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
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 :
Arrival in Roscoff. You meet with our guide at 6 PM at your hotel for an orientation meeting.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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€
High season supplement
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
– Emergency assistance 24/7
– Application fees
Self Guide Tour :
– Lunches, breakfast on the first day and diners (except if mentionned above)
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare part and corresponding mileage allowance
– Parking fees
Roscoff, Finsitère (29)
From Rennes by the national road N137 (210km 2h20)
From Paris by the A11 highway (570km 6h)
Incoming ferries from England
Train station in Roscoff
TGV train station in Morlaix
Check schedules and book your train at en.voyages-sncf.com/en
Airport in Morlaix
* Transportation to your starting point can be included as an option.
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)
Back home now Fabien, thanks for all the help…a great week of riding and enjoying Le Tour! Merci! (07/2015)
Dear Fabien, All the tour was very good and amusing. Beautiful landscape, nice people, good hotels and food. I do not really have one particular moment to remenber (a part from my accident) ... and then I will remember always all tour with homesickness. I take this occasion to give you my congratulation for the very well organized tour we had. Was e real pleasure to bike in Bretagne. I would also like to thank you for the support and assistance you provided me for my incident Thank you for your professional and human attitude you have in doing your job and I hope to bike again with your organization. Please say hallo to your colleague, monsieur ….. (I don’t remember his name) that accompanied me with the car to St-Brieuc. Best regards (07/2012)
Die Tour hat uns gut gefallen. Danke für die gute und interessante Routenführung. Lieber Gruss (05/2016)
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)
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)