Brittany and Mont St Michel Cycling Holiday

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  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Fougeres / Fougeres
  • Distance

    154 miles/248 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbikeFamily
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    027-108CFR
Price From £863

Overview

This classic French cycling holiday follows an anti-clockwise route leading you through through the heart of Brittany.  Start from either the fortress town of Fougères or the beautiful coastal town of St Malo. Cycle through an idyllic part-rural, part-coastal landscape to the beautiful medieval town of Dinan and the iconic Mont St Michel on the Normandy coast.

Cycling is the best way to get to know this corner of north west France, where the pace of life is relaxed and the regional identity remains strong. As well as historic cities and towns and great local cuisine, you’ll also be fascinated by the remnants of this region’s ancient Celtic past in the many standing stones still dotted around.

Dinan - Brittany - France

Dinan

Highlights include the charming walled old town of St Malo, medieval picture perfect Dinan deep in the Breton countryside and the unmistakeable Mont St Michel sitting alone in a huge bay 1km from the mainland.

This is a fairly undemanding cycle tour where the emphasis is on relaxing rides and you are able to enjoy the countryside with plenty of time to stop and explore. The longest day is just 33 miles and much of the terrain is pretty flat so this is a tour that is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

Itinerary & Map

This is a fairly undemanding cycle tour where the emphasis is on relaxing rides and you are able to enjoy the countryside with plenty of time to stop and explore. The longest day is just 33 miles and much of the terrain is pretty flat so this is a tour that is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

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Day 1: Arrive Fougeres

Fougeres - Brittany - France*

Fougeres

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Fougeres. After check-in you are free to relax or explore this proud Breton city, known for its gardens and imposing fortress overlooking its medieval core.

Day 2: Fougeres – Pontorson, 30 miles/48 kms

Moidrey Windmill - Pontorson - Normandy - France*

Moidrey Windmill – Pontorson

Your cycling adventure starts today, as you leave Fougeres to head north along a former railway line now converted into a car-free ‘greenway’ cycle path. You’ll be getting a taste of true rural Brittany, passing sleepy villages and cycling through the Couesnon Valley to Pontorson, not far from the coast.

Day 3: Pontorson – Le Viver sur Mer, 21 miles/33 kms

Mont St Michele

Mont St Michel

Today you’ll have the chance to explore Mont St Michel, an essential stop for visitors to this corner of France. There will be ample time to get off your bikes and wander the winding streets up to the abbey that tops this unmistakable islet, joined to the mainland by a thin, formerly tidal, causeway. After soaking up the atmosphere return to your bikes to cycle to the seaside town of Le Vivier sur Mer, famous for its oyster beds.

Day 4: Le Viver sur Mer – St Malo, 25 miles/40 kms

St. Malo - Brittany - France

St. Malo

You’ll mix riding through rural inland landscape and fine coastal scenery today, first stopping at the fishing town of Cancale – an ideal place to sample some of the region’s fresh seafood. Continuing along the shoreline you’ll be treated to sweeping sea views at Pointe du Grouin, also known for its bird sanctuary. Today’s destination is St Malo, one of Brittany’s most handsome coastal towns.

Day 5: St Malo – Dinan, 22 miles/35 kms

Dinan - Brittany - France*

Dinan

Make sure you take the time to visit St Malo’s old town and city walls before starting the day’s ride. Mount up and strike out southwards into the Rance Valley. It’s an area of traditional villages and there are also several prehistoric monuments worth seeking out. Continuing along the valley you’ll arrive in Dinan, which you can’t fail to fall in love with. The cobbled streets of this walled medieval town are lined with timber-framed houses and enticing local restaurants. The perfect place to stop for the night.

Day 6: Dinan – Combourg, 21-27 miles/34-43 kms

Combourg Castle - Brittany - France

Combourg Castle

It’ll be a gentle day of cycling today, whether you choose the standard route or choose to extend it slightly with the longer option. Follow the towpath of the Rance Canal, past pretty barges and locks and discover the true heart of rural Brittany. Arriving in Combourg, you’ll discover a historic Breton city, with a stately, lakeside castle.

Day 7: Combourg – Fougeres, 33 miles/53 kms

Fougeres

Fougeres

For your last day of cycling you’ll be completing your anti-clockwise circuit of Brittany back to Fougeeres, with time to stop in Tremblay en route. You’ll pass several more spots where you can see huge standing stones, evidence of the ancient prehistoric people that once lived here.

Day 8: Fougeres

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
From FougèresMonday, Thursday and Saturday from 01 March to 31 October
From St MaloThursdays from 01 March to 31 October
2017 Prices
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Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board basis: 7 breakfasts & 4 dinners
Luggage transfer
Maps and route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Entrance to monuments

Supplements

Extra night Fougères, double (£64)
Extra night Fougères, single (£96)
Extra night St Malo, double (£72)
Extra night St Malo, single (£125)
Bike hire with lock, pannier & helmet (£119)
Electric bike (£173)

Reductions

50% for children 0-5 years sharing with 2 adults
20% for children 5-12 years sharing with 2 adults
10% for children 5-12 years sharing own room
10% for 3rd adult sharing

Notes

Comfort: 3 star hotels and guesthouses
* Single: only applicable when travelling with minimum of 2 people
Deposit per person £100

Practical Information

Bikes

Sample of bikes used on this trip

Sample of bike used on this trip

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, alloy framed hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, lock, and repair kit and map holder.

Smaller framed bikes child seats and trailers are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are supplied on arrival.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

 Comfort: Comfortable guestrooms in 3 star hotels with private facilities

Fougeres: Hotel des Voyageurs
Pontorson: Hotel Ariane
Le Vivier Sur Mer: Hotel du Beau Rivage
Saint Malo: Hotel Kyriad
Dinan: Hotel Arvor
Combourg: Hotel du Chateau
Fougeres: Hotel des Voyageurs

 

Getting There

Take a ferry to St Malo from Portsmouth, Weymouth or Poole. You can also fly to St Malo with Ryanair from Stansted and East Midlands.

If you are starting in Fougères you can also use the above connections and then catch a train via Rennes to Fougères.

 

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Reviews from Flexitreks

By: Lesley McCowan - October 2015

It would have been good to have a bit of extra info such as recommended places for lunch. One thing I think you should alert future cyclists to is the Huitres market in Cancale where you can get a dozen fresh oysters in a market and buy some bread and wine which is much cheaper than the restaurants.

Food: varied between excellent and not so good. Service also a bit variable between restaurants

Bikes: They were very good  but would have been good to have instructions for the odometers as knowing how far you have gone is very helpful for maps. one of ours did not work!

Very enjoyable. Would have been good to have an additional day just to relax as days full on

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