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Brittany

Cycling France: Brittany at the tip of your pedal

Bike from Rennes to Mont-Saint-Michel along the Brittany Coast to Cancale. Continue through to Dinan, Dole-de-Bretagne or Saint-Malo

Reviews (6) :
4.33 / 5
Reference B0801
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Easy
  • From April to Novembre
  • Minimum age 9
765€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This extended bike trip lets you experience the many diffrent sides of Britanny, from seaside villages to monuments representing Breton history. This biking vacationgives you a mix of present day French culture, history and outdoor attractions. You’ll ride past the parliament house in Rennes, along the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay and by th Saint-Malo city walls. Most days, you’ll riding on quiet, country roads. From Rennes to Dinard, the route follows a historic towpath that makes for a great ride! Along the way, fishing villages add to the ambience of the Rance River.

    Part of the tour has you discovering the maritime side of Brittany by leading you along the Emerald Coast to Cancale. Of course you’ll stop and explore the famous Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel in the bay. The tour also gives insight into the medieval parts of Brittany as you visit historic cities such as Fougeres and Vitre.
    You’ll meander on greenways next to the canals while also riding along the sea and into quaint villages such as Dinan or Dol-de-Bretagne. A bicycle tour is the best way to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Brittany.

    Day 1

     
     

    Rennes

    Rennes is the young and vibrant capital city of Brittany. Take a ride along the Ille and Vilane Rivers to get an overview of the city. Most of the town was destroyed by fire in 1720, but original sections still remain. The town center is vibrant with higgledy-piggledy half-timbered houses in various colors. Enjoy a delicious crepe, a speciality of the area.

    Day 2

     
     

    Rennes-Hédé

    Bike
    45km
    Start your ride next to the scenic Ille et Rance Canal and you’ll soon reach the ancient towpath. Follow this route and you’ll see many canals houses lovingly decorated with flowers. The canal is now popular cruising way for ppleasure boats. It’s always interesting to watch how boats are raised or lowered in the many locks along the canal. Keep riding until you reach the days destination, Hede.

    Day 3

     
     

    Hédé-Dinan

    Bike
    38km
    Today’s ride begins by biking along the Ille et Rance Canal and towpath. Don’t miss taking a look at the 43 meter high "Tour de l’Horloge" which consists of both a dungeon and a bell tower. If you decide to climb the 142 steps to the top of the tower, you’ll get a great view overlooking the city. AS you continue your ride, take time to explore the medieval town of Lehon with its splendid Royal Abbey. Your day ends in your comfortable room in Dinan.

    Day 4

     
     

    Dinan-Saint-Malo

    Bike
    25km
    This morning your route leaves the towpath as you ride further into the scenic countryside through forests and well-tented gardens. The trail is flat since the path was a former railroad line. As you arrive in the city of Dinard, you can’t help but notice many beautiful mansions overlooking the ocean. After taking the ferry to Saint-Malo, you’ll arrive at your final accomodation, so you can enjoy a restful nights’sleep.

    Ferry crossing between Dinard and Saint-Malo included in tour price
     

    Extension to Dinard

    Between Day 3 and Day 4
    You can spend an extra night in the beautiful town of Dinard.
       

    Ferry crossing between Dinard and Saint-Malo 0h

    Included

    Day 5

     
     

    Saint-Malo

    Spending this resting day by exploring all that Saint-Malo has to offer. Stoll around the luxurious mansions, the city’s fortifications or the harbor with bobbing sail boats.
     

    Suggested day trip : a tour of Saint-Malo mansions

    Bike
    24km
    Take your bike and ride around the many splendid mansions built by corsairs when they decided to retire from their adventurous life. They built gorgeous houses in the countryside where they could quietly live the good life.

    Day 6

     
     

    Saint-Malo- Dol-de-Bretagne

    Bike
    38km
    Today’s ride takes you along the wild, sandy beaches of the Mont-Saint-Michel. as you gaze at the magnificent abbey. You could enjoy some water activities or bike directly through the countryside to Dol-de-Bretagne. This medieval town is dominated by the 13th century massive cathedral. Climb the Tour-Notre-Dame for outstanding views of the area. You can even visits two windmills in the town.

    Day 7

     
     

    Dol-de-Bretagne - Mont-Saint-Michel (Pontorson)

    Bike
    38km
    This route takes you to the world-famous Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, dirctly in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. The gravity defying medieval monastery will astound you as you explore this massive building.

    Day 8

     
     

    Departure from Pontorson

    All good things must come to an end, and this is the end of your tour. You can extend your stay or check out of your hotel after breakfast.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You’ll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day of biking. Breakfast is included when you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep when you stay in these 23 Star hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. A hearty 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 (+1m55).



    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
  •   Memory of the trip  

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    6 bike travelers reviews 4.33 / 5

    “ Brittany 2018 ”

    On the 2018-07-19 by John
    Velo Voyageur provided a wonderful itinerary, communication was prompt and clear, our hotels were excellent and baggage was delivered on time each day.

    “ Britany ”

    On the 2018-06-04 by Alison
    We thoroughly enjoyed our cycle tour of Brittany. We really enjoyed the hotels - the quality and location were much better than we expected. The cycle route was excellent, very little time spent on busy roads. Lots of interesting places to visit. Organisation of the trip was excellent. When our information package didn't arrive due to a mail strike, a solution was quickly found.

    “ Balade en Famille tous âges en Bretagne ”

    On the 2017-08-21 by Marc
    Des Circuits faciles malgré des distances de parfois 45 Km, mais sur du plat et très souvent en sites propres très peu circulants. Très sécurisant, à faire avec des enfants. Le déplacement au bord de l'eau est reposant, et l'on revit au rythme des mariniers et éclusiers.

    “ 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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