St Malo Cruises

View of ancient city Saint-Malo. France
View of ancient city Saint-Malo. France

Originally a fortified island, the walled city of St Malo at the mouth of the River Rance on France’s Brittany coast, is now connected to the mainland by a 'Sillon' causeway. Visiting this atmospheric port, once a stronghold for privateers (pirates approved by the king), is like stepping back in time.

The walls of St Malo, largely destroyed in World War II, have been painstakingly reconstructed. A magnificent grey granite citadel protects the old city, the cobbled streets of which are packed with interesting shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.[ReadMoreMob] The main gate is Porte St-Vincent, home to the castle and town museum, and an eclectic mix of exhibits including maps and local artefacts. Saint-Malo Cathedral, built in Romanesque and Gothic styles, makes an impressive centrepiece.

From the beach outside the citadel it’s possible to walk at low tide to the small island of Grand-Bé, to see the tomb of the 19th century politician and writer, Chateaubriand. To the south is where the original inhabitants lived. They were converted to Christianity by St Malou, after whom they named the impregnable island when they moved there in the 12th century.

Cruises to St Malo

French River Cruising in Five Nights

French River Cruising in Five Nights

Departs: Dover • Thu 27 Aug 2020
5 nights • Boudicca • D2022

  • A five-night, French flavoured journey of discovery combining scenic river cruising through breathtaking countryside with visits to three inspirational cities, this is an enriching short break.
  • See the River Seine’s gorgeous scenes of rolling hills and pretty villages; then stop overnight in Rouen, allowing time to delve into famous French history, marvel at spectacular architecture, or even tour to Paris.
  • Elsewhere, you can unravel the charms of Honfleur, an inspiration for many poets and painters; and marvel at the iconic spired abbey of fairytale-esque Mont St Michel on tour from St Malo.

From £799pp

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French River Cruising in Five Nights

French River Cruising in Five Nights

Departs: Dover • Sat 29 May 2021
5 nights • Boudicca • D2113

  • A five-night, French flavoured journey of discovery combining scenic river cruising through breathtaking countryside with visits to three inspirational cities, this is an enriching short break.
  • See the River Seine’s gorgeous scenes of rolling hills and pretty villages; and enjoy a full day in Rouen, allowing time to delve into famous French history, marvel at spectacular architecture, or even tour to Paris.
  • Elsewhere, you can unravel the charms of Honfleur, an inspiration for many poets and painters; and marvel at the iconic spired abbey of fairytale-esque Mont St Michel on tour from St Malo.

From £699pp

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Five Night Celtic Cruise

Five Night Celtic Cruise

Departs: Liverpool • Sat 29 May 2021
5 nights • Black Watch • W2111

  • Uncover historical, architectural and natural highlights aplenty on this enlightening Bank Holiday escape to three of the six Celtic nations: Ireland, Cornwall and Brittany.
  • In Dun Loghaire, you can visit the James Joyce Tower and Museum, known for its appearance in the novel Ulysses, while Falmouth is your starting point for discovering attractions along the Cornish coast, such as the beautiful Lizard Peninsula.
  • A full-day in St Malo allows time to explore the dramatic fortifications of Mont St Michel, or the ruins of the Celtic Aleth Cathedral in nearby Saint-Servan, before Black Watch sails among the spectacular Isles of Scilly.

From £749pp

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