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Fabulously varied self guided cycling along beautiful coastal paths and traffic-free country lanes, past traditional fishing ports, preserved walled towns and Brittany's stunning white beaches, pedalling from hotel to hotel and stopping for lunch.

Price:

From £1109. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

Duration: 9 days
Departures: Departures every two days from May to Sep
Start point: Lamballe
End point: Lamballe
 

Greentraveller's Travel Advice: There are two alternatives for green travel to reach Lamballe from the UK: by train via or by ferry to St Malo from Portsmouth as a foot passenger. It's up to you whether you prefer the opportunity to spot wildlife whilst at sea or the spectacular views of Northern French countryside while relaxing on the train. 

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Overview of the Emerald Coast Cycling Holiday

Emerald Coast boasts pink granite cliffs, turquoise seas, tranquil beaches and deserted coves. Writers and artists have been visiting for centuries. It remains unspoilt and retains its original and historic charm.

The cycling routes are mostly along uncrowded coastal paths, so you'll get stunning panoramic views without climbing many hills! There is plenty of time to swim, and on your last day, you’ll pedal through the ancient Forest of Hunaudaye. Other highlights include the beautifully preserved towns of Dinan and Dinard.

You’ll be staying in friendly, family-run hotels.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive at Lamballe
Just 3kms outside the market town of Lamballe, arrive at M. Jamin's C16 manor house in the countryside. With only 15 rooms, and an inner courtyard, it is intimate and relaxed. There are pretty gardens and an elegant terrace for al fresco dining.

Day 2 - Lamballe to Sables d'Or-Les-Pins 37km/23mi
Head out to the coast along quiet country lanes to the sailing resort of Pleneuf-Val-Andre. Swim and relax on the white sandy beaches and have a long seafood lunch in one of the ocean-facing restaurants. Continue along beach-side trails to Sables d'Or-Les-Pins. Your hotel is a mere 200m from the sea!

Day 3 - At Sables d'Or-Les-Pins
Spend the day swimming and relaxing on the beach. Or follow a simple 25km circular cycling route to the Cap Frehel lighthouse and the famous Fort de la Latte, where the gallery at the top of the tower provides magnificent views.

Day 4 - Sables d'Or-Les-Pins to Dinard 41km/25.5mi
A gentle peddle through little farming hamlets with gorgeous views across the Baie de la Fresnaye. Perhaps stop off in Matignon, then on through the yachting village of Lancieux (with an impressive square bell tower). Cycle to St Briac where Debussy composed 'The Sea' and finally to the hotel in the seaside town of Dinard.

Day 5 - At Dinard
Thanks to the English, Dinard became one of the most upmarket resorts in Europe. Although a little quieter now, it has not lost any of its charm. Stroll out to the Pointe des Etretes for views of the islands, or catch a 10-minute ferry to St Malo and explore the fortified walls of the old city.

Day 6 - Dinard to Dinan 32km/20mi
Cycle inland and follow the river Rance. Pass sleepy hamlets, forgotten fishing ports and St Sauliac, officially rated as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Lunch at the pretty sailing port in St Hubert then along a flat towpath to Dinan. The hotel is overlooking the river and picturesque port, and has an outdoor pool.

Day 7 - At Dinan
Stroll through the beautifully restored ancient squares on cobbled streets, visit the C13 castle and dungeon and admire the extravagant Gothic basilica. Lunch perhaps in the Place des Merciers exhibiting perfectly triangular gabled houses. After lunch perhaps follow a 26km cycle route inland to the charming village, Evran.

Day 8 - Dinan to Lamballe 45km/28mi or 49km/30mi
Stop off in the pleasant village of Lehon, then on to the impressive 13C Chateau de la Hunaudaye, enclosed by a moat. Flat paths take you back through the forest to Lamballe. You can relax in the gardens and perhaps enjoy Kir Breton before dinner.

Day 9 - Leave Lamballe

Is this trip for you?
This is a 1 bike holiday at upper range level - see Headwater’s Bike Rating System. The cycle paths are fairly flat with no huge hills, although some ascents and descents.

There is something for everyone, particularly for people looking to relax, with sightseeing and historical interest. Nature lovers will enjoy the rugged coastline with bird watching opportunities.

What price includes

 
  • 8 nights hotel to hotel
  • Buffet breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Rep briefing, local information, map kit and route notes
  • High quality bike with panniers
  • 81% sustainability rating
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Lamballe station. Transfers included from Lamballe train station

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Lamballe

Transfer to meeting point:
Operator collects guests from station

How to get there:
Train from London to Lamballe (via Paris). There are 2-4 services a day from Gare de Montparnasse to Lamballe, taking around 3 hours.

 
Plan your journey by train to Paris
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Lamballe. Transfer included to Lamballe train station

Nearest train station to finish point:
Lamballe

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station

How to get back:
Train from Lamballe to London (via Paris). There are 2-3 trains a day from Lamballe to Paris Montparnasse, taking around 3 hours.

 
Plan your return train journey from Paris