Brittany and Mont St Michel Cycling Holiday

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

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.

Brittany and Mont St Michel Cycling Holiday

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

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

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.

Day 1 : Arrive St Malo

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

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 to 27 miles/34 to 43 kms

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

This day of cycling you’ll be experiencing the centre of Brittany on your way towards 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

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, 10 km from the coast and Mont Saint Michel.

Day 6 : Pontorson – Le Vivier sur Mer
21 miles/33 kms

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. Customers who book the superior accommodation package will cycle a little further to the village of Saint Méloir des Ondes.

Day 7 : Le Vivier sur Mers – St. Malo
25 miles/40 kms

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 - end of trip

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

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

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 hotels and guesthouses.

Saint Malo: Hotel Kyriad

Dinan: Hotel Arvor

Combourg: Hotel du Chateau

Fougeres: Hotel des Voyageurs

Pontorson: Hotel Ariane

Le Vivier Sur Mer: Hotel du Beau Rivage

Saint Malo: Hotel Kyriad

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Saint Malo: Hotel La Villefromoy

Dinan: Hotel d’Avaugour 

Combourg: Hotel du Chateau

Fougeres: Hotel des Voyageurs

Mont Saint Michel: Hotel Mercure

Saint Méloir des Ondes: Maison Tirel Guerin

Saint Malo: Hotel La Villefromoy

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. You can consider travelling to Paris and then taking the train from Paris Montparnasse train station to St Malo - journey time 3 hours.

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