The Emerald Coast

Cycling to Saint-Malo, Dinan, Cap Fréhel and Dinard

Highlights

Saint-Malo, its fortified walls, port and beautiful houses
Dinan, the most beautiful medieval city of Britany
Erquy, a tipycal fishing port on the Britany coast
Cap Fréhel, a breathtaking natural site
Dinard, a luxurious seaside town and beautiful beaches
Cancale, its port and oyster market

A trip between land and sea discovering Brittany’s beauty and identity

An emerald jewel

Embark on a 6 day itinerary from Saint-Malo and back. You start off in Saint-Malo, the traveler’s city. Its history and heroes give you a taste of travel and adventure. So hop on! Discover the Emerald country and its lands, among the following:
– Dinan, one of the best well kept medieval city, where you can enjoy both walking and cycling
– Jugon-les-Lacs, a small authentic town perfect for a stopover
– Lamballe, its church and national horse stud
– Erquy, enjoy a superb panorama from the peninsula. For the early risers, you can watch on the port, the fishermen coming back from sea with their catch. In august join in the Fest-Noz with its traditional music, singing and dancing.
– Cap Fréhel, a protected natural site which you access by cycling on one of the most beautiful coastal roads. Visit the lighthouse for a 360° view. On a clear day you might even distinguish the Channel islands!
– Dinard, go for a swim or treat yourself to a crêpe or an ice cream, as a reward  for all your efforts!

The ride back to Saint-Malo is not the end of your trip! You can enjoy a last effort to Cancale and taste its famous oysters. They are served on the port at the Oyster market.

Moderate: you regularly ride and/or practice a sport. You are accustomed to traveling by bike or wish to try it out. Your physical condition allows you to cover a minimum of 40 to 55 km per day with a little bit of steep routes.
Day 1 - SAINT-MALO

Arrival in Saint-Malo. You meet with our guide at your hotel around 6 PM for an orientation meeting.


Day 2 - FROM SAINT-MALO TO DINAN - 40km

You leave Saint-Malo by the Dinan gate. Cycling along the Rance river you will reach the medieval city of Dinan in the middle of the afternoon. You enjoy a first halt in Saint-Suliac, one the most beautiful village in France.


Day 3 - FROM DINAN TO LAMBALLE - 55km

You cycle on small roads through charming villages and the Breton countryside. Jugon-les-Lacs offers a pleasant stopover with its traditional granite-built houses. In Lamballe you can visit the 14th century church of Notre Dame de Lamballe and for horse lovers, the National Stud.


Day 4 - FROM LAMBALLE TO ERQUY - 45km

You are back along the coast, the Emerald Coast, and won’t leave it for the rest of the trip. As the name suggests, it is its true color. The site will blow you away when you view the vertiginous cliffs of Cap d’Erquy. On the port, feast with sailors. But don’t go to bed too late if you want to enjoy a visit of the fish market at dawn.


Day 5 - FROM ERQUY TO SAINT-CAST-LE-GUILDO - 40km

A signpost path "Tour de Manche" shows you the way to reach Cap Fréhel. On top of the cliffs 70m above the sea, you are humble spectator of a grandiose landscape. The land up to Cap Fréhel’s lighthouse is a protected natural area. It mixes heather, furze, broom and fern in a beautiful blend of colors. After the lighthouse, you can visit the La Latte Fort, built right on the coast and overlooking the sea. Arriving in Saint-Cast you can enjoy its beautiful beach. Care for a swim?


Day 6 - FROM SAINT-CAST-LE-GUILDO TO SAINT-MALO - 45km

You cycle along a still very indented coast. The many tips and bays you encounter stretch out the ride and to your eyes’ delight offer an endless variety of colors and landscapes. After visiting Dinard, embark on the water bus with your bikes. You arrive in Saint-Malo by sea which completes the trip.


Day 7 - FROM SAINT-MALO, LOOP TO CANCALE - 42km

For the brave and insatiable travelers, enjoy a last loop and discover Cancale. It is a pretty harbor at the entrance of the Mont Saint-Michel Bay. Taste the famous No. 3 oysters at the oyster market. You can enjoy them any time of year!


Chambre gamme confort Abicyclette

Confort 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.


Available on this tour starting from : 855€

Chambre d'hôtes

Gamme chambres d’hôtes

Another way to travel, meeting the people of the lands you cycle through. They welcome you in their home and offer board and lodging*. It gives you the opportunity to chat and deepen your knowledge of the region. We have selected them for their charm and privacy.

*breakfast included, diners available according to establishments


Available on this tour starting from : 865€

Chambre privilège

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.


Available on this tour starting from : 990€

Prices

Price for self-guided tour
  • 855€ / person with Confort Range
  • 865€ / person with Gamme chambres d’hôtes
  • 990€ / person with Privilege Range

Optionnal

Bike rental

  • Bike rental : 115€ / person
  • Electric bike rental : 218€ / person

Insurance

  • Cancellation Insurance : 19€ / person
  • Multi Risk Insurance : 24€ / person

High season supplement

  • High season supplement : 25€ / person

Other options

  • 3 Diners : 125€ / person
  • Extra night in Saint-Malo in a double room : 60€ / person
  • Extra night in Saint-Malo in an individual room : 100€ / person

The price includes :

Self-guided tours
– 6 nights in a double room
– 6 breakfasts
– 3 diners
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Loan of a GPS with full itinerary
– French topo map (IGN 1/100 000e)
– Practical cycling guide
– Our guide personnally welcomes you on Day 1
– Taxes
– Phone assistance 24/7
– Application fees

The price doesn't include :

Self-guided tours
– Lunches, breakfast on Day 1
– Diners (except when mentionned above)
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
– Drinks
– Visits
– Parking fees (if you park your car in Saint-Malo)

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 24H/7 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, traditionalguide

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

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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

Getting here ?

Starting point

Saint-Malo,Ile et Vilaine (35)

Coming to Saint-Malo by car*

From Rennes by the D137 (70 km 1h)
From Paris by the A11 highway (420 km 4h)

Coming to Saint-Malo by train*

TGV train station in Saint-Malo (from Paris: 3h)

Check schedules and book your train at               en.voyages-sncf.com/en

Coming to Saint-Malo by plane*

Airport in Rennes

* Transport to your starting point can be included as an option.

Recommended cycling gear

Bike
  • Bike for all types of roads, trekking or hybrid
  • 21 speeds, 26 inches or 700 wheels
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 28 to 35 tires
    • crank set 48-36-26, cassette 11/34
    • for children, avoid single-speed bikes

Clothing and equipment
  • 1 helmet
  • suitable clothing for cycling
  • 1 warm jacket (e.g. fleece jacket)
  • 1 rainproof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or trunkbag
  • 1 or 2 water flasks
  • 1 security padlock
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest


Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit:
    • 2 or 3 patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit:
    • cloth, oil, brakepads

Other
  • 1 suitcase (for belongings in luggage transfer)
  • 1 pair of evening shoes
  • 1 set of toiletries
  • 1 mobile phone and charger
  • 1 bathing suit and towel

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