8 days in Nantes & Brittany Itinerary

8 days in Nantes & Brittany Itinerary

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Nantes
— 2 nights
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Vannes
— 1 night
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Brest
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo
— 1 night
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Rennes
— 2 nights
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Nantes — 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jardin des Plantes and Parc de Proce. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Angers (Galerie David d'Angers, Maison d'Adam, &more), Sémaphore de la Pointe Saint Gildas (in Prefailles) and Noirmoutier en l'Ile (Plage des Sableaux, Marais du Mullembourg, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and take a stroll through Place Graslin.

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Dublin, Ireland to Nantes is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Dublin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nantes, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Vannes.
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Vannes — 1 night

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get to know the fascinating history of Place Saint-Pierre, and finally don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Vannes.

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Traveling by car from Nantes to Vannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Vannes sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Brest.
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Brest — 1 night

Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. On the 3rd (Mon), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the waterfront activity at Port de Plaisance du Moulin Blanc, then admire the verdant scenery at Vallon du stang Alar, and finally explore the world behind art at Fonds Helene & Edouard Leclerc pour la Culture.

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You can drive from Vannes to Brest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Brest, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 1 night

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, trek along GR 34, then head off the coast to Le Grand Be, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Sillon.

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You can drive from Brest to Saint-Malo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rennes.
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Rennes — 2 nights

Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): make a trip to Place du Champ-Jacquet, then make a trip to Centre Historique de Rennes, then ponder the world of politics at Parlement de Bretagne, and finally walk around Parc du Thabor. On your second day here, head outdoors with Canal d'Ille-et-Rance, then admire the striking features of Mairie de Rennes, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre.

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You can drive from Saint-Malo to Rennes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Brittany travel guide

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Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.
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