“We found the people we met made the trip so special. Several of us have already been talking about which trip to go on next year.”
– Kay & Jim D,
Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.
8 days/ 7 nights
48 km (30 miles daily average)
Land Cost (current year):
France's Côte Sauvage
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 Guérande 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.
Only Great Explorations:
- Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences
- A ride you will never forget: from Locmariaquer to Hennebont passing standing menhirs saluting you as you glide past
- Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
- Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
- We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.
Getting there :
La Baule: La Baule can be reached by train from Paris Montparnasse; the journey takes approx. 3 hours.
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.
Distance D1: 34 km, elevation gain 110 m.
Distance D2: 36 km, elevation gain 220 m.*
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.
Distance D3: 32 km, elevation gain 112 m.
Distance D4: 59 km, elevation gain 171 m.*
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.
Distance: 67 km, elevation gain 167 m.*
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.
Distance D6: 72 km, elevation gain 167 m.
Distance D7: 52 km, elevation gain 120 m.*
DAY 8: Depart at your leisure from Hennebont train station.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
Map of the Area
What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
7 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
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. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 604.730.1247