The Tour de Manche 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

The Tour de Manche fom Roscoff to the Mont Saint-Michel in 10 days

An epic cycling tour

The Tour de Manche, 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 “Tour de Manche” :
– Le Tour de Manche – version facile

Enjoy a few glimpses of this trip

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Day 1

ROSCOFF

Arrival in Roscoff. You meet with our guide at your hotel for an orientation meeting

Day 2

From ROSCOFF to PLOUGASNOU 66km 950m Niveau Expert

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 56km 700m Niveau Forme

A few kilometers after Plougasnou will be lucky enough to advance on a beautiful coastal road, built at the top of high cliffs. You will reach the Grève of St. Michael where a cross stands, in the middle of the huge beach, aptly named “Croix de Mi-lieue”. Knocked down in 1944, it was found and redressed in May 1993 on the edge of what was the only possible passageway,long ago, to reach Saint-Effla. The “Grand Rocher” represents a beautiful granitic overhang towards the sea, which offers a surprising new wild landscape. You cross Lannion then its countryside which separates of Perros-Guirec and the sea. On this beautiful seaside resort, a hike awaits you on the footpath of Customs (GR34) to discover the famous chaos of the Granite Rose.

Day 4

From PERROS-GUIREC to PAIMPOL 49km 200m Niveau Forme

The route takes you to Tréguier by the small bucolic roads of the Breton countryside. The route of the Tour de Manche offers some greenways that soften a hilly landscape.The small city of character Tréguier charms visitors thanks to its rich historic architecture. You will 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 will enter Lézardrieux, perched on the edge of the estuary. After crossing the surrounding Paimpol countryside, you will enter one of the most lively and colorful ports in the English Channel.

Day 5

From PAIMPOL to SAINT-BRIEUC 62km 730m Niveau Forme

On the cliffs of Goëlo, you will 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 will join the charming little port of Binic and the coast of Penthièvre, carved, hammered, by the incessant chisels of the tides. You will go back to the historic center of Saint-Brieuc for a night of history and discovery.

Day 6

From SAINT-BRIEUC to ERQUY 45km 550m Niveau Loisir

You will leave Saint-Brieuc by taking the old railway line (the little train of the northern coast). You will 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 will 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 will 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 400m Niveau Loisir

A path marked « Tour de Manche », leads you by pathways and bike paths to Cape Fréhel. On the cliffs, 70m above the sea, you will 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 will 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 will go around the beautiful bay of Fresnaye where you can meet some oyster farmers at work. The arrival in Saint-Cast will allow 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 45km 400m Niveau Loisir

You ride along the coast on your bike. The spikes and bays are numerous and lengthen the stages for your eyes’ pleasure, which can see an infinite variety of landscapes and colors. After a visit to Dinard you embark on the water bus with your bikes. You reach Saint-Malo.

Day 9

From SAINT-MALO to LE MONT SAINT-MICHEL 60km 100m Niveau Forme

Your route will take you along the Côte d’Emeraude and the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel.Between land and sea your route will bring you to meet local producers: oyster farmers, mussel farmers, and other farmers… So many specialties that you can taste along your stay.
After locking your bike at the foot of Mont Saint-Michel, take the shuttle that takes you there. Just another short walk to reach the abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10

LE MONT SAINT-MICHEL

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

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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 1150€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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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.


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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.


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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

Starting point

Roscoff, Finistère (29)

Coming to Roscoff by car*

From Rennes by the N12 (211 km 2h20)
From Paris by the A13 highway (575 km 6h)

Coming to Roscoff by train*

Train station in Roscoff (from Paris 5h)
TGV train station in Morlaix (from Paris 4h)

Check schedules and book your train at               en.voyages-sncf.com/en

Coming to Roscoff by plane*

Airport in Brest

* Transport to your starting 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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