In the northwest of France lies one of the great undiscovered regions of the country;  dramatic coastline, lush forests and enchanting villages are the initial draw. Look deeper and see a rich land revealed – from the beaches of La Baule to medieval villages such as Guerande and Sarzeau to the pre-historic megaliths of Carnac. The Breton Coast is our newest discovery offering gentle cycling, gastronomy of sea-food and crepes and a proud people eager to welcome.

Location

La Baule

La Baule-Escoublac, France

Day 1+2

Billiers

Billiers, France

Day 3+4

Locmariaquer

Locmariaquer, France

Day 5

Hennebont

Hennebont, France

Day 6+7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

7 nights lodging
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and map
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019 & 2020
Start any date between May 1 and October 31. Cannot Start on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays.
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights, with 7 days cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

La Baule / Hennebont

ACTIVITY LEVEL

48 km (30 miles) daily average

TERRAIN

Moderate

COST

Classic Accommodation: US $2050
Single Supplement: US $590

Luxe Accommodation: US $3260
Single Supplement: US $810

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting There La Baule can be reached by train from Paris Montparnasse; the journey takes approx. 3 hours. Your trip finishes in Hennebont from where you can take a train back to Paris; the journey takes between 4 to 5 hours.

1

Day 1-2

La Baule

Your trip starts in La Baule, where white sand beaches are a short stroll from our hotel. If time allows, take a warm-up ride along the Côte Sauvage to the fishing village of Le Croisic, a good introduction to this coastal region. Next day, we’ll cycle to an area known as the Briere and Kerhinet, with its pedestrian streets and chaumières or thatched cottages. You’ll have the chance to explore the marshes by punt to see how peat was extracted before an easy cycle back to our hotel.
Ride Distance Day 1: 34 km, elevation gain 110 m.
Ride Distance Day 2: 36 km, elevation gain 220 m.*

2

Day 3-4

Billiers

Riding north from La Baule, you pass through the salt marshes to the fortified medieval village of Guérande and then through farmlands to Billiers. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to stop and see the harvesting of salt where locals use the same technique as their ancestors. Next day, your ride options will include La Roche Bernard, a 1000 year old town which claims to be the home of the inventor of the guillotine.
Ride Distance Day 3: 32 km, elevation gain 112 m.
Ride Distance Day 4: 59 km, elevation gain 171 m.*

3

Day 5

Locmariaque

Your ride begins with a glide past the Château de Suscinio- a medieval castle once home to the dukes of Brittany. You’ll also visit Sarzeau and Surzur and the route des Huitres- the most famous oyster-producing area in Brittany. In Port Novalo you’ll ferry across to fishing village of Locmariaquer where monuments and tombs from the megalithic civilization still stand.
Ride Distance : 67 km, elevation gain 167 m.*

4

Day 6-7

Hennebont

Next day our journey will continue towards Hennebont passing through the legendary village of Carnac, one of the most famous megalithic monuments and ancient ruins in France. We stay at Château Locguenole, a Relais & Châteaux property with a Michelin starred restaurant. Your last cycling day includes a loop to the sea-side village of Port Louis with its impressive 17th century citadel.
Ride Distance Day 6: 72 km, elevation gain 167 m.
Ride Distance Day 7: 52 km, elevation gain 120 m.*

5

Day 8

Depart at your leisure from Hennebont train station.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Classic

Hôtel Saint Christophe, La Baule

Ideally located in the center of La Baule, just 100 meters from the sea, this 19th century villa-style hotel has beautifully decorated rooms, each with antique furniture and family heirlooms. The restaurant has superb cuisine featuring fresh sea food and farm produce served in the unique dining room or on the terrace.


L’Auberge Bretonne, La Roche-Bernard

This 3-star hotel is a beautiful manor house situated in the Old Quarter. The restaurant has the reputation as the best in town!


Hôtel des Trois Fontaines, Locmariaquer

The hotel on the Morbihan Gulf is decorated “marine style”, in perfect harmony with its surroundings, and set in a beautiful garden. The comfortable, simply furnished rooms offer an ideal respite at the end of your day’s adventures. Alternate: Hotel Le Lodge Kerisper


Château de Locguenole, Hennebont

Relais & Châteaux member. This property is described as a graceful château, built of native granite with white shutters, set on a vast esate that slopes down to a bay on the Blavet River. It has been in the same family for 5 centuries and boasts a michelin starred restaurant.


Luxe

Castel Marie Louise, La Baule

This beautiful 5-star Relais & Chateau property radiates Old World charm with warm hospitality; set amidst a park, the setting is charming. Inside you’ll find tastefully decorated rooms featuring fine antique furniture and an excellent restaurant.


Le Domaine de Rochevilaine, Billiers

This 4-star Relais & Chateaux hotel boasts a collection of beautifully restored buildings, dramatically situated on a precipice of the coast. As Karen Brown advocates in her hotel guide, “its setting typifies the most spectacular quality of Brittany.” Hardwood floors are covered in oriental carpets; the gardens bloom with wild flowers. The service is impeccable.


Hôtel des Trois Fontaines, Locmariaquer

The hotel on the Morbihan Gulf is decorated “marine style”, in perfect harmony with its surroundings, and set in a beautiful garden. The comfortable, simply furnished rooms offer an ideal respite at the end of your day’s adventures.


Chateau Locguenole, Hennebont

This Relais & Chateau property features a beautiful 19th century castle and stunning location overlooking the Blavet River. The Sabliere family has owned the property since the 15th century and has filled the rooms with antiques and art acquired over the generations. The facilities include an outdoor pool, sauna, Turish baths and tennis courts. The Michelin starred restaurant here pays tribute to Breton produce and local seafood.


Trips starting at
US $2,050

Tour Reviews

April 4, 2019

“This was our third tour with you…by far the best yet. We also found Jerome and in particular his assistant, Cedric, to be very accommodating. They were by far the best area managers we have had in any of our trips with you. All of the hotels chosen were outstanding. We love everything in French countryside. Service by your office – excellent.”

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