Blue Water Holidays
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Coastline of Brittany

A 7-night luxury cruise from Saint Malo, exploring the highlights of the Brittany Coast

Cruise Only
7 nights

Luxury Holiday
  • Houat Island
  • Ouessant lighthouse
  • Gulf of Morbihan
  • Brehat Island
  • Saint Malo

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From Saint-Malo, relax on board you luxury ship on this 7-night cruise discovering the natural wonders of the Breton coast and its lighthouses.

You will discover the Ponant Islands, which owe their name to the westerly location: Ponant means literally “where the sun sets”. One of the highlights is Bréhat Island. Also known as the Island of flowers for the wide variety of flora there, it will surprise you with the beauty of its landscapes, alternating rich vegetation and pink granite rocks. Made up of two islets, the northern part has a wild coastline, the extreme tip of which is marked by the Paon lighthouse. This visit in Glénan Islands will offer you a picture-postcard setting with its white sandy beaches and emerald green waters evoke the feeling of the distant Seychelles. To the north of the aptly named Belle-Île-en-Mer [Beautiful Island in the Sea], the Pointe des Poulains headland offers a natural and inhabited panorama with unspoiled beauty: eroded schist cliffs, caves, fine sandy beaches and heather-strewn moors form a setting that is ripe for exploration.

The conditions will be ideal for nautical activities such as kayaking, far from the crowds, allowing you to enjoy these moments in peace and quiet. You will sail to the heart of bucolic and unique landscapes, discovered at high tide, which encourage contemplation and observation of nature.

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Coastline of Brittany

Day 1 - Saint Malo (France)

Embark your ship in Saint Malo

Day 2 - Ouessant

Chart a course towards the sentinel island, the most westerly point of mainland France, recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1988. Some 7 km long, Ouessant boasts a wild and bitter beauty. Its landscapes carved by the sea and the wind, the vegetation of the moors and the heather, the rocks ceaselessly whipped by the Atlantic waves, are the home to thousands of sea birds. The island has been continuously inhabited since prehistoric times, with women dedicating themselves to farming while the men were fishermen and sailors. From Lampaul, the “capital”, you can admire the powerful lighthouses that adorn the Ouessant coastline, including the Créac’h lighthouse, which stands out from the rest with its black and white stripes

Day 3 - Glenan Islands - Groix Islands

The Glénan archipelago and its string of islets offer you a magical spectacle with their white sand beaches and emerald green waters, evoking the exoticism of distant islands. Located around 10 nautical miles from the French mainland, the Glénans are a succession of seven islets, coiled around an interior sea with a paradisiac decor. To the east, Penfret shelters the lighthouse. Further on is the island of Loch, the largest one, recognisable by its chimney stack. Then come Cigogne with its fort, Drenec, Bananec, Guéotec, and finally Saint-Nicolas. The daffodil is the emblematic flower of the Glénan Islands; these pretty white flowers decorate the idyllic landscape of the archipelago in springtime. Located around 4 nautical miles from Lorient, Groix stretches 8 kilometres long and is home to pretty low houses and colourful gardens. There is much contrast in the panorama: mainly wild and craggy landscapes to the west, and long beaches to the east, inviting conviviality and relaxation. At the beginning of the 20th century, Groix was the leading tuna port in France and the tuna-shaped weathercock, perched atop the church belfry, illustrates this activity.

Day 4 - Gulf of Morbihan

To the south of Brittany, the Gulf of Morbihan is the heart of a little paradise of land and sea, embellished by the subtle variations in the light throughout the day. You will chart a course towards this veritable inland Small Sea (from the Breton Mor-Bihan) spanning some 12,000 hectares where the Atlantic Ocean penetrates, at Port Navalo, far inland, sheltered from the sea winds. Created in 2014, the Gulf of Morbihan regional natural park is home to a rich and varied biodiversity, largely thanks to the many natural habitats of the site. Blessed with a mild micro-climate, this charming landscape will reveal around forty islands including l’île aux Moines, “jewel of the gulf” which is one of the Ponant Islands.

Day 5 - Houat - Belle-Île

Located between Belle-Île-en-Mer and the golfe of Morbihan, near Hoëdic, the island of Houat is home to less than 200 inhabitants all year round. It belongs to Mor Braz, a vast body of water that includes the peninsulas of Quiberon, Rhuys and Guérande. Houat is immediately striking thanks to its immaculate appearance and its sandy creeks bathed by emerald waters. If you walk briskly, it’s possible to get around the island in a couple of hours, admiring its landscapes, which are a paradise for amateur botanists, honeysuckle, tamarix, everlastings, sea pink, and more. Lying to the South of Brittany, Belle-Île is very aptly named. The largest of the Ponant islands, it owes its glowing reputation to its exceptional environment and generous natural attributes: pristine moors and dunes, headlands and cliffs cut into granite points, rocky inlets, and sheltered bays with sandy or pebble beaches. Aboard your ship, let the wild coastline of Belle-île-en-Mer surprise you, this little speck of land lying on the ocean, sparkling with colours in the morning light.

Day 6 - Tas de Pois - Anse de Morgat

The Pointe de Pen Hir is reputed for the six rocks that prolong it, known as the Tas de Pois. Each of them bears a pretty Breton name. To the west, you will see Bern-Id, meaning ‘mound of wheat’, the most charming of them because of its pointed shape like a Chinese hat. Then there are Ar Forc'h and Chelott, Pen Glaz, Petit Daouët and finally, Grand Daouët, which connects to the French mainland. Legend has it that they were built by Titans… The spectacle of the waves coming crashing against the rocks and the very particular and ever-changing light are what make the Tas de Pois so beautiful. Located between the Crozon peninsula to the north and the Raz headland to the south, Douarnenez Bay forms a vast arc more than 16 kilometres wide and 20 kilometres long. To the north, on the Crozon Peninsula, lies anse de Morgat with its beautiful sandy beach between two rocky outcrops.

Day 7 - Bréhat Island

The island of Bréhat, which has banned cars from its streets, became France’s first classified natural site in 1907. As it’s 3.5 km long and 1.5 km wide, the island promises a change of scenery, one imbued with the maritime and military history which marked it from the Middle Ages. Its nickname is the Island of Flowers for the variety of its flora with agaves, echium, hydrangea, mimosa, mulberry trees, eucalyptus, aloes, camellias and the emblematic agapanthus. All year round, it enjoys the influence of the Gulf Stream which gives it a particularly mild microclimate, even in winter. It’s also a paradise for birds, with 120 different species identified.

Day 8 - Saint Malo

Disembark after breakfast

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board yacht cruise
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainments and events
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Porterage from quayside to ship and vice versa

Price Does Not Include

  • Flights and transfers - please contact us for a quote
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Special Features

  • The sea is an experience of the moment. And for this, each PONANT cruise is unique. Just like with an expedition cruise, you will have the possibility of experiencing unique and spontaneous events, dictated by the elements as is often the case at sea. You will have the possibility of discovering the treasures of the Atlantic coasts and shores differently, from the sea, during outings and landings in Zodiac® inflatables, accompanied by our experienced naturalist guides, who will share their knowledge and passion with you. On land or at sea, according to the possibilities and the weather conditions, you will enjoy nautical and sporting activities. The calm waters will be ideal for nautical activities such as kayaking (must be booked in advance). Far from the hordes, in total peace and quiet, these unspoiled areas encourage the observation of nature and the practice of sporting activities such as hiking.
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