Brittany and Mont St Michel Cycling Holiday

  • 4.8
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    St. Malo / St. Malo
  • Distance

    126 miles/203 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbikeFamily
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    027-108CFR
Price From £795

Overview

A classic French cycling holiday taking in some of the most charming towns in Brittany. Starting in the romantic pirates’ town of St.  Malo, you’ll pedal inland to visit fascinating places such as the beautiful medieval towns of Dinan and Fougères. The route returns to the coast for the last two days visiting Mont-Saint-Michel and the picturesque fishing village of Cancale before completing the circle in St. Malo.

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 St Malo

St. Malo - Brittany - France

St. Malo – Brittany – France

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in St Malo. After check-in you are free to relax or explore this historic walled city with its wonderful narrow streets.

Day 2: St Malo – Dinan, 22 miles/35 kms

Dinan - Brittany - France*

Dinan

Make sure you take the time to explore 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 3: 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 4: Combourg – Fougères, 33 miles/53 kms

Fougeres

Fougeres

For your last day of cycling you’ll be completing your anti-clockwise circuit of Brittany back to Fougères, 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 5: Fougères – Pontorson, 30 miles/48 kms

Moidrey Windmill - Pontorson - Normandy - France*

Moidrey Windmill – Pontorson

Your cycling adventure continues today as the route heads north along a former railway line, now converted to 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 6: Pontorson – Le Vivier 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 7: Le Vivier 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. Your final destination is back to St. Malo, one of Brittany’s most handsome coastal towns.

Day 8: St Malo

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

Dates & Prices

2018 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily between 01 March & 15 October 2018

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2018 Prices
027-108CFR
Per person
01 Mar
to
15 Oct
From St Malo
Comfort category
Double/twin £823                    
Single* £1197                    
Triple £795                    
From Fougères
Comfort category
Double/twin £847                    
Single* £1222                    
Triple £819                    
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information.
Board basis: 7 x Breakfasts & 1 x dinner
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

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

Supplements

Half board (£160)
Extra night Fougères, double (£66)
Extra night Fougères, single (£88)
Extra night St Malo, double (£77)
Extra night St Malo, single (£138)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information. (£94)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£143)

Reductions

50% for children 0-4 years sharing with 2 adults
20% for children 5-12 years sharing with 2 adults
10% for children 5-12 years sharing own room

Notes

* Single: only applicable when travelling with minimum of 2 people

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. Children under the age of 12 are required to wear a helmet in France and we always advocate their use for riders of all ages.

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

Local taxes: Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. The fee varies and is frequently changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

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.

If starting in St Malo you can consider travelling to Paris and then taking the train from Paris Montparnasse train station which takes 3 hours.

 

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 4.8
  • Date - 22/08/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Pre-tour communication was quick and thorough and professional.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Wonderful trip. A few more hills than we anticipated, but hotels and scenery were very nice.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for taking the time to review the holiday. Without the hills the scenery wouldn't be half as nice. Think of them as a necessary evil!
  • Date - 22/08/2017
  • Name - Kristi French
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very patient in our back and forth decision making. A few more details about the trip would be helpful for the first timer, but since we had done this before, we were comfortable with the information we were given. When it is someones first time, it is nice to have as much info as possible
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    5.0
  • Product comment - We loved the little towns that we rode through. It took longer than the straight shot that we might have done if we were on our own, but your expertise allowed us to see more of the countryside. Information about places to stop for food and drink would be helpful. Sometimes we got in little towns hoping to get a bite, but everything was closed. This is so different from the US and we weren't sure how to navigate this.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review Kristi and yes, in France it can sometimes be difficult to get food and drink outside of the standard meal times particularly in small villages. We will add this info to our pre-tour information for future guests.