Starting and finishing in the medieval town of St Malo you head for and follow the picturesque Emerald Coast, including stops at the awesome 8th century abbey Mont St Michel and the charming city of the sea St. Malo. The coastal section also includes a line of fine sandy beaches interspersed with rocks, reefs, granite headlands and sheer cliffs, which are dappled pink and gray in the sun. The area is famous for a rich cultural heritage and its architecture. There are castles, feudal fortresses and abbeys that are waiting to be visited, and a variety of flora and fauna as well as protected wildlife zones.
Arrival in Saint Malo and opportunity to explore the walled town. Enjoy a welcome drink while you receive your route information.
Day 2 St Malo – Dinan 45 km
Having wandered amongst the streets of the old citadel and along ramparts, you cycle inland along the gently undulating valley of the Rance River on forested roads dotted with villages to the steep hill that
leads you into Dinan, Brittany’s best preserved medieval town. You should have plenty of time to explore its streets, alleys and ramparts on foot.
Day 3 Dinan - Combourg 33 km
Today you meander further inland to see more of the quiet Breton countryside and some ancient
monolithic structures known as dolmen. The sight of its stunning castle draws you into medieval Combourg. The castle grounds are open all day and Lac Tranquille is ideal for an evening stroll
Day 4 Combourg – Fougères 70 km
Sens de Bretagne, Rimou and other villages are on your route today. After cycling through the valley of the Cousenon River, and then Tremblay, you pass through some forests and by castles to reach Fougères. Opportunity to explore its different levels, and perhaps its seemingly impregnable castle, by foot.
Day 5 Fougères – Pontorson 45 km
With the necessary adjustments made to your bicycle, you discover the typical countryside of Brittany-lovely small farmhouses and villages richly decorated with flowers. Stop in the village of St Brice-en-Coglès, continuing on small country roads to the banks of the Couesnon River and into Pontorson (which is actually in Normandy).
Day 6 Pontorson – Vivier-sur-Mer 35 km
From Moidrey, fine views of one of the highlights of the whole trip begins appear. Whether it’s your first or fifth visit, whether it’s sunny or misty, Mont St Michel is awesome. Get there as early as you can to enjoy the ancient ramparts, the Abbey, views of the bay and more before it gets too crowded. Then you wind your way across reclaimed land, glancing back occasionally the magnificent Mont, to Le Vivier-sur-Mer on the edge of the bay.
Day 7 Vivier-sur-Mer - Saint Malo 39 km
Today’s cycling is by sandy beaches and granite coast through the picturesque fishing harbour of Cancale. Its port area is lined with restaurants offering oysters brought from beds just a few hundred metres away. There are great seascapes on offer at the Pointe de Grouin, and a sandy beach and fortress island at the Anse du Guesclin before reaching the walled town of St Malo.
Day 8 Your last breakfast in Brittany and time to say au-revoir.
- Accommodation in hotels/guest houses/boarding housesü and good middle category hotels
- Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
- Half board: at least 3-course evening meal
- Bike rental
- Detailed route guidance
- Detailed travel material (route or overview maps, route description, important telephone numbers)