|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||28 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays (arrival to Fougeres): Mar 1-Oct 31, 2015; Thursdays (arrival to St. Malo): Mar 1-Oct 31, 2015|
|Start city:||Fougeres, France|
|End city:||Fougeres, France|
This magnificent tour will enable you to discover the heart of Brittany, a land of countless sights. It is where villages and castles, shores and boscages are in total harmony with the land and the sea. You will pass through the world wonder of the nature "Mont Saint Michel" on the way to the "pirates town" of Saint-Malo, cycling along the marvelous Emerald coast.
This tour commences in Fougères on Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays and in St. Malo on Thursdays.
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This tour commences in Fougères on Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays and in St. Malo on Thursdays. If you start in St. Malo, the program begins with arrival on Day 4 in St. Malo and departure after breakfast in St. Malo the following Thursday.
Day 1: Arrival in Fougères
Discover the city, its architectural and religious heritage, its forests and gardens. This prestigious mediaeval city isoverlooked by its imposing fortress. Don’t miss a visit at the chateau.
Overnight in Fougères.
Day 2: Fougères – Pontorson (30 miles/48 km)
A stage on the former railway path converted in cycling path. You will cross typical small villages. Then follow the Couesnon Valley until Pontorson, a peaceful village on the way to “Mont Saint Michel”.
Overnight in Pontorson.
Day 3: Pontorson - Le Vivier sur Mer (28 miles/45 km)
Day devoted to the discovery of the wonder of “Mont Saint Michel”. This rocky islet rises in the bay for over a thousand years and has kept its tradition of welcoming visitors. Enjoy a walk through the authentic medieval streetsalong timber framed houses. Continue with a visit of the abbey and loose your mind in the labyrinth of thenumerous surrounded walls of the city. After this long moment walking, ride on a cycling path via countryside andfields towards the sea side and Vivier sur mer famous for oyster parks.
Overnight in Le Vivier su Mer.
Day 4: Le Vivier sur Mer - St. Malo (26 miles/42 km)
A day ride starting in the inner lands through typical small villages and countryside before arriving in Cancale apicturesque fishing harbour along the granite coast. Enjoy the beautiful view from this bay and taste the freshseafood arriving every morning by the local fishermen. Then, continue longing the coast via ‘Pointe du Grouin’ awonderful point of view facing the sea, you can admire the bay on a large view. This place is also a bird protectionpark where you can observe them. Then continue your ride until Saint Malo, the "City of the Sea".
Overnight in St Malo.
Day 5: St Malo – Dinan (23 miles/36 km)
After the visit of the old town where testimonies of pirates are at every corner of the medieval city, surrounded bywalls from centuries, reach the Rance valley. Through countryside landscapes on the first part of the day, you willcross numerous villages with typical houses of this area and other prehistorical testimonies. Continue your ridealong the river Rance on a peaceful cycling path until reaching the Medieval City of Dinan surrounded by walls.Enjoy a walk through the numerous pedestrian streets to discover the timbere framed houses and paved routes.
Overnight in Dinan.
Day 6: Dinan - Combourg (19 miles/31 km; optional extra 6 miles/10 km)
A day ride on a very pleasant and peaceful cycling path at the rhythm of the Rance canal, locks and house boatcruises. At every village, leave the cycling path and discover the heart of the inner lands villages of Britany. Then,cross the bocage before arriving to Combourg with its impressive feudal castle situated near by a wide pound.
Overnight in Combourg.
Day 7: Combourg - Fougères (34 miles/55 km)
Stage in the heart of the centre of Brittany with numerous vestiges of the mysterious local civilization who formercelebrate the worship of stone. A kingdom of legends, beliefs and traditions.
Overnight in Fougères.
Day 8: Departure
Depart after breakfast.
Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays (arrival to Fougeres): Mar 1-Oct 31, 2015; Thursdays (arrival to St. Malo): Mar 1-Oct 31, 2015
|Tour start in Fougeres|
|Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays: Mar 1- Oct 31, 2015|
|Tour start in St Malo|
|Thursdays, Mar 1- Oct 31, 2015|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Hotel des Voyagers
Hotel Ariane et France
Hotel du Beau Rivage
Hotel du Lac
Hotel des Voyagers
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
The bikes available for rent on this tour (must be reserved at time of booking):
Equipment included with bike rental:
A cycling specialist will help you adjust your bike upon arrival.
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
The route is generally flat, but headwinds are sometimes a factor in coastal areas.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Paris, France
Nearest train station: Rennes or St. Malo, France
If you fly to Paris, take the TGV to Laval, then bus to Fougères; or regular train to Rennes then bus to Fougères. If you start in St. Malo, there is a TGV station there.
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Any change to a confirmed booking will give rise to extra cost of: 40 euros per person.
For cancellation of a booking more than 30 days before the departure date, expenses will be payable on the following basis:
And for cancellations of a booking
The insurance costs are not refunded in case of cancellation of the trip.