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Cycling the Emerald Coast of Brittany
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Cycling the Emerald Coast of Brittany
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An abundance of History, Tradition & Seafood


Bike Tour: Cycling the Emerald Coast of Brittany - 8 days

Through the Breton country of dark granite and emerald- green sea. To Le-Mont-Saint-Michel on quiet tracks with sea view. Along the Ranche to picturesque Dinan and nest of pirates Saint Malo. By boat to the English flower island of Jersey. And for gourmands/ seafood lovers:  fresh fish, mussels and salty oysters.

Check out our video to discover Mont-Saint-Michel:

FRSB310 - Cycling the Emerald Coast of Brittany
Day 1: Arrival in Mont-Dol
Day 2: Cycling roundtrip via Mont-Saint-Michel
Day 3: Mont-Dol - Saint-Malo
Day 4: Cycling roundtrip on Jersey Island or around Saint-Malo
Day 5: Saint-Malo - Dinan
Day 6: Cycling round trip via Canal d'Ille et Rance
Day 7: Dinan - Mont-Dol
Day 8: Departure from Mont-Dol

Day 1:    Arrival in Mont-Dol

Arrival in Mont-Dol, a flowery village, stuck to a granite rise in the otherwise flat country on the Breton coast. You can take nice walks to the top of the Mont-Dol, from where, in clear weather, you have a wonderful view of the polders and the hilly inland.


Day 2:    Cycling roundtrip via Mont-Saint-Michel
69 km

By way of a beautiful route through the undulating hinterland you reach via Dol-de-Bretagne the small town of Pontorson. Via a clear track cycling to Le Mont-Saint-Michel is very relaxing. The age-old pilgrimage site with an impressive abbey on a rock protruding into the sea. The ‘Mont’ is very touristic but certainly worth a visit. Then via the Digue de la Duchesse Anne through a flat polder landscape to the bay near Chapelle St. Anne. Finally, the route takes you via the inland back to the starting point.

Challenge: 69km, 129m ascent, 133m descent


Day 3:    Mont-Dol - Saint-Malo
44 km

A wonderful trip along the bay of Saint-Michel with on the way quite often beautiful grand sea views. You pass the lively fishing village of Cancale, known for its oysters. The oyster banks can be visited when the tide is out. At eateries and restaurants, you can feast on seafood. The Breton coast isn’t suitable for a stay on the beach. However, on the other side of the peninsula, after a stiff climb, you will find a wonderful golden beach. Along the coast on a quiet path you cycle to the lively port of Saint-Malo.

Challenge: 44km, 149m ascent, 152m descent


Day 4:    Cycling roundtrip on Jersey Island or around Saint-Malo
32 km

Today you can spend your time in the historic town of Saint-Malo or cycling around. The walled imposing fortress, the ports, the pleasant shopping streets and the beaches make sure you don’t have a dull moment at all. You have also got the chance, early in the morning, to take the ferry boat to the British island of Jersey (about 1.15 h) On the island of Jersey you can make a wonderful tour on the extensive track system, with sometimes a stiff climb. At the end of the afternoon or the beginning of the evening you return to Saint-Malo again. If you can’t make up your mind, we suggest you to book an extra night in Saint-Malo.

Challenge: 32km


Day 5:    Saint-Malo - Dinan
27 km

A small ferry boat takes you from Saint-Malo to fashionable Dinard. From here you go straight south on a clear track, straight as an arrow. You follow a former railway taking you alternately through villages in the country and quiet scenery. After this ‘Voie Verte’ quiet paths take you through green flowering hills of the Breton inland to Taden castle. A track along the Rance takes you to the picturesque Port of Dinan, the town is situated somewhat higher and has a wonderful historic centre. Not in the mood for a biking trip? In season, a boat daily goes from Dinard to Port Dinan, you can take your bikes with you.

Challenge: 27km, 121m ascent, 116m descent


Day 6:    Cycling round trip via Canal d'Ille et Rance
49 km

The town of Dinan offers a lot of opportunities to spend a day there. There are many galleries, shops, restaurants and terraces. In addition to this you can also go for a ride through the green Breton hills, south of Dinan. On the way, you sometimes imagine yourself to be in South English Cornwall. Striking are the massive, black grey granite farmhouses, in summer usually surrounded by splendidly blue hydrangeas. A great part of the route you follow the tow path along the Canal d’Ille and Rance, a lovely and quiet track with on the way some locks and villages. It’s rather simple to shorten the route.

Challenge: 49km, 203m ascent, 217m descent


Day 7:    Dinan - Mont-Dol
44 km

You start in a relaxed way on the track along the Rance. At a dam, where the enormous contrast between tides is remarkable, you have to step on it to get out of the valley. Through undulating farmland, you go on to the old, once prosperous (cathedral) city Dol-de-Bretagne. Here you can admire the impressive Menhir du Champ-Dolent. Also visit the beautiful St. Samson Cathedral, dedicated to one of the seven Breton saints and walk the Grand Rue des Stuarts along magnificent old houses from the 12th and 13th cent. From here it’s not far anymore to Mont-Dol where your trip ends.

Challenge: 44km, 204m ascent, 215m descent


Day 8:    Departure from Mont-Dol

After breakfast end of the trip.



All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 3* hotels and charming B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.


B&B Château Mont-Dol
Hôtel France et Chateaubriand*** (Saint-Malo)
Hôtel De La Porte Saint-Malo*** (Dinan)
Bike rental

The bike rental includes the drop-off fee for the bike’s return

SCOTT Sub Cross Men/Lady Alloy Frame, 24 Speed 

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock



The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

Our rental bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

Practical info

7 Nights included

3* hotels and charming B&B

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional on request

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next accommodations. Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum)

For time tables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

We strongly advise you to download the sncf mobile app prior to departure.

If you want to travel on a train with your bike, you can find more information via this link.

Parking possibilities at the first accommodation in Mont-Dol

GPS tracks are available on request

Arrival info

The closest airports to Saint-Malo are Dinard (DNR) and Rennes (RNS).

You can get to Rennes by the TGV (high speed train) from Paris gare Montparnasse (approx. 1h30) and take a regional train (TER) to Dol-de-Bretagne (approx. 40 min). On the end of your trip you can take a train from Dol-de-Bretagne. 

For timetables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

From Paris to Mont-Dol (approx. 4h - 380 km/236 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.



It's hard to say which parts were the best we had 7 days of great adventures, if you’re looking for a great cycling holiday you can't go wrong. Pros, great routes quiet lanes and cycle tracks transport of baggage worked well, we had a lazy day in St malo due to age cycling every day was almost too much, already planing our next adventure.

The first and third hotels were amazing, quiet, friendly and spotlessly clean. The other hotel was very good great location but not as friendly, I didn't expect to pay to have our tandem locked up in the garage.


Me and my partner had a fantastic trip organised by this company. Great hotels along our route and no stress regarding the luggage. It was great to be able to relax and enjoy the scenery around us. Thank you for a great break away! Connor Johnson


It was so nice to get away and have everything arranged for us, fantastic communication with the organisers too. The entire trip was stress free and the hotels were just amazing. We had the pleasure of riding through some of the most scenic areas of France. From start to finish it was simply beautiful! Georgia Furniss

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