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A cycling week in family from Rennes to Saint-Malo

The ride’s itinerary follows safe green paths to discover Saint-Malo, Dinard and Rennes, three charming cities

Reviews (2) :
3.50 / 5
Reference B0702
  • Itinerant trip
  • 7 days
  • Very easy
  • From April to Novembre
  • Minimum age 1 year
619€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • You leave the capital of Brittany, Rennes, to follow the towpath of the Ille et Rance Canal and reach the Emerald Coast and Saint-Malo!

    The bike route is very flat and very secure since you will be cycling all along on a green lane.

    Find out on your way the charming towns of Dinan and Dinard before discovering Saint-Malo by the sea! Indeed, you board a boat in Dinard which docks below the fortified walls of the old town of Saint-Malo as the privateers of yesteryear. This bike trip is ideal for children.

    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

     
     
    Bike
    20km
    Start your bike trip leaving Rennes with complete peace of mind through the towpaths of the Ille et Rance Canal. In the shade of chestnuts enjoy the view of the picturesque landscape.

    DAY 3

     
     
    Bike
    27km
    Admire the locks full of flowers and all inhabited which mark out the Ille et Rance Canal. Do not miss to visit the Canal’s house in Hédé which shows the construction of this tremendous work.

    DAY 4

     
     
    Bike
    26km
    Continue your way quietly to Evran where the adults can go canoeing.

    DAY 5

     
     
    Bike
    12km
    Follow the road which slopes gently down to the abbey of Léhon. Do not miss to stop at Léhon, a small town with character. Last stop in the Côtes d’Armor before enjoying the charm of Dinan, a medieval town completely surrounded by ramparts, which overlooks the Ille et Rance Canal.

    DAY 6

     
     
    Bike
    25km
    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

    DAY 7

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

    You stay in hotels with ** standards and bed & breakfast. These family hotels welcome you warmly. 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 14.60€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.

    You can also depart directly in TGV from Saint-Malo.


    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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    2 bike travelers reviews 3.50 / 5

    “ A déconseiller pour les familles voyageant avec des enfants en remorque ”

    On the 2017-08-09 by Ly-Jia
    C'est la 3e fois que nous partons avec le Vélo Voyageur, et malheureusement la dernière fois, compte tenu de la mauvaise expérience. Nous comptions sur les itinéraires 100% testés pour assurer la sécurité de notre fille âgée d'un an et le confort de tous pour ce voyage. Le circuit au bord du canal de l'Ille et Rance est très agréable, mais les hébergements choisis par le Vélo Voyageur ne tiennent pas en compte de l'accessibilité de vélos équipés de remorques (pourtant réservés par leurs soins) : chemin étroit en pente à travers un petit bois, descente très raide à Hédé, ainsi qu'une forte montée sur 700m sur les rues pavées de Dinan. Nous n'avons pas été prévenus ni lors de la réservation, ni informés par le livret/roadbook, et avons donc été désagréablement surpris étant donné que nous nous attendions un circuit facile, car un vélo avec sa remorque pèse beaucoup plus lourd et est moins maniable... Il manque beaucoup d'indications, heureusement donnés par les gens locaux, et d'autres sont devenus obsolètes, et des oublis ont été faits lors de la réservation de la traversée pour St-Malo. Enfin, j'ai remonté ces remarques au Vélo Voyageur qui ne semblait pas vouloir se remettre en cause et était manifestement satisfait du niveau de service fourni.

    “ Défi relevé ! ”

    On the 2016-08-24 by Nathalie
    Nous avons relevé le défi des 107 km avec nos filles de 7 et 5 ans -avec la trailgattor. Une belle aventure au bord du canal . Avec la mer en perspective et la traversée en bateau !
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