From Rennes to the Mont Saint-Michel

Through the Rance valley and the Emerald Coast

Highlights

Rennes, a historical, dunamic and trendy city
The Ille & Rance canal
Dinan, a medieval town
Saint-Malo, lthe corsaire port
Cancale and its oyster market
The Mont-Saint-Michel, "Marvel of the West"

From Rennes, its capital, ride through romantic Brittany along the Mont St Michel Bay

TO THE MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

This journey takes you through some of the most beautiful cities in Brittany and to an exceptional site labeled part of the World’s heritage by UNESCO. this historical and architectural pilgrimage offers variety and many surpises along the way.

  • The Ille & Rance canal guides you onto a calm, flat, and pleasant route to Dinan, an authentic medieval city in which you will enjoy exploring the old town.
  • The greenway from Taden to Dinard takes you to the seafront by an old railway track. With its 19th century villas, the seaside resort has kept its charm.
  • Taking the bus boat form Dinard to Saint Malo
  • The Tour de Manche and its dedicated cycling routes greenways offer a beautiful crossing of the Mont-Saint-Michel bay, between land and sea.

Cancale is a gourmet halt before the Mont-Saint-Michel. The oyster farmers prepare and serve them directly on the port. An experience you wouldn’t want to miss!

Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

RENNES

Arrival in Rennes on your own. The Breton capital offers many surprises and you will soon be conquered by this city that combines wonderfully historic and modern architecture. Passionate about contemporary art and gastronomy, proud of its history and its identity, discover a welcoming and warm city.

Day 2

From RENNES to HEDE-BAZOUGES 47km 125m Niveau Loisir

Welcome to Rennes! The capital of Brittany will unveil itself under your wheels. Half-timbered houses, paved streets, the city offers an unsung charm. You will descend on the first lock of the Canal d’Ille-et-Rance as your journey on the towpath begins. Under the trees and on a pleasantly surfaced lane, you will enjoy a flat route in the middle of a hilly landscape. After passing some villages, you will arrive on the basin of Bazouge. It’s made up of a water reserve that feeds the canal. The site of the eleven locks resembles a water staircase. It allows for 27 meters of difference in level. For you, it will be a especially superb site thanks to the close succession of the flower covered locks in a beautiful alignment. If a boat comes through, you will see the lock keepers at work!

Day 3

From HEDE-BAZOUGES to DINAN 42km 190m Niveau Loisir

From the top of the village of Hédé, you will descend on the » « 11 locks ». You will continue your journey on the towpath. In Tinténiac, in an old lock house, a museum will tell you the story of ancient crafts.
Your path will continue in the middle of the wooded nature. At Pleugueneuc, you can reach the castle of Bourbansais. The zoo will delight young and old in this historic space.
You will then reach Evran where the Ille and Rance rivers come together to join the sea.
Before the last effort to arrive in Dinan, located on an imposing rocky outcrop, you will cross Léhon, one of the most beautiful small towns of character in Brittany. All the houses are beautiful. You will experience an old atmosphere that is at the same time lively and warm. You will enter Dinan by the port. Enjoy the site before climbing up the historic center of one of the most beautiful medieval towns of Brittany. It holds incredible architectural treasures.

Day 4

From DINAN to SAINT-MALO 32km 170m Niveau Loisir

You will descend in the Dinan harbor and continue your tour on the towpath. Nevertheless, this path will not take you to Saint-Malo. After a few kilometers you will have to leave the canal to join a beautiful green path built on an old railway line. This path along the Breton countryside will lead you to Dinard. At your arrival on this seaside resort of the 19th century, a stop will be needed to discover the beautiful villas and enjoy an ice cream in front of the beach!
Then embark on a small cruise to cross the river mouth of the Rance (which comes from the Canal that you have previously traveled from Rennes). You will reach Saint-Malo by boat as did Surcouf and Cartier, navigators and famous corsairs of the city.

Day 5

From SAINT-MALO to CANCALE 26km 260m Niveau Loisir

You leave the Corsair city in the morning to reach the port of Cancale. Enjoy a 35 km bike ride through countryside and seaside. Along the way some Malouinières enrich the landscape. They are beautiful 17th and 18th century houses of ship owners in Saint Malo. In the evening, park your bike on the waterfront and taste some famous oysters.

Day 6

From CANCALE to LE MONT SAINT-MICHEL 50km 90m Niveau Loisir

On the way to an architectural marvel of the world! The only effort of the day lies in the exit of the port of Cancale, the rest of the course is flat. You walk along the bay of Mont Saint-Michel and its emerald waters. Between the large beaches and the salt meadows, the route of the Tour de Manche allows you to enjoy a gradual approach to the Mont Saint-Michel. Several restaurants and oyster farmers will propose a local and fresh lunch! After the break, there’s still be a few kilometers to go through the salt marshes. It is on the banks of Couesnon, the river that marks the border between Brittany and Normandy, that your cycling route ends. You end your journey on foot to reach the heights and the famous abbey. An essential visit!

Day 7

FROM LE MONT SAINT-MICHEL, NORMANDY LOOP 35km 70m Niveau Loisir

  • For your last day. You have a last optional morning loop :

Today, take height to appreciate the grandeur of the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel. On the small Norman roads, the path will take you to Roche Torin. You will have then descended to the sea level. A peculiar atmosphere emerges from this place, mystical at times, with an advantaged view of the Mont Saint-Michel.

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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.


Starting from 690€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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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

Starting from 775€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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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

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, traditionalguide

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

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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

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 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Touring bike

A straight and easy going position

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 bottle
Vélo de voyage, position à l'hollandaise

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 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Vélo enfant 24 pouces

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

Getting here

Meeting point
Rennes, Brittany’s capital, Ille & Vilaine (35)

Getting to Rennes by car*
From Paris by the A11 & A81 highways (360km 3h30)

Getting to Rennes by train*
Arrival: TGV train station in Rennes  (from Paris: 2h00)
Return : Train station in Pontorson

Rennes par avion²
Airport in Rennes : http://www.rennes.aeroport.fr/

* Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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