Marque Bretagne

Loop around the Gulf of Morbihan

From peninsula to island by bike

Highlights

Boat passages to the islands included
Île aux Moines and Île d'Arz
The picturesque port of Saint Goustan in Auray
Suscinio Castle
The ports of Vannes, Crouesty and Trinité sur Mer
Oysters tasting from the producers

The story behind the trip

Opened in 2015, this circuit is the fruit of long planning and partnerships with ferrymen to constitute a sustainable journey between the islands and peninsulas of the Gulf of Morbihan. Without the boats, not only is the tour not possible but above all it loses all its meaning. This is why we wanted to set up a circuit associating the smugglers and allowing to weave between the strips of land and the large sea inlets, between the isthmus and the peninsulas which form and deform with the tides.

It is now the trip that we organize for the greatest number of travelers each year. The variety of its routes, roads and paths, and the accessibility – flat landscape – make it a route for all, ideal for families. Each year we take advantage of the experience of all of our travelers to continue to evolve the itineraries that allow us to follow regional developments and new riding opportunities.

Bike travelling between land and sea

From Vannes, set off for a bicycle loop to discover the Gulf of Morbihan. You go around it in 8 days on the strength of your legs and the help of the ferrymen between the islands and peninsulas.

Renowned for the beauty of its coastal landscapes and mild climate, the Gulf of Morbihan is the ideal place for a relaxing but active vacation. From the peninsula to the island, you cycle along the edges of this small inland sea* in a full circle (*Morbihan means “small sea” in Breton). From both land and sea, appreciate the geographic, historic and ornithological riches of this territory.

Following the pace of the gentle lapping of the sea, this bicycle ride allows you to meet the locals who know the land like the palm of their hand. Fishermen, shellfish farmers, oyster farmers, they share their passion and their profession and their trade with you in the Gulf of Morbihan.

Departing from Vannes, town of Art and History, you embark on a stay that combines bicycle and boat. Almost every day, a ferryman, a small Gulf boat, allows you to make maritime connections between the peninsulas and the islands. Cruises that last 5 to 30 minutes give another glimpse of the interior coasts of Morbihan and a good breath of sea air. Cozy and relaxing, Île aux Moines and Île d’Arz are on the program. Privileged island getaways.

Along the way, you will also discover the rich historical heritage of Morbihan. The passage through the Carnac stone alignments is a highlight of the adventure. Proof if you need one more that you have chosen a land of excellence, which men have maintained for thousands of years. Nestled in the hollow of the Auray river, the port of Saint Goustan is also a must during your stay. With its cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses, the port has retained its old charm.

Drawn largely from the sea, the gastronomy of Morbihan delights fish and seafood lovers . During gourmet stops, freshly caught fish and shellfish garnish your plates. In addition, the delicious Breton crêpes and galettes are a must.

 

Carte itinéraire Le Tour du Golfe du Morbihan
Niveau EasyEasy or Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

VANNES

Arrival on your own and check in to your hotel. Orientation with our guide today. Take time to explore Vannes.

Day 2

From VANNES to ILE D'ARZ 13km 45m Niveau Facile

From Vannes downtown you ride about 3 km to reach the pier of the island of Arz. You leave the beautiful city of Vannes by boat to reach the island of Arz.

On the island, you need about 10km to go around all the points accessible by bike. We leave you here free to stroll at your leisure, without a precise route. Let yourself go and surprise at the turn of these paths and small roads that offers you thousands of wonders and different colors on the waters of the Gulf.

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 3

From ILE d'ARZ to ARZON via le petit passeur 35km 115m Niveau Facile

The first boat drops you off on the Séné peninsula. In the midst of the birdlife, your mind wanders freely between land and sea. Small roads take you around the waters of the Gulf to reach the entrance to the Rhuys peninsula. Follow the southern shores of the little sea to reach Arzon. In between, the Château de Suscinio and the small village of Sarzeau grace this pretty route of small roads and greenways.

  • For a few more km 45km 218m Niveau Loisir

    This path takes you to the south shore of the Rhuys peninsula. Through countryside and marshes, reach one of Duchess Anne de Bretagne’s favorite summer residences, the famous Château de Suscinio. Well-preserved and restored, its drawbridge is open to visitors. The beautiful cycle paths in this southern part of the Golfe du Morbihan provide a pleasant link to the port of Crouesty and its dynamic summer life.

By another road

From ILE d'ARZ to ARZON via continent 49km 222m Niveau Loisir

The first boat drops you off on the Séné peninsula. In the midst of the birdlife, your mind wanders freely between land and sea. Small roads take you around the waters of the Gulf to reach the entrance to the Rhuys peninsula. Follow the southern shores of the little sea to reach Arzon. In between, the Château de Suscinio and the small village of Sarzeau grace this pretty route of small roads and greenways.

  • For a few more km 60km 300m Niveau Forme

    This path takes you to the south shore of the Rhuys peninsula. Through countryside and marshes, reach one of Duchess Anne de Bretagne’s favorite summer residences, the famous Château de Suscinio. Well-preserved and restored, its drawbridge is open to visitors. The beautiful cycle paths in this southern part of the Golfe du Morbihan provide a pleasant link to the port of Crouesty and its dynamic summer life.

Day 4

ARZON, DAY ON ILE AUX MOINES 15km 51m Niveau Facile

A “passeur” boat takes you to Île-aux-Moines for this island day. A nice island discovery awaits on the small car-free roads of this little paradise. It is probably with regret that you take the boat to return to Arzon… The rest of the tour is comforting!

Day 5

From ARZON to CARNAC 29km 140m Niveau Facile

Take the boat from Port Navalo to Locmariaquer. Located on the pretty Rhuys peninsula, it marks the northern entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan. In addition to its advantageous geography and attractive marina, this Morbihan commune is best known for its megalithic heritage. The Grand Menhir Brisé, the Alignement du Mené-Bré and the Table des Marchands are particularly worth a look.

Thanks to the small cycle routes and cycle paths, you can reach Saint-Philbert, a charming commune with a wealth of beaches, coastal paths and historic sites. Its famous Rue de l’Océan lives up to its name, offering exceptional panoramic views of the Atlantic. From the Saint-Philbert cliff, you can appreciate the port of La Trinité-sur-Mer, one of the most important on the Atlantic coast, and the exceptional natural beauty of Quiberon Bay. After a gourmet stopover in La Trinité-sur-Mer, you’ll head into the countryside and forests of the hinterland to reach Carnac and its famous menhir alignments. These megalithic gems are among the most impressive and mysterious in the world! After this beautiful cycling stage, relax on the fine sandy beaches of Quiberon Bay.

  • For a few more km 35km 169m Niveau Loisir

    Use this day to discover the extent of Carnac’s megalithic alignments. This national monument site is unique and an exceptional world heritage site. By bike, then on foot, you can enjoy this 6,000-year-old work of art.

Day 6

From CARNAC to AURAY 25km 150m Niveau Facile

You leave Carnac by the famous alignments. After admiring this masterpiece of the Neolithic of invaluable value, you reach Auray. The city has a charming historic center. It is on the banks of the river of the same name that you will find the most interesting place: the harbour of Saint-Goustan. We recommend you to spend the evening and the night there.

  • For a few more km 55km 257m Niveau Loisir

    This detour leads you to discover the natural landscapes of the Ria d’Etel. A Ria is the mouth of a small river into which saltwater enters at high tide. The Rias create landscapes that change hourly.

    Here you’ll discover two of Brittany’s postcards:

    • the house between the rocks, intriguingly positioned as if it had drifted into the middle of the Ria
    • and the peninsula of the village of Saint-Cado, one of the region’s must-sees.
Day 7

From AURAY to VANNES 38km 253m Niveau Loisir

You ride closer to the Gulf and its beautiful inland sea before arriving at the ramparts of Vannes. The opportunity for a last picnic on this incredible site.

Day 8

VANNES

End of your trip after breakfast.

Have a safe journey back!

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
ILE D'ARZ Hôtel Glann Ar Mor Hôtel La Licorne (Carnac) Point de vue extérieur sur l'hôtel le Marin de Auray

Starting from 950€/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
ILE D'ARZ Hôtel Le Crouesty Hôtel La Licorne (Carnac) Point de vue extérieur sur l'hôtel le Marin de Auray

Starting from 1025€/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.

Accommodation example
Façade de la villa Kerasy Hôtel Le Crouesty Hôtel Le Churchill (Carnac)

Starting from 1375€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a Double room
  • 7 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
  • 6 boat passages (described in the program)
  • Taxes
  • 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 2 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
    • Day 2 : Sea crossing - VANNES - ILE D’ARZ
    • Day 3 : Sea crossing - ILE D’ARZ - PRESQU’ILE DE SENE
    • Day 3 : Sea crossing - PRESQU’ILE DE SENE - SAINT-ARMEL
    • Day 4 : Sea crossing return trip - PORT DE KERNERS - ILE AUX MOINES
    • Day 5 : Sea crossing - PORT-NAVALO - LOCMARIAQUER
  • 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 : VANNES

    Coming by car

    • at 4h45 from PARIS
    • at 4h30 from BORDEAUX
    • at 7h from LYON

    Parking*

    • Parking P4 parc du Golfe longue durée de Vannes – VANNES
    • Parking de Strasbourg – VANNES
    • Parking Indigo République – VANNES
    • Parking de la Gare – VANNES
    • Q-Park Port – VANNES
    • Parking Gare de Vannes – EFFIA – VANNES

    Coming by train

    • Vannes train station - 2h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Lorient Airport
    • Nantes airport

    Arrival city : VANNES

    Coming by car

    • at 4h45 from PARIS
    • at 4h30 from BORDEAUX
    • at 7h from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Vannes train station - 2h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Lorient Airport
    • Nantes 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.

    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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