Discover the rough coastline on daily bike tours and be overwhelmed by the impressive Mont Saint Michel.
Brittany is the land of the Celts and the coasts. This bike vacation will bring you to the northern coast regions by the bay of Mont Saint Michel, a jewel of early Christian and medieval architecture (World Heritage Site), where the tides determine the daily rhythm of life. It is a unique spectacle, when the flood water fills the enormous bay at a furious rate. Wonderful cities line your itinerary. Saint-Malo is a fortress town of the buccaneers paid by Louis XIV. Or the episcopal city Dol-de-Bretagne. Alike Fougères with the biggest castle of Brittany from the 11th century. Little manors and churches as well some Menhirs hide themselves in typical Breton hedgerow country in the heartland before coming back to the coast region and marveling at the enormous riff "Pointe du Grouin“.
Day 1: Arrival in Saint-Malo
Visit the old town surrounded by huge ramparts.
Day 2: Saint-Malo - Dol-de-Bretagne, ~50 km/30 miles
Along the river Rance you go upcountry by crossing the ancient Polder areas, finally to Dol-de-Bretagne, an important stop of the "Tro Breiz“ or the Breton pilgrimage in the Middle Age.
Day 3: Dol-de-Bretagne - St.-Brice-en-Coglès, ~53 km/31 miles
Today you will discover on of the biggest Menhirs (Champ Dolent, 9,50 m), the forest of Villecartier and the small town of Antrain, then trough the hedgerow countries to St.-Brice-en-Coglès.
Day 4: St.-Brice-en-Coglès - Fougères - St.-Brice-en-Coglès, ~57 km/34 miles
The bike brings you to another cultural delicacy of Brittany, the town and the medieval fortress of Fougères. Furthermore intact oak and beech forests as well as range and hedgerow countryside accompany you along that tour.
Day 5: St.-Brice-en-Coglès - Beauvoir, ~69 km/42 miles
Your cycling path guides you to the north and to the coastal area, passing the weaver town St. James with its American military cemetery and along the Sélune valley. You finally arrive at Beauvoir very close to Mont-Saint-Michel, world patrimony of the UNESCO.
Day 6: Beauvoir - Cancale, ~45 km/27 miles
The highlight of this tour is awaiting you: Mont-Saint-Michel, the village and the abbey, which were built on a rock in the middle of a bay. You cycle through the Polders to Vivier sur Mer, having always a view on the Mont-Saint-Michel and then to Cancale.
Day 7: Cancale - Saint-Malo, ~25 km/15 miles
Today the way goes from the sandy coast to the spectacular cliffy coast via Cancale to the “Pointe du Grouin“ with a wonderful view on the whole bay and the sea.
Day 8: Departure and "Au Revoir"!
7 nights in good 2** hotels
7x copious breakfast
5x dinner (3 course menu), except day 1 and day 7 in St. Malo
7x tourist tax
detailed tour description and maps
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day
route (2): ~299 km/182 miles
flat and sometimes a bit hilly
how to get there
by car: highway to Rennes and continue to St Malo (N137)
by train: station Saint Malo, from Paris (change in Rennes) with TGV
by plane: from London, East Midlands, Birmingham and Bristol direct to Saint Malo with Ryanair
at start hotel for about 10 €/day, pay locally, reservation needed
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