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Lorient, France-port

Explore the historic, thriving fishing port of Lorient with colorful fishing boats, container ships and yachts coming and going. Visit the submarine base now home to a naval museum and authentic French Navy submarine. Then have a look at the Maison de l’Imprimeur, parts of which date back to the eighteenth century. Stroll over to Rue du Port and Rue de Liege for shopping. Look for handmade lace and linens, Quimpere pottery, and fleur de sel harvested nearby. Enjoy fresh Breton seafood, cod, mussels, and crepes. Stop for a glass of wine or the popular local cider as you drink in the history of Lorient’s dynamic surroundings.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Charming Quimper
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Concarneau & Pont-Aven
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Historic Vannes
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Magnificent Josselin Castle
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Artists' Colony of Pont Aven
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Carnac Megaliths & St. Goustan
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • The Walled City of Concarneau
    Light Activity /Walking

Charming Quimper

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 1/2 hours

Tour Code: LOR-008

This excursion offers you the chance to enjoy a leisurely day spent visiting the pretty town of Quimper. Located in a scenic valley at the juncture of the Steir and Odet rivers, this delightful enclave is a popular tourist destination and boasts a long tradition of pottery making.

Traveling by coach, it's a picturesque drive of just over 1 hour to reach the city, where upon arrival you will commence a guided walking tour. One of the highlights of your tour is the Cathedral St. Corentin. Originally constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries, it has a strong Norman influence and features some excellent stained-glass windows that date from the 15th and 19th centuries. The Cathedral's imposing twin spires dominate the skyline of Quimper, symbolizing both the wealth and Gothic art found in Brittany at that time.

The city itself, once completely walled, has retained the aspect of a fortified town, including a covered way and watch tower that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. The lay out of the city center, is such that the establishments of the local tradesmen and timber-framed houses, stand side-by-side with aristocratic mansions. There are numerous small bridges throughout the city that cross the river, and on all days except Sundays, there is a lively covered market in the center of town.

Following your guided tour, you will have free time to further explore on your own or browse the shops before it's time to re-join your coach for the transfer back to Lorient.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of moderate walking, much of it over cobblestone and uneven surfaces. There are also a few steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; flat, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. In the event of religious ceremonies taking place, interior visits to any cathedrals will not be possible.