Marque Bretagne

The Islands of Southern Brittany by bike

Ile de Groix and Belle île en mer: discover a mosaic of landscapes in the heart of the ocean

Highlights

Poulziorec beach, also known as "Tahiti Beach"
White Sands Beach
The geological nature reserve on the island of Groix
The Vauban citadel on Belle Ile en Mer
The needles of Port Coton
Pointe des Poulains
Sauzon fishing port

Take to the open seas and discover the jewels of Southern Brittany by bike

Groix and Belle-île invite you to take a plunge and enjoy a timeless interlude.

It’s an exotic journey we’re proposing here. With its translucent seas, sandy beaches and lush greenery, Southern Brittany offers an unexpected change of scenery and a warm, comforting, gourmet vacation.

Your cycling tour of Southern Brittany offers a succession of maritime crossings. To reach the islands of Groix and Belle-Ile en Mer, of course, but also to cross the Odet, the natural border between Lorient and the Gulf of Morbihan. So you can enjoy as many views from the sea as from the land and the saddle of your bike.

Groix and Belle-Ile, each 45 minutes from their main port of departure, share their proximity and insularity to the mainland. They’re no less Breton in spirit, values and heart! Both islands offer breathtaking coastal scenery, with steep cliffs, fine sandy beaches, secluded coves and soothing horizons to the west over the Atlantic Ocean. The harbors are bustling with the activity of fishermen and sailors, which you can enjoy from the quayside and at the table.

On the island of Groix, the François Le Bail nature reserve preserves minerals, blue shales bearing witness to the geological formation of the Armorican Massif, and nesting seabirds. Guided tours are organized to discover this natural heritage.

With the exception of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, where the terrain is more rugged, your rides are flat and accessible, so that everyone can enjoy this cycling trip. You’ll pedal between the Menhirs of the famous Carnac alignments. Ride along the Ria d’Etel to the islet of Saint-Cado, one of Brittany’s most famous postcards. Enjoy the renowned microclimate of the Gulf of Morbihan by bike. There are plenty of cycle paths and lanes here, offering a pleasant parallel network. You can guide your bike along the sunken paths between granite chapels, neolithic dolmens and the manor houses of romantic Brittany…

Belle-Ile-en-Mer is nicknamed the Pearl of the Atlantic. It’s essential to get out, put your wheels down and warm up your calves to discover this paradise. The island is a veritable mosaic of panoramas: moorland, heather, broom, steep cliffs, sandy beaches, secret coves, bustling ports and lighthouses. It only takes a few kilometers by bicycle to understand why so many painters have found inspiration here. Sarah Bernhardt’s house, now a museum, has welcomed many an artist at the invitation of the actor, who came here in search of calm and contact with the elements. Your cycle tour to the Poulains lighthouse takes you there. After the effort, the Morgat microbrewery offers you a tasting of their creations, in moderation. Like cider, their beers are the perfect accompaniment to galettes (or buckwheat crêpes), the regional specialty par excellence.

The last few pedal strokes bring you to Vannes, a city of Art and History. Its well-preserved historic center, with its ramparts, beautiful half-timbered houses, craftsmen and restaurants, makes it one of the region’s most charming towns. Leaning against its harbor, you’ll stay in touch with the sea and the song of the seagulls, like a new call from the open sea.

And if you still have a day ahead of you, we recommend a final crossing before hitting the road again. Take your bike to the Ile d’Arz and enjoy a ride in the middle of the waters of the Gulf in an exceptional natural setting.

Carte séjour Les Iles de la Bretagne Sud : l'île de Groix et Belle-Ile en Mer
Niveau EasyEasy or Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

LORIENT

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

LORIENT, DAY ON GROIX ISLAND 4km 4m Niveau Facile

Take your bikes and head off by boat to discover the island of Groix.

You disembark at Port Tudy, the largest of the island’s 17 villages. The island’s 2,360 year-round inhabitants make for a lively and friendly atmosphere. The island is renowned for its beautiful shipowners’ houses, its shops and its Cinéma des Familles with its beautifully decorated facades. You’ll cycle through this 1,500-hectare piece of land, through a wide variety of landscapes and along a wild ocean coast.

Return to the mainland at the end of the day via the port of Lorient.

Day 3

From LORIENT to CARNAC 54km 223m Niveau Forme

Day 4

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 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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 Cléria Hôtel La Licorne (Carnac) Hôtel Vauban (Belle-Ile)

Starting from 945€/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 Cléria Hôtel La Licorne (Carnac) Hôtel Le Clos Fleuri

Starting from 1015€/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
Best Western Plus Hotel les Rives du Ter Hôtel Le Churchill (Carnac) Façade de la villa Kerasy

Starting from 1785€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a Double room
  • 7 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 return trip - LORIENT - GROIX
    • Day 4 : Sea crossing - QUIBERON - LE PALAIS (Embarcadère)
    • Day 6 : Sea crossing - LE PALAIS (Embarcadère) - 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
    • Day 3: Boat transfer from Lorient to Locmiquélic or Port-Louis (ticket 1,5€/person)
    • Day 3: Boat transfer from Port-Louis to Gâvres (ticket 1,5€/person)

    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 : LORIENT

    Coming by car

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

    Parking*

    • Parking Gare Sud – LORIENT

    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.

    How to get back to the starting point

    • Return by car in 0h45 to your starting point
    • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

    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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