Saint-Malo was named for the 6th century monk who converted the locals to Christianity. Once a haven for pirates, it was also an important port in the voyages of discovery. Cartier sailed from here to Canada in 1534. Soon after, Saint-Malo began to flourish as a trading port, not only in the furs sent back from the New World, but also due to cod fishing. As ship owners grew wealthy, they built beautiful homes in town, first of timber and then, increasingly, of granite. As the town grew in importance, high ramparts were built to ensure security. This is the part of the city we will explore during our guided walking tour. Continue with a scenic drive to Montmarin to visit a traditional garden of a "Malouinière" built in 1760 (a Malouinière is a typical summer residence of rich ship owners and merchants from Saint Malo), a noteworthy estate on the banks of the Rance river. In front of the house, the French formal garden, unchanged since the day it was designed overlooks the English-style portion of the garden, laid out in 1885, with its historic trees, wide lawns, thickets, rock garden and flowering borders. After the visit (gardens only), drive back to Saint Malo.
Please note: this tour involves 2 hours of walking, sometimes over uneven grounds or cobblestones, and it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Caps and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.