Brittany Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Brittany
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Occasional
  • Price From: $4995
  • Single Supplement: $1100
Tour Dates

Jun 21 - Jun 26,  2015 $4995 Book Now
Jul 26 - Jul 31,  2015 $4995 Book Now

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Cycle along the craggy Atlantic coastline with the ocean breeze on your face during the Brittany Bike Tour. Explore the artist’s haven of Pont-Aven. Visits to local cider producers, oyster farmers, and salt harvesters make this cycling tour an opportunity to get to know the wonderful character of the Breton people. The freshest seafood in France awaits your palate, including delectable oysters, langoustines, crabs, and more. Treat yourself to the local confections, from buttery crepes to salted caramels, and relax in stately manors that were once the vacation homes of Parisian nobility.


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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Brittany
Your guides will greet you at the Quimper train station and shuttle you towards the coastline to the sleepy yet charming town of Pont Aven, a haven for artists that is known to have attracted and inspired artists such as Paul Gaugin and Emile Bernard. Celebrate our arrival with a toast of the region’s best cider while enjoying a light lunch to power up for the afternoon. After a quick bike fitting and safety review, we’ll ride off through old villages that don’t seem to have changed in over a century. Dinner tonight is in the region’s best Bistro in the town of Pont Aven.
 
Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Quimper, Pont Aven, Port Manech, Kerascoet
Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km
Accommodations: Manoir Dalmore
 
Day Two: The Rocky Coast of the Morbihan
Greet the day with a beautiful ride on perfectly quiet country roads as we leave the Bigouden region and cycle down the Morbihan’s charming southern coast. We will take a break to visit the Cistercian Abbeye de St Maurice on the Laïta River. Lunch is served with a local delicacy of savory crepes, and for dessert one of Bretagne’s finest dessert crepes with salted caramel. This afternoon we’ll spin past sleepy, ancient fishing ports on our way to L’Armor Plage and then on to our next hotel. After your ride we will have the chance to visit a local producer of Kouign-amann, a special cake founded in this region, and get to see how this specialty treat is created. Tonight you will enjoy a gastronomic dinner with Michelin-starred chef Olivier Beurné in the hotel’s own restaurant.
 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Riec sur Belon, Moelan sur Mer, Pont du Doelan, L’Armor Plage
Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km (option additional ride of 10 kms)
Accommodations: Château de Locguénolé
 
Day Three: Off the Beaten Track of the Morbihan
Today, our ride will take us on a scenic loop to the Isle de St Cado and over to Port St Louis. When stopping to admire the 12th century chapel in St Cado, you will hear about the legend that cures the deaf by listening to the lapping waves. Continue on to Gavres, the local sardine capital and enjoy the ocean breeze on this easy spinning route. You will have the chance to visit a local oyster farmer and taste the fruits of his harvest. We’ll lunch in Port St Louis before heading back to the hotel to relax. Tonight, we visit the town of Hennebont for a traditional Bretagne meal.
 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Kervignac, Belz, Isle St Cado, Gavres, Port Louis
Accomplished: 32 miles / 53 km (optional additional ride of 9.3 miles / 15 km)
Accommodations: Château de Locguénolé
 
Day Four: The Megalithic Road
Today’s ride is not to be forgotten. On our way back to the coast we’ll be cycling past megalithic sites like the Neolithic Carnac stones. The mix of bike paths and quiet roads allow you to take it all in with no distractions. Enjoy lunch in the town of Carnac with a platter of oysters and other fresh seafood harvested that day. Our afternoon ride will have us heading to the beautiful port town of Auray. A one hour transfer will bring us to La Baule where you are welcome to dine on your own in this chic Parisian getaway.
 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Plouhinec, Erdeven, Carnac, Auray, La Baule
Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km
Accommodations: Castel Marie Louise
 
Day Five: The Salt Flats of Guerande
Today we’ll ride among more than 2,000 hectares of salt flats in Guerande. For lunch, indulge in one of DuVine’s famous picnics prepared by your guides, who will introduce you to their favorite regional specialties. This afternoon, we’ll meet with a salt harvester to learn about the fascinating process of salt formation. Our afternoon ride will bring us to La Baule, where you can opt to go shopping, relax on the beach, or enjoy a drink by the sea. Cycling along the coast, we’ll return to the hotel to enjoy our last meal together in the hotel’s excellent restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Guerande, La Baule
Accomplished: 23 miles / 36 km
Accommodations: Castel Marie Louise
 
Day Six: Au Revoir
After one last breakfast in Brittany, choose to ride for a final loop ride through Le Croisic, or stay and enjoy the pool and nearby beaches. Your guides will then see you off at the Nantes Airport where our bike tour comes to an end.

Meals: Breakfast
Destinations: Le Croisic, Nantes
Accomplished: 9 miles / 14.5 km (Optional ride)
 

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