Raz and Sizun trek
Sentiers de France - 8 days
- Raz and Sizun trek
- 8 days / 7 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
Overview> Visit Locronan, one of the most picturesque and beautiful villages in Brittany
> Walk a coastal path along the rocky cliffs and enjoy the magnificent views
> Enjoy 24/7 emergency assistance during the whole trek
The Cape of Sizun is at the extreme West of Cornouaille, advancing boldly into the ocean. The jagged coast of this narrow strip of land is made up of a series of headlands and creeks bordered by rocky outcrops. The landscapes are spectacular and certain sites, ranked among the most beautiful in France, are protected and regulated, victims of their success. You will appreciate these walks along the coastal path or the ‘sentier des douaniers’ as it is sometimes called, that runs along the cliffs, following the terrain’s idiosyncrasies. You will be stunned by the famous Pointe du Raz headland and the Phare de la Vieille (lighthouse of the Old Lady) opposite the Ile de Sein. However, this walk starts with a detour into the hinterland of Cornouaille to discover one of the most picturesque and beautiful villages in Brittany, Locronan. After reaching its zenith in the 16th century, thanks to the sailcloth industry, its architectural heritage has been successfully preserved.
All our walking holidays are available from March to the middle of November. These prices are for the low season (01/03 – 30/06). Please contact our trekking experts if you want to reserve during the high season (01/07 – 01/10).
If you prefer to spend your nights in 3-4 star hotels, this trek is also available in a "Comfort" package. The price of the Comfort Package per person on double occupancy is EUR 1485,- and EUR 1845,- in a single room. If you are a solo trekker, the price of this Comfort Package trek is EUR 2060,-.
RouteWhat's the plan?
Day 1 – Arrive in DOUARNENEZ
The town nestles deep within a bay, protected by the Ile Tristan. This town of 3 ports was formed by the merger of 3 port villages with rich pasts, and was, for centuries, a major sardine fishing port. The town has retained a number of reminders from this era that you will discover by following the ‘Sardine circuit’ in the heart of the town, not forgetting the beautiful houses with their coloured façades that line the quays or face the beach. Dinner, night and breakfast in a 2-star hotel.
Day 2 – From LOCRONAN to DOUARNENEZ (18 Km)
A taxi will drop you off at the beginning of the morning at the Locronan mountain summit, close to the Ar Sonj chapel. After admiring the awe-inspiring view across the Bay of Douarnenez, you will descend towards Locronan, a magnificent small medieval village that prospered thanks to the sailcloth industry. The wonderfully preserved granite village still boasts very beautiful Renaissance houses and a magnificent 15th century church. You will cross the Névet forest, an ancient Druid forest where St Ronan established his retreat in the 6th century. The Finistère department has bought up and restored the wood as a botanical reserve containing some rare species. Then, going across country, you will come to the sea close to the Plage du Ry (beach). Follow the coast to reach Douarnenez, the town with three ports, city of sardines, capital of fish canning. Most canneries have now disappeared but a stroll through the town and the backstreets that lead to the port will bring this glorious era to life. Lodging and breakfast in the same hotel. Dinner not included.
Day 3 – From the POINTE DU MILIER to DOUARNENEZ (19 Km)
Taxi transfer from Douarnenez to the car park near the headland. From the car park, you will go down the narrow path and make a loop to see the Kériolet water mill and the Barque de Saint Conogan, a recumbent dolmen. You then reach the headland and the lighthouse where you will pick up the coastal path that runs along the rocky cliffs. The path follows the land’s contours, climbing and descending into small valleys carved out by streams that hurl themselves into the sea, or into the wild, sometimes sandy, creeks. You will pass the Pointe de la Jument headland that ends with a large rock resembling a mare’s head, and you will then see Douarnenez at the end of the bay. The path is superb, the views are magnificent, a real feast for the eyes! After the Pointe du Leydé headland, you will reach the Plage des Sables Blancs (White Sand Beach) then Tréboul, nowadays an area of Douarnenez that boasts a lovely marina. You will cross the bridge over this estuary and don’t miss a visit to Port Rhu with its museum-boats and a visitor centre telling the story of life at sea and long sea voyages. Night and breakfast in the same hotel. Dinner not included.
Day 4 – From the POINTE DU MILIER headland to the CAP SIZUN reserve (19 Km)
Taxi transfer from Douarnenez to the car park close to the Pointe where you will find the coastal path. Then head West! The path runs along the cliffs following the wild contours, and offers magnificent views across this extremely ragged, wild coastline. You will go down onto Pors Péron beach, well sheltered between the cliffs, then climb once more to reach one of the small sheltered ports. They are dotted along this coast but difficult to access from the land! The path then continues from headland to headland along the cliff tops. You will discover the ruins of the Kastel Koz Gallic Oppidum that dates from 450 BC. On this narrow peninsula bordered by steep cliffs, the Gauls built a fortified camp that would have housed more than 200 people. Further along, you will go down onto Plesven beach before climbing back up to the cliff top to reach the Goulien nature reserve that stretches for 50 hectares of cliffs and heathland and encompasses numerous rocky islets close to the coast. From here you can observe sedentary and migratory marine birds. A taxi will pick you up from the reserve car park at the end of the day, and take you to the hotel in the Bay of Trépassés. Dinner, night and breakfast in a 2-star seaside hotel.
Day 5 – From CAP SIZUN reserve to the BAY OF TREPASSES (19 Km)
Taxi transfer to the reserve where you will pick up the coastal path, with its ups and downs. In some places, you will move slightly inland, before reaching the Pointe de Penhan, the only headland not facing due North, with a small sheltered port, Pors Loedec, on its Eastern flank. You will continue along the cliffs to the Pointe de Kerharo headland, then the Pointe de Brézellec that juts into the sea and offers a remarkable view across the Bay of Douarnenez and the Crozon peninsula. A few kilometres further on, you will go down onto Thèolen beach with its enormous rock that truly looks as if it has been placed on the sand! You will then detour via the Pointe de Castelmeur, a narrow headland that slices through the waves and shelters a fortified village, its oldest ruins dating back to 2,000 B.C. Finally you will reach the Pointe du Van, a rocky cape that has preserved a natural decor of heathland, heather and broom. Following the path, you will pass in front of the magnificent Saint They chapel and its small enclosure that seems to be perched on the rock facing the open sea, before going down into the Bay of Trépassés, a source of dark tales. Dinner, night and breakfast in the same hotel.
Day 6 – From the BAY OF TREPASSES to ANSE DU LOC’H
You will follow the beach then take the coastal path that rises across the heather and broom towards the cliff tops. You will reach the Pointe du Raz, this rocky spur where the land delivers its final challenge to the ocean. The site is spectacular and is now listed as a French heritage site, which has enabled it to escape certain ruin caused by its huge success with tourists! Nature, already badly tended by the often unhinged forces of nature, would not have been able to resist the incessant footsteps of millions of tourists who descend on this patch of land every year. The restoration of pathways and flowerbeds has given this site back its primitive air. You will love the site’s extreme beauty, the Vieille lighthouse and, in the distance, the Ile de Sein, with the famous Raz de Sein in between. A narrow stretch of water that no sailor, it is said, would cross without fear or pain! It is a fascinating landscape, that you must leave to regain the coastal path once more, but rest assured, the South coast is just as wild and the path still runs along the cliffs.
You will go down into the small port of Bestrée, surrounded by huge rocks, and continue towards the Pointe de Feunteun Aod that boasts a small port and a creek where boats come, as in years gone by, to shelter and wait for weather conditions to improve in order to cross the fearsome Raz de Sein. Still on the cliffs, you will head for Pors Loubous, a small, quiet port, then pass the Plogoff and Mouton headlands to reach the Anse du Loc’h, a cove where you will find your beach front hotel. Dinner, night and breakfast in a 3 star hotel.
Day 7 – From ANSE DU LOC’H to AUDIERNE (13 Km)
The landscape is transformed! No more impressive cliffs, with their sheer drops into the sea! The path runs along the hills and passes the Pointe de Castel headland to reach the small port of Porstarz then the Anse du Cabestan, a cove where you will find the Trez Goarem sand dunes. In this protected area, a number of wild and rare plants grow in abundance. You will continue your walk via the Pointe de Lervily headland, whose late 19th century lighthouse signals the entrance to the Bay of Audierne. You then reach the port of Saint Evette from where boats leave for the Ile de Sein. You will walk along the large fine sandy beach, visit the Saint Evette chapel, rebuilt from 1743 onwards, before reaching Audierne, a fishing port situated at the mouth of the Goyen. Dinner, night and breakfast in a seaside 2-star hotel
The walk ends after breakfast.
√ Luggage transfer
During the trek, we will make sure that your luggage gets from one hotel to the next before you get there. You will leave your bags at the hotel lobby at the beginning of the day and you will find them at your next hotel upon arrival.
√ Sentiers de France's Dossier
Before the trek, you will be given a Dossier prepared by Sentiers de France. This dossier includes a set of maps (1/25 000 scale) with the route marked on and detailed route notes describing the trail. It also includes a daily itinerary together with information about facilities and places of interest along the trail.
7 breakfasts and 5 dinners are included during this trek. These will be provided at the hotels. The other meals during the trek are not included. Sentiers de France will give you a list of nearby good restaurants for you to go out and enjoy the traditional Frech cuisine!
You will spend your nights in 2-3 star hotels along the way. Accommodation is normally in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities. A "comfort Package" is also available if you prefer to spend your nights in 3-4 star hotels.
Some sections of the trek will be done by taxi as mentioned in the itinerary. These transfers are included in the price of the trek.
√ Emergency assistance
Sentiers de France will be available for you in case of an emergency. You can always contact them by phone or email and they will be there to solve any inconvenience that you may face during your trek.
The total amount excludes flights to and from France. You will also have to make your way to the starting point of the trek on your own.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to France.
× Entrance fees
The entrance fees to museums, castles, or any other point of interest along the way are not included in the price of this trek.
The price of the trek includes the meals along the way. The drinks, however, are not included.
You will spend your nights in 2-3 star hotels along the way. Accommodation is normally in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities. Sentiers de France will take care of all the arrangements. On the Dossier, you will find all the information regarding your accommodation. Also, your luggage will be taken from one hotel to the next, you only have to worry about enjoying your trek!
You will be staying in the following hotels. Should any of the hotels be fully booked, you will be accommodated in another hotel of the same category.
If you prefer to spend your nights in 3-4 star hotels, this trek is also available in a "Comfort" package. The price of the Comfort Package per person on double occupancy is EUR 1485,- and EUR 1845,- in a single room. If you are a solo trekker, the price of this Comfort Package trek is of EUR 2060,-.
By train: Direct trains from Paris Montparnasse rail station to Quimper and bus to Douarnenez.
Where to park your car: Free car park in Douarnenez. Return from Audierne to Douarnenez by bus
We encourage you to travel lightly and don’t have too many bags and clothes. It’s up to you to decide what additional things to bring. Depending on your total trip time in France, you may have bags that you won’t need on the walking tour. We suggest you make arrangements to store bags during the hike if you won’t need them (you can leave them in a locker room in railway stations for example). This short list is for the walking side of the tour and we presume you will bring comfortable casual wear to use during the evenings or on a free day:
– The most essential items of equipment are a good pair of walking boots and a suitable daypack.
– Waterproof jacket and over-trousers (rain gear)
– Thick socks for use inside walking boots
– Comfortable trousers and/or shorts
– Extra sweater
– Sun hat
– Trekking poles or walking sticks
From May to October but be careful this area is very crowded in summer. We recommend you (if you can) to come outside this period. Nevertheless, this area attracts a lot of tourists and you have to reserve earlier to get the best rooms.
Arrival in Europe
We suggest you consider arranging your travel so that you arrive in Europe at least two days before your hike is scheduled to start. By planning to arrive early, you safeguard against potential delays or cancellations of flight and you have extra time to adjust to the new time zone so you’ll feel more relaxed when your hike begins.
Getting to the starting place
We explain in the detailed itinerary and in more detail in the Route Notes how to reach the starting point and the first hotel where you will stay. We shall send you all these details if you take your trip dossier at the reception desk of the first hotel.
Transfer between the airport or the nearest station and the starting and finishing points of the tour are not included in the tour price. We shall be pleased to help you. Feel free to e-mail us if you are facing difficulties.
Lodging and food
One of the best things about these tours! You will discover and enjoy the cuisine of the region you visit. Sentiers de France books and pays for your accommodation, normally in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities.
All breakfasts are included. We also include evening meals as specified in the brochure and dossier only when the restaurant attached to the hotel has a good reputation, otherwise, we invite you to have dinner outside and give you a list of nearby good restaurants. When we include dinners, these are from a menu of 3 or 4 courses (menu du terroir for CL tours and gourmet or degustation menu for LU tours) For each course you can choose between different suggestions. Drinks and coffee are not included.
Lunches or picnic lunches are not included, but many overnight stops are in small towns and villages where picnic material can be bought from local shops before you start your day’s walk; alternatively, a packed lunch can be ordered the evening before from your hotel.
Be careful, baggage-handling services are not available in the French hotels. Be prepared to carry you your own bags up narrow staircases, many hotels or inns do not have elevators. We strongly advise you pack adequately but lightly and limit baggage to an amount that you can easily handle.
We arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. We ask you to leave your luggage at the reception desk on setting out each morning.
Sentiers de France passport
You will receive a nontransferable passport delivered by Sentiers de France (it looks like a credit card). It replaces the traditional voucher. You will have to show it at the reception desk of the hotels or to the taxi driver… Take care of it!
It is very important to be in good physical shape when you start the tour. We strongly recommend you to go for a number of walks of the same length of the tour’s stages during the weeks before the departure wearing the boots that you will use during the tour. You will make sure your boots are well broken-in and that they fit properly.
We shall send this dossier to you within 2 weeks before the departure date after receipt of the balance or total payment if you live in Europe. An additional special delivery (UPS, DHL) fee is requested for people living outside Europe who want receive the dossier at home. Otherwise, you will find the dossier at the first hotel and we send you all the details to reach it by e-mail.
This trip dossier includes:
– detailed walk route notes and interesting background information about the area
– detailed local information about places to visit en route, recommendations for places to eat in the evening when dinner is not included
– a comprehensive list of what to take with you
– information and contact details of the different places of accommodation where you will stay, for different taxis that carry your luggage and that can escort you a day if you are tired or injured
– Labels to tie to your luggage in the tour
– Sentiers de France Passport instead of accommodation vouchers.
Our treks in France are absolutely safe. In our dossier you will find a detailed map of the route you have to follow and information and contact details of the different places of accommodation where you will stay, and for different taxis that will carry your luggage, Moreover, a 24-hour helpline is available for you during the whole trek in case of an emergency. We will be there for you every step of the way!
Sentiers de France
Sentiers de France
For more than 20 years, Sentiers de France has helped lovers of walking to explore France’s most beautiful landscapes.
The company was born from the travels enjoyed by Jean-Marc and his wife, Katie. A keen walker, but lacking the time to create his own itineraries, Jean-Marc searched for an agency to provide what he wanted: great walks, restaurant and hotel recommendations, taxi services to transport the bags to avoid being laden down all day and above all maximum freedom and comfort.
He searched in vain. Rather than admit defeat, he decided to create Sentiers de France to explore France, but on his own terms. No guides, or groups, so he could set off when it suited him and above all be completely free during his walk. Hotels, with two or three stars, to offer the best conditions in which to relax after a long day of walking and above all great restaurants in which to recharge energy levels, while savouring the gastronomic riches of each region being explored.
We often forget it, but France, a key tourist destination, offers an incredible variety of landscapes. Each region has its riches, whether gastronomic, œnological, cultural or historical.
All the walks have been created and tested by Jean-Marc, and then later given the seal of approval by our hundreds of walkers who by filling in our customer satisfaction surveys help us to improve and enrich what we offer. Every year, new circuits are born as we discover them and as they are requested. We all want different things, which is why all our routes are à la Carte. Nothing is carved in stone, Jean-Marc wants Sentiers de France to evolve constantly.
We evolve as required. This is how, a little while later, our cycling and scenic car routes were born. There is more than one way to visit France, which is why for many years, we have offered cycling holidays in the Loire Valley. The area’s rich history has left its traces here, with magnificent châteaux created by our kings. And of course, let us not forget Touraine’s many wines, renowned around the world.
So as not to miss anything, we have travelled France’s most beautiful routes through the most beautiful regions. Often, due to a lack of time or information, you can pass by magical places without realising. Our scenic car tours will ensure that you do not miss a thing and you will discover the very best.
Now, Sentiers de France has evolved once more. Eugénie,has joined the Sentiers de France team. Jean-Marc is working on a daily basis to pass on his incredible know-how and his experience of the paths and routes of France. In this digital era, Sentiers has launched on Facebook and Instagram so that you can always stay up to date with our latest finds. Finally, we have developed our website, to modernise it, so it better reflects our great company and so you can join our great community of walkers, cyclists and drivers as easily as possible.
How to Book
How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. For the treks in France, you can book your trek by paying 15% of the total amount. However, 45 days before your trek, you must pay the remaining 85%. If you book within 45 days of your trip, then you must pay the full amount.
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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all the necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.
Important: This trek must be booked at least one month before the departure day of the trek. This has to do with the fact that the trekking company needs that time to make the hotel reservations for you and prepare the trekking notes for your trek.
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. If you cancel your trip within 45 days before the trek, then the amount is non-refundable. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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