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Brittany Explorer

Shortest Day - 67 km / 42 miles
Longest Day - 93 km / 58 miles
Total: 6 days total / 5 days cycling; 360 km / 225 miles

What you can expect

A 5 day tour of delightful villages, hidden coves and excellent food, giving a real taste of what the region has to offer. Brittany has a varied terrain and is not flat, although neither is it mountainous! 5 days' cycling; 5 nights’ half board with wine; luggage transport, full back-up and assistance throughout the day.

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Fully Supported and Self Guided options

If travelling from the UK we recommend arriving on the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo, which arrives to coincide with the start of this tour.

Day 1: From the walled city of St Malo quiet roads follow the river Rance upstream to ancient Dinan. The lower town comprises the old quayside, with cafes and restaurants along its bank, whilst a steep cobbled street leads up through the ancient gateways and through the town walls to the upper town with its market square and fine half-timbered houses. From Dinan we aim for the coast again, passing an atmospheric ruined chateau with fine creperie next to it, to our hotel which lies on the seafront in a pretty harbour, where you can watch the sun go down over dinner. (82 km / 51 miles).

Day 2: Our night at the seaside is followed by a trip inland into the heart of Brittany, following deserted roads through lovely countryside to Montcontour, an ancient town ideally placed for lunch. More quiet roads follow, and we are well away from the tourist trails so are passing authentic Breton towns and villages. The final section passes a pretty river then goes through an ancient forest. For the evening our hotel is in Loudeac, and we eat at an old half timbered retaurant tonight. (89 km / 55 miles).

Day 3: A shorter day starts with quiet lanes again leading us to the lake of Guerledan, which we ride around; many small lanes lead down to the lake which offer fine views. Half way round there is an old abbey and restaurants beside the Nantes - Brest canal; a pretty setting for lunch. Here you can slip inside for a guilty treat such as a Paris-Brest or a Kouign Amman. Either would be well-deserved and you don’t need to worry too much about what you eat on a cycling holiday! Our hotel in Pontivy is very friendly and in the evening we may visit a local creperie for dinner to taste the local specialities, washed down with a ‘boul’ of cider. (67 km / 42 miles).

Day 4: This is one of our favourite days in Brittany as it shows a lot of the history and legend of the area. Our first stop is the mediaeval walled town of Josselin with its fortress and half-timbered houses. It’s well worth a wander around. Then the forest of Paimpont awaits. This is where King Arthur and Merlin the Wizard lived. If you are British you may have thought they came from Wessex, but putting aside disputes about which nation owns them, they are clearly a part of Celtic culture. The forest is a magical place, and is one of many that used to cover virtually the whole of the interior of Brittany. We stay in Paimpont, a lovely village with a lake and pretty houses and cottages. (93 km / 58 miles).

Day 5: North from Paimpont we pass again through ancient oak forest before the countryside opens up and there are some lovely views. The small village of Becherel has a beautiful cobbled central square with a conveniently placed retaurant for an early lunch, seemingly untouched for centuries, and riding north from here we pass many fine manor houses nestling in wooded glades, before following the Rance back to St Malo where we spend the night. (92 km / 57 miles).

Day 6: Departure.

There is the option to extend this holiday to 9 days by adding on our ‘Normandy Discovery’ holiday, providing an insight into both of these unspoilt regions.

Transfers to / from: St Malo TGV, St Malo ferry terminal, Dinard airport, Rennes airport.

Requested Single supplement (see our FAQ page): £255

SELF GUIDED OPTION £495

Current dates for this tour:

Starts:
26.08.17
Ends:
31.08.17
Rating:
Moderate
Price:
£795

Travel Information

Start: St. Malo
Finish: St. Malo

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