The Gulf of Morbihan

From the pensinsula to the islands

Highlights

Boat passages to the islands included
L’Île aux Moines (Monk island) at the heart of the Gulf
The Suscinio castle
Typical ports
Fine dining and seafood

Carte du Tour du Golfe du Morbihan

An extended discovery of the Gulf of Morbihan

Travelling between land and sea

Renowed for its mild climate, the Gulf of Morbihan is the perfect place for an active resting time. From both land and sea, appreciate the ornithological and geographical riches of this territory. From the peninsula to the islands you cycle along this small interior sea (Morbihan means “little sea” in breton).

By bike and boat you visit l’île aux Moines (Monk’s island) and l’île d’Arz (Arz island).

On the islands and the peninsula discover several monuments from the megalictic era. Proof that you are on a land of choice, which men have looked after for thousands of years!

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 du Tour du Golfe du Morbihan
Day 1 - VANNES

Arrival in Vannes, you meet with our guide at your hotel at 6 PM for an orientation meeting.


Day 2 - FROM VANNES TO L'ILE D'ARZ - 25km

You'll take a boat from the beautiful city of Vannes to l'Isle d'Arz ( island of Arz). You can cycle around the small island. You spend the night at the port.


Day 3 - FROM L'ILE D'ARZ TO ARZON - 45km

A first boat will take you to the Presqu'ile de Séné (Séné Peninsula). You'll cycle for a few kilometers along the Gulf with birds singing along. A sea shuttle then connects you to the Presqu'ile de Ruys (Ruyz Peninsula). You ride along the southern shores of the inlet to reach Arzon.


Day 4 - ARZON, A DAY AT L'ÎLE AUX MOINES - 30km

The boat takes you to l'Ile aux Moines (Monks' island) for a day on the island. Enjoy its small carefree roads! It might be difficult to leave this paradise when its time for the boat to take you back to Arzon. No worries the rest of the trip is conforting/enchanting.


Day 5 - FROM ARZON TO LA TRINITE-SUR-MER - 45km

You will take another boat across the Gulf onto the northen shore to discover some of Morbihan's treasures: lines of Menhirs (standing stones) and relics from ancient times in Carnac.


Day 6 - FROM LA TRINITE-SUR-MER TO AURAY - 45km

You leave the Golfe du Morbihan (Morbihan Gulf) to reach the Ria d'Etel (Etel river) and cycle on to l'ile de Saint Cado (Saint Cado island), a quiet oasis with no cars, connected by a small damn. You then arrive in Auray. The city offers a charming historical center. On the river banks of the same name you'll find a most interesting spot the port of Saint Goustan (Saint Goustan port) where you'll spend the night.


Day 7 - FROM AURAY TO VANNES - 35km

You'll again reach the Gulf and it's beautiful inland sea. Enjoy a last picnic on this incredible site before arriving at the medieval fortified walls of the city of Vannes.


Day 8 - VANNES

End of stay after breakfast.


Very easy: You occasionally ride your bike to relax and enjoy yourself, on your own or with family and friends. The open air and the gentle transportation the bike offers are a good way to recharge your batteries. Ideal for families with children. You cycle 20 to 35 km a day on flat routes.
Carte du Tour du Golfe du Morbihan
Day 1 - VANNES

Arrival in Vannes, you meet with our guide at your hotel at 6 PM for an orientation meeting.


Day 2 - DE VANNES A L'ILE D'ARZ - 20km

You'll take a boat from the beautiful city of Vannes to l'Isle d'Arz ( island of Arz). You can cycle around the small island. You spend the night at the port.


Day 3 - DE L'ILE D'ARZ A ARZON - 35km

A first boat will take you to the Presqu'ile de Séné (Séné Peninsula). You'll cycle for a few kilometers along the Gulf with birds singing along. A sea shuttle then connects you to the Presqu'ile de Ruys (Ruyz Peninsula). You ride along the southern shores of the inlet to reach Arzon.


Day 4 - ARZON, JOURNEE A L'ÎLE AUX MOINES - 15km

The boat takes you to l'Ile aux Moines (Monks' island) for a day on the island. Enjoy its small carefree roads! It might be difficult to leave this paradise when its time for the boat to take you back to Arzon. No worries the rest of the trip is conforting/enchanting.


Day 5 - D'ARZON A LA TRINITE-SUR-MER - 25km

You will take another boat across the Gulf onto the northen shore to discover some of Morbihan's treasures: lines of Menhirs (standing stones) and relics from ancient times in Carnac.


Day 6 - DE LA TRINITE-SUR-MER A AURAY - 25km

You leave the Golfe du Morbihan (Morbihan Gulf) to reach the Ria d'Etel (Etel river) and cycle on to l'ile de Saint Cado (Saint Cado island), a quiet oasis with no cars, connected by a small damn. You then arrive in Auray. The city offers a charming historical center. On the river banks of the same name you'll find a most interesting spot the port of Saint Goustan (Saint Goustan port) where you'll spend the night.


Day 7 - D'AURAY A VANNES - 20km

You'll again reach the Gulf and it's beautiful inland sea. Enjoy a last picnic on this incredible site before arriving at the medieval fortified walls of the city of Vannes.


Day 8 - VANNES

End of stay after breakfast.


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 : 820€

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 : 1295€

Prices

Price for self-guided tour
  • 820€ / person with Confort Range
  • 1295€ / person with Privilege 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 : 60€ / person

Other options

  • Extra night in Vannes (double room, comfort range) : 50€ / person
  • Extra night in Vannes (double room, comfort range) High season : 60€ / person
  • Extra night in Vannes (individual room, comfort range) : 115€ / person
  • Extra night in Vannes (individual room, comfort range) High season : 135€ / person

The price includes :

Self-guided tours
– 7 nights in a double room accommodation
– 7 breakfasts
– 6 boat passages (described in the program)
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Loan of a GPS with full itinerary
– French topo map (IGN 1/100 000e)
– Practical cycling guide
– Orientation meeting with our guide on Day 1
– Taxes
– Phone assistance 24/7
– Application fees

The price doesn't include :

Self-guided tours
– Lunches, breakfast on Day 1 and diners
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
– Drinks
– Visits
– Parking fees

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 ?

Starting point

Vannes, Golfe du Morbihan

Coming to Vannes by car*

From Rennes N24/N166 (120 km 1h20)
From Paris by the A11 bighway (470 km 4h30)

Coming to Vannes by train*

TGV train station in Vannes (from Paris : 3h20)

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

Coming to Vannes by plane*

Airport in Lorient
Airport in Rennes and Nantes

* 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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