Discover Concarneau, one of the largest fishing ports in France and a popular resort area, as well as Pont-Aven during this delightful tour.
Your tour begins with a guided walking tour of Concarneau, where you will have the opportunity to view its most notable feature, the well-preserved 14th century "ville close" (walled city), which is built on a small island in the center of the harbor. Though small, this fortification was the cradle of Concarneau's early history and was recognized in the writings of French author Gustave Flaubert who wrote, "...a wall whose base is battered by waves at high tide.... Machicolation is still intact, exactly as it was in Queen Anne' s day...". During your visit you will see for yourself why this medieval walled town is one of the most photographed in Brittany.
Continuing on, you will next make your way via picturesque countryside roads to the charming village of Pont-Aven, which is situated on the estuary of the River Aven.
There is a saying that "Pont-Aven has fourteen mills and fifteen houses", recalling that at one time, the mill industry ensured the town's prosperity. During your guided walking tour, you will stroll along the river to the heart of the city, learning about the colony of painters, led by Paul Gauguin, who made the town famous by the end of the 19th century and formed the school of painting called, "L'Ecole de Pont-Aven."
After your guided tour, enjoy free time to further explore this pretty, picture-postcard town with its white houses and lush green riverbanks before it's time to return to the pier in Concarneau.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking, plus any walking at the guests' discretion during free time. Much of the walking is over cobblestone and uneven surfaces. There are also a few steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; flat, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. In the event of religious ceremonies taking place, interior visits to any cathedrals will not be possible.