This is a fascinating 8-day cycling tour explores the best of Brittany and some of neighbouring Normandy. Enjoy the fascinating port of Saint-Malo and shipowners house, and following the river head to medieval Brittany in the city of Dinan. You will also pass some truly dream-like villages Combourg and Bazouges-la-Pérouse where traditional architecture will amaze you. Another of the main highlights of this trip is Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits curiously on a mound in the sea
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After making your own way to Saint-Malo, you will have a meeting with your guide and then spend the evening enjoying the city.
In Saint-Malo you will embark a small cruise ship called “The Start of the Compagnie Corsaire”, which takes you across the mouth of the Rance (the river which you will be following today).
The first destination for today is Dinard, which the boat will take you to. Once you get onto your bike you will be curving around 19th century bourgeois villas and to the market, which will provide you with plenty of snacks to take on your way. Next you will be following the greenway which sits on an old railway path, taking you up to the first lock and onto the towpath.
Cycle on the Canal d-Ille et Rance until you get to the port of Dinan. For lunch don’t miss eating in one of the local old-town taverns, before continuing your journey through Brittany and its wonderful villages. Your destination will be Combourg, famous for being Chateaubriand spent some of his childhood, here you can see a castle on a lake.
On the menu for today’s cycling is gorgeous countryside. One of the first notable points is the Villecartier Forest which you pass before arriving in Bazouges-la-Pérouse, this village has an amazing vantage point over the beautiful surroundings. It is also home to beautiful architecture, for the example the double church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul which has been joined together. You will then head back for Antrain and follow a greenway which was once a railway line, the route goes all the way to Fougères but you will go as far as Saint-Brice-en-Coglès for the night.
As you leave Saint-Brice-en-Cogles you will once again be following the old railway line, which takes you to Fougères. Fougères is a city of art and history which proudly has the slogan “If you haven’t seen Fougères, you haven’t seen anything”. You can appreciate this history by visiting its medieval fortress that is the largest in Europe. A wonderful day here entails getting off the saddle of your bike and appreciating the city on foot.
On day 5 your cycling will take you to an area close to the border with Normandy, which you will cross into when you enter Saint-James. This town is famous for woollen sailor sweaters. Next on the agenda is Ducey, a quaint village full of culture and beautiful scenery. The final stretch for today will be along the Sélune River which flows into the bay of Mont Saint-Michel.
Enjoy a day of cycling on mainly flat routes by the coast, along the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. At the half-way point of today’s journey, you will reach Mont-Dol, an interesting rock sitting in the surrounding marshes which makes an interesting spot for lunch. Once you’ve eaten don’t miss out on a climb to the top for amazing views. After your unique lunch break, pedal on to Cancale, a pretty port town with an amazing oyster market.
It’s time to set off on your last day of cycling, which will not be the least; enjoy a day’s journey through countryside and coastline of the Emerald Coast. Your destination of Saint-Malo is only a stone’s throw away, so you have plenty of time to enjoy your last afternoon here. Spend some time in the middle of the old rigs, on the large beach, take a walk on the cobbled streets or perhaps get some goodies to take home from the shops.
After a last breakfast it’s time for your trip to come to an end.
Start point: Saint-Malo
End point: Saint-Malo
Total distance: approx. 238km
Some basic experience of cycling necessary as the route is predominately flat. Be prepared to cycle from 35 to 55km per day.
- Accommodation: 7 nights in a Double room
- Standard Bike Hire
- 7 breakfasts
- 2 dinners
- Luggage transfer
- Phone assistance 24/7
- A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
- The trip itineraries available on the following supports:
- Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
- Topo maps
- Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch et dinner
- Specific services
- Day 1 : Meeting with our guide in Brittany
- Day 2 : Boat crossing – SAINT-MALO – DINARD
- E – Bike rental (see option)
- Breakfast on day 1
- Dinners (except 2)
- Drinks, visits , amp; other personal expenses
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.