Paris – Mont Saint Michel
Season: April 02- October 22.
Discover the Veloscenie, the spectacular cycling route between Paris and Mont Saint Michel. This itinerary is well balance with a mix of flat green ways, hilly countryside on secondary roads.
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Cycling Style Holiday TypeOn Road, Touring
Activity Level Moderate
Self-guided Cycling Tour
Departure days: Sundays
Duration: 10 days – 9 nights
3* hotels or guest houses
- 9 night in 3* hotels or guest houses
- Daily breakfast
- 4 courses diners (in option)
- Luggage transfer
- Detailed roadbook and maps
- Brochures and detailed information about visits and must see along the Veloscenic Tour
- Personal welcome in Paris
- Transfer to the train station of Saint Malo
- 24 h Service Hotline
- Bike rental (optional)
Arrival in Paris
Paris – Versailles 36 km
This first day start with a lovely ride in the Paris, you will see the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, the Eiffel Tower and other must see of the city before heading to Versailles riding along a lovely green ways. Quiet roads in the valley of La Bièvre take you to the royal city of Versailles.
Versailles – Epernon 65 km
You leave Versailles and enter the picturesque Vallée de la Chevreuse. Castles, museums, wash-houses, small lovely villages. You will have the possibility to stop by a farm or small producers of beer, cheese and sirop in the Regional Natural Park…You will then enter the Domaine de Rambouillet and its castle, former residency of the kings of France. You will cycle in the green lands of the castle and arrive in Epernon.
Epernon – Illiers Combray 71 km
The bike ride stats on charming secondary roads through small villages. Before the great city of Chartres, you will have the possibility to visit the magnificent castle of Madame de Maintenon, last wife of Sun King Louis XIV. The renovated garden ”à la française” of the castle are a must see. The second highlight of the day is the city of Chartres and its sublime cathedral , UNESCO site and masterpiece of gothic art, the cathedral boasts 9 sculpted gates and 2,600 m² of stained glass windows dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. You ride then to Illiers-Combray on a romantic countryside that inspired Marcel Proust for his novel ”A la recherche du temps perdu”.
Illiers Combray – Rémalard 61 km
The itinerary enter the Natural park of Perche, authentic green landscapes. The region is well known for the Percheron horse, you will get the possibility to visit a Percheron Horse breeding or do an excursion in a carriage. fruit and apple cider producers will also be happy to welcome you along the green way.
Rémalard – Alençon 60 km
Gentle ride on the natural Park of Normandie Maine. Part of the day is along the green way, you will enjoy a varied landscape all day until the charming town of Alençon. Alençon is famous for its unique production of handmade needle registered at the UNESCO.
Alençon - Bagnoles Del'Orne 54 Km
Today is a little more challenging but the scenerie is breath taking and you will enjoy wonderful view point all along the cycling day. Along the route, you can visit the impressive small château de Carrouges. The gardens of the castle could be a good option for a picnic. Your day ends in Bagnoles de l’Ornes. This city is full of charms, especially its Belle Epoque neighbourhood. The city is also well know for its baths so why not enjoing a relaxing swim or a massage in the baths ?
Bagnoles – St Hilaire du Harcouët 68 km
Today you ride through charming landscapes and forests to Domfront and its historical town center. Most of the way will be on green way . this lovely day will end in Saint Hilaire, a small but very lively town.
St Hilaire – Mont St Michel 59 km
However many images you’ve seen of the Mont StMichel rising majestically from its massive bay, coming in person is a moving experience. Magical Mont-St-Michel. The sight is stunning, the island topped by its Gothic masterpiece of an abbey. The bay is subject to some of the biggest tidal variations in Europe, so the views change hourly. At high tide, the island is surrounded by water, but as the waters recede, a vast network of channels is revealed. These great shifts add to the magic.
After breakfast, transfer to the train station of Saint Malo.
ARRIVAL IN PARIS
By plane :
Airports : PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE / PARIS ORLY / PARIS BEAUVAIS Shuttle and bus available to reach the center of Paris.
Cycling Holidays offers private transport from those airports : price on demand.
By train :
Main train stations in the center of Paris : PARIS Gare du Nord / PARIS Gare d’Austerlitz /PARIS Gare Montparnasse / Paris Gare de Lyon / PARIS Gare de l’Est / PARIS Gare Saint Lazare / PARIS Bercy
By car : We will sent maps and GPS information to reach the first hotel
Parking : Parking in the private garage of the hotel : approx. 15,00 € per day.