Marque Bretagne

The Gulf of Morbihan and Belle Ile en Mer

Cycling cruise in Southern Brittany

Highlights

Tour of the Golfe du Morbihan thanks to the ferrymen
Crossing to Ile aux Moines
2 days on Belle-Île en Mer
The needles of Port Coton
The famous menhirs of Carnac
Vannes, City of Art and History

Tour of the Golfe du Morbihan by bike and a getaway to Belle Ile en Mer

From island to peninsula, the charm of this bike tour begins as soon as you set off in the emblematic Gulf of Morbihan. Boat crossings on the calm waters of the small inland sea (Morbihan in Breton), sheltered from the tumult of the ocean, are an opportunity to breathe in the sea spray and appreciate the beauty of this landscape that only nature is capable of shaping.

Departing from Vannes, you embark on a cycle tour. This bike trip takes you along small roads and wide paths to discover a small inland sea (Morbihan in Breton), which has shaped a unique area in the region. Made up of numerous peninsulas, it can be difficult to find your way around, so much so that nature has created a natural labyrinth. So, with the help of the “passeurs” – the name given to the Gulf’s bus boats – we’ll help you make your way from island to peninsula on the Tour of the Gulf of Morbihan by bike. It’s a pleasant escape into a preserved, natural environment that’s full of surprises. Between boat crossings, you’ll dance on your bike as nesting and seabirds swirl overhead.

The ports of call are lively, festive and pleasant. Plates feature fish and shellfish, as well as the famous buckwheat crepes often found in Breton families on a weekly basis. In the warm atmosphere of the cafés, the local brasseries and cider houses take pride of place, warming hearts when the drizzle settles on these picture-postcard landscapes.

The Golfe du Morbihan is an ideal destination for cycling thanks to:

  • A renowned microclimate, with over 2000 hours of sunshine a year – the equivalent of the city of Toulouse!
  • A flat, very accessible environment, easy to cycle in.
  • An advanced network of cycle routes, linking the various peninsulas and sites of interest via safe, quiet secondary roads.

A cycling trip that takes you to 2 Breton islands:

  • Île aux Moines, a lush, charming and lively island, one of the region’s jewels.
  • Belle-Île en Mer is the largest of the Breton islands. Its insularity shapes its character. Its position, facing the ocean, the elements and winter storms, means that the cliffs are finely chiseled, the rock is raw and is continually reshaped by the winds and tides. The terrain is more rugged, and must be earned by bike, but rewards the brave with exceptional panoramic views.
  • As an option, with an extra day, we suggest adding the wild, unspoilt and peaceful Ile d’Arz, sheltered at the end of the Golfe du Morbihan.

History buffs will be enriched by the many sites of interest, including the town of Vannes, classified as a Town of Art and History, the Carnac alignments, the Vauban fortress on Belle-Île en Mer, the Gavrinis and Petit-Mont tumulus or cairn, or the Château de Suscinio… So many opportunities to immerse yourself in the history of the Rhuys and Quiberon peninsulas and the whole of Southern Brittany.

Carte Le Golfe du Morbihan et Belle Ile en Mer
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.

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 VANNES to ARZON 38km 187m Niveau Facile

You cycle on the peninsula of Séné, a few kilometers at the end of the Gulf surrounded by birds. A “passeur” boat then allows you to reach the peninsula of Rhuys. You ride along the southern shores of the small sea to reach Arzon.

  • For a few more km 44km 246m Niveau Loisir

    You reach the castle of Suscinio for a nice historic loop.

By another road

From VANNES to ARZON 45km 230m Niveau Loisir

From Vannes, you can cycle to the Rhuys peninsula. The small roads and big paths offer you a bucolic stroll.

  • For a few more km 52km 277m Niveau Forme

    Take advantage of these few extra kilometres to visit the castle of Suscinio.

Day 3

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 4

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 5

From CARNAC to LE PALAIS 33km 144m Niveau Loisir

Today, you’ll be heading for the Quiberon peninsula via its west coast, before taking the boat to Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Brittany’s largest island. On the island, you quickly feel the pleasures of being cut off from the world. Time has not stood still and modern means of communication are still present. But half an hour by boat is enough to give you the impression of being far removed from your daily routine for a truly active and relaxing vacation!

Day 6

FROM LE PALAIS, SAUZON AND LA POINTE DES POULAINS LOOP 34km 410m Niveau Loisir

You ride North and along the coast to Sauzon! The Sauzon marina, the prettiest on the island, was for a long time an active fishing port. You then ride to the Pointe des Poulains where you can enjoy an exceptional view on the island of Groix, Quiberon and Lorient. Sarah Bernhardt lived her for the last thirty summers of her life.

Day 7

From LE PALAIS to CARNAC 35km 116m Niveau Loisir

Back on the Quiberon Peninsula, you’ll drive along the east coast before reaching Carnac.

Day 8

From CARNAC to VANNES 57km 386m Niveau Loisir

The stage takes you first through Auray and its historic port of Saint-Goustan. You will then approach the Gulf of Morbihan and this beautiful inland sea, before finally reaching Vannes and its famous ramparts.

Day 9

VANNES

End of your stay in the late morning.

As an option, if you have a little time left before leaving the region, we invite you to take the boat to the Ile d’Arz. This small island in the center of the Gulf of Morbihan is a haven of peace. You won’t be disturbed by cars, which are very rare here. The narrow streets and houses with their colorful shutters are particularly enjoyable by bike!
In short, it’s the ideal place to round off your stay in style.
Return to Vannes by boat (30-minute cruise).

 

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 Glann Ar Mor Hôtel La Licorne (Carnac) Hôtel Vauban (Belle-Ile)

Starting from 1100€/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 Le Crouesty Hôtel La Licorne (Carnac) Hôtel Le Clos Fleuri

Starting from 1225€/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) le-grand-large-belle-ile-en-mer-facade_e-02

Starting from 1685€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 8 nights in a Double room
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 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
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner and topo maps
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
    • Day 2 : Sea crossing - PRESQU’ILE DE SENE - SAINT-ARMEL
    • Day 3 : Sea crossing return trip - PORT DE KERNERS - ILE AUX MOINES – EMBARCADERE
    • Day 4 : Sea crossing - PORT NAVALO - LOCMARIAQUER
    • Day 5 : Sea crossing - QUIBERON - LE PALAIS (Embarcadère)
    • Day 7 : Sea crossing - LE PALAIS - QUIBERON
  • 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
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    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

    • Hybrid Bike 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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