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"
From Rennes, its capital, ride through romantic Brittany along the Mont St Michel Bay
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.
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!
Arrival in Rennes. You meet with our guide around 6 PM at your hotel for an orientation meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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€
High season supplement
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
– Phone Assistance 24/7
– Application fee
Self guide tour :
– Lunches, breakfast on day 1 and diners
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
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.
Hello Natalie, We are now back in Sweden from our bicycle tour in Normandy. I would just like to give you some feed back from the tour: We were all very satisfied with the trip. When planning the trip, we found it very easy to work with you, quick answers and good flexibility for our ideas. Excellent choice of roads, which took us through the fantastic landscapes of Normandy, and also along the fashinating see shores ending with the first D-day shore. Most roads with very little traffic. We also appreciated the kindness of all french drivers who never complained although we sometimes were in the middle of the small narrow roads. The distances was OK for all of us. When there was a choice of long or short distances, we always selected the long ones. Easy to find the roads with the excellent GPS and the very good Road Book. We also appreciated the very good choice of B&B, places where we felt wellcome and with good standard. A trip we will recommend to our friends. We also had good luck with the weather, lots of sun, not to strong winds, just one or two showers in daytime. (Was the weather also organised by you??) With Best Regards (05/2017)
Dear Caroline, I just wanted to say a big Thank you to you and all involved in helping to make my husband and friends birthday trip so good. They came back full of delight and great stories and I know they all had a fantastic time. We would definitely recommend you and your company, Thank you again Kind regards xxx (07/2015)
Die Tour hat uns gut gefallen. Danke für die gute und interessante Routenführung. Lieber Gruss (05/2016)
Hi Fabien, Thank you for a most lovely organised trip on the Brest Canal last week with Annick. We live in Somerset UK near Exmoor and we welcome you to visit and stay anytime to cycle our hills!!! We all had a great time and good Hotels food and wine. Yours sincerely. (05/2015)
Hi Fabien, Overall, we liked the experience very much and will recommend your company and service to other friends. with best regards, we had a great time (09/2015)
That was really the best vacation we ever had! Where should we go this summer? I would love to do another trip this year. Do you have any great itinerary ideas for us? We have 7 inches of snow here right now, and the temperature is MINUS 5 degree F. with a windchill of MINUS 19! Chilly!! xxx (07/2009)