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Your Cycling Holidays in Mayenne

Classic | Meandering Through Mayenne | Self Guided

A perfect introduction to a wonderful region of rural France.

One of the country’s hidden gems, Mayenne is a wonderfully understated region full of old-world charm.

With riverside towpaths galore, Mayenne is perfect territory for people looking for sublimely easy traffic free cycling with a view.

In addition to the locks, mills and fords of the river itself, the towpath runs through pretty towns decked in flowers and bursting with heritage: Mayenne, Laval and Château-Gontier. Lots of blissful countryside in between makes for a delightful trip through the region - with plenty of lovely spots to stop for lunch, a cold beer or a picnic to remember.

We love

The delicious pure white local goats cheese and tasty rillette paté, jousting at Château Ste Suzanne, cycling for hours without seeing a car, the sense of being in ‘real’ France.

What's included

• Delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels
• Delicious restaurant meals each night
• Fully serviced touring bikes with panniers
• Daily route maps and cycling instructions
• Expert on the spot support
• Luggage transferred between your hotels
• E-bikes available upon request
• 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL

Your Cycling Holidays in Mayenne

Classic | Meandering Through Mayenne | Self Guided

Day 1 | Arrive at Chateau Gontier
Check into your first hotel which features a heated pool and spa, the perfect way to settle into your holiday before your first delicious dinner in France.

Day 2 | Chateau-Gontier to Laval | Distance 24 miles (38km)
Today’s meandering river route takes you through country estates and horse paddocks with birdsong all around. Arriving in Laval, a town of history and art, enjoy dinner at your next stop-off, a charming guesthouse with enormous mature gardens to explore.

Day 3 | Laval to Moulay | Distance 21 miles (33km)
Today’s route follows the towpath of the Mayenne, punctuated with locks. We suggest stopping off at the rather wonderful Auberge du Pont de Montgiroux for lunch or La Guinguette (formerly a lock house) is another great option for al fresco lunch right on the river. After your ride, a dip in the beautiful pool will feel wonderful before a fabulous evening meal.

Day 4 
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast in Moulay before we say 'Au Revoir'.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

*Please note that there is no welcome meeting for this tour but your bikes will be ready for you at your first hotel.

Your Cycling Holidays in Mayenne

Classic | Meandering Through Mayenne | Self Guided

Day 1 | Arrive at Château-Gontier 
Check in to your hotel in Château-Gontier. The hotel has a heated swimming pool and spa, so you can relax after your journey before dinner.

Day 2 | Château-Gontier | Distance 18 miles (28km) 
Enjoy pleasant terrain today as your first ride of your stay follows the tranquil waters of the Mayenne river towards Daon. The village of Menil is a nice place to stop and eat lunch or there are restaurants in the lovely village of Daon before cycling back through the picturesque landscape to Château-Gontier.

Day 3 | Château-Gontier to Laval | Distance 24 miles (38km) 
Cycle along the meandering river through country estates and paddocks, listening to birdsong. Arriving in Laval, a town of history and art, enjoy dinner at your next stop-off, a charming guesthouse with enormous gardens to explore.

Day 4 | Laval | Distance 16 miles (25km) 
Today we suggest a round trip that showcases Laval's surrounding countryside. Weave your way along peaceful quiet roads and cycle paths, passing a former railway bed and more towpaths. Arriving in the forest of Concise, you’re in the territory of the once counter-revolutionary, Jean Chouan. Also the land of cheese, taste Port-Salut cheese at the Port-du-Salut Abbey, which is made by the Trappist nuns.

Day 5 | Laval to Moulay | Distance 21 miles (33km)
Follow the towpath of the Mayenne, which is punctuated with locks. We suggest stopping for lunch at the Auberge du Pont de Montgiroux or La Guinguette, which was formerly a lock house is a great option for lunch on the river. After your ride, take a refreshing dip in the pool before your evening meal.

Day 6 | Moulay | Distance 11 miles (17km) 
A lovely finale to your holiday, take it easy along the towpaths of the Mayenne river. Our suggested itinerary takes a detour from the river to visit the iconic Toiles de Mayenne, which was once a cloth factory. The town of Mayenne is en-route, take a break to visit the fortified castle, medieval streets, church frescoes and traditional markets.

Day 7
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast in Moulay before you bid us au revoir.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

*Please note that there is no welcome meeting for this tour but your bikes will be ready for you at your first hotel.

Your Cycling Holidays in Mayenne

Classic | Meandering Through Mayenne | Self Guided

  • Guesthouse Manoir de Rouesse

    3 star

    This quaint rural guesthouse is set in a 15th century manor, surrounded by 7 acres of wooded grounds and just a short ride from the town centre of Laval. A real haven of tranquillity with service that will make it feel like a home from home.  

  • Hotel La Marjolaine

    3 star

    A magnificent hotel set in an old country manor on the banks of the Mayenne river. Here you can take a dip in the outdoor pool, enjoy a glass of wine in the pristine garden or go for a relaxing stroll along the riverside path.

  • Parc Hotel

    3 star

    Located on the road of the Loire Châteaux, this fantastic place is nestled in the heart of Château-Gontier in Mayenne, a town listed in the Michelin Guide’s 100 best detours in France. Anne-Laure and Olivier Alléard will give you a warm welcome in their characterful home with heated pool and spa. Nestled in a large shaded park teeming with century-old trees, the 3* Parc Hôtel & Spa provides the comfort, wellbeing and peace you need for your holiday.

Your Cycling Holidays in Mayenne

Classic | Meandering Through Mayenne | Self Guided

Tour Only Prices | 2020

2020 Departure Dates Nights Board Basis Adult Price  Child Price (2 - 11)
April to October 6 Half Board £1025 £925
April to October 3 Half Board £665 £635

Ebike Supplement: £20 per day

Single Traveller: £40 per night (Single Room)

Return taxi to Chateau Gontier: £110 (up to 4 people)

Your Cycling Holidays in Mayenne

Classic | Meandering Through Mayenne | Self Guided

Your Cycling Holidays in Mayenne

Classic | Meandering Through Mayenne | Self Guided

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