Brittany Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Brittany
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: One
  • Price From: $4995
  • Single Supplement: $750
Tour Dates
Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2017 $4995 Call to book
Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2017 $4995 Call to book
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2017 $5195 Call to book
May 27 - Jun 1, 2018 $4995 Call to book
Jun 17 - Jun 22, 2018 $4995 Call to book

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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 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: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Quimper, Pont Aven, Port Manech, Kerascoet
Accomplished: 20 miles / 32.6 km, elevation gain: 335 meters
Accommodations: Manoir Dalmore

Day Two: 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, Chateau Locguenole. 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, Moelan sur Mer, Pont du Doelan, L’Armor Plage
Accomplished: 31.8 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 555 meters (Longer option: 36 miles / 59 km)
Accommodations: Château de Locguénolé

Day Three: 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 with Michelin-starred chef Olivier Beurné in the Château de Locguénolé’s restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Hennebont, Languidic, Nostang, Ste Hélène, Port Louis
Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km, elevation gain: 540 meters (Longer option: 44.3 miles / 71 km)
Accommodations: Château de Locguénolé

Day Four: 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: 29.9 miles / 18.6 km)
Accommodations: Castel Marie Louise

Day Five: The Salt Flats of Guerande
Today we’ll ride among Guerande’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: Guerande, La Baule
Accomplished: 28.3 miles / 45.7 km, elevation gain: 383 meters
Accommodations: Castel Marie Louise

Day Six: 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 / 14.5 km

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