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Here’s a closer look at the ports that make up an itinerary packed full of historic and artistic treasures.
PORTSMOUTH – ROUEN – ST PETER PORT – BORDEAUX – LA PALLICE – NANTES – LORIENT – ST MALO – PORTSMOUTH
No visit to Rouen is complete without a visit to the Cathédral Notre-Dame de Rouen and a walking tour of the surround medieval streets. Make time to see the stunningly beautiful Gothic Law Courts and the region’s newest museum, Historial Jeanne d’Arc, a tribute to French heroine Joan d’Arc.
For many art enthusiasts, Rouen is the starting point for a visit to Giverny. This picturesque village on the banks of the River Seine was once home to Impressionist artist Claude Monet and you can visit the home, Japanese Water Garden and Flower Garden that inspired his now infamous artworks.
ST PETER PORT
Guernsey’s capital St Peter Port is considered one of the prettiest harbours in the Channel Islands and visits to the Candia Gardens, Little Chapel and Hauteville House, one-time home of French writer Victor Hugo, make it easy to see why. Take a walking tour around the glorious coastline or head underground to hear the story of German Occupation on a visit to the Underground Hospital, followed by a tour of the Occupation Museum and Munitions Store. A visit to the 800 year old Castle Cornet is also a must and you’ll find no fewer than 5 museums and 4 period gardens within its expansive walls.
Enjoy an overnight stay in the recently listed UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bordeaux. As you might expect from one of the world’s most renowned wine regions, vineyard and chateaux tours are in abundance; you’ll sample the famous wines of the St Emilion and Medoc regions, amongst others. Stroll the banks and bridges of the Garonne as you explore one of the France’s most elegant destinations; lesser-visited than Paris but every bit as beautiful. Make time to visit the Gothic Cathédrale St André and the grand Palais de la Bourse, before donning your finery for an evening at the Grand Theatre.
LA PALLICE (FOR LA ROCHELLE)
La Pallice serves as the gateway to La Rochelle, a picture-perfect place that could have come straight from the artworks it inspired throughout the years. Walk along cobblestoned streets, surrounded by the prettiest of 15th and 16th century houses, crêperies and bistros spilling into the streets beneath scarlet canopies. Nearby Coulon is home the canals of Green Venice, named so by Henry IV after the stunning greenery and scenery that fills the area and makes for a charming afternoon spent punting along the waters.
Nantes holds history on every corner and a walking tour of the city will show you the very best of old and new. Visit the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, venturing inside to see the tomb of François II, the last Duke of Brittany. Shop the boutiques of Rue Crebillon and Galeries Lafayette, setting aside time to pay a visit to Passage Pommeraye, a beautiful 19th century arcade and a must-see while in Nantes. With an overnight stay in the city, you’ll have plenty of time to venture further afield too; head to the beaches of Guerande or find yourself amidst the flowers of Terra Botanica Park in the Anjou region. This 27 acre park is home to 5,500 tropical trees and plants, 510 rose bushes and 5,300 shrubs, all carefully tended by a team of 20 full-time gardeners.
The commune of Lorient sits in southern Brittany and has a history as a hive of maritime activity. The Basic Submarine Keroman is a 20th century port built to house as many as 20 submarines and crew, making for an intriguing tour. Nearby Port Aven inspired the École de Pont-Aven art movement, enthusing artists such as Paul Gauguin and Émile Bernard, whose works are now exhibited amongst those in the Pont-Aven Museum of Fine Arts. Carnac is world-renowned for its megalithic sites, tombs and prehistoric museum, and is a worthy excursion.
Perhaps the highlight of your trip is time spent at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island of Mont Saint-Michel – one of Europe’s greatest religious sites. Embark on an impressive approach along a 5-mile long causeway that connects the island to the mainland, watching the otherworldly commune loom before you. Topped with a Benedictine abbey and wrapped in a labyrinth of village streets and medieval buildings, this Christian pilgrimage site is one you won’t easily forget.
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Trois-Rivieres de France
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