Brittany and the west of France
A novel and original way to experience the legendary Breton region!
Continue your journey in another destination
“Are you looking for a novel and original way to discover Breizh* ? Finding France blends ecotourism, history, culture, and authentic encounters in this exceptional guided tour. Dive into this historically celtic region that still maintains a strong cultural identity, and discover the legends that inhabit Brittany today. Dine with world-class chefs, become one with the sea (a defining feature of the region and its livelihood), learn the intricacies of Breton cuisine, and experience the living history of Brittany and its surroundings. From medieval fortresses, to rocky cliffs, to incredible live-action shows, this is the definitive Breton tour!”
* “Brittany” in the traditional Breton language
Let’s design your private, authentic tour in Brittany today!
• Pry open the secrets of oyster farms with Inga. She’ll lead you through the oyster breeding pens in Cancale and invite you to taste different types of oysters along the way.
• Cross over from Saint-Malo to Dinard using the Sea Bus.
• Stroll along the beachside quay in Dinard which hosts the British Film Festival every year. The oceanfront promenade has long been a shining bastion of 19th-century ”Belle Epoque” architecture.
• Wind through the sidestreets of Saint-Malo, an ancient pirate city, and admire its 17th-century city walls.
• From the top of the ramparts, the view extends to the statue of Jacques Cartier, the Breton explorer who first set foot in Canada in 1534.
• Visit the house of a true corsair, a pirate-hunter.
• Visit the life-size reconstruction of a corsair frigate.
• Walk the halls of Limoëlou Manor, where Jacques Cartier lived for over 15 years.
• Discover the simple joys of Breton cooking as you learn to prepare tradition crêpes from Saint-Malo.
• Take a tour of Françoise’s organic cow farm near Rennes. Make your own butter and then taste her speciality: a camembert cheese appropriately called the “Breizh’membert.
• In Fougères, make rounds in the most ancient medieval fortress in all of Europe that is still in near-pristine shape.
• Let the medieval city of Vitré bring you back in time. The fortified castle, balanced atop a massive rocky cliff will inspire you. Wind through the narrow streets within the city walls. Admire elegant private mansions with half-timbered and adobe walls, tinted with different hues and settled under thick slate roofs.
• Either in Vitré or Fougères, thumb through ancient genealogical records to find the trace of your ancestors.
• Visit enthralling historical sites in Rennes.
• From Cleopatra to King François I, a long line of VIPs are awaiting your visit…on a donkey farm!
• Take a relaxing break with a private massage.
• Ride through the beautiful green countryside of Brittany.
• Wander through Quimper’s historical city center, a regional capital with a strong personality.
• Meet up with American and Canadian “settlers” in the village of Gourin, bordering the counties of Finistère and Morbihan.
• Discover the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper, one of the major art museums in western France with its collections of paintings from the 14th century to the present day.
• Visit the Gothic-style Saint Corentin Cathedral, built in the 13th century.
• All aboard the “Enez Sun”, a shuttle boat connecting Audierne to the legendary Ile de Sein, a tiny paradise lost in the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of western Brittany.
• As you cross the iconic “Raz de Sein”, under the benevolent watch of the Old Lighthouse, the captain will issue you a hand-signed traditional Certificate of Passage.
• The narrow streets in the island huddle together for warmth on this wind-battered rock. Meet with the stoic inhabitants who have even refused to allow cars on the island.
• For a moment in time, become the Master of Light in the Goulenez lighthouse, the largest of the isle. Breathtaking 360° view.
• Visit the historical War Museum, a moving testimony to the courage of the 133 island inhabitants who fought under De Gaulle in England during World War II.
• Slice through waves on a semi-rigid speedboat to discover the wild fauna around the mythical Ar-Men lighthouse built atop a bare rock in the open sea West of Sein island.
• Pierre, a nature guide, will introduce you to dolphins and native seals as you paddle on kayaks around Sein.
2-day tour recommended: Spend a night on the island!
• Visit Auray, a typical medieval town, classified as a City of Art and History by the French Ministry of Culture. Follow the riverbanks to reach the humble but quaint Saint-Goustan port.
• Discover the historical center of Nantes, regional capital, with its majestic cathedral.
• Meet an up-and-coming chef that raises his own snails as he tends both farm and kitchen.
• Witness history in the making as you visit the 18th-century Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, where Duchesse Anne signed the edict that united Brittany and France.
• Meet inhabitants of a “Living Oasis”, an eco-habitat where several families live together and explore a more sustainable lifestyle.
• Take in the massive Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipbuilding facility where the largest ships in the world are made. Currently under construction, go behind-the-scenes of the MSC Virtuosa and the Wonder of the Seas, both ordered by ordered by the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
• Enjoy a unique tasting with Christian’s local Muscadet wine, among others. Visit his family vineyard and sample a range of white and rosé wines as he shares with you the challenges and impacts of sustainable growing.
• VIP guided tour of the AIRBUS A320, A330 and A350 airplane assembly lines.
• Bake your own bread together with Renaud, a baker who grows his own ingredients. Learn about state-of-the-art permaculture techniques for organic growing on his homestead.
• History is waiting for you. The magnificent live-action shows at the PUY DU FOU will astound you and impart key moments of French history through a feast for the senses. The theme park has earned many awards including “Best World Park” on two separate occasions from international juries.
• Go back in time to 3 A.D. and witness a masterful equine show in a 27,000 sq ft. replica of the Roman Colosseum.
• Nature walk in the nearby Puy du Fou nature preserve. Safely observe over 1000 animals such as deers and rabbits, wolves, and eagles.
• In a hotel inspired by the Chateau de Marly near Versailles, you will be welcomed as a guest of the late King Louis the 14th…
• Revel in an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit of the Puy du Fou with a local guide – who also happens to be one of main actors from the spectacular night show! Meet falconry masters and their 530 birds of prey.
• Visit the workshops of passionate artists and craftsmen (sculptors, cobblers…). They will demonstrate centuries-old techniques and prove that the Middle Ages were far from the primitive culture we sometimes imagine.
• Attend the “Cinéscénie”, the World’s largest night show ever held! The lights and sound (and 2500 actors!) contribute to this amazing show that marks the milestones of France’s past on a stage that spans 60 acres.
• Falconry training with master falconers from Puy du Fou. Unveil the secrets of this unique art and learn to guide majestic birds of prey in their flight.
• Visit the “Hermione” in Rochefort, a full-sized replica of an ancient 3-mast military frigate which La Fayette commanded in 1780 as he helped Americans fight for their independance.
• Sailors will share their daily routine and you’ll get to visit their quarters aboard the ship!
• Charlotte is an exceptional guide who will introduce you to the Royal Fontevraud Abbey. Founded in 1101, it is one of the largest monastic sites in Europe and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
• Immerse yourself in the National Museum of Sea and Royal Rope-making, in its heyday the place where the longest ropes of Europe were wrought.
• Experience the Accro-mâts theme park, an adventure park 100 feet (30 meters) up in the air among the masts of a massive sailboat. Open to families with children.
• Explore the depths of the sea and its mysteries in the La Rochelle aquarium.
• Visit the Fontevraud Abbey.
• Explore the troglodyte cave village of Rochemenier with Annie, and visit an underground farm dug out by the work of toiling peasants that dates back to the 8th-century.
• Stroll through a natural rose garden that boasts over 1000 rare rose varieties.
• Meet vintners that are converting their fields to organic agriculture and try out their local wines, chiefly the “Coteaux-du-Layon.” These are sweet and mellow white wines that are only crafted and produced in a small area of the Loire Valley.
• Lunch in a troglodyte restaurant inside the network of caves. Delight in local medieval delicacies such as fouaces – puffed hollow rolls stuffed with fillings like rillettes, butter, cheese, and vegetables.
• A hot air balloon ride above the breathtaking scenery of the Anjou region.
Start your journey into the heart of Brittany with Finding France!
Finding France is an immersive experience where you will uncover the real France… the people, the architecture, the passion for making and sharing food, and of course its rich and fascinating history. Our exclusive day tours are tailored to your interests, needs, and rhythm.
Discover our other popular itineraries and get ready for an unforgettable trip!
Starting at 2 travelers
From 1 to 15+ days
Meet locals and artisans throughout France
A “PTA” and 24/7 concierge service to take care of everything you need during your stay
A multilingual team that speaks and conducts tours in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Hebrew