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Brittany With a Taste of TDF Bike Tour

Quintessentially French: Steeped in Culture and Cycling Lore

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price from: $5,395Collection: Classic, Specialty

Tour Highlights

  • Watch the TDF live as the pros pass at stage 5
  • 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 Château de Bélon. We’ll visit the family-run farm where Bélon 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 Émile 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, Kerascoët
    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 Larmor-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, Larmor-Plage
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 555 meters
    Longer Option: 36 miles / 59 km
    AccommodationsChâteau de Locguénolé

  • Day 3

    TDF Stage 5

    Today the pros gather in Lorient for a 203-kilometer segment along the coast. We’ll watch them warm up and cheer them on as they tackle short, steep climbs all the way to Quimper. Once the stage has passed, set out for a scenic loop that follows a bike path along the Blavet River. This afternoon, head southwest and off the beaten track, pedaling peaceful roads and passing through hamlets whose names begin with ‘Ker’—the Breton word for “village.” Tonight, we’re treated to a gastronomic dinner at Château de Locguénolé’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Hennebont, Languidic, Nostang
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 440 meters
    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, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris, France
Pick-Up Location: 12:45pm at the Quimper Train Station or a Quimper city center hotel

Depart

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

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement: $950

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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 wines with every meal

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

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

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