Cycling tour in Brittany

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  • Duration: 13 days

Medieval towns, old fishing villages and port towns, prehistoric places of worship and Celtic festivals and names bear witness to the extraordinary cultural potential of Brittany and its inhabitants. This “bewitching” fairytale land is full of variety and contrasts and a great place to be explored on bicycle.
The Bretons do not feel themselves as French. “Bretons forever” is their motto and an own language supports this attitude. The people are very friendly and open and are not reluctant to speak English or German. All this makes Brittany one of the most interesting regions of France and our 13-day cycling tour will allow for some good insights into most of the area.

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival and meeting in the first hotel in St.Malo

Day 2
St-Malo – Mont Saint Michel, 52km cycling

First bike ride from the hotel, mostly on bike paths parallel to the sea, until we reach the abbey of Mont Saint Michel. Time to visit before returning by bus to the hotel in St Malo.

Day 3
St. Malo – Dinan, 32km cycling

We cycle from the hotel, first through the old town of St. Malo and then through Dinard, 100 years ago France’s most exclusive seaside resort, as evidenced by the numerous villas and aging spa hotels of the Belle Epoque. Then we head inland southwards and cycle along roads to the Dinan on the banks of the Rance, where we stay overnight. The old town with its over 100 half-timbered houses is considered the best preserved in the whole of Brittany.

Day 4
Dinan – Paimpol – Treguier, 42km cycling

Transfer to Chele La Pass high above Paro (3.810m), we start cycling a few km before the pass, enjoy later incredible views from the top and start our exhilarating 26km downhill into the Haa-Valley. Continue cycling more through small hamlets and dense Himalaya forests before we transfer by bus to the capital Thimpu

Day 5
Treguier – Perros-Guirec, 40km cycling

We continue cycling through the charming Trégor and in the early afternoon we reach Perros-Guirec in the heart of the Pink Granite Coast (Cote de Granit Rose). A short walk from the hotel to the sea allows us to get a first glimpse of the fascinating rock formations that have made this stretch of northern Brittany world famous.

Day 6
At the Cote de Granit Rose

Free day to rest, to swim and of course to explore the surrounding natural spectacle of the coast, with the bikes or on foot along the old trail of customs. “The Bottle” or “Napoleon’s Hat” are just a few of the most famous rock formations.

Day 7
Morlaix – Carhaix-Plouguer, 50km cycling

We take the bus to nearby Morlaix and start today’s ride from here, taking us through a very different landscape of Brittany into the more densely wooded, hilly interior. We follow all day an old railway line converted to a cycle track.

Day 8
Carhaix – Concarneuau, 67km cycling

Starting from the hotel we continue on the graded cycling path and finally arrive in the afternoon in the beautiful harbor town of Concarneau on the south coast, formerly one of the most important Breton fortresses and later important fishing port of the sardine fishermen.

Day 9
In Concarneau

Today is another day of rest, e.g. for a leisurely stroll through Concarneau or an optional cycling tour out to the old artists’ village of Pont-Aven, where Paul Gauguin once lived parts of his live within a thriving community of other artists.

Day 10
Concarneau – Aubray – Carnac, 37km cycling

A bus takes us to the old town of Aubray, from where we start a shorter bike ride to Carnac. On the way we visit Menec – with almost 3,000 counted menhirs one of the largest collections of Stone Age menhirs in Europe. If you still feel like cycling in the afternoon, you can extend the ride to the wild and romantic peninsula Quiberon. From there transfer back to the hotel in taxis

Day 11
Carnac – Vannes, 58km bike

We cycle from the hotel to Locmariaquer, where we take a small ferry to the other side of the Gulf of Morbihan, called the “Little Sea” by the Bretons. Later we cycle through beautiful landscapes across the Rhuys peninsula to Vannes, another gem among them well-preserved, medieval towns in Brittany and capital of the region around the Gulf of Morbihan

Day 12
In Vannes

Free day for exploring Vannes or for a boat trip to the island of Belle-Ile-en-Mer.

Day 13
Returning home
The tour ends after breakfast

Tour facts

Grading: easy to moderate
Recommended airports: Nantes
Highlights: Mont Saint Michel, St. Malo, Dinan, Treguier, Rose Granit Coast, Concarneau, Carnac and the menhirs of Menec, Vannes
Best time to go: May/June and September/October

 

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