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Backroads of Brittany Cycling

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Brittany’s spectacular Emerald Coast is a wonderful mix of glorious pink granite cliffs and turquoise seas.  You’ll cycle past white beaches and deserted little coves along your way. The sea is a way of life here. And, along the way, stay in medieval walled cities standing since the Middle Ages.

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  • Activity Level Easy plus
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All about the Backroads of Brittany Cycling.

It’s almost impossible to resist Brittany’s spectacular Emerald Coast. Its pink granite cliffs and turquoise seas, wonderful white beaches and deserted little coves have been the inspiration for writers and artists throughout the ages. With stunning landscapes, dramatic views and vibrant Mediterranean-style colors, visitors have been coming here for centuries, yet the area remains non touristy with much of its original charm still evident. You’ll see locals with shrimping buckets wading the beaches and fishermen cleaning out shells by hand. Be sure to sample the region’s specialty: the seafood platter, piled high with pink lobster, king prawn, glimmering oysters, scallops and clams, all washed down with locally produced cold Breton cider.
The cycling routes we’ve mapped out are mostly along quiet coastal paths and uncrowded country lanes with delighful scenic views. Most of the time, you’re along the sea, with plenty of opportunities to swim from some of the most beautiful beaches in France (a good number are designated ‘Blue Flag’ beaches). On your last day you’ll cycle through the ancient Forest of Hunaudaye and have time to visit its imposing C13 chateau. Other highlights include the gorgeously preserved medieval walled town of Dinan and the charming Belle epoque seaside resort of Dinard.
Throughout your trip, the family-run accommodation ranges from a lovely C16 manor house to a modern 4* riverside hotel, with pool, on the banks of the Rance. In Dinard, you will stay in the beautiful sea-view upgraded rooms, which look out over the idyllic expanse of blue to the old port town of St Malo.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • 8 nights in 3 to 4-star accommodation
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Bike rental (optional electric bikes)
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Cycle through traditional Breton fishing ports, colorful sailing harbors
  • Visit preserved walled towns unchanged since the Middle Ages
  • Enjoy superb seafood; sweet and savory crepes; refreshing local cider
  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive at Lamballe

    Your holiday starts at M. Jamin’s C16 manor house in the countryside, just 3kms outside the market town of Lamballe. With only 16 rooms, it’s a lovely, intimate place to stay. The inner courtyard opens up on to beautifully kept gardens and an elegant terrace for al fresco dining on fine summer evenings. (Staying at Le Manoir des Portes, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 - Lamballe to Sables d'Or-Les-Pins 37km/23mi

    It’s gentle cycling today as you head first along quiet country lanes then out to the coast and the lively sailing resort of Pleneuf-Val-Andre. The deserted white sandy beaches here are simply gorgeous so make sure you take your swimming things with you! There are also some excellent ocean-facing restaurants where you can enjoy a long seafood lunch. Lovely beachside trails lead to the sleepy seaside village of Sables-d’Or-les-Pins where your hotel is just 200m from the sea. (Staying at Hotel de Diane, Half Board)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 - At Sables d'Or-Les-Pins

    Relax on the beach or follow our 25km circular cycling route taking in the Cap Frehel lighthouse and the famous C14 feudal stronghold of Fort de la Latte. Perched on a rocky promontory above the sea, it occupies one of the finest settings in northern France, and it’s easy to see why it’s been used on numerous film sets. A climb up to the gallery at the top of the tower will reward you with magnificent views extending as far as Jersey on a clear day. (Staying at Hotel de Diane, Half Board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 - Sables d'Or-Les-Pins to Dinard 43km/27mi

    Today’s route starts with scenic pedalling through pretty farming hamlets – wonderful views across the Baie de la Fresnaye. Perhaps stop for a coffee in the bustling market town of Matignon before you head on to the popular yachting village of Lancieux, with its impressive square bell tower capped by a dome and lantern turret. Continue to gorgeous St-Briac where Debussy composed his major work ’La Mer’. The final stretch takes you to your hotel in the seaside town of Dinard. (Staying at Hotel Printania, Breakfast only)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 - At Dinard

    Once a sleepy fishing village on the estuary of the Rance, the English transformed Dinard into one of the most famous and upmarket seaside resorts in Europe. Although a little quieter now, it has not lost any of its charm and many of the Belle Epoque villas have become historic monuments. Walk out to the Pointe des Etretes for views of the off-shore islands, or take a 10 minute ferry across the bay to St-Malo to lose yourself in the narrow cobbled streets within Intra Muros (the fortified walls) of the ancient mediaeval city. (Staying at Hotel Printania, Breakfast only)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 - Dinard to Dinan 34km/21.5mi

    A complete change of scene today as you cycle inland and follow the banks of the River Rance. You’ll feel like you’re taking a trip back in time as you pass sleepy hamlets, forgotten fishing ports and postcard-pretty St-Suliac, officially rated as un des plus beaux villages de France. Enjoy lunch at the lovely sailing port in St-Hubert then cycle along the wonderfully flat towpath to Dinan. Your hotel here overlooks the river and picturesque port, and has a lovely outdoor swimming pool if you fancy a dip. (Staying at Hotel Jerzual, Breakfast only)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 - At Dinan

    This beautifully preserved ancient walled town, with riverfront port and picturesque half-timbered buildings, is an absolute gem. Wander round the marvellously restored ancient squares and ramparts, visit the imposing C13 castle (with dungeon), admire the flamboyant Gothic basilica and stroll the lovely cobbled streets packed with authentic artisan workshops. Maybe take lunch in the bustling Place des Merciers, where pretty triangular-gabled houses are further examples of Dinan’s exceptional architectural heritage, then, in the afternoon, perhaps follow our 25km circular cycle route inland to the pretty village of Evran. (Staying at Hotel Jerzual, Breakfast only)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Dinan to Lamballe 47km/29mi

    Your first stop today is the picturesque little village of Lehon, then it’s on through quiet farming villages to the impressive C13 Chateau de la Hunaudaye. The ruins of this huge chateau date back over 800 years, yet the five majestic towers are still in good condition and are surrounded by a water-filled moat. You finish the day with gentle, flat cycling through the forest back to Lamballe where you can relax in the gardens and enjoy a celebratory drink before dinner – a Kir Breton (cassis and cider) maybe? (Staying at Le Manoir des Portes, Half Board)

  9. Day 9 Day 9 - Leave Lamballe

    Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in France for children under 12. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own. Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

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Where you stay
Le Manoir des Portes
Situated just 3km outside Lamballe in the little hamlet of La Poterie, this charming C16 manoir, run by the affable M Jamin, is the perfect place to get away from it all. All the 16 cosy rooms are individually decorated and have lots of character. In the main, they overlook the beautiful gardens, where you can relax with a good book or enjoy an aperitif before dinner.
Hotel de Diane
This lovely little hotel is located 100m from the large beach of Sables d’Or. The hotel is traditional in style and dates back to the 1920s, although it has had extensions and modernisations to the rooms since this time! Rooms are located in two buildings; the first building has a far more traditional feel to it in terms of decor, compared to the new rooms, which are modern in style. All rooms are well decorated and some rooms have balconies.
Hotel Printania
With its superb location a short 50m stroll from Dinard’s main beach and situated right on the sea front looking out towards St Malo, the views from the Hotel Printania are fantastic! The hotel seems more like a museum in style: its quintessionally Breton public rooms – including a sitting room with piano which guests are welcome to play! – all feature the carved wooden furniture typical to the area, as well as paintings by local artists and Henriot Quimper porcelain. All 55 rooms are ensuite and all are individually decorated with characteristic Breton detail. Headwater customers stay in the delightful upgraded sea view rooms. Please note that the triple rooms at this hotel only have a double bed and a single bed; three-bedded rooms are not available.
Hotel Mercure Dinan Port le Jerzual
This modern and comfortable hotel is right in the heart of the picturesque port of Dinan. From the bar and restaurant terrace, you can watch the comings and goings of the pleasure boats on the river Rance. The hotel boasts excellent facilities: there is a jacuzzi and fitness room as well as a seasonally heated pool. All rooms are medium sized and comfortable; all have been recently refurbished.
Hotel Le d’Avaugour
We are delighted to have found this lovely hotel right in the heart of mediaeval Dinan. All the rooms are en suite and individually decorated with stylish soft furnishings. The hotel has a small bar and a beautiful garden where you can have breakfast or enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Walk to the end of the garden and you find yourself on the ramparts of the town.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Eating and Drinking

All buffet breakfasts and 4 evening meals are included.

Brittany’s fish and seafood is without doubt one of the region’s biggest draws. Platters stacked high with lobster, crab, oyster, shrimp and prawns grace the tables of the atmospheric restaurants. Huge bowls of fresh mussels, scallops and stuffed clams take their place alongside delicious sea bass and bream. The flat local ‘Belons’ oysters are delicious, fleshier than normal ones; they are renowned for their fine hazelnut flavour. Seafood will generally be served with the excellent Breton butter, which contains Guérande salt crystals, and plain bread. Many people also think of crêpes when they think of Brittany and indeed almost every little village or town has its own crêperie.

Is this trip for you?

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 13th Century château. Other highlights include the gorgeously preserved mediaeval walled town of Dinan and the charming Belle epoque seaside resort of Dinard.

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 39km (24 miles).
No. of days cycling: 6 (including 2 optional rides)
Terrain and route: undulating. 80% tarmac and 20% cycle paths and tracks.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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