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“Do not miss going to Les Glénans”
Review of Vedettes de l'Odet

Vedettes de l'Odet
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Benodet
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Owner description: In south Brittany, let's board along the Odet river "the most beautiful river in France" or discover the Glenan archipelago ten miles away from the coast. Promenades, Lunch Cruises on a restaurant boat, Discovery throught a big boat tour, submarine vision, sea kayaking, traditional sailboat cruises on Glenan Islands...Let's choose the option you prefer ! You can also offer a cruise or a week end for Christmas, a birthday and all others opportunity...
Reviewed 5 August 2013

Although going along the river can be quite nice, the really interesting bit is going to Les Glénans.
We go there every year, either using the vedettes de l'Odet (for booking http://www.vedettes-odet.com/ - 02 98 57 00 58) or renting a motor boat (from Ile Tudy or Loc Tudy as it is less expensive than Benodet for ex - but you need a license). Les Vedettes also start from Loc Tudy.
They propose different options, we only used the trip to St Nicolas island.
The Islands are wonderful, with cristal clear turquoise waters (they are in the middle of the ocean). Of course, water is colder than on the continent. Bring your snorkeling gear.
The very best way is to go there sailing (did that also) but you should be experienced (lots of rocks), but you can go (as with the motor boat) to beaches where nobody can!
The Glénans is world famous for its sailing school (in fact all types of wind propelled engines).
It is a paradise for sailing.
If you stay on St Nicolas, there is a board walk giving you access to several beaches.

One apex of your visit is the restaurant Les Viviers-Castric (02 98 50 68 90 - in season you must make a reservation as they limit the number of tables) - half our motivation to go there, for their simple but delicious grilled blue lobster. The rest of the food is basic and just OK. But the blue lobster is the best lobster you can eat (I am a cook), it is fished locally, and you could see your victims in the huge sea tank of the restaurant. The rest of the food is average, but you'll have trouble to find anywhere lobster at that price. As a starter, you won't be disappointed with the crab or the fish soup. Deserts are so-so.
Finally, it is windy there, in the ocean, hence bring a sweater and rain gear as the weather changes often. If you are lucky to have a sunny day - you will be in paradise.

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Reviewed 1 July 2013

A wonderful trip to these off shore islands. Good comentary, some of it in English, much more expansive in French but they were commenting on English pirates!

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Reviewed 3 September 2012

Cold sea but fab day out . Restaurants on arrival are nice but save your hot chocolate for after swimming in the freezing sea. Hope the sun shines for you!

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Reviewed 21 August 2012

The cruise up the Odet River is quite expensive and in my opinion not as advertised. We were expecting secluded little coves and small beaches full of wildlife, what we actually saw was a lot of 19th Century chateaux's and even more trees. The tour guide (in French & English) did have a few interesting facts and even the odd funny anecdote along the way, but overall i didnt feel it was up to the 67 Euro we paid for the familly

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Reviewed 16 July 2012

I never tire of a trip on the beatiful l'Odet and each time I learn something new about the Chateau and wildlife along the banks as the tour guides become ever more proficient and adventurous in their English commentary. An excellent way, subject to tides, of visiting Quimper while leaving the car behind. Always take something warm to wear because the river can become quite cold.

Thank Rogeradl
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