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Cycling St Malo to Mont St Michel

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  • 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.
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The tour is graded easy to moderate. Following the country lanes and coast line of Brittany, each ride is between 50-60km. Spending 2 nights in St Malo and Pontorson makes for a relaxed pace on this short break. With ample time to explore the historic sights, beaches and crêperies spend your nights in charming, cycle friendly accommodation, central to all attractions.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.


Inn to Inn Biking, E-Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night, E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this tour (subject to availability), to make things easier

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wine, Whiskey & More...
  • Coastal & Island


  • Classic


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 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. 


Breakfast is included each day at your hotel and usually consists of fresh pastries, bread, fruits, yoghurts, 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 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.

  • 2 nights 3* hotel and 2 nights in a guesthouse
  • Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • Access to route notes, detailed maps and GPS tracks with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
  • Travel to St Malo / from Pontorson
  • Bike hire
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Ferry on day 2
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire
  • Upgrade to e-bike hire

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

Fly: Paris Charles de Gaulle, Orly or Beauvais airports. Train connections vary depending on which Paris airport you arrive in. 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 hours 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

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

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 direct ferries. 

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site

Getting from the End

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.

Luggage Transfer

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.

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.


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. 

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Day 1 Arrive St Malo Day 2 Loop Ride St Malo 32 miles / 50 km Day 3 Cycle to Pontorson 36 miles / 58 km Day 4 Visit Mont St Michel 12 miles / 18 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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