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 als St. Malo and Dinan
- See the magnificent fortress in Fougères and the castle in Combourg
- Total distance: 257 km, 160 mi.
The indicated routes on Google Maps are approximate.
Day 1 Arrival in Fougères
Prestigious medieval city overlooked by its imposing fortress.
Day 2 Cycling trip: Fougères - Pontorson
Distance: 48 km, 30 mi. From Fougères following the Couesnon Valley to Pontorson, a peaceful village on the way to “Mont Saint Michel”.
Day 3 Cycling trip: Pontorson - Le Vivier sur Mer
Distance: 45 km, 28 mi. A bike tour devoted to the discovery of the wonder of “Mont Saint Michel”, followed by a ride through the countryside and along the sea side with oyster parks.
Day 4 Cycling trip: Le Vivier sur Mer - St. Malo
Distance: 42 km, 26 mi. Strolling along sandy beaches or granite coast through the picturesque fishing harbour of Cancale and to Saint Malo the "City of the Sea".
Day 5 Cycling trip: St. Malo - Dinan
Distance: 36 km, 22 mi. After the visit of the old town, surrounded by walls from centuries, your cycle tour will let you discover the River Rance Valley and the Medieval City of Dinan.
Day 6 Cycling trip: Dinan - Combourg
Distance: 31 km, 19 mi; option for extra 10 km, 6 mi. After crossing the bocage you will discover Combourg with its impressive feudal castle situated near by a wide pound.
Day 7 Cycling trip: Combourg - Fougères
Distance: 55 km, 34 mi. A bike tour in the heart of the centre of Brittany with numerous vestiges of the mysterious local civilization who former celebrate 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 $Cdn 171.-
- Single supplement
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.