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This first section of the Mont-Saint-Michel Way starts in Mont-Saint-Michel, a stunning and magical place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world; and ends in Nantes, the ‘Venice of the West’.

The Mont Saint Michel Camino route crosses the city of Rennes as an important stage and goes through the relaxing green landscapes of Brittany and Pays de la Loire. You’ll have the opportunity to see a great number of beautiful churches, abbeys and castles on the way. You will discover many historical places, both religious and political, going back in time until the Middle Ages, a period of the Duchy of Brittany.

A holiday pack is included with detailed walking notes and maps. Although sometimes physically demanding, this Camino route only requires a reasonable level of fitness.

Trip highlights

  • Be amazed by Mont-Saint-Michel, a magical and stunning pilgrimage place
  • Taste a Kouign-amann, the classic Breton cake in Rennes
  • Cross Gustave Eiffel's metal bridge in Port-du-Roche
  • Travel back in time at the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany in Nantes

1 Mont-Saint-Michel

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One of France’s most recognisable landmarks, Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, visited by more than 3 million people each year. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times, and since the 8th Century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: On top God, the abbey and monastery; below this: the Great halls, then stores and housing, and at the bottom, outside the walls, fishermen and farmers’ housing.

2 Le Mont-Saint-Michel to Antrain - 22km

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5h30 | +152m / -147m

This walk will take you along the Couesnon River. Almost at the half way point today, you will walk through the village of Pontorson, a perfect place in which you can take your picnic break. Arriving in Antrain you will notice the church of Saint-André, which marks the end of the first stage of your journey.

3 Antrain to Sens-De-Bretagne - 20km

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5h | +216m / -178m
The second section of your walking holiday is pretty short and without difficulties. During this journey you can see a variety of landscapes, woods, small villages and churches. Take your time to visit the Bonnefontaine castle. After 3km, in Les Fossés, you can choose if you want to walk through the forest or pass through the village of Tremblay. In Tremblay take your time to admire the old church of Saint-Martin, built in 1058, destroyed by a fire in 1795 and reconstructed in 1801. Continue along the old road, passing a large fountain through the villages of Romazy and Pont Gomery until you reach the town of Sens-De-Bretagne.

4 Sens-De-Bretagne to Saint-Médard-Sur-Ille - 16km

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4h | +139m / -140m
This third day will be as pleasant as the first ones. In the village of Saint-Médard-Sur-Ille you can visit chapels, a church with its treasure, a castle and its walls.

5 Saint-Médard-Sur-Ille to Rennes - 27km

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7h | +251m / -295m
You can get your pilgrim passport stamped in the church in Saint Médard Sur Ille. Today will be a little longer than the previous days, but also without apparent difficulties. Stop by the second village on your way called Chevaigné which has a fantastic historic church. Follow the path that winds along the canal d’Ille-et-Rance. You will walk along the canal, passing beside the Vallée Castle after the village of Betton. At the end of today’s journey you will arrive in Rennes, a historic city full of attractions.

6 Rennes to Le Pont Réan - 20km

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5h | +94m / -115m
After an enjoyable rest overnight in Rennes continue on your route on the path that borders the buildings and the canal. The path to Rocade village is very comfortable for walkers. Le Pont Réan is a nice village, worth exploring. The old buildings were constructed in a wine coloured stone which was also used to build the bridge that the town in named after. The mill of Boêl, dating back to the 16th century, is its most famous attraction.

7 Le Pont Réan to Bourg-Des-Comptes - 13km

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4h15 | +238m / -242m
Today’s itinerary is the shortest of the entire way. During the walking day you will pass next to another mill, Le Moulin de la Bouëxière.

8 Bourg-Des-Comptes to Messac - 19km

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5h30 | +146m / -161m
This is a more difficult stage of the journey but you will have the chance to stop in several charming villages along the way. In Guipry, the chapel Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Port dates back to 1644 and deserves a visit.

9 Messac to Langon - 15km

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4h | +143m / -146m
Almost at the end of the stage you will pass next to a nautical base and a manor, built on the opposite side of the canal, which dates back to the 15th century. The metal bridge in Port-du-Roche is a Gustave Eiffel’s work, donated to Napoleon III in 1867, disassembled and moved to the banks of la Vilaine river in 1868. For this reason you will notice the imperial “N” as ornament.

10 Langon to Etang de la Roche - 28km

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7h | +233m / -193m
On your way to Etang de la Roche, you will see the chapel “des Lieux Saints”, dedicated to Saint Anne.

11 Etang de la Roche to Blain - 23km

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5h45 | +163m / -174m
Coming from the beautiful valley you will make your way through more remote landscapes in this stage. You will walk in the footsteps of the monks through the heart of the countryside. The last second stage of this section ends in Blain. Make sure to visit the Groulais Castle, dating back to the 12th century.

12 Blain to Nantes - 23km

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4h45 | +150m / -154m
During this stage you will leave the canal to follow an old railway. Nantes is Jules Verne’s birth city and the historic capital city of the Dukes of Brittany. The Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint-Paul and the castle of the Dukes of Brittany are the two most famous monuments of this city. There are 38kms between Blain and Nantes, we recommend you walk to Treillieres (22.5kms) and take a local bus into Nantes to avoid the city’s suburbs (fare not included in package). The Lila Premier bus line will take you to Nantes in 30 min approx. (one per hour until 18hrs). Check destineo.fr or Treillieres town hall for timetable.

13 Nantes

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Nantes is the 6th largest city in France, the capital of the Pays de la Loire region and the Loire-Atlantique department. It is also the historic capital of the Dukes of Brittany. Located on the banks of the Loire River, Nantes is also Jules Verne’s birth city. The Cathedral of Saint-Peter and Saint-Paul and the castle of the Dukes of Brittany are the two most famous sites in the city. The Cathedral’s foundation stone was laid in 1434 and it took until 1891 to finish it. It was then damaged by the Second World War and a fire in the 20th century, which lead to what was the most complete interior restoration of a cathedral in France. The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany is located on the right bank of the Loire, which formerly fed its ditches. It was the residence of the Dukes of Brittany between the 13th and 16th centuries, subsequently becoming the Breton residence of the French Monarchy. The restored building now includes the new Nantes History Museum.

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Mont-Saint-Michel - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Antrain - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Sens-de-Bretagne - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Saint-Médard-Sur-Ille - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Rennes - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Le Pont Réan - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Bourg-des-Comptes - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Messac - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Langon - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Etang de la Roche - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Blain - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Nantes - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Mont-Saint-Michel Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Nantes Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

To Mont-Saint-Michel
The nearest airports are in order Rennes, Nantes and Paris.

Best Option: Rennes Airport (92km)
There are annually direct flights to Rennes departing from Southampton UK or Barcelona. Seasonal flights are also available for example from Dublin, Cork, Manchester, Exeter, Venise. (see www.rennes.aeroport.fr)Alternative Option

Daily connection with Paris International Airports as well.

 

Alternative Option (a): Nantes Airport (201km)

The city of Nantes is reachable directly by plane from many European cities. From Rome with Vueling or Transavia, from Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair, from Madrid with Iberia, Berlin with Transavia and from many more cities (see www.nantes.aeroport.fr).

Daily connection with Paris International Airports of Orly and Roissy as well.
Alternative Option (b): Paris Airports (370km)

The 2 airports in Paris (Charles de Gaulle [CDG] and Orly) are some of the major hubs in Europe and all European airlines operate in Paris. See www.skyscanner.com.
The airport Beauvais is Paris low-cost airport. With Ryanair, a route from/to Madrid, Barcelona, Porto, Glasgow (Prestwick), Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin. Other destinations are available as well.

How to get back from Nantes
Best Option: Nantes Airport (10km)
From Nantes airport is possible to fly directly to many European cities. To Rome with Vueling or Transavia, to Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair, to Madrid with Iberia, to Berlin with Transavia and to many more cities. (see www.nantes.aeroport.fr)

 

Alternative Option: Paris Airport (407km)
The closest International Airports are in Paris. You can reach Paris taking another flight from Nantes with Air France. From Paris Orly there is an average of 3 flights per day connecting the two cities. From Paris Roissy there are usually 4. The flights take around 1h15min.

 

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Mont-Saint-Michel

The closest rail station to the island is located in Pontorson. From there for the last 9km to Mont-Saint-Michel you can take a bus. There is also a wheelchair-accessible bus shuttle connection that is dependent on the train schedules, and it will arrive 300 meters from Mont Saint Michel (see www.bienvenueaumontsaintmichel.com).

 

From: Rennes Airport (92km)

The train from there takes just 1h to Pontorson.

There is also the option to take a bus from Rennes direct to Mont-Saint-Michel (see www.destination-montsaintmichel.com)

 

From: Nantes Airport (201km)
From Nantes the train takes 2h and arrives in Pontorson.

 

From: Paris (370km)

You have many options (see www.aeroportsdeparis.fr). Many companies organizes daily trips by bus to Mont-Saint-Michel (see www.keolis-emeraude.com). If you would better travel by train, you have also two options. You can take a regional train from Paris Saint-Lazare (see www.paris-city-line.com/en/paris-gare-st-lazare-information.htm) to Pontorson, which takes around 4h, and reach Mont-Saint-Michel as before mentioned or you can take a high speed TGV train from Paris Montparnasse (see www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/train-station/montparnasse-train-station.html) to Rennes, which takes around 2h, and then choose between the options before mentioned.

 

How to get back from Nantes

To: Nantes airport (10km)

Shuttle bus from the city centre to the airport every 30 minutes. See http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/acces/navettes

To: Paris Airport Charles de Gaulle (407km)
To reach Paris there’s the option to take a high speed TGV train (see en.voyages-sncf.com), which journey lasts around 2h, and then take a RER for the airport from Gare de Lyon.

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