La Vélodyssée – From Roscoff to Nantes

The Atlantic cycling route - Chapter 1

Highlights

A quiet route, away from traffic and fully signposted
Charming towns of Malestroit, Roscoff, Josselin
Castles of Josselin, Pontivy and Abbey de Bon Repos
Flowered locks along the itinerary
Nantes, a city with an exceptional heritage

A 10 day cycling journey through Brittany

Cycling from North to South

From Roscoff you cycle on a long and beautiful journey of discoving Brittany, its land and its people. From the English Channel you reach the Morlaix river and the Nantes to Brest canal which will guide you to Nantes.

In this adventure, you will discover:

dedicated cycling routes: flat, sometimes paved, taking you through beautiful natural landscapes

– the Abbey de Bon Repos, restored in 1986 and holds beautiful exhibition today

– the Guerlédan lake

Pontivy and Josselin with beautiful castles, facades and town homes. Josselin is listed as « small town of character ».

Redon, a pleasant town on the Oust and the Canal

Nantes, which showcases its cultural and industrial heritage in the most beautiful way

The tour takes you through Brittany’s calm countryside. A charming trip for all lovers of cycling travels.

Get a sneak peak of the Vélodyssée  :

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.
Day 1 - ROSCOFF

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


Day 2 - FROM ROSCOFF TO MORLAIX - 31km

From the Roscoff port you ride along the Morlaix Bay. You’ll enjoy passing through Saint-Pol-de-Léon with its beautiful church and charming historical center. Arriving at the Morlaix port you can feel, like the sailors arriving by boat, the depth and magnitude of the valley.


Day 3 - FROM MORLAIX TO CARHAIX - 50km

From Morlaix you head on small roads which take you into in the Brittany countryside. You cycle on a pleasant greenway to Carhaix and avoid the hilly Mont d’Arrée.


Day 4 - FROM CARHAIX TO SAINT-GELVEN - 47km

Your bike takes you 200m above sea level, reaching the canal’s culminating point. This is where the Glomel trench was dug, where many convicts lost their life digging it. For you it’s a delivery, as a descending false flat of dozens of kilometers awaits !


Day 5 - FROM SAINT-GELVEN TO PONTIVY - 39km

The Guerlédan lake and its hydroelectric dam offers a great vista as you ride above it. You can even have a swim in the lake if you stop at Mures-de-Bretagne beach.


Day 6 - FROM PONTIVY TO JOSSELIN - 50km

From one castle to another, you connect two historical cities. As you approach Rohan, you will discover the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Timadeuc. A community of monks lives there under the rule of Saint-Benoit. They produce cheeses, jams, fruit jellies which you can find in their shop.


Day 7 - FROM JOSSELIN TO REDON - 72km

The beginning of the route takes you to the Roc Saint André which offers an impressive religious architecture. The village is also known for its famous Lancelot Brewery. You can make a halt and enjoy the traditional beers and Cola from the Phare Ouest! A few kilometers further and you're in Malestroit, a small typical town where you can enjoy a meal. Later on, as you face the cliffs of the Ile aux Pies, which lie on the other side of the canal, Brittany shows you just how surprising she can be.


Day 8 - FROM REDON TO BLAIN - 60km

Change of scenery after Redon. The landscape is more open and allows for more sun to shine to come your way. You pass by a few cafés where it’s good to take a rest and sip a drink on the terrace.


Day 9 - FROM BLAIN TO NANTES - 68km

From your hotel you ride along the Canal until Quiheix, its last sluice. Small roads take you to Nantes. You spend the night close to the Loire River.


Day 10 - NANTES

End of stay after breakfast in Nantes. You can enjoy the many attractions of the city of Nantes, an its seasonal event: "Le Voyage à Nantes".


Chambre essentielle

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.


Available on this tour starting from : 1175€

Prices

Price for self-guided tour
  • 1175€ / person with Essential Range

Optionnal

Bike rental

  • Bike rental : 153€ / person
  • Electric bike rental : 234€ / person

Insurance

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

High season supplement

  • High season supplement : 20€ / person

Other options

The price includes :

Self Guide Tour :
– Accomodation: 9 nights in a double room
– 9 breakfasts
– 1 dîner
– Luggage transfer between each hotel
– Loan of GPS with full itineraries
– The Vélodyssée  guide (Edition Itinérance à vélo)
– Cycling practical guide with recommended restaurants for lunch & diner
– Orientation meeting with one of our guides upon arrival
– Taxes
– Emergency assistance 24/7
– Application fees

The price doesn't include :

Self Guide Tour :
– Lunches, breakfast on the first day and diners (except if mentionned above)
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare part and corresponding 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 ?

Meeting point

Roscoff, Finsitère (29)

Coming to Roscoff by car

From Rennes by the national road N137 (210km 2h20)
From Paris by the A11 highway (570km 6h)

Coming to Roscoff by baot

Incoming ferries from England

Coming to Roscoff by train

Train station in Roscoff

TGV train station in Morlaix

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

Coming to Roscoff by plane

Airport in Morlaix

* Transportation 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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