Marque Bretagne

The Vélomaritime route in 10 days

From Roscoff to the Mont Saint-Michel

Highlights

A wild and diversified coast: Emerald Coast, Pink Granite Coast
Typical ports: Cancale, Erquy, Paimpol, Roscoff
Towns with character: Saint-Malo, Tréguier, Dinard
Hilly yet very accessible and enjoyable countryside roads
Signpost itinerary

An epic cycling tour in Brittany by the Velomaritime route

The Vélomaritime from Roscoff to the Mont Saint-Michel in 10 days

The Vélomaritime, a cycling itinerary opened in June 2013, offers a unique adventure over more than 1200 km on both sides of the English Channel, with a wide variety of coastal landscapes. This secured and signpost path mixes small roads and greenways. The itinerary sometimes offers steep climbs, but they are worth it. The easier days will give you time to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, culture and way of life of each country.

On the Brittany part, you will enjoy:
Pink Granite Coast and its excpetional natural sculptures
– Attractive ports which have preserved their authenticity: Paimpol, Erquy, Binic, Saint-Malo, Cancale…
– Towns and villages with charm and character: Tréguier, Dinard, Mont-Dol…
Cap Fréhel, one of the most beautiful natural sites with its craggy cliffs plunging into the sea
Emerald Coast with its magical colors from Cap Fréhel to Cancale
Mont Saint-Michel, classified as world heritage by Unesco

This trip can be done in small portions or in its totality. It can be extended by its Norman and/or English part. You can also check out the easy version of the “Vélomaritime” :
– La Vélomaritime – version facile

Enjoy a few glimpses of this trip

Carte itinéraire tour de manche à vélo du Mont Saint Michel à Roscoff
Niveau FitFit
Day 1

ROSCOFF

Arrival in Roscoff. You meet with our guide at your hotel for an orientation meeting. If you arrive early enough, take a boat to ile de Batz.

Meeting with our local guide

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From ROSCOFF to PLOUGASNOU 62km 722m Niveau Forme

This route starts in the Breton grove: small roads, lined with high hedges and stone walls. You bypass the bay of Morlaix and cross the city of the same name. Along the coast you reach the Cairn of Barnenez, one of the highest in Europe, which bears witness to a very old human presence! The colors and scents that surround you, make it easy to understand the settlement of men here.

Day 3

From PLOUGASNOU to PERROS-GUIREC 63km 686m Niveau Loisir

Close to the sea, you ride along the most beautiful beaches of the pink granite coast. The “Croix de Mi-lieue” cross stands on the On Saint-Michel shore in the middle of the huge beach, Knocked down in 1944, it was found and replanted in May 1993 on the edge of what was long ago the only possible passage to reach Saint-Effla. The “Grand Rocher”, a shy granite overhang towards the sea, marks the border of the Plestin territory. The small port of Locquirec welcomes you for a beautiful evening.

  • For a few more km 79km 862m Niveau Forme

    Follow the coast towards Trébeurden and be sure to stop to contemplate the view from the tip of Bihit to Trébeurden.

Day 4

From PERROS-GUIREC to PAIMPOL 52km 378m Niveau Loisir

The route takes you to Tréguier by the small bucolic roads of the Breton countryside. The route of the Vélomaritime offers some greenways that soften a hilly landscape.The small city of character Tréguier charms visitors thanks to its rich historic architecture. You cross the Jaudy and enjoy small country roads and bicycle facilities on the former railway line of the Côtes du Nord. As you approach the broad valley of the Trieux, you enter Lézardrieux, perched on the edge of the estuary. After crossing the surrounding Paimpol countryside, you enter one of the most lively and colorful ports in the English Channel.

  • For a few more km 71km 625m Niveau Forme

    On this longer version, you ride by the coast towards la pointe du chateau between Tréguier and Tréguignec.

Day 5

From PAIMPOL to SAINT-BRIEUC 65km 786m Niveau Forme

On the cliffs of Goëlo, you ride along the sea. Indeed the course takes you by the scenic route to the craggy cliffs of Plouha. A most enjoyable way to admire the beauties that the channel offers you. You join the charming little port of Binic and the coast of Penthièvre, carved, hammered, by the incessant chisels of the tides. You go back to the historic center of Saint-Brieuc for a night of history and discovery.

Day 6

From SAINT-BRIEUC to ERQUY 40km 419m Niveau Loisir

You leave Saint-Brieuc by taking the old railway line (the little train of the northern coast). You descend in the cove of Yffiniac where a museum tells the story of the railway in Brittany. The latter has left an exceptional heritage restored for bicycles today (viaduct, tracks dug in the rock …). The cove of Yffiniac represents the bottom of the bay of Saint-Brieuc. A marsh landscape offers a natural reserve to enjoy many species of birds. You follow a steep coast before reaching the small port of Dahouët. The colors of the boats mix with each other to offer nice reflections on the water. You cross the seaside resort of Pleneuf Val-André, the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved ice cream! There are still some beautiful hilly coastal roads before reaching the port of Erquy and its beach.

Day 7

From ERQUY to SAINT-CAST-LE-GUILDO 38km 336m Niveau Loisir

The cycle itinerary marked “Vélomaritime”, leads you by pathways and bike paths to Cape Fréhel. On the cliffs, 70m above the sea, you witness the unreeling of a grandiose landscape. The area leading to the Cap Fréhel lighthouse is protected. It’s made up of heather moors, gorse, broom and ferns, all contributing to a beautiful mix of colors. After the lighthouse you visit the fort of La Latte built on the coast overlooking the sea. The fort is a filming location for several famous films because its exceptional location is as interesting as its state of conservation and renovation. You go around the beautiful bay of Fresnaye where you can meet some oyster farmers at work. The arrival in Saint-Cast allows you to enjoy a beautiful beach for swimming. The family resort is lively all summer!

Day 8

From SAINT-CAST-LE-GUILDO to SAINT-MALO 39km 338m Niveau Loisir

On small hilly roads your route takes you into the bucolic Breton countryside. After the peninsula of Saint-Jacut de la mer which deserves a small detour, you quickly reach Trémereuc. There, an old railroad track, redeveloped into a greenway allows you to easily reach the city of Dinard. On the port your boat awaits you to join Saint-Malo.

Day 9

From SAINT-MALO to MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, [VIA LA VÉLOMARITIME] 62km 124m Niveau Forme

Your route runs along the Emerald Coast and the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel. Between land and sea your path takes you to meet local producers: Oyster farmers, mussel farmers, breeders… As many specialties as you can enjoy throughout your stay.
After tying your bike to the foot of Mont Saint-Michel, hop on the shuttle that takes you there. Another small walk to reach the surprising abbey, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 10

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

It’s the end of your stay after breakfast. You are able to enjoy a morning to visit to the Abbey which sits at the top of the Mount!

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.

Accommodation example
Hôtel d'Angleterre Temps des voiles Europe KLoys Hotel Clisson Bruyères facade de l'hôtel port-jacquet hotel-cite-exterieur-big hotel-vert

Starting from 1445€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort 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.

Accommodation example
Hôtel La Résidence des Artistes Temps des voiles HOTEL DU PARC KLoys Edgar Hôtel Beauséjour (Erquy) facade de l'hôtel port-jacquet Hotel France et Chateaubriand Hôtel Gabriel

Starting from 1515€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 9 nights in a Double room
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Access to our exclusive travel application to follow your route, inform you about places of interest, restaurants, facilitate your assistance in case of emergency, find all your travel documents and our practical advice.
  • Application fee
  • Taxes
  • Boat transfer from Dinard to Saint-Malo
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Topo maps
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
    • Day 8 : Sea crossing - DINARD - SAINT-MALO
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

    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, 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, traditional

    appareil GPS TwoNav Cross

    • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
    • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

     


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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

    We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


    Trekking bike

    A layed out and dynamic position

    Mixed aluminum frame, telescopic fork. Straight handlebars. Disc brakes. Transmission Shimano 24 to 30 speeds.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
    • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bike water bottle
    Vélo Abicyclette Voyages

    Touring bike

    An upright and easy going position

    Mixed aluminum frame, telescopic fork. Straight handlebars. Disc brakes. Transmission Shimano 24 to 30 speeds.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
    • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bike water bottle
    Vélo Rando Abicyclette Voyages

    Ebike

    With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
    • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bike water bottle
    EBIKE VELO DE VILLE

    Children Bike

    Recommended bike size (to be confirmed when booking) :

    • 16 inches from 105cm to 120cm (or 6 to 7 years old)
    • 20 inches from 120cm to 135cm (or 7 to 10 years old)
    • 24 inches from 135cm to 145cm (or 10 to 12 years old)
    • SPORT XS bike (adult frame) from 145cm to 155cm (from age 10)

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 bike water bottle
    Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

    Bike trailer

    Thule Chariot Cross 2
    Children’s trailers can only be rented for installation on one of our bikes.
    We do not provide this service on any other bike. There is too much risk of incompatibility and breakage.
    Por one or 2 children.
    Max child trailer load: 45kg.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet (or 2 if 2 kids)
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 bike water bottle (or 2)
    • Accessories on request: baby hammock. A padded hammock that supports baby’s sides and offers maximum stability (1 to 10 months). Use only the newborn hammock for walking.

    Getting here

    Departure city : ROSCOFF

    Coming by car

    • at 5h30 from PARIS
    • at 6h from BORDEAUX
    • at 8h from LYON

    Parking*

    • Parking Quai d’Auxerre – ROSCOFF
    • Parking Quai (Harbor) – ROSCOFF
    • Parking de l’École – ROSCOFF
    • Parking de la Gare – ROSCOFF

    Coming by train

    • Morlaix train station - 3h30 from Paris
    • Rennes train station - 1h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Rennes Airport

    Arrival city : MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

    Coming by car

    • at 3h from PARIS
    • at 5h30 from BORDEAUX
    • at 7h from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Pontorson train station - 3h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Rennes Airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    How to get back to the starting point

    • By train from Pontorson to Roscoff in 4h45
    • Return by car in 2h45 to your starting point
    • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • All-Terrain Bike (ATB) or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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