Guided trip offered on June 30th, 2019; it can be organized for private groups of 6 or more on any other dates.
6 nights/7 days
Daily mileage: from 31 km (21 miles) to 53 km (33 miles)
Trip links Paris and Mont-Saint-Michel through scenic northern France
Transfer from train station of L'Aigle to Mortagne on June 30th
Transfer from your hotel in Pontorson to the Pontorson train station on June 6th
From per person sharing a double room
Veloscenic Normandy: The best of the Veloscenie bikeway
|Day 1 (June 30th): Arrival in l'Aigle. Transfer to Mortagne-au-Perche
If you're flying into Paris, a 1,5 hour train ride will have you arriving in the town of l'Aigle, site of a spectacular meteor shower in 1803. From here, we'll transfer you to Mortagne-au-Perche, a charming town with beautifully-preserved historic buildings. And the feast is not limited to the eyes - Mortagne is the boudin noir (blood sausage) capital of France. You are at your leisure to wander, but don't tire yourself out too much, for tomorrow marks the beginning of your cycling trip along the Veloscenic!
|Day 2 (July 1st): Mortagne-au-Perche - Alençon (39 km / 24 miles, 245 m / 800 ft of climbing)
Pedaling out of lovely Mortagne, today's leisurely ride will take you out of the forests and farmland of La Perche Regional Park into the equally gorgeous countryside of Normandie-Maine Park. Where the two overlap, you can make a stop for lunch at Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe, a popular site for hiking and water sports. From here, it's an easy ride to Alençon along a traffic-free bikeway, with a few unpaved sections on hard packed gravel.
Once the seat of the Dukes of Normandy, Alençon has a proud lace tradition dating back to the 17th century. Take the rest of the afternoon to explore its fine art and lace museum (Museé des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle), the circular Market Hall (halle au blé), and the expansive Parc eds Promenades.
|Day 3 (July 2nd): Alençon - Bagnoles de l'Orne (53 km / 33 miles, 645 m / 2,115 ft of climbing)
The Veloscenic route borrows quiet secondary roads as you wind towards the Château de Carrouges and the halfway point of today's ride. Take in the views of the Écouves forest before taking on an uphill section to reach the castle - not for the weak leg! Catch your breath as you admire and explore the impressive castle, a stronghold during the Hundred Years' War.
A gently rolling landscape will take you down into Bagnoles de l'Orne, a picturesque spa town nestled between forest and lake. Explore the 'Belle Époque' neighbourhood and its opulent villas or unwind in the romantic jardin retiré (Remote Garden). If your legs are sore from the climb to Carrouges, a visit to the thermal baths is highly recommended - there's plenty more cycling to come.
|Day 4 (July 3rd): Bagnoles-de-l'Orne - Mortain (52 km / 33 miles, 575 m / 1,885 ft of climbing)
Linger a while longer in idyllic Bagnoles de l'Orne this morning before embarking on the next part of your adventure. Quiet roads through the forests and countryside of the Bocage Normand provide a peaceful start to the day's ride. Along the way is the medieval town of Domfront and its castle ruins (20 km / 12.5 miles). Situated on a bluff overlooking the Varenne river, Domfront offers incredible views, but beware of the steep climb up and ride down.
The rest of the way is more leisurely, as you pedal onto the greenway upon leaving Domfront. This section of the Veloscenic offers gorgeous views of the Normandy countryside, especially as you cycle along the Sélune river. If you're making good time, stop in Barenton for a tour and tasting at the Musée du poiré, a museum dedicated to the rich Perry-making tradition of the region. After that, it's an uphill until your destination for the night - Mortain.
|Day 5 (July 4th): Mortain - Ducey (34 km / 19 miles, 215 m / 665 ft of climbing)
If you're not quite ready to leave Mortain behind, a quick loop from your hotel will bring you to two waterfalls just outside of town, in a lush wooded area where fairies and elves would not seem out of place! Today's ride is mostly downhill, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to admire the views while you cycle to Ducey. Along the way, stop for lunch in Sainte-Hilaire du Harcouët, where the medieval church tower and the former monastery of la Verrière are well worth a visit.
Arriving in Ducey, park your bikes and explore the Château des Montgommery and its monumental staircase on foot. Or, if you feel like riding more, follow the cycle path just south out of town into the bois d'Ardennes - a natural wooded area popular with locals and tourists alike.
|Day 6 (July 5th): Ducey - Mont-Saint-Michel - Pontorson (Ducey to Mont-Saint-Michel: 31 km / 19 miles, 202 m / 700 ft of climbing; Mont-Saint-Michel to Pontorson: 10 km / 6.5 miles, 60 m / 200 ft of climbing)
Take some time to enjoy your morning coffee in the hotel garden, overlooking the Sélune river. You won't want to linger too long though, for today you cyclo to the Mont-Saint-Michel. The route will lead you along traffic-free bikeways, followed by quiet roads, as you cycle towards France's nortern coast.
One of France's most recognizable landmarks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mont-Saint-Michel has been a site of pilgrimage and war alike since ancient times. Let the famous spire of its abbey guide you as you pedal and try not to let your jaw drop too much! Spending a few hours here to explore is a must, as is a taste of local specialty, agneau de pré-salé (salt meadow lamb).
From the Mont-Saint-Michel, your pedaling will take you past the Moulin de Moidrey, a restored and working windmill from the 19th century (it's open to visitors). Then it's a short cycle on to Pontorson, where you'll spend the final night of the tour, perhaps reflecting over a bowl of mussels à la Normande and a glass of cider.
|Day 7 (July 6th): Departure |
After breakfast, you are free to depart at your leisure. Extra nights can be arranged upon request.
|Booking & Pricing|
|From 1,120 euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 260 euros.
This tour can be organized for private groups of 6 or more on any other dates.
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