The Brittany town of Lorient is a fusion of heritage and landscapes. Its houses, beaches and quays point to the conquest of India and the East Indies, deep-sea fishing, the Second World War and the restored pride of the Celtic nations
A former German U-Boat base, Lorient played a huge role in the Second World War and was a primary target for Allied bombing raids. Today’s rebuilt city is awash with post 1950's architecture and a number of museums and galleries to explore.[ReadMoreMob]
Close to Lorient harbour, the Cité de la Voile (City of Sailing), is a modern interactive exhibition with giant audio-visual presentations that highlight the city’s importance in shipbuilding, fishing and, now, ocean racing. With its proud Celtic connections, a glorious mix of kilts, Breton bagpipes, Irish fiddles and Galician pipes, come together at the annual Festival Interceltique.
Away from Lorient, a trip across the water to Port Louis offers up the National Maritime Museum and French East Indies Company Museum. Housed in 16th century military buildings, these museums are rare examples of Lorient’s original architecture and are must-visit sites.
Brittany, or the Armorica peninsula, as it was known in antiquity, is famed for its numerous Neolithic monuments. The small town of Carnac in southern Brittany is world-famous for the long rows of standing stones, which stretch over a mile or so in a north easterly direction to the north of the town.
Naval war history
The Keroman Submarine Base was a vital part of the German armory in World War II, capable of housing - and protecting from Allied bombing raids - up to 30 U-Boats and submarines. Today it serves as a reminder of the role Lorient had in the war, while The Museum of the Marine Fusiliers tells the story of the French Navy that served here too.
Cruises to Lorient
Departs: Liverpool • Thu 28 May 2020
10 nights • Black Watch • W2015
- Discover the delights of some of Europe’s most beautiful, culture-rich regions as Black Watch takes you closer to a string of stunning cities in northern Spain and Normandy.
- Straying off Spain’s ‘beaten track’, you’ll visit the gorgeous Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria regions for unspoilt coastal scenery, fascinating history, authentic flavours, legendary landmarks and much more.
- Your time in France’s beautiful Normandy region will be spent exploring the River Seine, visiting Rouen, with its rich history and spectacular architecture, and revelling in picturesque countryside scenes.
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Departs: Liverpool • Sun 26 Sep 2021
11 nights • Black Watch • W2123
- A full-flavoured cruise adventure combining French city discovery and scenic cruising with an authentic taste of northern Spain.
- Black Watch sails the picturesque River Seine all the way to Rouen, where tales of history and legend unravel amongst a collection of half-timbered buildings and iconic landmarks.
- Docking alongside the promenade in Bordeaux makes it easy to sample the city’s famed wine culture, or even visit a local vineyard; while Avilés and Getxo offer authentic Spanish food and drink too.
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Departs: Southampton • Wed 27 Oct 2021
9 nights • Braemar • M2126
- Let Braemar take you on an inspirational exploration of French river, making most of her smaller size to discover picture-perfect scenery and captivating cities.
- Experience serene scenic cruising along the picturesque Loire River all the way into Nantes, the gateway to the famous vineyards of the Loire Valley.
- On the Seine, visit Rouen and Honfleur to step back in time amongst the each city’s medieval architecture and historic landmarks; and admire pretty countryside and communes from your smaller ship.
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