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8 Day Classical Cycling Holidays in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany
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Hôtel de Clisson, Saint-Brieuc, 38 Rue de Gouet, 22000 Saint-Brieuc, France

Exciting Cycling Holidays Brittany

Discover the beautiful and natural landscapes, the breathtaking cliffs carved by the ocean, and the medieval villages that have withstood time such as Dinan, Dinard, or Saint-Malo in this exciting cycling holidays! You will be acquainted with the locals known for their genuine hospitality, and of course, take advantage of regional food specialties!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Hilly, paved, and mostly flat
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10 - 30 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 225 kilometers / 140 miles
  • Vacation type: Leisure
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike (included)
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 145 EUR
  • Road bike: Available to rent / 145 EUR
  • Tandem bike: Available to rent / 50 EUR

Highlights

  • Hybrid bike hire
  • 6-day self-guided bike tour
  • 1 GPS Garmin Oregon for three people
  • Comprehensive trip literature and detailed road book
  • Technical and emergency support all throughout the tour
  • Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All luggage transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
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Accommodation

You will be staying in various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels.

Program

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN SAINT BRIEUC

Arrive in Saint Brieuc, a city that is easy to reach by train from Paris. A guide will meet you at your hotel to set up the bike, present your trip, and give you any information necessary for your Brittany experience.

  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

DAY 2: FROM SAINT BRIEUC TO SABLE D’OR BY THE COAST

The leg of today’s journey explores the largest production of farmed mussels in Europe, which goes well with the ocean panoramas that you will encounter. After following the bay of Yffiniac, where Bernard Hinault, the famous cycling racer was born, your ride will zigzag between the sea and countryside along small country roads.

You will travel to the picturesque port of Dahouet. And finish your day with a last little climb to the port of Erquy, then down to the beaches of Sable d’Or Les Pins where you will spend your night. A large beach of fine sand awaits you. Or for another type of leisure, try the casino.

  • Total distance: 46 kilometers, 29 miles
  • Elevation gain: 530 meters 
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

DAY 3: SABLE D'OR TO MATIGNON

A bike path marked with "Tour de Manche" will show the direction to reach Cap Fréhal. From atop the cliffs that tower 70 meters above the sea, you can watch a grand spectacle unfold in front of you. Your travels cross an environmental reserve with wild heather, furze, broom, and ferns providing a beautiful mixture of colors.

You will travel to the historical monument, the Fort of La Latte, a remarkable château built on the stones hovering above the sea. Then ride around the Fresnaye bay where you can meet local oyster farmers and try the merchandise. Arrive at your day’s destination where you can take a dip on the beaches of Saint-Cast.

  • Total distance: 40 kilometers, 25 miles
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

DAY 4: MATIGNON TO DINAN

You will leave the coast to ride towards a medieval jewel, Dinan! This town has preserved the granite stones and half-timbered homes since medieval ages. Travel back in time, but first, explore the other marvels of the day.

Small country roads will bring you through remarkable villages such as Plancoët, known for their natural mineral water. The countryside roads of Brittany that wind through a patchwork of green fields and stone walls provide a splendid itinerary. You arrive in the old part of Dinan, along with the shores of the Rance River.

  • Total distance: 30 kilometers, 19 miles
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

DAY 5: DINAN TO SAINT MALO

You will leave Dinan passing by the picturesque homes that run alongside the port and crossing its charming stone bridge. You will start with a nice downhill followed by several kilometers on a flat towpath. For a little challenge in the day, an uphill awaits you to join Taden and Saint-Samsen before joining a bike path to Dinard.

You can admire the Taden Manor and its countryside. Dinard is the French Riviera of Brittany, with large villas, important luxury hotels. Large sandy beaches and ice cream stands. There is a certain charm with the 19th-century architecture and British influence. From Dinard you will climb aboard a boat shuttle that joins Saint-Malo (included in trip) You arrive within the fortress of Saint-Malo. Here awaits a completely different ambiance than Dinard. This town is very imposing with ramparts and large demurs.

  • Total distance: 31 kilometers, 19 miles
  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

DAY 6: SAINT MALO TO CANCALE

Today you will explore the famous Emerald coast up to Grouin. From here you can observe a magnificent view of the ocean and eventually catch a glimpse of the Mont Saint Michel. Your final destination is Cancale, a fishing village known for its oysters and in particular one that is nicknamed as "horse-foot". Legends say that the King Louis XIV ordered oysters from Cancale to be delivered regularly at Versailles. There are more than 7.3 square kilometers of oyster farmed from the port during low tides.

  • Total distance: 28 kilometers, 17 miles 
  • Elevation gain: 305 meters 
  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

DAY 7: CANCALE TO MONT SAINT MICHEL

Today your objective is to reach the famous Mont Saint Michel. But before then, you will discover a lot more. Along the way, stop in the fishing village of St. Benoit des Ondes. Or stop to explore the particular village of Mont Dol, a village perched on a legendary hilltop well known in legends and folklore.

  • Total distance: 50 kilometers, 31 miles
  • Elevation gain: 162 meters 
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM MONT SAINT MICHEL

Take your time to enjoy your last breakfast or to take your last pictures of Mont Saint Michel. A bus is available to reach Rennes where you can eventually return to Paris by train. You can also reserve an extra night for a full day’s visit of Mont Saint Michel with an extra bike ride. Ask our team for more details.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Average total distance per day: 37.50 kilometers / 23.33 miles

This trip has many possibilities for customizing. You can easily add an extra day in Dinan or Saint-Malo. You can also take out a day to make longer rides. You can start your tour any day that you’d like.

Since the tours are self-guided and are mostly catering to couples, families, and small groups of friends, the hotels are a lot easier to confirm availability and more importantly, unlike a guided tour, the trip won’t get canceled due to low participation. You can even do the cycle tour by yourself if you’d like.

road books

Your road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that was planned and laid out. Discover France had invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of their customers over many years (since 1997) to make the road books even better. The road books include color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions (step by step).

Hybrid bike (SCOTT SUB Sport 20)

The SCOTT SuB Sport 20 features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom Racktime carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure. All sizes are available including small, medium, large, and extra large.

Electric bike (CANNONDALE MAVARO ACTIVE 1)

With its integrated rack, seamless assist, and comfortable upright position, the Mavaro is all about freedom: The freedom to enjoy weekend treks or trips to the store, the freedom to escape the car for the daily commute or the freedom to feel the wind in your face effortlessly.

Road bike (SYNAPSE CARBON 105 6)

Cannondale's carbon construction method uses precisely placed high stiffness fibers over a base of high tensile strength fibers and high impact resins to deliver an extremely lightweight and perfectly tuned stiffness, without sacrificing strength. All sizes are available for rent for 105 EUR including extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large with an approximate weight of eight kilograms.

Tandem (CANNONDALE Tandem 29ER)

This bike is a more upright and adventurous model that brings the strength, stability and smooth-rolling comfort of 29 inches wheels to the two-up crowd. This bike is available for rent for 30 EUR.

Accessories included in Hybrid and Electric bike hire

  • Two bags (one rear pannier and one front pannier)
  • Rear pannier containing helmet / lock / pump / two spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing toolkit / tire levers / patch kit
  • One water bottle "souvenir"
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals (toe straps on request)

Accessories included in Road bike hire

  • Saddlebag containing toolkit / tire levers / patch kit / two spare tubes / one hand pump
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals (toe straps on request)
  • Two water bottle "souvenir"

GARMIN Global Positioning System (GPS)

Since 2008, Discover France has mainly chosen Garmin for their GPS (or equivalent brand in some countries). They change the units every two years and always invest in the best models. It is simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS and enjoy. One GPS is provided for every three people.

Skill level

Beginner

  • Can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • Assistance required
  • Comfortable with curves and leans
  • Basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Short distance ascents and descents

Included excursions

  • Board a boat shuttle that joins Saint-Malo to arrive within the fortress of Saint-Malo
  • Discover the famous Emerald coast
  • Explore the particular village of Mont Dol

Location

This cycling holidays will take place in Brittany, France. Brittany, Bretagne in French, is a region located in the northwest of France. It has over 1,700 miles of beautiful coastline including the famous pink granite coast and is sought out by tourists for its beaches, mild weather and breathtaking landscapes.

But visitors also come to Brittany to visit the famous Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to explore the city of Saint-Malo and eat oysters in Cancale. By cycling around Brittany, you will experience its unique culture and rich traditions, with strong Celtic influences.

FIVE REASONS TO DISCOVER BRITTANY

MONT SAINT MICHEL

Mont Saint Michael is located in between the two regions of Brittany and Normandy. The mount and its abbey is the second most visited site in France and an architectural gem. Accessible at low tide, it has been a monastery since the eighth century and served as a prison during the French Revolution. The view of Mont, from across the water is breathtaking. And the view of Brittany from the bay is just as wonderful.

Saint-Malo

This walled city retains a lot of history. Located by the sea, it was once the home of pirates and was nearly destroyed by bombings during World War II. The city’s ramparts, the fort of Saint-Malo and the cathedral are reminders of these ancient times. Make sure you take time to explore the city.

PINK GRANITE COAST

Côte de Granite Rose is located on the far western point of Brittany. This 30-kilometer stretch of coastline offers a spectacular sight not to be missed. It has become famous due to the uncommon pink and orange color of its sand and rocks. Cycling along the Pink Granite Coast is an unforgettable experience!

NEOLITHIC STONE AGE MONUMENTS

The large stones scattered throughout the countryside and forests in various patterns and rows offer a testament to the region's ancient roots. Despite the fact that they have been around since before the pyramids were built, their purpose still remains a mystery. Cycling around the region, you will likely encounter two types of stone monuments: Dolmen, which resembles a tabletop, and Menhir, long structures which stand upright.

CULTURE AND TRADITION

People from Brittany are proud of their traditions and culture and over the years and have found a way to successfully merge them with the modern world and technological advances. This creates a unique cultural experience for visitors who can still hear the traditional language of Breton (Celtic language) being spoken and dine on traditional cuisine. Cycling through Brittany offers a glimpse into a truly unique region and the people who call it home.

Food

You will be provided with a daily breakfast at each hotel and two dinners during your fifth and sixth day. Make sure to try the fresh seafood served on a bed of crushed ice: oysters, clams, mussels, large prawns, and many other delicacies from the sea.

Crepes (thin pancakes made from wheat flour) and galettes (made from buckwheat flour) are also a Brittany specialty. Sweet or savory, they are delicious! As in Normandy, cider and Calvados (a brandy made from distilled apple cider) are famous drinks from Brittany.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6-day self-guided bike tour
  • Orientation in person with a local guide
  • Guide / local contact support
  • Detailed road book
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Professionally planned routes
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times
  • Hybrid bike hire
  • 1 GPS Garmin Oregon for three people
  • Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All luggage transfers

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Additional meals
  • Fulltime guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Any personal items

How to get there

Arrival by train

Saint Brieuc is about 450 kilometers from Paris. Although there is an airport close to the city, the easiest way to reach Saint Brieuc is the Train à Grande Vitesse(TGV), France's intercity high-speed rail service, which will take two hours and thirty minutes from Paris.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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