Cycle & Stay Holiday: Cycling from Paris to Mont Saint Michel
10 days / 9 nights
Discover the Veloscenic, the spectacular cycling route between Paris and Mont Saint Michel.
Day 1: Arrival in Paris
Once at your hotel situated in the city center, you can take some time to visit the riverbanks of the Seine, famous museums or a bistro in one of the scenic streets.
Day 2: Paris – Versailles (Cycling 36 km / 22 miles)
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.
Day 3: Versailles – Epernon (Cycling 70 km / 44 miles)
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.
Day 4: Epernon – Illiers Combray (Cycling 66 km / 41 miles)
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 is 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".
Day 5: Illiers Combray – Condeau (Cycling 61 km / 38 miles)
Characteristic of this stage through the Perche Nature Park are the many orchards that lie on the way to the abbey gardens of the Abbaye de Thiron-Gardais. The large Percheron horses, which were used for field work, are also typical of this region. Continue to Nogent-le-Rotrou with its medieval fortress.
Day 6: Condeau – Alençon (Cycling 60 km / 37 miles)
Past manor houses and mills, the route passes through the meadows and wildlife sanctuaries of Normandy. The route leads through a varied green landscape until you reach Alençon. Alençon is famous for its handmade lace goods, whose production methods are listed as intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
Day 7: Alençon – Bagnoles-de-l’Orne (Cycling 53 km / 43 miles)
Today is a little more challenging but the scenery 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 enjoying a relaxing swim or a massage in the thermal baths ?
Day 8: Bagnoles – St Hilaire du Harcouët (Cycling 61 km / 38 miles)
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.
Day 9: St Hilaire – Mont St Michel (Cycling 61 km / 38 miles)
However many images you've seen of the Mont St-Michel 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.
Day 10: Paris
After breakfast, transfer to the train station of Saint Malo.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.