Practical information

 

  • Book a tour
  • Meeting point for each excursion is stated when booking is made.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice on transport to our excursion places.
  • Visits can be organised in French, English and Russian.
  • We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes.
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    Rennes : découvrir la capitale bretonne avec un guide local

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    Rennes is an ideal city to immerse in the Middle Ages in Brittany and France

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    Rennes et le parlement de Bretagne (Parliament of Brittany)

Rennes at a glance

 

Rennes in a few words

Rennes is the capital city in Brittany. It is a dynamic and welcoming city which will undoubtedly seduce you for its curiosities and possible distractions. Classified as an Art and Historical city, it has plenty of memories to tell from its foundation dating back to the Gallo-Roman period ! It spread along the Ille and Vilaine rivers, especially at Middle Age. Heritage and testimonies from that age are still well at stage, such as well preserved and coloured half-timbered houses which you wil find at various places in the city centre, or remains of ramparts and towers. To such an extent that Rennes is, along with Dinan and Vannes, the ideal place in Brittany to immerse yourself in medieval period.

Rennes and its medieval streets with a local guideEvents and unification context between this region and France made it evolve and build up nice classical constructions, one of which being the famous Brittany Parliament. Having witnessed key moments in the French history, such as the Dreyfus affair, the city took on its role of regional capital city and has continuously developed. Up until now as it has become a major place for technology, universities and cultural activities. 


Rennes is regularly ranked amongst the French cities with the best quality of life. There is a special vibe along its streets and places in the city centre. Students surely take a good part to animating places. Plenty of festivals and places to go out and bars with a strong identity will welcome you beyond the famous Rue Saint Michel also called the Thirst Road, and not just on Thursday nights !

 

 

Its Rocking city reputation is very much maintained by the atmosphere and the importance music takes place. Many music events from concerts in bars to the Transmusicales Festival, are the opportunity for new talents to come up whether they are French or foreigners (in Rennes took place the first concert in France by Nirvana, Björk, Ben Harper and Lenny Kravitz, and it was also the place people could discover Daft Punk and Justice).
Culture is also on the offer thanks to popular events : cinema, litterature and poetry festivals, and also via the Opera, National Theatre (TNB), museums and also its new cultural centre located in Champs Libres. Britton culture obviously takes a special and regular part on the agenda you can find in Roazhon (Rennes in Britton). Friendlyness is still calling as you may well see people playing the palets around the corner, this typical game there.

Your appetite should not be left aside given the number of crêperies and restaurants there. These have been able to reinvent their cuisine and specialities. We will mention the traditional galettes and crêpes which will be served with farm cider, and local poultry receipes, "pommé" and local desserts (kouign amann, Britton far, four Breton quarter).

Rich heritage and architecture in Rennes (Brittany)


"Rennes at a glance" visit

Wandering along Rennes is also like immersing yourself in centuries of local history and very different times. 

We will start with discovering the remaining preserved vestiges in the city and will then stroll along the picturesque small streets interlaced with each others and medieval halftimbered houses or renaissance ones, but also private mansions dating back to 17th and 18th century which were built up by parliamentarians. This paved road will take us to the animated city centre which is now almost fully pedestrian. It will then lead us to the former royal places which witnessed a wide number of events from the old times until now. 

Book for the "Rennes at a glance" tour with a local guide

 

Excursions in Rennes (Bretagne). Here, the cathedral Private tours in Rennes (including night tours)

 

Practical information : 

  • Visit is meant to last for 2h
  • Price rates :

Visit within a small group : 14 euros per person (free for children -10 yo, 11 euros for -20 yo). On Fridays at 1.30pm.

Private visit : 80 euros for your own group. Night tours are also possible on demand.

  • A more complete visit is also proposed to discover the city : Rennes unveils

 

How to come to Rennes :

  • By train from Paris in 2h (Montparnasse TGV), from Nantes in 1h20, from Tours and Loire valley castles in 2h45. SNCF time schedule.
  • By car : 350 km from Paris, 100 km from Nantes, 250 km from Loire valley castles, 180 km from Caen and Normandy.
  • You will easily travel around Rennes by metro (up until 2008 Rennes was the smallest city in the world having its tube!), by bus or even on foot or bicycle (Rennes innovated in 1998 with the computerised booking system).

 

Agenda : Half timbered houses in Rennes (Brittany)

  • Travelling is a cinema and music festival featuring a city or a country, in February. From 2017 February, 7th till 14th, urban territories (including imaginary cities) and Moroccan cinema will be put forward.
  • Jazz à l'étage is a jazz festival from 2017 March, 10th till April, 2nd (will be in part in Saint Malo too).
  • Mythos is a speech arts festival, which mixes poems, tales, theatre, songs, stories and multiple amazing forms of artistic expression! From 2017 March, 31st till April, 9th with artists famous for their poetic inspiration.
  • Festival Rock'n Solex, the oldest student festival in France, with many concerts and solex races. From 2017 May, 4th till 8th (50th birthday!).
  • Rennes sur roulettes, the rollerblade event in France, May 20th-21st 2017.
  • Les tombées de la nuit, it was originally intended as a street arts festival and it evolves towards various and innovative types of shows. In July 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed), as well as on Sundays throughout the year.
  • Transat en ville (free concerts and shows) + light shows on the Parliament (every night, at around 10pm). In July and August.
  • Les estivales de l'orgue, concerts and animations related to the organ, played in some churches and in the Cathedral of Rennes (it usually takes place once a week in July and August).
  • Braderie du canal Saint Martin, one of the most important street and flea market in France, on the 3rd week-end in September (2017 September, 17th).
  • Festival gourmand, the gastronomy event in the region, consisting of chef contest, public contest, demonstrations, maket... it takes place in late September 2017 (dates to be confirmed; in September in some restaurants, and festivities in Rennes in early October).
  • Le grand soufflet is an unusual music festival honouring the accordion and its modern music scene, coming from various origins, from 2017 October, 5th till 14th.
  • Maintenant festival, rendez-vous of music, technologies and modern arts. From 2017 October, 10 th till 15th.
  • Court Métrange is the international fantasy and unusual short film festival, in October.
  • Yaouank is a Breton modern music and dance festival, including fest noz, in November.
  • Mettre en scène, theatre and dance festival, which is the opportunity for avant-garde international stage directors and choregraphers to meet, in November.
  • Les Transmusicales, which is the musical event in Rennes exploring various music genres, beyond rock, during 4 days in early  December. There is an Off Festival downtown "bars en trans".
  • Light shows on the Parliament or on the town hall for Christmas and New Year holidays.

And many more events that also occur in the region, for example the Bretagne festival "fête de la Bretagne" in May, the music festival on June, 21st... And throughout the year : Théâtre National de BretagneOpéraChamps Libres, shows at the hall Liberté and in many other places!