Marque Bretagne

Brittany port to port #5 - from Quimper to Vannes

Southern Brittany, an ocean of stories to discover by bike!

Highlights

Carnac and its megalithic alignments
The typical harbors of Concarneau, La Trinité sur mer and Auray
The Estel ria, one of the most beautiful sites in the region
Quimper, Lorient and Vannes, towns steeped in history

Sweet Brittany!

An adventure along the southern Brittany coast between Quimper and Vannes, discovering the coastal landscapes and historical riches of southern Brittany.

From port to port, you tour by bike in the southern part of Brittany. In six stages, you connect the prefecture of Finistère Quimper to that of Morbihan Vannes. Two fascinating cities of Art and History that set the tone for this route with many historical sights. The famous alignments of megaliths of Carnac are certainly the most precious treasure. You will have the chance to discover them during your stay. Placed mid-way, the city of Lorient also constitutes an interesting stop from a historical point of view because of its rich past.

Throughout your escape, you cross small villages made of typical Breton granite houses and many very picturesque harbors. These are lively living areas, where each day a little more history is written on these localities intimately related to the ocean. No doubt you will succumb to the charm of the fishing ports of Concarneau, Trinité sur mer or Auray, among the most beautiful in Britain. Lovers of fresh fish and seafood, delicious feastings are announced between the stages by bike. A tip: prepare your taste buds!

True to its reputation, Brittany offers sumptuous postcards, authentic and typical landscapes that make the charm of the region. From the white sandy beaches to the picturesque port of Saint-Goustan, to the photogenic Etel ria (estuary), and the jagged coastline of the Quiberon peninsula, a beautiful mosaic of landscapes awaits you.

Between the bicycle sections, several sea crossings allow you to cross the rias and rivers that join the ocean. These short cruises are also a moment to savor the surrounding scenery and to better appreciate the strong link that the inhabitants have with the sea.

You also travel around a bucolic and hilly countryside with unsuspected charm. Associated with the beauty of the landscapes, the mild climate of the southern coast of Brittany is also a significant asset. All the ingredients are there to make this new port to port chapter a good time and a great adventure.

Brittany from port to port, a journey in chapters that continues …

Carte séjour à vélo La Bretagne de port en port 5
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

QUIMPER

Your adventure begins in Quimper. We meet there to prepare your departure. Free evening. Take the opportunity to explore the narrow streets of its historic heart with elegant half-timbered houses. Let yourself be tempted by a Breton cake, accompanied by a bowl of cider, ideal to get in the mood for your trip in Brittany.

Meeting with our local guide

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From QUIMPER to PONT-AVEN 44km 397m Niveau Loisir

From Quimper, head south towards the ocean. From Fouesnant, you can see the wide bay where the town of Concarneau is nestled, famous for its fishing port ranked among the top ten in France! There, you can smell the fresh fish.

Finally, to reach Pont Aven, the end point of this first stage, you travel through the gently rolling countryside to your pied-à-terre.

  • For a few more km 64km 492m Niveau Forme

    The rest of the stage is more coastal. You will ride along the coast to the tip of Trévignon before returning to your home base via the winding roads of Aven

Day 3

From PONT-AVEN to LORIENT 55km 274m Niveau Loisir

This day offers a varied setting and landscapes. While the morning is hilly, the afternoon offers a fairly flat course. And if the morning is pastoral and bucolic, the afternoon reveals a much more maritime and coastal side. Moreover, along the way, do not miss the charming port of Doelan. By boat, crossing the Laïta offers a short and pleasant cruise. The opportunity also to recharge the batteries before the last leg of the day that takes you to Lorient, a port city rich in history.

IMPORTANT: to check the timetable, please visit the Laita boat’s website:

https://www.laita-croisieres.fr/traversee-de-la-laita.html

  • For a few more km 63km 501m Niveau Forme

    If the boat from Le Pouldu to Guidel, does not run, we invite you to follow this way via the Saint-Maurice bridge.

Day 4

From LORIENT to CARNAC 54km 229m Niveau Forme

Day 5

CARNAC, QUIBERON LOOP 62km 262m Niveau Loisir

This loop of about sixty kilometers allows to discover the Quiberon locality and the different aspects of its famous peninsula. If the east coast is relatively urbanized, the west coast, battered by the winds is very wild.

Day 6

From CARNAC to VANNES 57km 389m Niveau Loisir

The stage takes you first through Auray and its historic port of Saint-Goustan. You will then approach the Gulf of Morbihan and this beautiful inland sea, before finally reaching Vannes and its famous ramparts.

Day 7

VANNES

End of your trip after breakfast.

Have a safe journey back!

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Hôtel de la Gare (Quimper) Hôtel Cléria Hôtel La Licorne (Carnac)

Starting from 860€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Ginkgo hôtel Best Western Plus Hotel les Rives du Ter hotel-le-lodge-kerisper Façade de la villa Kerasy

Starting from 1355€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in a Double room
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Access to our exclusive travel application to follow your route, inform you about places of interest, restaurants, facilitate your assistance in case of emergency, find all your travel documents and our practical advice.
  • Application fee
  • Taxes
  • The trip itineraries available on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Topo maps
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

    Homemade and fully tested itineraries
    • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
    • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
    • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

    Close assistance
    • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
    • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
    • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

    Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditional

    appareil GPS TwoNav Cross

    • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
    • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

     


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    On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
    • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
    • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
    • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

    We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


    Trekking bike

    A layed out and dynamic position

    Mixed aluminum frame, telescopic fork. Straight handlebars. Disc brakes. Transmission Shimano 24 to 30 speeds.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
    • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bike water bottle
    Vélo Abicyclette Voyages

    Touring bike

    An upright and easy going position

    Mixed aluminum frame, telescopic fork. Straight handlebars. Disc brakes. Transmission Shimano 24 to 30 speeds.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
    • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bike water bottle
    Vélo Rando Abicyclette Voyages

    Ebike

    With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
    • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bike water bottle
    EBIKE VELO DE VILLE

    Bike trailer

    Thule Chariot Cross 2
    Children’s trailers can only be rented for installation on one of our bikes.
    We do not provide this service on any other bike. There is too much risk of incompatibility and breakage.
    Por one or 2 children.
    Max child trailer load: 45kg.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet (or 2 if 2 kids)
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 bike water bottle (or 2)
    • Accessories on request: baby hammock. A padded hammock that supports baby’s sides and offers maximum stability (1 to 10 months). Use only the newborn hammock for walking.

    Children Bike

    Recommended bike size (to be confirmed when booking) :

    • 16 inches from 105cm to 120cm (or 6 to 7 years old)
    • 20 inches from 120cm to 135cm (or 7 to 10 years old)
    • 24 inches from 135cm to 145cm (or 10 to 12 years old)
    • SPORT XS bike (adult frame) from 145cm to 155cm (from age 10)

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 bike water bottle
    Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

    Getting here

    Departure city : QUIMPER

    Coming by car

    • at 5h30 from PARIS
    • at 5h30 from BORDEAUX
    • at 8h from LYON

    Parking*

    • Parking privé – Hôtel de la Gare
    • Parking Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny – QUIMPER

    Coming by train

    • Quimper train station - 3h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Quimper airport
    • Brest airport

    Arrival city : VANNES

    Coming by car

    • at 4h45 from PARIS
    • at 4h30 from BORDEAUX
    • at 7h from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Vannes train station - 2h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Lorient Airport
    • Nantes airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    How to get back to the starting point

    • By train from Vannes to Quimper in 1h10 (hotline)
    • Return by car in 1h15 to your starting point
    • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • All-Terrain Bike (ATB) or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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