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Brittany Explorer

Brittany Explorer

Next fully supported tour will take place in June 2021 - Plus Self Guided Tour Available

What you can expect

A 5 day tour of delightful villages, hidden coves and excellent food, giving a real taste of what the region has to offer. Brittany has a varied terrain and is not flat, although neither is it mountainous! 5 days' cycling; 5 nights’ accommodation, 4 nights half board; 1 night dinner not included; luggage transport, full back-up and assistance throughout the day.

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Fully Supported and Self Guided options

If travelling from the UK we recommend arriving on the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo, which arrives to coincide with the start of this tour.

There is the option to extend this holiday to 9 days by adding on our ‘Normandy Discovery’ holiday, providing an insight into both of these unspoilt regions.

Transfers to / from: St Malo TGV, St Malo ferry terminal, Dinard airport, Rennes airport.

Requested Single supplement (see our FAQ page): £255

Your Next Adventure Awaits

What you need to know...


Start Location
St Malo


Finish Location
St Malo


Region of France
North West France


Grading
Moderate


Shortest Day
67 km / 42 Miles


Longest Day
93 km / 58 Miles


Total Days
6 Days


Total Miles
360 km / 225 miles

Departure Dates & Prices

MonthDatesTour PriceSingle Supplement*Bike Hire FromEnquireBook
June 202128th June to 3rd July 202128/6/21 to 3/7/21£850£295Check AvailabilityBook Now

*A single supplement is only payable if you would like a guaranteed room to yourself. If you are happy to share with another traveller of the same gender, no supplement is payable.

Self Guided Tour Available

On our self guided option you get the same great routes as our supported trips. We realise that not everyone can make our scheduled dates, or may simply want to holiday on their own. Simply click below to make an enquiry and we will check availability by return. You still get the advantage of our research into the area and the best roads, and our route books with directions and interesting facts. We book and pay for the hotels on your behalf, on a bed and breakfast basis. We are still available to answer your questions or to tailor the trip for you, perhaps adding an extra night here or a shorter day there. You will need to transport your own luggage and be self-reliant when it comes to bicycle maintenance as there is no vehicular back up on these tours; or we can arrange luggage transport if you prefer.

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Itinerary

Day 1

From the walled city of St Malo quiet roads follow the river Rance upstream to ancient Dinan. The lower town comprises the old quayside, with cafes and restaurants along its bank, whilst a steep cobbled street leads up through the ancient gateways and through the town walls to the upper town with its market square and fine half-timbered houses. From Dinan we aim for the coast again, passing an atmospheric ruined chateau with fine creperie next to it, to our hotel which lies on the seafront in a pretty harbour, where you can watch the sun go down over dinner. (82 km / 51 miles).

Day 2

Our night at the seaside is followed by a trip inland into the heart of Brittany, following deserted roads through lovely countryside to Montcontour, an ancient town ideally placed for lunch. More quiet roads follow, and we are well away from the tourist trails so are passing authentic Breton towns and villages. The final section passes a pretty river then goes through an ancient forest. For the evening our hotel is in Loudeac, and we eat at an old half timbered retaurant tonight. (89 km / 55 miles).

Day 3

A shorter day starts with quiet lanes again leading us to the lake of Guerledan, which we ride around; many small lanes lead down to the lake which offer fine views. Half way round there is an old abbey and restaurants beside the Nantes - Brest canal; a pretty setting for lunch. Here you can slip inside for a guilty treat such as a Paris-Brest or a Kouign Amman. Either would be well-deserved and you don’t need to worry too much about what you eat on a cycling holiday! Our hotel in Pontivy is very friendly and in the evening we may visit a local creperie for dinner to taste the local specialities, washed down with a ‘boul’ of cider. (67 km / 42 miles).

Day 4

This is one of our favourite days in Brittany as it shows a lot of the history and legend of the area. Our first stop is the mediaeval walled town of Josselin with its fortress and half-timbered houses. It’s well worth a wander around. Then the forest of Paimpont awaits. This is where King Arthur and Merlin the Wizard lived. If you are British you may have thought they came from Wessex, but putting aside disputes about which nation owns them, they are clearly a part of Celtic culture. The forest is a magical place, and is one of many that used to cover virtually the whole of the interior of Brittany. We stay in Paimpont, a lovely village with a lake and pretty houses and cottages. (93 km / 58 miles).

Day 5

North from Paimpont we pass again through ancient oak forest before the countryside opens up and there are some lovely views. The small village of Becherel has a beautiful cobbled central square with a conveniently placed retaurant for an early lunch, seemingly untouched for centuries, and riding north from here we pass many fine manor houses nestling in wooded glades, before following the Rance back to St Malo where we spend the night. (92 km / 57 miles).

Day 6

Departure.

Some Tour Photos...

Travel Information

Start: St. Malo
Finish: St. Malo

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