From Rennes to the Mont Saint-Michel

Through the Rance valley and the Emerald Coast

Highlights

Rennes, a historical, dunamic and trendy city
The Ille & Rance canal
Dinan, a medieval town
Saint-Malo, lthe corsaire port
Cancale and its oyster market
The Mont-Saint-Michel, "Marvel of the West"

Carte itinéraire Rennes Mont Saint-Michel à vélo Abicyclette

From Rennes, its capital, ride through romantic Brittany along the Mont St Michel Bay

TO THE MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

This journey takes you through some of the most beautiful cities in Brittany and to an exceptional site labeled part of the World’s heritage by UNESCO. this historical and architectural pilgrimage offers variety and many surpises along the way.

  • The Ille & Rance canal guides you onto a calm, flat, and pleasant route to Dinan, an authentic medieval city in which you will enjoy exploring the old town.
  • The greenway from Taden to Dinard takes you to the seafront by an old railway track. With its 19th century villas, the seaside resort has kept its charm.
  • Taking the bus boat form Dinard to Saint Malo
  • The Tour de Manche and its dedicated cycling routes greenways offer a beautiful crossing of the Mont-Saint-Michel bay, between land and sea.

Cancale is a gourmet halt before the Mont-Saint-Michel. The oyster farmers prepare and serve them directly on the port. An experience you wouldn’t want to miss!

Easy: you occasionally or regularly ride your bike and have experience in cycling for a whole day. You enjoy discovering new territories in a leisurely way. You can ride up to 35 to 55 km a day on relatively flat routes.
Carte itinéraire Rennes Mont Saint-Michel à vélo Abicyclette
Day 1 - RENNES

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


Day 2 - FROM RENNES TO HEDE - 44km

You reach the first lock on the canal and head toward the English Channel. You quickly reach the towns of Saint-Germain, Saint-Médard and Montreuil «sur-Ille». Saint Germain which has the only remaining workshop that manufactures and maintains the wooden doors of the canal locks. A few kilometers after Lock 20 you reach the Bazouges basin, a water supply used to manage the following locks. The last curiosity of the day is the site of the eleven locks, a sort of water staircase creating a 27 meters difference in height. If you are lucky to see a boat enter it, stick around and enjoy the show.


Day 3 - FROM HEDE TO DINAN - 39km

You descend eleven locks and continue your journey north. In Tinténiac. a former Lock House and museum on the canal banks tells the story of ancient trades and their tools. You can leave the towpath to reach the castle of Bourbansais in Pleugueneuc. Midway, Evran, a city surrounded by water, is where the Ille and Rance begin their common route. Another curiosity, the 17th century castle of Beaumanoir. You the take the road to Dinan. Its suburbs have nothing to envy the historical center. Léhon a neighboring town, is one of the most beautiful small towns of character in Brittany an old but lively and friendly atmosphere. You arrive in Dinan is through the port. One of the most beautiful medieval towns in Britain it contains incredible architectural treasures.


Day 4 - FROM DINAN TO SAINT-MALO - 30km

The sea is not far away! You reach the harbor and continue your route following the course of water. Lock 48 marks the end of the canal and the beginning of the Rance estuary. The towpath also stops here but a greenway awaits inland a few kilometers ahead to reach Dinard, its coast and 19th century villas. Embark on a cruise across the Rance and discover the tidal power dam. Like Surcouf and Cartiers, famous sailors and pirates of the Corsair city once did, you reach Saint Malo.


Day 5 - FROM SAINT-MALO TO CANCALE - 35km

You leave the Corsair city in the morning to reach the port of Cancale. Enjoy a 35 km bike ride through countryside and seaside. Along the way some Malouinières enrich the landscape. They are beautiful 17th and 18th century houses of ship owners in Saint Malo. In the evenining, park your bike on the waterfront and taste some famous oysters.


Day 6 - FROM CANCALE TO THE MONT-SAINT-MICHEL - 50km

You head toward one of the architectural wonders of the world, riding on a mix of country roads and more important routes along the sea. After Cancale the route is flat. You can easily ride 50km without during the day. Halfway through you reach the Mont-Dol, a strange rock in the middle of the marsh land, which is an ideal spot for lunch. After the break, you still have a few kilometers to go through the salted marsheland. You are at the foot of the Mont Saint-Michel. One last effort, on foot this time, to reach the top and its famous abbey.


Day 7 - MONT-SAINT-MICHEL LOOP - 36km

On the last day, appreciate the greatness of the Mont St-Michel Bay. Small countryside roads take you to la Roche Torin. You are back at sea level. You can feel a singular atmosphere, almost mystical and a privileged vista of the Mont St Michel. You can leave your bike for a last visit to the Mont St-Michel or a guided tour in the Bay during the low tide.


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 : 725€

Prices

Price for self-guided tour
  • 725€ / person with Confort Range

Optionnal

Bike rental

  • Bike rental : 102€ / person
  • Electric bike rental : 196€ / person

Insurance

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

High season supplement

  • High season supplement : 20€ / person

Other options

  • Extra night in Rennes double room : 60€ / person
  • Extra night in Rennes individual room : 110€ / person
  • Extra night in Mont Saint-Michel comfort range individual room : 55€ / person
  • Extra night in Mont Saint-Michel privilege range individual room : 110€ / person

The price includes :

Self guided tour :
– 6 nights in a double room
– 6 breakfasts
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Bus boat from Dinard to Saint-Malo
– Loan of a GPS with full itinerary
– French topo maps (IGN 1/100 000e)
– Practical cycling guide
– Our guide welcomes you in Rennes
– Taxes
– Phone Assistance 24/7
– Application fee

The price doesn't include :

Self guide tour :
– Lunches, breakfast on day 1 and diners
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
– Drinks
– Visits

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

You can also

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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 ?

Meeting point
Rennes, Brittany’s capital, Ille & Vilaine (35)

Getting to Rennes by car*
From Paris by the A11 & A81 highways (360km 3h30)

Getting to Rennes by train*
Arrival: TGV train station in Rennes  (from Paris: 2h00)
Return : Train station in Pontorson
Check schedules and book your train at              en.voyages-sncf.com/en

Rennes par avion²
Airport in Rennes : http://www.rennes.aeroport.fr/

* Transport to your meeting 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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