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Cycling in Brittany - starting and finishing this cycling holiday in the medieval town of St. Malo you head towards and follow the picturesque Emerald Coast, including stops at the awesome 8th century abbey Mont St. Michel.

Price:

£715 (twin share basis)

Duration: 8 days
Departures: Saturday departures, from April to October
Start point: St Malo
End point: St Malo
 

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Detailed Description of Cycling Holiday in Brittany

France - a country that is synonymous with idyllic cycling holidays along quiet country lanes and backroads through unspoilt, spacious countryside where cyclists are welcome, and where the pleasures of the palate are daily reward.

The area is famous for its rich cultural heritage and architecture. Castles, feudal fortresses and abbeys are all waiting to be visited, and the area is rich in of flora and fauna.

Starting and finishing this cycling holiday in the medieval town of St. Malo you head towards and follow the picturesque Emerald Coast, including stops at the awesome 8th century abbey Mont St. Michel and the charming ‘city of the sea’ St. Malo. The coastal section includes a line of fine sandy beaches interspersed with rocks, reefs, granite headlands and sheer cliffs, which are dappled pink and grey in the sun.

Heading inland to visit the finest of Brittany's towns such as Fougeres, with their medieval castles and charm. We cycle through quaint villages, farmlands and forests before finishing our cycling holiday where we started, on the coast at the walled town of St. Malo.

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrival into St Malo
After arriving in St Malo, you will have the opportunity to explore the walled town. At your hotel, you will be provided with your bikes (should you be hiring) as well as your route notes and maps for your trip in Brittany.

Day 2 - St Malo – Dinan - 31 kms / 19 miles
Today you will cycle inland through the valley of the River Rance on forest roads to the steep hill which will lead you to Dinan, Brittany’s best-preserved medieval town. Here you will have plenty of time to explore its streets, alleys and ramparts.

Day 3 - Dinan - Combourg - 31 kms / 19 miles
Today you will discover the Breton countryside, its quiet villages and its ancient monolithic structures which are known as “Dolmen”. Our final destination for today is the medieval city of Combourg with its stunning castle. The castle grounds are open every day and the Lac Tranquille, at the entrance to the city, is an ideal place for an evening stroll.

Day 4 - Combourg – Fougères - 56 kms / 35 miles
Sens de Bretagne, Rimou and other villages typical of the region are on your route today. After cycling through the valley of the River Cousenon and the village of Tremblay, you will pass through tranquil forests and see some castles on the way to Fougères. There, you will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful city and to visit its impressive castle.

Day 5 - Fougères – Pontorson - 47.5 kms / 30 miles
Today you will cycle through the Breton countryside -lovely small farmhouses and flower-filled villages. Stopovers are scheduled in the village of St Brice-en-Coglès, and then we will continue on small country roads through the banks of the River Cousenon to reach Pontorson (which is in Normandy).

Day 6 - Pontorson – Vivier-sur-Mer - 39 kms / 24 miles
Today you will visit one of the highlights of the trip. Whether it’s your first or fifth visit, whether it’s sunny or misty, Mont St Michel is awesome. Get there as early as you can to enjoy the ancient ramparts, the Abbey, impressive views of the bay before it gets too crowded. Then you wind your way across reclaimed land, glancing sometimes back at the magnificent Mont, to Vivier-sur-Mer on the edge of the bay.

Day 7 - Vivier-sur-Mer - Saint Malo - 45 kms / 28 miles
Today we will cycle through sandy beaches and granite coast to the picturesque fishing port of Cancale. The bay of Cancale is lined with restaurants where you can enjoy the best oysters France has to offer. There are great seascapes at the Pointe de Grouin, and stopovers can be made in the large sandy beach and fortress island at the Anse du Guesclin before reaching the walled town of St Malo.

Day 8 - Departure
Your last breakfast in Brittany and time to say au-revoir to this beautiful region of France.

Equipment
We provide everything except a bike (although we are able to hire these), personal equipment and clothing. If you are taking your own bike it is imperative that it is in good mechanical order. If you are not mechanically minded we advise you to take your bike to a local bicycle dealer for a service. Details of which spares you should take will be included in the pre-departure dossier sent with your booking confirmation. Please contact us if you are unsure whether your bike will be suitable.

What the price doesn't include
A) Personal clothing and equipment.
B) Lunch and evening meals (unless on the half board option).
C) Travel insurance (if required, £28).
D) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
E) Bike hire (available if required).
F) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions.
G) Travel to your first nights accommodation.

What price includes

 
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast provided
  • 6 days biking
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation
  • Route maps and route notes
  • 24 hour emergency back-up service
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Start point hotel (2km from station - details upon booking)

Nearest train station to meeting point:
St Malo

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
Taxi or walk from the train station / ferry terminal - the hotel is 2km away and costs around €12 in a taxi with bikes.

How to get there:
Train from London to St Malo (via Paris). Alternatively there is a ferry from Poole to St Malo.

 
Plan your journey by train to Paris
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
End point hotel (2km from station - details upon booking)

Nearest train station to finish point:
St Malo

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
Taxi or walk from the train station / ferry terminal - the hotel is 2km away and costs around €12 in a taxi with bikes.

How to get back:
Train from St Malo to London (via Paris). Alternatively there is a ferry from St Malo to Poole.

 
Plan your return train journey from Paris