Cycling Brittany from Fougères - France
Short walks of generally 3-4 hours plus optional day excursions; level or slightly hilly terrain using well kept paths.
2. Average/ Moderate
Easy day walks with more strenuous excursions. 4-5 hours per day in hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths.
Strenuous day walks or trekking in mountainous areas. 5-7 hours per day, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for one night; altitude differences between 1,500-3,000 ft. (500-1,000 m.) per day.
Serious excursions in high mountains, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for several nights. 6-8 hours per day; altitude differences up to 3,600 ft. (1,200 m.) per day. Only for those with an excellent condition and without fear of heights.
Easy cycling in nearly flat areas; Little or no experience needed. Approx. 20-50 km daily. Bicycles with up to 3 gears will do.
2. Average / Moderate
Nearly flat to hilly areas with the occasional short climb. Approx. 30-65 km daily. Bicycles with minimum 7 gears will do.
Strenuous cycling with some steeper climbs. Some experience needed. Approx. 30-75 km daily. Bicycles with up to 21 gears needed.
Serious and strenuous in mountainous areas. Slopes are longer and/or steeper. Good physical condition needed. Experience and a mountain bike needed. Approx. 30-80 km daily.
You can choose from 4 different levels of comfort, although most of our trips are rated 2 or 3 (or a combination of the two) on our accommodation scale. We try to provide en-suite rooms where possible but on occasions this may not be possible on some tours.
We are constantly looking for hotels, B&B’s, guesthouses and mountain huts that offer a special location, ambience or atmosphere that fits the trip. Accessibility to the route and personal hospitality of the owners are part of our choice of accommodations.
A hotel, a pension or a mountain hut with all the basic facilities. Most rooms have a shared bathroom.
Fine hotels or B&B’s with basic to moderate facilities. Almost all rooms have a private bathroom.
A 3-star hotel, B&B or guesthouse. Comfortable rooms with private en-suite bathroom and often air conditioning. Some accommodations might have a swimming pool.
A 4-star chateau hotel or guesthouse. The rooms are relatively large with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A warm welcome and a high quality are guaranteed. Some hotels have a swimming pool or sauna.
A magnificent tour allowing you to discover in the heart of Brittany, a land of numerous sights where villages and castles, shores and bocages are in total harmony with the land and the sea. Passing through the world wonder of the nature 'Mont Saint Michel' to the 'pirates town' of Saint-Malo along the marvellous Emerald coast.
Departure from Fougères: Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
- Visit the wonder of Mont Saint Michel
- Discover old cities as St. Malo and Dinan
- See the magnificent fortress in Fougères and the castle in Combourg
- Total distance: 253 km, 157 mi.
The indicated routes on Google Maps are approximate.
Day 1 Arrival in Fougères
Discover the city, its architectural and religious heritage, its forests and gardens. Prestigious medieval city overlooked by its imposing fortress.
Day 2 Cycling trip: Fougères - Pontorson
Distance: 48 km, 30 mi. A stage on the former railway path converted in cycling path. You will cross typical small villages. Then follow theCouesnon Valley until Pontorson, a peaceful village on the way to “Mont Saint Michel”.
Day 3 Cycling trip: Pontorson - Le Vivier sur Mer
Distance: 40 km, 25 mi. Day devoted to the discovery of the wonder of “Mont Saint Michel”. This rocky islet rise in the bay for more thanthousand years and has kept its tradition of welcoming visitors. Enjoy a walk through the authentic medieval streetsalong timber framed houses. Continue with a visit of the abbey and loose your mind in the labyrinth of thenumerous surrounded walls of the city. After this long moment walking, ride on a cycling path via countryside andfields towards the sea side and Vivier sur mer famous for oyster parks.
Day 4 Cycling trip: Le Vivier sur Mer - St. Malo
Distance: 42 km, 26 mi. A day ride starting in the inner lands through typical small villages and countryside before arriving in Cancale apicturesque fishing harbour along the granite coast. Enjoy the beautiful view from this bay and taste the freshseafood arriving every morning by the local fishermen. Then, continue longing the coast via ‘Pointe du Grouin’ a wonderful point of view facing the sea, you can admire the bay on a large view. This place is also a bird protection park where you can observe them. Then continue your ride until Saint Malo, the 'City of the Sea'.
Day 5 Cycling trip: St. Malo - Dinan
Distance: 37 km, 23 mi. After the visit of the old town where testimonies of pirates are at every corner of the medieval city, surrounded bywalls from centuries, reach the Rance valley. Through countryside landscapes on the first part of the day, you will cross numerous villages with typical houses of this area and other prehistorical testimonies. Continue your ride along the river Rance on a peaceful cycling path until reaching the Medieval City of Dinan surrounded by walls. Enjoy a walk through the numerous pedestrian streets to discover the timbered framed houses and paved routes.
Day 6 Cycling trip: Dinan - Combourg
Distance: 31 km, 19 mi; option for extra 10 km, 6 mi. A day ride on a very pleasant and peaceful cycling path at the rhythm of the Rance canal, locks and house boatcruises. At every village, leave the cycling path and discover the heart of the inner lands villages of Brittany. Then cross the bocage before arriving to Combourg with its impressive feudal castle situated near by a wide pound.
Day 7 Cycling trip: Combourg - Fougères
Distance: 55 km, 34 mi. Stage in the heart of the centre of Brittany with numerous vestiges of the mysterious local civilization who formercelebrate the worship of stone. A kingdom of legends, beliefs and traditions.
Day 8 Fougères
Departure after breakfast.
- 7 nights in comfortable hotel rooms with bathroom (for an image selection, please see Flickr)
- 4 dinners
- Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
- Maps, itineraries and tourist information in English
- Telephone assistance
- 3 dinners, drinks, lunches and personal expenses
- Bike rental
- Flight and public transportation
- Travel insurance
- Any items not mentioned in the program
Optional services (to be booked in advance):
- Additional night(s) at any of the accommodations
- Starting in St. Malo possible with extra charge
- Airport or station arrival and/or departure transfers
- 21 speed men’s and ladies' bike, equipped with two saddlebags, a high visibility jacket, an anti-theft device, a map holder, a helmet and a repair kit. Adjustment by a cycling specialist. Price rental bike $Cad 181.-
- Single supplement price $Cad 315.- (in case of a single person booking $Cad 361.-)
Trip is easy to moderate.
How to get there:
Best arrival and departure airport is Paris International Airport.
Take the TGV-train to Rennes station (about 3 hrs) from where you can hop on the bus to Fougères.
Tip: For online rail connections and reservations visit Rail Europe.