Brittany Bike Tour

A Place Apart: Escape France and Welcome to Brittany

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $4,995Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Pont-Aven, the artist’s haven where Paul Gaugin’s Pont-Aven school of painting was born
  • Sip hard cider at a cider producer that’s been family-run for three generations
  • Ride your bike right to the Carnac stones, a collection of megaliths hewn by the pre-Celtic Bretons in the Neolithic Age
  • Get a fascinating, immersive lesson about salt at the Guérande salt marshes

Eat

Sweet and savory crêpes, salted caramel, Breton butter, outstanding oysters, and fresh seafood including langoustines, crabs, and clams

Drink

Local hard ciders, craft beers, whiskey, and chouchen (wild honey mead)

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Brittany

    Your guides will greet you at the Quimper train station and usher you to the French coastal capital of oyster farming at Chateau de Belon. We’ll visit the family-run farm where Belon oysters were first cultivated and taste some directly from the beds. Then, fueled by lunch and fitted to our bikes, we head to the charming old port town of Pont Aven, a haven that attracted and inspired artists like Paul Gaugin and Emile Bernard. Ride through villages of granite houses unchanged over a century and enjoy the wide-open roads. Once we reach our hotel, we’ll toast to the exciting week ahead and dine in the hotel’s traditional restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Quimper, Pont Aven, Port Manech, Kerascoet
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 335 meters
    Accommodations: Manoir Dalmore

  • Day 2

    The Rocky Coast of the Morbihan

    Begin the day with a quiet ride on tranquil country roads. We leave the Bigouden region and cycle down Morbihan’s charming southern coast, stopping for lunch at a former ferryman’s house on the banks of the Laita River. Once you’ve tasted your fill of rustic buckwheat pancakes and farmhouse cider, walk it off at the 12th-century Cistercian Abbey. This afternoon we’ll spin past rows of sandy dunes on our way to L’Armor Plage and stop at a sweets factory to taste the signature treats of Fort Bloqué. A short transfer delivers us to our home for the next two nights, Château Locguénolé. Tonight, we’re treated to dinner in Port Louis, a maritime commune home to an historic 16th-century citadelle.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Riec-sur-Belon, Moëlan-sur-Mer, Pont du Doëlan, L’Armor Plage
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 555 meters
    Longer Option: 36 miles / 59 km
    AccommodationsChâteau de Locguénolé

  • Day 3

    Off the Beaten Track of the Morbihan

    This morning we ride a scenic loop that follows a bike path along the Blavet River before leading us southwest in pursuit of the sea. Pedal peaceful roads and pass through a series of hamlets with names that begin with ‘Ker’—the Breton word for village. We settle at the mouth of the Etel River—another oyster hotbed—for a picnic lunch of fresh salads and Breton specialties. In the afternoon, continue our scenic ride all the way to the Atlantic. Here, we’re rewarded with white sandy beaches and well-deserved drink. After shuttling back to the hotel, prepare for a gastronomic dinner in Château de Locguénolé’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Hennebont, Languidic, Nostang, Sainte-Hélène, Port Louis
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km, elevation gain: 540 meters
    Longer Option: 44 miles / 71 km
    Accommodations: Château de Locguénolé

  • Day 4

    The Megalithic Road

    Our ride today brings us to the Île de Saint-Cado where we’ll stop to admire the 12th-century chapel. Savor a few more freshly shucked oysters before we hop on our bikes once more to cycle mellow hills and shady woods punctuated by stone churches. In Carnac, we marvel at megalithic stones and discuss their origin over an authentic Breton lunch. Afterwards, you may choose to continue cycling to the beautiful port town of Auray. This evening we transfer to La Baule, a chic seaside town frequented by Parisians where you are free to dine on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Balz, Saint-Cado, Carnac, Auray, La Baule
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 524 meters
    Longer Option: 30 miles / 48 km
    Accommodations: Castel Marie-Louise

  • Day 5

    The Salt Flats of Guérande

    Today we’ll ride among Guérande’s 5,000-acre salt flats and stop to enter a well-preserved WWII bunker. Lunch is served at a favorite restaurant of locals called La P’tite Casquette. Back in the flats, we’ll meet with a salt harvester who shares the fascinating process of salt formation. Our afternoon ride brings us to La Baule, where you can shop, relax on the beach, or enjoy a cocktail by the sea. We chase the sunset on a coastal ride, then return to the hotel to celebrate our last dinner together.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Guérande, La Baule
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 383 meters
    AccommodationsCastel Marie-Louise

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir

    After a final breakfast in Brittany, there’s time for one more ride through Le Croisic, or you can remain at Castel Marie-Louise for a dip in the pool. Our bike tour concludes at La Baule Train Station, and your guides will see you off safely.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Le Croisic, Nantes
    Accomplished: Optional 9 miles / 15 km

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris, France Pick-Up Location: Quimper train station or a downtown hotel Pick-Up Time: 12:45 pm
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris, France Drop-Off Location: La Baule Train Station Drop-Off Time: 11:45 am

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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