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A cycling holiday in Brittany between earth and ocean

You ride mostly on small countryside roads. From Rennes to Dinard, the route takes the former boat hauling path: it’s fantastic!

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  • Itinerant trip
  • 10 days
  • Easy
  • From April to November
  • Minimum age 9 years
985€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Experience the different sides of Brittany from the delights of the ocean to the Breton history.

    This cycling holiday is a mix between nature and culture: you will ride past the parliament house in Rennes, along the Mont-Saint-Michel bay and through Saint-Malo city walls.

    You ride mostly on small countryside roads. From Rennes to Dinard, the route takes the former boat hauling path: it’s fantastic! Fishing villages offer beautiful views on the river Rance.

    This bike tour not only have you discover the maritime side of Brittany by leading you along the Emerald Coast to Cancale then through the Bay of Mont-Sant-Michel to the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel.

    But this cycle tour have you also discover Brittany’s medieval inland with the beautiful cities of Fougeres and Vitre.

    DAY 1

     
     
    Rennes is the young and vibrant capital city of Brittany. Take a ride along the Ille and the Vilaine rivers and discover this dynamic city which architecture mixes many styles and periods.

    You will not want to miss out the delicious crepes, one of Bretagne’s food specialities.

    DAY 2

     
     
    Follow the banks to the “Ille et Rance” canal to reach the boat hauling path. Don’t miss out the Canal House to learn about the different phases of the canal construction.
    You will pass many pretty locks along the way.

    DAY 3

     
     
    You ride your way along “Ille et Rance” canal to Dinan. Have a look at the 43-meter high “Tour de l’Horloge”, which stands both as a dungeon and a bell tower.
    On your way, you will pass through the lovely medieval town Lehon and its splendid royal abbey.

    DAY 4

     
     
    Leaving the boat hauling path, you ride further into the countryside throughout fields and forests on a cycling path built on a former railway.
    You arrive in the coastal city of Dinard with beautiful mansions overlooking the ocean.
       

    Ferry crossing between Dinard and Saint-Malo 0h

    Included

    Guided boat trip along the Emerald coast (not available from 15/07 to 15/08) 1h

    During this guided tour on a small private boat from Dinard, you will admire from the sea Dinard and its villas from the early 20th century, Saint-Enogat, the island of Harbour fort, the fort of "Petit Bé", the "Grand Bé", Saint-Malo and its walls, Aleth settlement, the Solidor tower standing at the gates of Saint-Servan harbour and the entrance of the Rance estuary. Your captain will spice up the tour with her anecdotes about each place.
    10,00 € / child
    20,00 € / teen
    20,00 € / adult

    DAY 5

     
     
    Enjoy your resting day to stroll in Saint-Malo and gaze at its corsairs mansions (the so-called “Malouinières”), its fortifications and its moored sailing boats.
     
    Ride around Saint-Malo and take a tour of the “Malouinières”, these magnificent mansions built by corsairs when they decided to retire from their adventurous life in the quietness of the countryside.
     
    Ride through the verdant countryside little routes to the Emerald Coast, where you will enjoy an amazing view onto the harbor of Cancale.
    Bike down to the harbor and order some of the famous local oysters. You ride back to Saint-Malo on the coastline road, along which you can take a few breaks on the small beaches scattered between "La Pointe du Grouin" and the corsair city.

    DAY 6

     
     
    Ride along the wild sandy beaches of the Mont-Saint-Michel bay and gaze at the magnificent abbey.
    You can also try land sailing or go directly to Dol-de-Bretagne across the countryside to visit this charming medieval town.

    DAY 7

     
     
    Admire the imposing abbey of Mont-St-Michel and leave your bike for a while to climb and discover the history of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.

    DAY 8

     
     
    Follow the banks of the Couesnon which winds through the countryside and the small typical villages of Brittany.

    You arrive in Fougères, a beautiful medieval town. On the borders of Brittany, Maine and Normandy, Fougères was one of the most important stronghold of Europe in the Middle Ages. The impressive fortress still testifies of this golden age.

    DAY 9

     
     
    From Fougères, you arrive to Vitré through small country roads, another amazing town which has beautifully preserved its medieval appearance.

    On the left bank of the Vilaine, a rocky spur bears the spectacular triangular fortress and the rich mansions of the upper town. But do not miss the right bank where the steep slopes house the timber-framed Faubourg of Rachapt, preserved in the 20th century thanks to its knitters.

    DAY 10

     
     
    You can decide to extend your stay or start your home travel.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with ** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in hotels with ** or *** standards or bed & breakfasts selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.

    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.



    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary (bound A5 format) giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Rennes.
    • By train: TGV (fast trains) from Paris Montparnasse. The duration of the trip is about 2h20. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Rennes, you can park your car in a secured car park located in the city center, close to your accommodation. The weekly rate is 25€. You can also park for free in the streets around the location where you can pick up your bike. All details will be given in your travel documents.


    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 8€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.


  • Reviews
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    3 bike travelers reviews 4.00 / 5

    “ Beau voyage pour famille avec ados ”

    On the 2015-08-25 by Famille Canada
    Nous avons beaucoup apprécié les hôtels, les sites historiques, les paysages, l'exercice... Belle expérience d'une vie pour tisser des liens en famille et apprendre sur la Bretagne et la France. Merci aux organisatrices pour leur efficacité, disponibilité et flexibilité.

    “ les débrouillards. ”

    On the 2014-08-21 by denis
    Beau parcours

    “ Merveilleux voyage ”

    On the 2013-08-01 by Normand
    C'est une merveilleuse façon de découvrir une région avec ses habitants.
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