque fishing village famous for its oysters. History has it that Louis XIV had his oysters brought to Versailles from Cancale. Centuries later, the farming of oysters is still a major activity in the port and there are oyster beds covering about 7.3 square kilometres easily seen from the pier at the harbour. You'll stay in a lovely 3* hotel. Dinner included. (B,D)
Day 3:Cancale -Le Mont St Michel- 19 km
Today, you will walk to the Mont Saint Michel. Our driver will transfer you to Cherrueix, where you will pick up the GR 34 trail that will take you to the Mont Saint Michel. You will walk through the polders and along the Bay of the Mont St Michel. You spend the night in a 3* hotel located on the Mont Saint Michel itself! Dinner is included. (B,D)
Day 4: Mont St Michel
You have two options today. You can either take the whole day to visit the Mont Saint Michel, or you can go walk around the Mont. If you choose to walk, today's itinerary will take you to east coast of the Mont Saint Michel along the GR 223 -15km. Return to your hotel on the Mont. Dinner on your own. (B)
Day 5: Mont St Michel - departure day. After breakfast, you can take your time with breakfast and catch a bus that will bring you back to Rennes, from where you can catch a TGV to Paris. You have a bus at 9:30am that will allow you to catch a 11:05am train to Paris. (B)