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Magnificent Mont Saint Michel and its Bay

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Sightseeing  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 640 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 850 Euro (EUR)

This 5-night/6-day tour takes you from Saint-Malo to the exceptional site of Mont-Saint-Michel and its beautiful bay. In between you will experience the lovely and picturesque countryside of Brittany and Normandy. From beginning to end, the mesmerizing Mont-Saint-Michel and its towering abbey will be within sight, except for those memorable gastronomic gaps and other spectacular sites that dot your route, such as the fishing port of Cancale. We have kept the mileage to a minimum to better enable you to visit and savour this tour's extraordinary sites and soak up the relaxing and refreshing rural life of this part of France.

Note: You can choose to end the trip on Day 4 (3 nights/4 days), staying in Mont-Saint-Michel on Day 3(instead of Pontorson) and leaving the following morning. Price is on request.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Saint-Malo
Upon arriving in Saint-Malo, you’ll have time to settle in your nice hotel facing the sea and located just a 10-minute walk from the walled city. You can pick up your bikes to the store a few steps from your hotel until 6:30pm; if not, they will be delivered to your hotel by 7pm. Our renter will then outfit you with the bikes and brief you over the next few days. If needed, you can call your guide at any time. An early arrival will allow you time to visit the famous walled city of Saint-Malo. Dating back to the 6th century, Saint-Malo offers history, architecture
and the greatest concentration of seafood restaurants in all of Europe. We strongly recommend taking advantage of its many culinary offerings.

Day 2: Saint-Malo to Dol-de-Bretagne (46 km or 28 miles)
Today you’ll experience more photo opportunities than Paris has cafes. The ride begins with a winding coastal road (imagine France’s version of California’s Pacific 1 highway) in full view of the Channel Islands. We’ll recommend several beaches in case the urge for a swim beckons. Whether you swim or not, keep your
eyes alert for surfacing dolphins, common visitors to these waters. You’ll then reach Pointe du Grouin, a narrow slice of land that juts into the sea like an arthritic thumb. Besides being famous for photo opportunities, this scenic perch, where cliffs meet sea, also serves as the finish line for the trans-Atlantic Jacque Cartier yacht race. Cancale is next, a picturesque fishing village located along the Bay of Mont-St-Michel’s western shore. Each year Cancale harvests 25,000 tons of oysters, rightfully earning it the title of “Oyster Capital of Brittany.” From here you’ll pedal south to eventually reach Dol-de-Bretagne. This venerable village is a monument to varying styles of medieval architecture. Half-timber homes are many, as are ancient stone buildings, including Les Petits Palets, the oldest stone-built house in France. And the Cathedral of Saint Samson, which towers over the village, enjoys iconic-like status.

Day 3: Dol-de-Bretagne to Mont-Saint-Michel to Pontorson (42 km or 26 miles)
From Dol-de-Bretagne, you’ll ride north through Mont-Dol and then along the bay to the east from Cherrueix, pedaling through Brittany’s polder landscape. Along the way you’ll pass one of the region’s largest menhirs (tall, Neolithic stone monuments cloaked with Stonehenge-like mystery). This short ride will allow you to arrive early to Mont-Saint-Michel, ahead of the crowds. This is one of the most popular attractions in all of Europe. Perched atop a tiny island in the Gulf of Saint-Malo, this UNESCO World Heritage site is so overthe-top spectacular it resembles something spawned from the mind of a Hollywood set designer with an unlimited budget. Give yourself at least two hours to explore Benedictine Abbey, which is to Romanesque
architecture as the Tour de France is to bike racing. And so as to maximize your visit, we’ll provide you with a few insider tips on how best to explore Mont-Saint-Michel. After lunch a 30-minute pedal will take you to Pontorson. Located just 10 kilometers south of Mont-Saint-Michel along the Brittany-Normandy border, this ancient village dates back to the 12th century and features several architectural gems including the church of Notre-Dame.

Note: You can choose to end the trip on Day 4 (3 nights/4 days), staying in Mont-Saint-Michel on Day 3 (instead of Pontorson) and leaving the following morning. Price is on request.

Day 4: Pontorson to Dinan (55 km or 34 miles)
Today you’ll pedal east across Brittany’s famous countryside. Riding along quiet country roads, you’ll bicycle through a setting of absolute pastoral calm: gently rolling hillsides checkered with lush meadows and thick forests, interrupted only by duck-filled ponds and tiny villages steeped with that special something that causes sound-minded people to consider quitting their jobs and relocating here under the promise of living life right. Eventually you’ll reach Dinan, your home for the night. Nestled along the banks of the Rance River, Dinan is recognized as one of the most beautiful towns in all of France. Narrow cobblestone streets framed by half-timbered homes accented with overflowing flower boxes are the norm rather than the exception. Every street, every corner, every view is picture-worthy. Open-air bistros are many, giving you plenty of options for enjoying Brittany’s legendary cuisine. We’ll provide dining suggestions to help with your decision. Your hotel is located in the center of town, providing out-the-door access to everything Dinan has to offer.

Day 5: Dinan to Saint-Malo (30 or 65 km; 18 or 40 miles)
Today you’ll follow the Rance River north into Brittany’s historic countryside. The width of the Rance creates the sense of riding along an inland coast, prompting wonder if it’s actually a river or a frustrated lake. You ride along the left bank of the Rance before crossing it in Plouër. Cycling the closest to the river to Saint-Jouan-des-Guérets, the scenery is absolutely remarkable; It is a true inland sea where boats sail alongside artichoke fields and farmer villages become port. Our longer ride takes you through the Emerald Coast (Côte d'Emeraude) and Dinard.

Day 6: Departure from Saint-Malo or Extension to the island of Jersey
The tour concludes after breakfast. Your hotel is conveniently located within a ten-minute walk from the train station.
A 2-night/3-day extension to Jersey is possible. Price and itinerary is on request.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Option A: 5 nights in 2-star properties.
- 640 euros per person April & October. Single supplement is 225 euros
- 655 euros per person May, June and September. Single supplement is 230 euros
- 670 euros per person July & August. Single supplement is 235 euros

Option A+: 4 nights in 3-star properties and 1 night in a guesthouse of “character”.
- 810 euros per person April & October. Single supplement is 260 euros
- 830 euros per person May, June and September. Single supplement is 265 euros
- 850 euros per person July & August. Single supplement is 270 euros

These prices include:
- 5-night-accommodations
- Daily breakfast
- 2 dinners (drinks are not included)
- Detailed marked maps and/or cue sheets
- Luggage transfers
- Assistance if necessary
- All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:
- Expenses of personal nature
- Travel Insurance
- Hybrid bikes. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 80 euros/bike.

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