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Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner

Conference dinner will take place on Wednesday May 15th at the beautiful Le Château d'Apigné. Located on the outskirts of Rennes, in Le Rheu, on a 26-hectare estate, it is a magnificent 19th-century château restored with great charm. Buses to the dinner venue will start departing from the Rennes Train Station at 18:30. Rennes Train Station is a 30-minute walk or a 10-minute metro ride from the conference venue. Buses will start departing back to Rennes at 22:30.

There is no particular dress code for the conference dinner, but we encourage the attendees to wear something blue.

You must bring your badge with you as it will serve as your dinner ticket.


All excursions will take place on 16th May 2024 concurrently. Hence it is not possible to attend more than one excursion.


Guided tour of the historic centre of Rennes

Ready for a trip back in time? From the flamboyant Gothic of the Chapelle Saint-Yves cobbled streets lined with colourful half-timbered houses, your stroll will take you through many different eras. You'll pass through the Portes Mordelaises and its two-tower châtelet, typical of the town's before arriving at the Hôtel de Ville, its square and that of the Parliament of Brittany,which dates back from Gabriel, King Louis XV’s architect. A leap back in time to the remarkable townhouses built in for the "gentlemen of the Parliament".

Duration: 1h30m. Start at 14:00.

Excursion will start in front of the Tourist Office, which is part of the Couvent des Jacobins.


Mont Saint Michel


Mont Saint Michel guided tour (SOLD OUT)

The cult of Saint Michael was introduced to the Mont in 708, and it became one of the most important medieval pilgrimage centers. The Benedictines built an abbey there from the 10th century onwards. A place which was challenged by the assaults of man, time and the elements. During the Hundred Years' War (14th-15th centuries), the Mont's heroic resistance to the English made it a symbolic place of national identity. After being abandoned by the monks in 1790, the abbey was listed as a historic monument in 1874. The entire site has been restored to its former splendor. This excursion includes the bus transportation and a guided tour of the Abbey. 

Duration: 5h30m. 
Start from Rennes at 14:00, back in Rennes by 19:30.

Buses will depart from a parking lot near the Eglise Saint-Etienne, here. It is a 7-minute walk from the conference venue.

Saint Malo


Saint Malo independent tour.

Saint-Malo prides itself as being the fortress town which has never been conquered! This superb location, also known as the corsair city, can be explored on foot by strolling along the ramparts within the city walls. Today, Saint-Malo has become a must-see seaside resort on the Emerald Coast, with its coastline lined with fine sandy beaches. 
During 2 hours, you will get the opportunity to discover the city by yourself and at your own pace. 

Duration: 4h. 
Start from Rennes at 14:00, back in Rennes by 18:00.

Buses will depart from a parking lot near the Eglise Saint-Etienne, here. It is a 7-minute walk from the conference venue.