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Ferry hop across the bay from St Malo to Dinard
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Highlights

  • Cycle Brittany’s coastline from St Malo to Mont St Michel
  • Ferry hop across to Dinard and cycle along the Côtes-d'Armor
  • Relax on the pristine beaches of St Malo
  • Enjoy a beachfront lunch of fresh oysters at Cancale
  • Spend a day exploring the UNESCO listed island community of Mont St Michel

Cycle through the coastal towns of Brittany on this easy going short cycling break, finishing with a day of exploration at the magnificent UNESCO listed island community of Mont St Michel.

Starting out with 2 nights in the historic harbour town of St Malo, begin your adventure with a ferry hop over to Dinard. Ride a loop westwards along the beaches of Côtes-d'Armor and return to St Malo via rolling country lanes for an evening stroll around the cobbled lanes seeking out the best seafood restaurants.

Leaving St Malo, pedal east to the charming seaside town of Cancale and enjoy a lunch of freshly shucked oysters before arriving at the gateway town of St Mont Michel, Pontsoron for two nights. From Pontsoron, it’s just a short ride to the iconic UNESCO landmark which is worthy of a full days exploration including sampling many of the delicious variety of crepes on offer.


Day 1 Arrive St Malo


St Malo is only short hop from Dinard Airport (30 min drive), or a 2 hour train journey from central Paris.


You arrival into St Malo is full of tough decisions! Relax on the pristine beaches and take a dip in the blue waters, or explore the old town and succumb to the smell of sweet crêpes. Later, spend the evening dining on a platter of shellfish. A delicious start to your cycling exploration of Brittany.


Overnight: St Malo


Day 2 Loop Ride St Malo

Begin the day with a short ferry journey (15 minutes) to the chic coastal town of Dinard. From here, cycle west to the beaches of the Longchamp, Bechay and through the town of Saint Briac sur Mer, a popular sailors hangout. Returning to St Malo via country lanes, spend your evening dining on the local catch of the day washed down with a chilled glass of locally brewed cider.


Cycle: 50km


Overnight: St Malo


Day 3 Cycle to Pontorson

With rested legs, a rolling ride heads east along the coast towards the seaside town of Cancale. There are a number of mouth wateringly good options for lunch here including freshly shucked oysters at one of the many seafood stalls. From here the landscape flattens out and an easy going cyclepath leads to Pontorson, the gateway town to Mont St Michel.


Cycle: 58km


Overnight: Pontorson


Day 4 Visit Mont St Michel

Just a short ride away is the stand out, iconic island commune of Mont St Michel rising out of the sea. The Abbey (completed in 1523) and  steep, narrow streets of Mont St Michel is a real journey back to medieval times.



The island is surrounded by Europe’s highest tidal variation which has contributed to the exquisite preservation of this UNESCO listed site, as in bygone eras the rapid and extreme change in water levels often thwarted enemy attacks.


Cycle: 18km


Overnight: Pontorson


Day 5 Onward Travel


Depending on your departure time today, you may like to take a stroll around Pontorson. From Pontorson, there are regular train services connecting with St Malo and Paris.




 

Accommodation


On this trip you will spend 2 nights in a 3* hotel and 2 nights in a charming 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.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party or are travelling as a solo cyclist single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment. 


Meals


Breakfast is included each day at your hotel and usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking. 


Lunches and dinners are not included. One of our favourite experiences is to pick up local cheeses and boulangerie breads 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.



 

 

 

 



Hotel des Abers


In the heart of the walled town, your hosts, Patrice and Philippe welcome you into this 16th century property , which only a short stroll from the cafes, bars and castle of St Malo. Each morning do sample the delicious homemade preserves and pastries for breakfast.

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Les Belles de Mai



Les Belles de Mai

This family run guesthouse is only a 9km ride from the UNESCO listed Mont St Michel. Each room is large and comfortable and there are extensive, peaceful gardens to relax in. Your hosts are happy to help with any questions about your visit to Mont St Michel.

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day from May to October
and is subject to availability. Peak months in Brittany are
June, July and August so we would suggest contacting us as soon as your
plans are finalised.


Navigation & Terrain

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.



Bike Rental


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.


Travel Insurance

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. 


General Information

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.


Getting to St Malo / From Pontorson

Getting to St Malo


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 2 hour 30 mins to reach St Malo.


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. 5-6 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 6 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 St Malo (approx. 6 hours drive). Alternatively you can get a ferry from Portsmouth direct to St Malo (11 hours) , or Poole to Cherbourg (5 hours), followed by a 2-3 hour drive. Ferry info and booking can be found at directferries


Getting from Pontorson


From Pontorson 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 St Malo to collect a car, train journey times to St Malo is approximately 45 minutes.

Included

  • 2 nights 3* hotel & 2 nights in a guesthouse
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • Baggage Transfer
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App
  • 24/7 local partner and UK telephone support

Excluded

  • Bike Hire
  • Travel to St Malo / from Pontorson
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Entrance fees & ferry on day 2
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Single Room(s)
  • Solo Cyclist Supplement
  • EBike/Bike Hire

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded easy to moderate with daily distances of 50km—60 km. You will encounter some stretches of shallow hills along the coast, but these usually don't last for too long. It's 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.

How far in advance do I need to book?

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. 

When is the best time of year?

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.

How do the baggage transfers work?

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).

What happens if I can't cycle a stage? 

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.

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