- Exploring the walled town of St. Malo with its beautiful Emerald coastline
- The striking 8th century abbey of Mont St. Michel
- Cycling through the medieval city of Combourg and seeing its stunning “fairytale” castle
- Discovering Dinan – Brittany’s best-preserved medieval town
- Eating some of the freshest and finest seafood in the world
- Following the coast between Cancale and St Malo
After making your way to your first night’s hotel, you will be provided with your bikes (should you be renting) as well as your route notes and maps for the trip. You will be welcomed to Brittany by a local representative who will brief you on the week to come, and go through your route notes. This gives you the opportunity to ask any last minute questions you might have.
Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore this historic town. Considered one of France’s most beautiful channel ports, St Malo is famed for its old walled city, filled with beautiful old buildings in a network of narrow streets, museums, restaurants and cafés.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you will cycle inland through the valley of the River Rance, along forest roads and over to the steep hill that leads you to Dinan, one of Brittany’s most attractive and best-preserved, medieval towns. Here you will have plenty of time to explore its streets, alleys and ramparts, and discover the town’s art galleries and craft shops.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you will discover the Breton countryside, its quiet villages and its ancient monolithic structures which are known as “Dolmen”. Your final destination for today is the medieval city of Combourg with its stunning castle. The castle grounds are open every day and the Lac Tranquille, at the entrance to the city, is an ideal place for an evening stroll.
- Meals: Breakfast
Sens de Bretagne, Rimou and other villages typical of the region are on today’s route. After cycling through the valley of the River Couesnon and the village of Tremblay, you will pass through tranquil forests and see some castles on the way to Fougères. There you will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful city and visit its impressive castle.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you will cycle through the Breton countryside, passing lovely small farmhouses and flower-filled villages. You can stop in the village of St Brice-en-Coglès and then continue along the small country roads through the banks of the River Couesnon to reach Pontorson (in Normandy).
- Meals: Breakfast
From Moidrey, great views of one of the main highlights of the whole trip begins to appear. Whether it’s your first or fifth visit, whether it’s sunny or misty, Mont St Michel is truly an amazing sight to behold. Get there as early as you can to enjoy the ancient ramparts, the Abbey, and views of the bay before it gets too crowded.
After this, you’ll wind your way across reclaimed land, glancing back occasionally to the magnificent Mont and to Le Vivier-sur-Mer on the edge of the bay. You’ll then arrive in Cancale, a picturesque fishing harbour whose port area is lined with restaurants offering oysters brought from beds just a few hundred metres away.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today’s cycling is alongside sandy beaches and granite coasts with great seascapes on offer at Pointe de Grouin. You will also find a lovely beach and a fortress island at the Anse du Guesclin. The afternoon will see you making your way to St Malo, once again giving you the opportunity to explore this beautiful walled town.
You’ll be riding predominantly along quiet, sealed roads (around 75% shared with vehicle traffic, and 25% on mixed-use cycle paths (cyclists and pedestrians)). The route is predominantly flat, but you will find some undulating sections, with the hilliest parts found between Combourg, Fougères and Pontorson. There is a short section after Dinan, of around 6 or 7 kms / 3 or 4 miles which is unpaved, and some short sections that see you riding on hard packed gravel and hard packed dirt / farm tracks. We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour. (Using a road bike is possible, but certain sections may need to be walked.)
Leisure Cycling Grade
Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 trips
Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes
Some modest climbs
Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Trips that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 rides. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.
Dates & Prices
2021 Departures available between (and inclusive of) 19 Mar and 31 Oct.
Season 1 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 19 Mar and 30 Jun or the 01 Sep and 31 Oct:
$1345 per person (Fri, Sat & Sun Departures)
$1390 per person (Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs Departures).
Season 2 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 01 Jul and 31 Aug:
$1415 per person (Fri, Sat & Sun Departures)
$1455 per person (Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs Departures).
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in small 3* hotels and chambres d‘hôtes
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
What's not Included
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike
C) Travel to first hotel on arrival day
D) Travel from final hotel on departure day
E) Single room (available if required)
F) Travel insurance
G) Meals not stated in the itinerary
H) Personal clothing and equipment
I) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
J) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
K) City tax (payable locally) – between €0.80 and €1.50 per adult per day (where applicable)
9 things about cycling in France...
Not only is it home to world-class cuisine and some of the most beautiful landscapes, it’s also the spiritual home of cycling...
Celine, British Columbia, CanadaLoved the variety!
All the accommodations were great and people extremely friendly. Hard to choose a favourite place – we enjoyed every destination. Perhaps Dinan and St Malo stand out and of course our visit to Mont St Michelle.
Overall we found the routes varied, challenging in some places but just what we expected. Very enjoyable! The team from Saddle Skedaddle were awesome. We dealt with several people over the time we were organising our trip and each person we dealt with was amazing. So helpful and replied immediately to all our queries.
Catriona, AustraliaJust excellent!!
Excellent – Good facilities, lovely large rooms and bathrooms, fantastic locations and some excellent restaurants. All hotels were very well located for wandering around the towns after a good days cycling.
The cycling included beautiful scenery with many pretty small towns so had a good combination of rural and town sights.
Astrid, DenmarkWe would recommend this trip to everybody...
Very Good – All in all we had a great trip. Really nice hotels, good bikes, amazing routes. A really, really nice experience!
Everything worked perfectly with luggage transfer and bike hire.
Donald, Hampshire, UKHard to beat!
Had a fabulous time on our trip round Brittany. Great cycling through beautiful countryside, interesting towns & villages and amazing weather.
Excellent communication before we departed for our trip- even down to call the day before we left to make sure everything was in order. Felt like a valued customer. Hotels were excellent and in superb locations. Right in the middle of the towns/villages and all of a really good standard. Erwan , our rep in France, could not have been more helpful or friendly and put us completely at ease. Excellent service.
Sheila, ClevelandThe holiday was everything I'd hoped for - and more!
Had expected accommodation to be ‘adequate‘, but I was wrong! Hotels varied but all great, with some positively beautiful – eg 16th century hotel in Pontorson, Brittany, with en suite down spiral staircase within our room.
Couldn’t ask for more helpful staff, especially with last minute requests! Thank you very much indeed. This holiday was a birthday present for my husband’s 60th birthday, and he just loved it. Roll on his 70th. (I think we’ll be Skedaddling again before then though.)Would love to go on another Saddle Skedaddle holiday now!
Russell, Northamptonshire, UKOverall excellent and very enjoyable...
Booking was easy and the staff extremely helpful and attentive. We all enjoyed our holiday very much. We found the long days harder than anticipated, particularly the cumulative effect of saddle sore but we are proud of our joint achievement, it is a great holiday for family bonding!