Archaeology Tours in Brittany
Central Brittany B and B is a beautiful home which has been lovingly restored to offer you boutique bed and breakfast accommodation. We are open all year.
3-day specialist stays
We have teamed up with Phil Dunn @timetrailsinbittany to offer 3-day specialist stays.
Who are the tours for ? – Tours are tailored for adults and families. Phil has a great way of engaging participants of all ages with his fun and highly knowledgeable approach. There are moments of excitement and drama including hands-on exploration. Phil’s passion for his subject is full of energy and will not fail to get you engaged in all elements of his tours.
Included in your package are 3 separate Archaeology Tours lead by your guide Phil Dunn BSc, MA, PGCE
About your tours
Phil is an experienced Archaeologist and teacher who has used his research of sites in Brittany and the British Isles to put together a series of fascinating archaeological tours. He will personally take you on a journey back through time.
Your tours will be centred upon locations within 20 miles (roughly 30 minutes) of Rohan and each tour has been designed with a specific aim in mind.
Your first tour, The Locminé Loop, takes place in the afternoon and will give you a flavour of the sheer range of differing monuments to be found in the Breton countryside. There are some “oohs” and “aahs” and some definite “wows”. Please be aware that not all the sites are accessible for people with mobility problems and there will be some slip, trip and bump hazards, but this is a great tour for those who like to absorb themselves in a landscape and don’t mind getting a little mucky.
Tours two and three take place on the following day and we recommend taking a delicious packed lunch which is available by prior arrangement.
In the morning you will enjoy the Ménéac Markers tour. This short tour starts in La Trinité-Porhoët and links together a series of similar monuments which, at first site, appear not to have much connection to each other. The story they have to tell, however, shows just how well prehistoric people understood the land they lived in.
After enjoying our picnic lunch we will then head west for about 35 minutes to take the Guerlédan Heights tour. The last of your three tours will take you through some beautiful scenery to visit a cluster of “allée couverte” tombs, ending with a truly unique monument that speaks volumes about the role of ritual and religion throughout human history.
As with your first tour, there are some slip and trip hazards which mean that they are not suitable for guests with limited mobility. There are also some short, but steep slopes to be aware of which might leave you puffing a little! As with any outdoor activity we would remind you to dress appropriately for the weather, and to ensure that you come equipped with hats, bottled water, suncream … or waterproofs!
You can find more details and photographs of your tours at www.timetrailsinbrittany.fr
Location and accommodation
In the Morbihan department of Brittany, the village of Rohan is situated on the Nantes et Brest Canal which meanders through the village. Access to the canal is just a 2 minute walk and the village is a further 3 minute walk from the canal from your accommodation. Rohan Boasts 3 bars, 2 cafes, 3 restaurants, 2 bakeries, banks, estate agents, hairdressers, Pharmacy, Carrefour express supermarket and a fuel station. Friday afternoon – early evening a small produce market is help in the ancient ‘Halle’ – covered market place.
There is an inland port for river and house boats and a beautiful lake for walking and sitting to watch the world go by. Two boule courts are available free of charge for those who fancy giving a game of French boule a go. Boule supplied from Central Brittany B and B.
The Abbey de Timeaduec is a 2.5km walk along the canal, this is a working Abbey and the Monks produce a locality walnut cheese here available to buy in their gift shop. – this cheese will be available for tasting during your stay.
Rohan is mid way between the two beautiful canal-side Chateau towns of Pontivy and Josselin, both have a wonderful atmosphere and are steeped in history.
Your stay includes 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast and a 3 course evening meal with wine included on evenings 1 and 2.
All meals are vegetarian and of the highest quality. Locally sourced / home grown produce. Sharon is a creative cook and attention to detail of flavour and presentation is present in all dishes produced. Dining at Central Brittany B and B is a time to come together with fellow tour members at the end of the day in the dining room for dining and social gathering.
Dining on evening 3 of your stay can be booked at your leisure in one of the 3 restaurants in the village of Rohan just a 5 minute evening stroll along the Nantes et Brest Canal. This dining is not included in the package.
Le Petite Tonnau – a pizzeria
La Gavoette – A traditional French Creperie
Le oust – A Michelin affiliated traditional French cuisine
All three restaurants are reasonably priced and a pleasure to attend.
Tour Dates 2021
September 3rd – 5th inclusive ( 3 night stay )
October 20th – 22nd inclusive ( 3 night stay ) winter equinox
December 20th – 22nd inclusive ( 3 night stay ) winter solstice
Arrival at Central Brittany B and B
Afternoon tea will be served in the dining room at 4pm.
Meet your Guide – Phil. Site itineraries issued and location maps .
Evening dinner service begins at 7.30pm with your fellow tour participants.
Breakfast at 8.30am.
Prepare and leave for the first Tour site meeting in the village of Locmine. Here you will find a lovely cafe for you to have lunch before departing on your afternoon Tour with Phil at 1.30pm.
8 sites visited across 6 locations during the afternoon.
Return to Central Brittany B and B at approximately 6pm
Evening dinner service begins at 7.30pm with your fellow tour participants.
Breakfast at 8.00am
Collect picnic lunches and depart to the location of the 2nd and 3rd site tour.
Prepare to leave at 9.15 to arrive at your first Tour location of the day in the village of La Trinité-Porhoët where Phil will meet you at 10:00
You will visit 9 sites across three main locations.
Return to Central Brittany B and B at approximately 5.00 pm where you will be greeted with afternoon tea.
Evening dining at a restaurant of your choice in Rohan.
Breakfast served at 8.30 – 9.30
|Canal Room||Sky Room||Rohan Suite|
|Price per night 2 sharing a double bed||55.00€ Breakfast included||55.00€ Breakfast included||60.00€ Breakfast included|
|3 course Table D’hotes Vegetarian menu||17.00€ Per person Free Bottle of Wine per couple||17.00€ Per person Free Bottle of Wine per couple||17.00€ Per person Free Bottle of Wine per couple|
|Total 3 night stay with 2 nights table d’hotes||265.00€||265.00€||280.00€|
|3 Tours with Phil @ Timetrails in Brittany 2 People Sharing||150.00€||150.00€||150.00€|
|Total Package 2 people sharing||415.00€||415.00€||430.00€|
Child prices for tours:
Under 4 years go Free
5 – 12 years 15€ per tour – total per special break 45.00€
The rooms – all rooms have tea and coffee making facilities
Canal View – Traditional antique French Double bed a single Z-bed can be added for a child
Sky View – Flexible room, large double sleeping two, or two singles, or 3 singles with the 3rd bed a Z-bed
Canal and Sky view rooms share a large shower room.
Rohan Suite – Double bed a single Z-bed can be added for a child. Private en-suite shower room.
Please state which room you wish to book on your reservation.
What is NOT included
Travel to and from Central Brittany B and B from your home
Travel between Archaeology sites
Insurance – please take out relevant insurance for your trip to include the Tours.
Pricing and Availability
We are open all year