Cycle Brittany's Canals & Coast to Mont St Michel8 Days & 7 Nights 5 Read 2 reviews
- Easy-going cycling from Rennes to the UNESCO listed Mont St Michel
- Pedal and picnic along the Canal d’Ill et Rance
- Discover the charming medieval town of Dinan
- Enjoy a beachfront lunch of fresh oysters at Cancale
- Explore the harbours and relax on the beaches of Dinard and St Malo
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.
Inn to Inn Cycling, E-Biking | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night, E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this holiday (subject to availability), to make things easier
This trip is suitable for:
Solo Travellers, Multi-Generational, First Timers
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Historical Journeys
- Coastal & Island
This cycling route follows a combination of cycle paths, quiet country roads, stretches of rolling coastal terrain and busier urban roads when approaching and departing towns and cities. Please always be mindful of other roads users at all times. Our tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow during your self-guided adventure. We also recommend using our Macs Adventure App. This easy to use app will navigate you through each of your daily rides. Full details of the app will be provided in your information pack.
Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.
On this trip you will spend 4 nights in 3* hotels, 1 night 2* hotel & 2 nights in a guesthouse . We regularly use the following properties but will accommodate in a hotel or B&B of equal standard should any of the following hotels be unavailable. Each stay at the listed accommodation is based on a standard room.
If you require single rooms within your party or are travelling as a solo cyclist single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment.
Breakfast is included each day at your hotel and usually consists of fresh pastries, bread, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. Dinner is also included on the evening of day 2 in Hédés. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking.
Lunches and 6 dinners are not included. One of our favourite experiences is to pick up local cheeses and boulangerie bread for a picnic. As you will be staying the heart of each village or town, there are extensive cafes and restaurants to choose from in the evening.
- 4 Nights in 3* hotels. 1 night in a 2* hotel & 2 nights in guesthouses
- 7 Breakfasts & 1 dinner
- Baggage transfer
- Access to route notes, detailed maps and GPS tracks on the Macs Adventure smart[hone navigation app
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
- Travel to Rennes / from Pontsoron
- Bike hire
- 6 Dinners
- Lunches, drinks & snacks
- Ferry on day 4 from Dinard to St Malo
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- Additional nights along the route
- Bike hire
- Upgrade to e-bike hire
When To Go
You can begin your cycling holiday in Brittany on any day of the week from Monday to Friday between May and October subject to availability. Peak months in Brittany are June, July and August so we suggest contacting us as soon as your plans are finalised if you plan to travel during this time so that we have the best chances of securing your trip for your preferred dates.
Getting to the Start
For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com
Fly: Paris Charles de Gaulle, Orly or Beauvais airports. Train connections vary depending on which Paris airport you arrive into. There is a direct TGV train from Charles de Gaulle to Rennes which takes about 3 hours. Alternatively, if you make your way to Paris Gare Montparnasse in the city centre, there is a new TGV line that leaves from here and takes only 1 hour 25 mins to reach Rennes.
Train: Eurostar from London St-Pancras International to Paris (Gard du Nord). Change here and travel to Paris Gare Montparnasse in the city centre. The total journey time is approx. 5 hours and the whole trip can be booked at www.eurostar.com.
Drive: From Folkestone, take the Eurotunnel shuttle to Calais, and continue driving from here. From Calais, it is about a 5 hour drive to Rennes. Booking and more info can be found at www.eurotunnel.com
Drive and Ferry: Drive to Dover and take the ferry to Calais (approx. 1 hour 15 mins crossing). Then drive onto Rennes (approx. 5 hours drive). Alternatively you can get a ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo (11 hours) followed by an hour drive to Rennes, or Poole to Cherbourg (5 hours), followed by a 2 hour drive. Ferry info and booking can be found at directferries.
Getting from the End
From Pontsoron train station, you can return to Paris and connect through to any of the international Parisian airports or international train services. Journey time to Paris is approximately (4 hours).
If you need to return to Rennes to collect a car, train journey times to Rennes are approximately an hour.
Baggage transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20 kg). If you require excess baggage allowance do contact us prior to travel.
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
Scott hybrid bikes are available for hire. All bikes are equipped with a pannier, and spare inner tube along with a pump.
Many people also choose to hire an EBike. The added battery power provides assistance when required. For more information on how EBikes work click here.
If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride. Alternatively, we’re happy to answer any questions you have about the hire bike.If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate hybrid or touring bike for this trip.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
This trip is graded easy to moderate with daily distances of 35 km—60 km. You will encounter some stretches of shallow hills along the coast, but these usually dont last for too long. Its a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. However, it’s not all cycling. Each day there are plenty opportunities to stop and sample the fresh seafood and Breton crepes.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially in the summer months. You can start this holiday on any day of the week.
May to June offer warm days and flora is full bloom. Into July and August Brittany is thriving with life. Days are long, warm and perfect for enjoying a late dip at the beach or a long beachfront dinner. Into September, evenings might be a little fresher and the crowds have thinned somewhat for you to enjoy the contrast of Brittany’s countryside and coast.
Baggage transfer as per your itinerary is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. These costs are payable locally. Details of alternative transport will be listed in your information pack. Your accommodation hosts will also be able to help you with any local transport questions.