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Brittany 500

Shortest Day - 91 km / 57 miles
Longest Day - 152 km / 95 miles
Total: 8 days total / 7 days cycling; 800km / 500 miles

What you can expect

A region full of tradition and history, with one foot in the sea and the other in its historic forests and mountains, Brittany has been described as a country within a country. Moderately high daily distances day after day mean this ride is a challenge, but it is well within the reach of regular cyclists. You see the whole of what Brittany has to offer, from mediaeval fortress towns, to the seaside resorts, to the enchanted forests. An ideal way to experience it all whilst completing a memorable journey. Our tour starts and ends in St Malo so is easy to get to and from on the ferry from Portsmouth or the TGV from Paris. No cars and no airports required here! We take in the best of this wonderful region and use quiet roads and lanes away from traffic. A similar holiday with less daily mileage is our ‘Brittany Forests and Legends’ trip. 7 days' cycling; 6 nights’ half board with wine; 1 night bed and breakfast; luggage transport, full back-up and assistance throughout the day.

More detail

FULLY SUPPORTED AND SELF GUIDED OPTIONS

Day 1: Disembark the ferry having enjoyed a good night’s sleep and meet your Green Jersey tour manager, and join those who took an earlier ferry or who arrived by other means. After a briefing and distribution of route notes it is a pretty ride along the coast road to Cancale, famous for its oysters, before continuing to the Mont St Michel in time for an early lunch. Although technically in Normandy (much to the Bretons’ annoyance) it would be silly to miss the chance to see this wonderful monument.  Turning our backs to the sea we head inland to Vitré, an imposing walled fortress town of towers and curtain walls. (122km / 76 miles).

Day 2: From Vitré we follow the eastern and southern boundaries of the region through farmland along quiet lanes, to arrive in the walled town of Guérande. This mediaeval town is in the heart of Brittany’s sea-salt producing area – a bag makes a fine souvenir to take home (152 km / 95 miles).

Day 3: The Morbihan department is one of the most popular with holidaymakers and it is easy to see why. Never far from the coast, our route passes quiet coves and pretty seaside towns before skirting the Gulf of Morbihan at Vannes. The Gulf contains hundreds of small islands and is exceptionally beautiful. We are heading for one of the great historical sites in France, Carnac, where thousands of menhirs stand in straight lines known as the 'alignments'. (91km / 57 miles).

Day 4: Today is another spent next to the sea as the route takes us north west to the ancient capital of Cournaouille (Cornwall), Quimper. This city has an abundance of history and architectural gems, and is at the very heart of the Breton culture. There are numerous festivals and events here and it is entirely possible you will see ladies in the traditional Breton dress. (109 km / 69 miles).

Day 5: With two sides of the rectangle complete the route turns north to Menez Hom, one of the highest points in western Brittany, and then on the the Roc Trevezel, one of the others. On a clear day the views from either are fantastic. In between lies the small town of Sizun with its pretty market square and calvaire, or mediaeval religious carving of biblical characters carved from the local granite. These monuments are peculiar to Brittany.  After the Roc Trevezel it is downhill to Huelgoat, lying in the midst of an atmospheric forest strewn with moss covered boulders, and our lakeside hotel. (103 km / 66 miles).

Day 6: From Huelgoat once more it’s quiet and pretty roads away from traffic and built up areas, all the way to the coast at Paimpol. Once a deep sea fishing port, the town has now converted to oyster farming. (96km / 60 miles).

Day 7: Our last day on the bikes shows why the north coast is so popular. Sandy beaches and blue seas take us all the way back to our start point at St Malo. It’s our longest day in the saddle but by now your legs will be well up to the task. The return to the corsaire city of St Malo is rounded off with a fine celebratory meal at our hotel in the 'intra-muros' - within the walls of the city - before taking the ferry back to England in the morning or connections elsewhere. (127 km / 79 miles).

Day 8: Depart

Transfers included to / from: St Malo, Dinard, Rennes.

Single Supplement (see our FAQ page): £250

SELF GUIDED OPTION £725

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