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Gardens of Brittany

Brittany 6 nights Price from £1,878 per person
Departs: 02 Sep 2021
Departs: 02 Sep 2021

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Brittany’s mild, maritime climate and rich, largely acid soil creates a rewarding environment for both plants and gardeners, whilst the region’s craggy coastline and plunging wooded valleys provide extraordinary microclimates and dramatic spaces in which both subtropical exotics and hardy natives flourish. Breton culture has always stood proudly apart from the French mainstream and this originality is manifest in the gardens we shall visit. Our hotel is a discreet haven of luxury and tranquillity in the picturesque seaside town of Perros Guirec, a short stroll away from the wide, sandy beach of Trestraou.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return overnight ferry tickets including reserved inside cabins
  • Four nights' hotel accommodation including breakfast
  • Four lunches and two dinners
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Departure to Brittany

    We leave London by coach and travel to Portsmouth for the overnight crossing to St. Malo.
  • Day 2 - St. Malo

    On arrival at St. Malo we visit Château de la Ballue, an immaculately presented 17th century chateau.  Having a long association with both writers and radicals, the Château is complemented by two dramatically different gardens, which we will explore in the company of the owner. We will continue to L'Agapa Hôtel and Spa where we will stay for the duration of the tour.
  • Day 3 - Jardin Exotique & Roscoff Harbour

    We will begin today with a visit to Jardin Exotique. The garden was planted by two gifted amateur plantsmen with a passion for southern hemisphere plants on the site of the former municipal rubbish dump. We will continue to Roscoff Harbour for the foot passenger ferry to Île de Batz. We will have lunch on the island before visiting Jardin Georges Delasselle, planted over a century ago by a retired colonial with a fondness for palms and sub-tropical plants and home to more than 2,000 subtropical species.
  • Day 4 - Jardins de Kerdalo & Treguier

    This morning we visit Jardins de Kerdalo where will have a private tour given by the owner Isabelle Vaughan. The garden was designed by Isabelle’s father, Prince Wolkonsky, who created the stupendous valley garden and arboretum in the 1960s.  We will have lunch in Treguier before visiting a superb plantsman’s garden, Le Jardin de Pellinec, a series of interlinked gardens, each filled with a range of rare and beautiful plants from different climatic regions of the globe.
  • Day 5 - Brittany

    Today we will travel into the heart of Brittany to explore two very different contemporary gardens. We will first visit Le Grand Launay, a designer’s garden, with witty topiary snakes entwined around apple trees and Marie Defaysse’s garden at Le Botrain: a tour de force of plantsmanship, exhibited in a series of themed gardens, all on a domestic scale.
  • Day 6 - La Roche Jagu & Return Ferry

    This morning we check out of our hotel and drive to La Roche Jagu, an arts centre based in a 16th century fortress, surrounded by several hectares of imaginatively planted gardens, before arriving at St. Malo to board the overnight ferry to Portsmouth.
  • Day 7 - Disembark in UK

    We will disembark this morning and return to London by coach, arriving late morning.

Flight Details

Ferry Details

3 September 2020 - Depart Portsmouth 20:15 arrive St. Malo 08:15 (4 September)

8 September 2020 - Depart St. Malo 20:30 arrive Portsmouth 07:45 (9 September)

Departure Dates and Prices

02 Sep 2021

Status Available

Price from£1878

Single Supp.£298

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Kirsty Fergusson

Kirsty Fergusson

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