Brittany Bike Trips

Brittany Cycle Trips

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If you would like to see a map of our different French routes, it is here.
And, for a comparison of our Brittany route with our other French trips, see here.

Our Brittany trip follows the north coast – a unique part of France, unlike any other.  No local wine, for starters (well, little local wine...  Muscadet, the ideal partner of fine shellfish, is breton, though by just a few kilometers). 

“You’re going there anyway?” we hear you cry.  Well, yes. 

Collage of Brittany photos

But not for Brittany’s reknowned cider, hard and sweet.  Rather for her craggy coastline, cathedral cities of half-timbered houses, flower boxes decorating country cottages, and bustling ports lined with purveyors of the world’s greatest seafood.  For her tiny country lanes devoid of traffic — none of our French trips see less traffic — her ever-changing ocean scapes (every night of the trip is spent on the water), and her fortress castles.  For her beaches, lighthouses and tidal pools.  For her impossible Celtic language and traditions, music that sounds more Irish than French, and markets selling short-order crêpes.  In short, for a fascinating look at Little Britain, whose residents receive their guests with pride and grace.

We’ll import wine from the foreign country that is France....

So come climb on the rocks with us, and see what sea creatures you can befriend.

 

The following trips visit Brittany:

Tour de France

Does not include Brittany in 2017.

Two Weeks in France
Brittany first, and then Champagne.

France & Italy (2 Weeks)
Visits the Dolomites and Brittany.

Brittany’s Emerald Coast follows this itinerary exclusively.
Departure dates and prices are in the “Facts & Figures” table, below.

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Daily Itinerary:  Brittany
Day of the Week
Description
Typical distances, in km
Sunday

JOURNEY to BRITTANY, PAIMPOL
A morning TGV takes us from Paris to Guingamp, where we change to a branch line local to... Frynaudour.  Where?  Isn’t that a type of Danish meatball?   If you wish our help getting the tickets, see our Access Package.

In the afternoon, we ride to the port city of Paimpol, our home for two nights.  Paimpol once hosted a deep-sea fishing fleet that plied the Grand Banks and the shoals off of Iceland.  Reminders of the era are omnipresent in nominclature and cuisine.  It remains an active port today, without the drama:  pleasure boats fill the inner harbor, freight and passenger services shuttle to the islands that dot the coast, a healthy coastal fishing fleet still operates, and it is home to some of the world’s most famous oyster beds.  Sample the local production at dinner.

Half Baggage

10 - 20 k
Monday

POINTE de l’ARCOUEST, ILE de BRÉHAT
Across the peninsula to the Pointe de l’Arcouest, and then a short ferry ride to an idyllic island where the widest road is a cycle path.  Tool around the paths that crown the rugged coast, admire the lighthouse that protects the entry to the port of Paimpol....

Then on to Loguivy-sur-Mer, where you can watch lobster cages being made on the port.  Finally back to Paimpol, for a quick plate of oysters before dinner.

Half Baggage

20 - 40 k
Tuesday
MARKET to MARKET, the PRESQU’ILE SAUVAGE
Today is market day in Paimpol.  Stop to pick up some sea urchins for your picnic.  Then it’s off to the Prequ'ile Sauvage, the peninsula between the Trieux and Jaudy fjords, both flooded by the ocean at high tide. 

On the way into Tréguier, stop at the Kerdalo Botanical Gardens, designed in a Romantic style by a Russian prince, and lovingly restored by his horticulturalist daughter.  A grotto, a pergola, a pagoda, waterfalls burbling down to the river... perfumed walks with views to the estuary and the town behind.
40 k
Wednesday
TRÉGUIER, the TRIEUX VALLEY, and to DINAN
Another market, this time in Tréguier.  One of Brittany’s prettiest towns offers an open market full of nature’s bounty, cascading down the hill from the cathedral to the river below.

Visit the cathedral, with its monument to St.-Yves, patron saint of lawyers (he must be doing his job, because everyone’s mad at bankers now).  Then wander the streets, full of market stalls and lined by 15th century houses.  But, there is a bike ride ahead....

Inland now, up the Trieux valley to Guingamp.  A chance to see another Brittany, of farms and fields.  Stop for a visit of the Château de la Roche-Jagu, a 15th century manor house with a dramatic view of the Trieux estuary below.  Continue to Pontrieux, a pretty town deep in the valley, which (as its name implies) hosts the first bridge over the river since the one you crossed yesterday leaving Paimpol.

An afternoon train carries us east, to the Rance Valley, and to Dinan, a walled city at the top of the estuary.  Long-routers can tack on another 50 k, and race the train on their bikes..
50 - 100 k
Thursday
The RANCE VALLEY, CIDER TERRITORY
Today we cycle down the Rance Valley, on a rail-to-trail bike path that leads us out to the ocean.  

But not before visiting Dinan, one of Brittany’s most beautiful cities, gathered inside its ramparts, and overlooking the valley.  Explore the castle, wander amongst the half-timbered houses, stroll along the ramparts for a view out to the river....

Evening finds us back on the ocean.  Sea creatures leap into our dinner plates.

Half Baggage

40 k
Friday

St.-MALO, the EMERALD COAST
Use your bike to tour the bay formed by the Rance estuary.  Beaches and 19th c. holiday villas line your route, the customs foot path hugs the rocky coast.  Cross the Rance via one of the world's most impressive hydro-electric dams (you can visit the power station if you’re curious). 

St.-Malo is the jewel of the bay.  Jacques Cartier’s fortified City of the Corsairs is a marvel on several levels, not the least of which is the re-construction that was necessary to bring it back to life after the 2nd World War (photos in the Cathedral offer a stirring before-‘n-after).  Marvel at the harmoneous blending of old and new inside the old city walls.

A seawater swimming pool on the beach lets you spash around without the waves, or you can face them down like an Iceland fisherman of old.  Châteaux, mini-golf with a view, ocean cruises:  if you are really ambitious, you can ferry out to the Channel Islands, Jersey and Guernsey, for a day trip to another world.


Half Baggage

Variable k
Sazturday
Le MONT-St.-MICHEL
A ride across the polders to France’s most famous rock in the ocean.  The abbey sits proudly in the midst of the eponimous bay, at the border between Normandy and Brittany, and has watched the world’s strongest tides run in and out for a thousand years.  Those who wish to carve out time for a visit this afternoon can shorten the ride with the judicious use of a train.

Our trip disbands at the Mont (or, more precisely, at Pontorson, the railway station for Mont St.-Michel), at the end of the afternoon.  Saturday evening trains to Paris are available as one Access Package option.

But those who have the time should spend the night on the Mont, which is a bit overun during the dayAn Access Package is on offer, including a hotel there, and a Sunday morning train to Paris, or to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport (for a post 4p flight).

Half Baggage
40 - 90 k
Sunday
Access Package:  the first morning train direct to the airport arrives Charles de Gaulle at 2p, compatible with a post-4p flight.  Or spend a night in Paris, and fly on Monday.

Brittany’s Emerald Coast — Facts & Figures
2017
Dates
Baggage Services Offered**
(optional)
Difficulty of the Ride
July 9 - 15
Trip Full
$1,995 US
$2,595 C
1,675€
Half
Anything, Easy to Difficult

Two riding days are “loops,” out and back to the same starting point.  They can easily be shortened or lengthened to suit your tastes, or even your mood on the morning of the ride.  The remainder are well-supported.  And you can make all of them long and / or hilly, if that is what you are looking for....
* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.  Click here for details.

Prices of Optional Extras (links lead to explanations)
Currency
$ prices include
the bike.
See here for information on bringing your own.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate.  The services listed are those currently offered on the departure in question.  Services which appear in bold already have at least 3 subscribers (so, one more would ensure their operation).
Daily
Half
$US
$340
$150
$299
$C
$430
$196
$395
€uros
310€
140€
280€
175€

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
Specific information on reaching your trip’s start in... Frynaudour
Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Pontorson (Mont-St.-Michel)