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Brittany's Emerald Coast

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1085 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1955 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Start & finish: Starts daily and is circular from St Malo. St Malo is 3 hours by TGV from Paris Montparnasse station and is a major ferry port. Dinard St Malo airport is a 20 minute taxi ride.

Luxury Accommodation: A varied mix of a 4 star hotel in St Malo, a small boutique hotel and a 3 star hotel close to Mont St Michel, a wonderful family run 4 star chateau hotel near Cancale, a country house hotel in Combourg and a stunning 15th Century boutique bed and breakfast in the medieval heart of Dinan. Dinners are not included.

Classic Accommodation: Small hotels in the medieval heart of St Malo and Dinan, 2 chambre d'hotes close to Mont St Michel, a sea front restaurant with rooms in Cancale and a small lakeside hotel in Combourg. Dinners are not included

Cycling mileage: 6 days of cycling 6 - 25 miles (10 - 40 km) per day .

Grade out of 5 based on distance and elevation: 2

Terrain: Flat with two hills.

Traffic free: 33 %; very low traffic on the rest

This gentle cycling holiday includes all that we love about Brittany and more. A dramatic and rocky coast with wide sandy beaches, medieval streets, a rural landscape sometimes wild and always beautiful, seafood in abundance, small towns that charm, hotels with character and wonderful local food. Add the rarity of Mont St Michel, the pedallers delight in a flattish terrain and a string of fascinating towns with oodles of time to explore them and you have something we think is difficult to beat. Trust us!

Options:

Additional nights enroute
Other activities we offer: horse riding , kayaking, sailing a vintage boat and a guided wildlife tour by 'train' in St Michel Bay
Combine this holiday with one of our tours in Dorset by taking the ferry from St Malo to Poole where we meet you

Day One - St Malo
Arrive in St Malo and check into your hotel located close to the old town of this fascinating port and on the sea front with its sandy beaches. Explore the maze of narrow cobbled streets and walk the ramparts for a fine view of the bay and the many islets dotted in the Rance estuary. Splash along the wide beaches and on to the island of Petit Bé, have a nose around the harbour and museums and tuck into delicious crepes or oysters. It's the perfect way to start your holiday!

Day Two - St Malo to Cancale, 15 miles (24 km)
After breakfast your host will meet you with your cycling equipment and run through the itinerary. Today's cycling leads you along the beautiful Emerald Coast where you can enjoy its many rugged promontories, beaches and peninsulas. With the wind in your hair and the sea salt in the air its a gentle spin to reach Cancale. Recognised as the seafood capital of northern France you will pass many small restaurants and stalls selling mussels and oysters. Your hotel lies just beyond on a cliff overlooking the sea.

Day Three - Cancale to Mont St Michel, 23 miles (37 km)
Hugging the coast at the start of the day you pass ancient windmills and sand yachters and a string of characterful old fishing villages with sea food ever present. Its a land of big skies, long vistas, flat as a pancake terrain and shallow waters which dictate your route eventually turns inland across the polder landscape. The view of Mont St Michel dominates much of the ride with its magnificence becoming more magical the closer you get. Your hotel is close to Mont St Michel .

Day Four - Mont St Michel to Pontorson, 6 or 30 miles (10 or 48 km)
It's World Heritage listed and probably the most famous island in the world. So we have designed an itinerary for you to enjoy Mont St Michel with its Benedictine abbey and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. Explore the narrow streets and historic buildings and soak up the island's special atmosphere. Mud flats, salt marshes and the most powerful tide in Europe are a feature of the bay surrounding the island and it too is heritage listed supporting some remarkable species from the parsley frog to the harbour seal. It's a short riverside pedal to Pontorson but for those preferring something more energetic there is a longer ride via the attractive Norman town of Ducey. Your hotel is in the heart of the town with a good choice of restaurants.

Day Five - Pontorson to Combourg, 25 miles (40 km)
Today offers a different scene as you head inland on quiet lanes through pretty country and attractive villages. This is unspoilt rural Brittany at its best. Stop in Bazouges-la-Pérouse, which is popular with artists and wind your way on to delightful Combourg , set by a lake and dominated by its medieval chateau built between the 11th and 15th Centuries. Your hotel lies beneath the chateau.

Day Six - Combourg to Dinan, 20 miles (32 km)
Still heading west your ride picks up the bike path alongside the Ille et Rance canal and on the banks of the Rance river. This traffic free pedal offers yet another landscape - shady trees line your route, lock cottages, waterfowl and wildlife are much in evidence.and pretty waterside towns invite you in. When you reach Léhon, head for the patisserie and enjoy a dip in the heated open air pool beside the river. Dinan is just a few minutes away - with its wondrous medieval centre and Maison Pavie perched 250 feet above the river. Here is the second hill of the tour with a warm welcome awaiting you.

Day Seven - Dinan
We love Dinan and who wouldn't! It's the best preserved medieval town in Brittany; the ramparts encircling the town run for 2 miles with 10 watch towers giving stupendous views; there are numerous 15th Century half timbered houses and squares and a steep medieval cobbled street twisting its way down to the old river port Here boats still tie up, inns beckon and cameras jostle for views of the old bridge and the dramatic viaduct strung high above. The town has a great choice of restaurants, several churches and a castle and chateau. Enjoy!

Day Eight - Dinan to St Malo, 15 miles (24 km)
Your final day of cycling continues along the riverside bike path and then leads north following a disused railway line. This traffic free route takes you to the fashionable coastal resort of Dinard with its beautiful curved bay and a large sheltered beach. Time for a dip perhaps or just a loll on the sand eyeing St Malo on the far side of the estuary. Hop on the ferry when the spirit moves you and you will be back where you started, full of Breton life!

Day Nine - Depart St Malo
Depart at your leisure.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

£1085.00 - Classic Tour
£1955.00 - Luxury Tour

Price Includes:

Accommodation.
Breakfast every day during the tour.
The services of our friendly hosts to coordinate your travel and brief you on your route.
Emergency support provided by your host.
Luggage transfers between hotels.
A tour brochure.
Safeguarding of your payment.

Price Excludes:

Airfares.
Travel to and from the tour start and finish points.
Entrances to attractions unless specified.
Lunches.
Dinners.
Alcoholic beverages.
Mini bars.
Meals pre and post the tour.

All prices are subject to change depending on accommodation availability.

About This Supplier
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Joined InfoHub: Mar 2007
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