Breton traditional folk music incorporates melodies from Great Britain’s Welsh and Cornish civilizations. Beloved festivals, such as the medieval celebration of the Ramparts Festival in Dinan and the nearly 90-year-old annual Festival de Cornouaille in Quimper, transform the region into a celebration of rich, diverse culture in the summertime.
With everlasting efforts from the Breton locals, Celtic culture continues to remain a part of their blended French heritage.
The Marvel and The Wonder
As tides rise sky high, the stunning rocky islet of Mont St. Michel peeks from the Atlantic Ocean. Exploration beckons at every twist and turn as you enter the idyllic medieval village with its quaint shops, museums and restaurants. Along the ramparts of the island, a rewarding, unforgettable view of the bay awaits. This island was previously named "Mont-Tombe," but it was renamed in the 8th century due to the local legend of a bishop’s vision of the archangel, Saint Michael. Saint Michael repeatedly requested that the bishop build a sanctuary in the archangel’s name.
Built between the 11th and 16th centuries, the Benedictine abbey towers above the medieval walls and buildings. Over centuries, generations of builders contributed to this historical monument, incorporating Gothic and Romanesque architecture styles throughout the façade of the abbey.
Mont St. Michel looms over with a striking presence despite the great distance between the island and the French coast. This treasured site holds a universal value of culture, religion and history for northwestern France as it lies at the heart of the bay between Brittany and Normandy. From their respective coasts, the two regions can share the breathtaking sight of this fairytale-like sanctuary.
Why Reserve Our Optional St. Malo Land Package
Add a bonus region to your Impressions of the Seine & Paris river cruise: Brittany, France! Make the most of your international airfare and indulge your wanderlust by spending more time in France and exploring this breathtaking destination. Whether you’re an architecture enthusiast, a photographer, or are simply interested in a longer journey, this 4-night land package, which includes visits to Dinard, Dinan, Mont St. Michel and Chartres Cathedral, is sure to inspire you.
What’s Included in Your Optional Land Package
- 3 nights in St. Malo at the Royal Emerald Dinard MGallery (or similar)
- 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Charles de Gaulle (or similar)
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- Convenient transfers between your hotel and ship
- Guided tours, including to Dinan, Dinard and Mont St. Michel
- The services of one of our wonderful Cruise Managers – unique in the industry
Contact your preferred travel advisor to extend your Impressions of the Seine & Paris journey into St. Malo today!