It's almost impossible to resist the appeal of Brittany's spectacular Emerald Coast, with its pink granite cliffs and turquoise seas, wonderful white beaches and deserted little coves.Writers and artists, attracted by the stunning landscapes, dramatic views and vibrant Mediterranean-style colors, have been coming here for centuries, yet the region remains largely unspoiled with much of its original charm still intact. So you'll see locals with shrimping buckets wading the beaches, and fishermen cleaning out shells by hand - be sure to sample the region's signature dish: the seafood platter, piled high with shiny pink lobster, king prawn, silver oysters, scallops and clams and washed down with refreshingly cold Breton cider.
The cycling routes we've chosen are mostly along uncrowded coastal paths and quiet country lanes with wonderful panoramic views. For much of the time, you're by the sea, with plenty of opportunities to swim from some of the most beautiful beaches in France. On your last day, you'll pedal through the ancient Forest of Hunaudaye and have time to visit its imposing C13 chateau. Other highlights include the gorgeously preserved walled towns of Dinan and the and the Belle Epoque seaside resort of Dinard that feel barely changed since the Middle Ages.
Throughout your trip, you'll be staying in friendly, family-run hotels ranging from a lovely C16 manor house to a modern **** riverside hotel, with pool, on the banks of the Rance. In Dinard, you will stay in beautiful upgraded seaview rooms, which look out over the idyllic expanse of blue to the old port town of St Malo.
This tour is rated '1 bike +' indicating that some small sections of the route are slightly more challenging than an overall rating of '1 bike'.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Lamballe railway station 17:00 Sat & Sun, 17:33 Mon-Thurs, 17:27 Fri. Pick up and transfer to the fist hotel (15 mins), provided.|
|Tour Ends||Lamballe railway station by 09:16 (Mon-Fri), 09:51 (Sat), 09:51 (Sun) (transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Paris to Lamballe 14:08/17:00 Sat & Sun, 14:08/17:33 (via St Brieuc) Mon-Thurs, 14:08/17:27 (via Rennes) Fri. Return: Lamballe to Paris (via Rennes) 09:16/12:55 Mon-Fri, 09:51/13:24 Sat, 09:51/13:23 Sun|
|Rail Supplement||2nd Class $126 per person, round trip; 1st Class $180.|
|Singles||Add $47 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade prices from $17 per person, per night. Extra nights: We recommend Dinan, Lamballe or Paris. Prices from $108 per person, per night, B&B, based on 2 sharing. E Bike rental: Inquire for prices.|
|Hotels||**** (2 nights), *** (6 nights)|