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Mont St Michel and Brittany

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  • 7 nights | 28 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €863
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This magnificent tour allows you to discover the heart of Brittany, a land of countless sights. Here, villages and castles, shores and boscages are in total harmony with the land and the sea. You will pass through the world wonder of "Mont Saint Michel" on the way to the "pirates town" of Saint-Malo, cycling along the marvelous Emerald coast.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival in St Malo
Take the time to discover the "City of the Sea." Many legends are still haunting the narrow streets of the center of this town fortified by Vauban!
Overnight in St Malo.

Day 2: St Malo – Dinan (23 miles/35 km)
After the visit of the old town where testimonies of pirates are at every corner of the medieval city, surrounded by walls from centuries, reach the Rance valley. Through countryside landscapes on the first part of the day, you will cross numerous villages with typical houses of this area and other prehistorical testimonies. Continue your ride along 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 timber-framed houses and paved routes.
Overnight in Dinan.

Day 3: Dinan – Combourg (21 miles/34 km; optional extra 6 miles/9 km)
A day ride on a very pleasant and peaceful cycling path to the rhythm of the Rance canal, locks, and houseboat cruises. 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 4: Combourg – Fougères (33 miles/53 km)
This stage is in the heart of the center of Brittany with numerous vestiges of the mysterious local civilizations: a kingdom of legends, beliefs, and traditions. Discover the city of Fougères, its architectural and religious heritage, its forests and gardens. This prestigious mediaeval city is overlooked by its imposing fortress. Don’t miss a visit at the chateau.
Overnight in Fougères.

Day 5: Fougères – Pontorson (30 miles/48km)
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 6: Pontorson – Le Vivier sur Mer (21 miles/33km)
Day devoted to the discovery of the wonder of "Mont Saint Michel." This rocky islet rises in the bay for more than thousand years and has kept its tradition of welcoming visitors. Enjoy a walk through the authentic medieval streets along timber framed houses. Continue with a visit of the abbey and loose your mind in the labyrinth of the numerous surrounded walls of the city. After this long moment walking, ride on a cycling path via countryside and fields towards the sea side and Vivier sur Mer famous for oyster parks.
Overnight in Le Vivier sur Mer.

Day 7: Le Vivier sur Mer – St Malo (25 miles/40km)
A day ride starting in the inner lands through typical small villages and countryside before arriving in Cancale a picturesque fishing harbor along the granite coast. Enjoy the beautiful view from this bay and taste the fresh seafood arriving every morning by the local fishermen. Then, continue longing the coast via "Pointe du Grouin" a wonderful point of view facing the sea, you can admire the bay on a large view. This place is also a bird protection park where you can observe them. Then continue your ride until St Malo.
Overnight in St Malo.

Day 8: Departure
Depart after breakfast.

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Daily, Mar 25-Oct 31, 2019

Prices

Category A: 3- and 4-star hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€1363
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€794
Optional dinner package
€239
Option to start in Fougères
€20
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€95
Electrically assisted bike
€145
Extra Nights, Fougeres
Per person, double occupancy
€106
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€89
Extra Nights, St Malo
Per person, double occupancy
€145
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€128
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 12-17 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
25%
Category B: 3-star hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€863
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€394
Optional dinner package
€206
Option to start in Fougères
€20
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€95
Electrically assisted bike
€145
Extra Nights, Fougères
Per person, double occupancy
€73
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€28
Extra Nights, St Malo
Per person, double occupancy
€78
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€62
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 12-17 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
25%
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Loire Valley Travel Terms and Conditions

Ccancellations of a booking:

  • cancellation more than 30 days before departure: 10% of the total amount of the trip
  • between 30 & 21 days before departure: 25% of the total amount of the trip
  • between 20 & 8 days before departure: 50% of the total amount of the trip
  • between 7 & 2 days before departure: 75% of the total amount of the trip
  • less than 2 days before departure: 90% of the total amount of the trip
  • no show: 100% of the total amount of the trip

For any interruption of stay, no refund will be made.

The tour operator requires prior notice to alter the Tour program at the request of the client.

For any modification of a confirmed booking (date, tour) fees will be invoiced to the client on the following basis:

  • more than 30 days before departure: €50 per booking
  • between 30 & 8 days before departure : €150 per booking
  • between 7 & 2 days before departure : any change will be considered like a cancellation and cancellation fees will be applied

 CHILDREN  REDUCTIONS

  • Children 0-4 in parents' room: 50% discount
  • Children 5 to 12 in parents' room: 20% discount
  • Children 5 to 12 in children's twin room: 10% discount

All photos used by permission. ©Loire Valley Travel

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 3
  • 4 Star 3
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.3

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.1
  • Value 3.9
  • Included meals 3.5
  • Bikes & equipment 2.9
  • Hotels or boat 3.6
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 2.9
  • Tour documents 3
  • Local tour company services 3.6
  • Route selection 4.1

Reviews

Jane7 September 10, 2018

Beautiful scenery

This was our second self guided trip with biketours, and although the scenery was lovely, the maps, bikes and hotels were not quite what we expected. We were given our bikes a half hour before starting, without any tweaking or fitting for individual comfort, the maps were pretty lacking in real information so we got lost often, and the choice of hotels went from adequate to downright unpleasant. The company needs to update this tour as it is a lovely area worth exploring.

Duncan2 July 30, 2018

Brittany is very beautiful, but instructions/directions were very poor, bikes were heavy and clunky, saddlebags in some cases ill-fitting, and baggage delivery on one occasion quite late.

Bees July 10, 2018

Do it! Wonderful trip

Delightful. Energizing. Riding the bike paths and back roads of this region was a wonderful respite.

Jim JImenez September 7, 2017

The Perfect Family or First Bike Tour

We cycled this tour from August 14-21, 2017 and loved it! We’re intermediate bikers who normally ride for recreation on the weekends and this tour fit our style perfectly. Although our 8 year-old was a pretty experienced rider compared to most kids her age, we were a bit concerned whether she was going to be able to hack the entire tour. No worries. She did great. It was mom and dad who occasionally needed to stretch the backside. While the majority of the cycling was on bike paths and lonely county roads, there were some segments along busy roads and village intersections. Anyone doing this tour should have a lot of experience behind them and a good cycling awareness.

We were impressed with the organization. At our first hotel in Fougeres, we received a complete package with maps and directions for each segment, and a booklet of vouchers to submit/pay for every portion of the tour. These vouchers included hotel stays, dinners, and baggage delivery. In all, the hotels were very nice, particularly the one in Dinan. More about that later.

The bikes we rented were sturdy and dependable. We would have preferred to ride our own, lighter hybrids, but the sturdier rentals we received functioned perfectly and were what we expected. In particular, we were very pleased with the 24 inch bike they delivered for our daughter. It was very similar to her bike at home. One thing, in the future we’re going to be a bit more specific with our rental desires. I think we’ll try to specify frame size and whether we want a front basket. My wife and I got the exact same bike, which meant her seat was all the way down, while mine was all the way up. The good news was I was able to adjust the handlebar stem to ameliorate the sitting position. Also, our bikes came with baskets and rear panniers. I ended up taking off my wife’s basket and strapped it on top of the rear pannier. One detriment was the simple odometers which came with the bikes—They didn’t work.

The route? Fabulous! We particularly enjoyed the first day’s ride along the old railroad trail and the second to last day towards Combourg along the Rance canal. I found the directions adequate, but not great. I would have preferred some general guidance, such as, “You’re going to follow the green Bike Path signs for the next 15 kilometers.” Those who have a Euro data plan and can use Google maps on their phone will have no problem. I used the old fashioned map and compass method (wish the odometers would have worked). We made a few wrong turns along the way but were always able to navigate our way forward. The maps they provided were printed from a color copier and displayed the general route, but they were difficult to navigate with. I would have preferred a smaller scale map to go with my preferred method of navigation.

We particularly enjoyed our visit to Le Mont Saint Michel on the second day of riding, St Malo on the third, and Dinan on the fourth. The wide beach in St Malo has full of British tourists. The water was cool, but we swam anyway. Dinan was the shopping experience. For all riders of this tour I recommend not to buy anything until Dinan. We found Dinan a romantic, cobble-stoned jewel full of little boutiques, shops, and wonderful restaurants. Also, the hotel we stayed at, Hotel Arvor, was probably the nicest hotel in Dinan. It was centrally located in the middle of town, the service was wonderful, and the ambiance was like an old French chateau. The whole experience in Dinan was the highlight of the trip for us.

In case you couldn’t tell, this might have been our best family vacation ever. The biking was just difficult enough to give us a bonding experience, while the joy of spending the time together on the leisurely route was invaluable. This may have been our first bike tour, but it’s not going to be our last.

Jim JImenez August 23, 2017

Fabulous Experience

A great family experience and perfect for the intermediate rider. We'll leave the south and central part of France to the serious... The flat farm country of Brittany was not only beautiful, it was safe and well, relatively flat.

KenB June 30, 2017

Another reason why I love to cycle in France!

Brittany is a marvelous destination, full of culture, scenery, history and of course, great food and wine!

tomfbiz September 5, 2016

Great trip

We saw some amazing places on this trip. The scenery was varied -- towns, farms, churches, castles, sea, canals and "polders".

Mont Saint Michel was our highlight. We took an extra after-dinner 7km trip to see it illuminated. It was pitch dark on the bike path coming home, but the bikes were stocked with lights and hi-viz vests.

We took another side trip to see a Dolmen outside Fougeres.

There were a few spots where we were riding in fairly busy traffic, especially near St Malo. The turn sheets were sometimes unclear and the maps did not have enough detail -- we had to rely on google maps. Make sure to bring a portable battery/charger for your phone.