Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Setting out from the pier, drive approximately one hour to Quimper -- the ancient capital of Cornouaille. With a distinctly Breton character, Quimper takes its name from kemper -- a Breton word meaning the confluence of two rivers. The Steir and Odet Rivers flow through this relaxed cathedral city.
Your guided walking tour begins with an exploration of the twin spires of St Corenthin's Cathedral. Dominating the skyline of Quimper, the cathedral was built between 1240 and the 15th century. It was not until 1856 that the two spires were added, symbolizing local wealth and the origin of Gothic art in Brittany. The cathedral itself is the earliest Gothic building in Lower Brittany and has a strong Norman influence. Don't miss the vibrant stained-glass windows dating from the 15th through 19th centuries. The city itself, once completely walled, has retained the aspect of a fortified town. Since 1690, Quimper has been known for the production of faience -- elegant hand-painted pottery that often features decorative flowers and animals, usually framed by blue and yellow borders. Originally created as wedding presents and heirlooms, faience is now exported to collectors worldwide.
In this traditional setting enjoy approximately one hour of free time to wander among the fine houses and handicraft shops before returning to the ship by motor coach.
Notes: Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.