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Cycling France: Brittany at the tip of your pedal

From Rennes to Mont-Saint-Miche along the Brittany coast to Cancale and through Dinan, Dol-de-Bretagne or St Malo

Reviews (3) :
4.33 / 5
Reference B0801
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Easy
  • From April to Novembre
  • Minimum age 9
759€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This bike trip have you discover the delights of Rennes, the capital of Brittany, the city of pirates Saint Malo and Dinan with its medieval streets.

    You will also ride along the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel to see the majestic abbey set against a clear sky, gradually getting closer and closer.

    But Brittany is not just its major emblems. You meander on greenways along the canals in the shade of the trees, ride along the sea, try oyster dishes and push inland to meet the unknown pearls as Dinan or Dol-de-Bretagne.

    A cycle tour is really the best way to wander across Brittany and enjoy your vacation.

    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.
     
    You can spend an extra night in the beautiful town of Dinard.
       

    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.

    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

     
     
    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 14.30€/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 4.33 / 5

    “ Splendide ! ”

    On the 2016-10-02 by Matthieu
    Un parcours remarquable au calme le long du canal Ille et Rance puis sur les petites routes de Bretagne, soutenu par une organisation irréprochable !

    “ très bon circuit en vélo ”

    On the 2015-08-13 by Sylvie
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    “ Maren&Petter ”

    On the 2015-08-07 by Liv Maren & Petter
    Great to discover Bretagne this way, and perfect climate during summer, avoiding the warmest part of France. Charming small villages, never heard of before, are now part of our memories for the summer of 2015. Dinan a perfect ´match´ after a long warm day. Wish another trip to be made for Normandie!
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