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Northern Brittany

A journey through the treasures of Brittany and the Emerald coast

Discover Brittany and ride between land and sea! This loop cycling trip from Saint-Malo leads you to Mont-Saint-Michel passing the historical villages of the region. Your breath will also be taken away by the Emerald coast and its color of water so unique.

Reviews (2) :
4.50 / 5
Reference B0803
  • Loop trip
  • 8 days
  • Easy
  • from March to November
  • Minimum age 9 years
GPSGPS-app available
929€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • "In Brittany there are two seasons: the large season with small showers and the small season with large showers". The adage is illusory but Bretons have the sense of humour. You will realize that for yourself by taking part in these bike holidays with splendid landscapes!

    This loop bike tour starts in Saint-Malo and will make you discover a traditional and multifaceted region full of surprises.

    Nothing is more enjoyable that this mix of cycle paths along old railway tracks or along the canal and these small countryside roads through the forest or near the sea.

    Saint-Malo, Dol, Bazouges, Hédé, Dinard or the treasures of the Emerald coast, we organize an unforgettable bike trip for you in the land of the salted butter!

    Day 1


    Arrival in Saint-Malo

    Ready to raise anchor and cast off for adventure? Welcome to Saint-Malo, the old city of privateers!

    Discover the historical center, its fortifications and ramparts, a lovely place to go for a walk! Stroll into the bustling streets with a view over the ship-owners’ houses and relax on the numerous beaches.

    Day 2


    Saint-Malo - Dol-de-Bretagne

    Today’s ride takes you along the wild, sandy beaches of the Mont-Saint-Michel. Ride at your own pace as you gaze at the magnificent abbey. You could enjoy some water activities in Hirel 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.

    Day 3


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

    Let’s get ready, your daily step takes you to the world-famous Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey! The gravity defying medieval monastery will astound you as you explore this massive building.

    Day 4


    Mont-Saint-Michel (Pontorson) - Hédé

    After this stop in Normandy (even if the Bretons often claim Mont Saint Michel for themselves, it is important to know it is Norman when travelling there), you follow the cycle path to Antrain and its castle.

    You ride then through an amazing countryside and discover small historical cities such as Bazouges-la-Pérouse and feel with all your senses the liveliness of a preserved nature made of woods, ponds and fields.

    Meet the canal of Ille-et-Rance for the last kilometers and stop in Hédé with its eleven locks.

    Day 5


    Hédé - Dinan

    Cycle path along towpath
    Continue along the canal and towpath. Take time to explore the medieval town of Lehon with its splendid Royal Abbey.

    In Dinan, 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.

    Day 6


    Dinan - Dinard

    Leave the towpath as you ride further into the scenic countryside through forests and well-tented gardens. The trail is quite flat since the path was a former railroad line.

    You arrive in the seaside resort of Dinard. Have a look at the beautiful mansions ans sumptuous casino of the city which hosts the International film festival.

    Day 7


    Emerald coast loop tour

    Be ready to explore the legendary Emerald coast! You ride from Dinard to reach Saint-Lunaire and Saint-Briac-sur-Mer with their large sandy beaches and discover a sea with a magnifient colour you will not forget. This is ideal for a break!

    You ride then in the inland region of Dinard passing small countryside roads to reach the Rance river and Dinard, your starting point. Take the ferry with your bike to arrive in Saint-Malo.

    Ferry crossing between Dinard and Saint-Malo 0h


    Day 8


    Departure from Saint-Malo

    Say goodbye to the city of pirateers! Unless you decide to extend your enjoyment?

    Suggested day trip : Cancale

    Ride through the verdant countryside small routes to the Emerald Coast, where you will enjoy an amazing view onto the harbor of Cancale. You may even see the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.

    Bike down to the harbor and order some of the famous local oysters. You ride back then 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 city of pirateers.
  • 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 2 or 3 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).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)


    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.
    If you expect to arrive at the next accommodation before 5 p.m., we recommend that you take an extra set of clothes with you in your bicycle bag.

    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 the itinerary and its points of interests.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

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

    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Rennes, then train from Rennes to Saint-Malo (1h, 15€) or flight to Saint-Malo (Ryanair).
    • By train: TGV (fast trains) from Paris Montparnasse. The duration of the trip (with a direct train) is about 2h30. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    If you drive to Saint-Malo, you can park your car in a secured car park (3.30€/day) located 15-20min walk from the train station. You can also take bus n ° 2 or the Féval Express shuttle (free of charge) to reach the station and our bicycle rental shop.

    Other car parks are also available in the city center but at higher prices (from 14 € / day).

    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm at our bike provider's shop in Saint-Malo. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing.

    On the last day of your trip, you will be able to pick up your luggage after 4pm at the pick up location.

    Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point will be given in your travel documents.

  • Reviews
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    2 bike travelers reviews 4.50 / 5


    On the 2023-09-23 by George
    Generally very good, a few minor improvement would make it excellent.

    Fatigué mais très satisfait

    On the 2022-07-13 by Eric
    Une façon très intéressante de découvrir la France et vous et vos vacances sont entre de bonnes mains avec l’équipe du Vélo Voyageur
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