Secrets of the Algae: Reality tour along the Atlantic
Secrets of the Algae: Reality tour along the Atlantic
Secrets of the Algae: Reality tour along the Atlantic
Secrets of the Algae: Reality tour along the Atlantic

Secrets of the Algae: Reality tour along the Atlantic

7-day guided bike tour in northern Finistère, Brittany

  • Guided bike tour in English without luggage
  • Discovery of macroalgae and their uses
  • Preserved natural and historic landscapes
  • Gastronomy and degustation
  • Lodging at comfy hotels

Embark on a beautiful guided reality tour along the coast and enjoy the view of the see while biking on some of France most beautiful biking path. Themed on Algae, you will discover their history, their benefits on our health and how they are used everyday Experience new flavours that will truly tempt your taste buds!

French wine and cheese? No, gourmet algae. Culinary, wellness and reality tour come together here. Participants spend 6 days in the Breton region exploring Europe's first seaweed field by bike for a week of lesser-known yet exquisite food, wellness and passionate and friendly locals. Meetings with the experts, boat rides, spas, medieval architecture and stunning coastal landscapes await you on your journey from Morlaix to Le Conquet in northern Finistère!

Price from 1.225,- €

The Finistère: Coastal bike tour about the macroalgae

Guided tour, 7 days

Difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1: Morlaix
Welcoming reception at your hotel, briefing and dinner.

Day 2 : Morlaix – St Pol de Leon – Roscoff
Participants will visit the medieval town of Morlaix then bike to Roscoff via St Pol-de-Leon, a small town known for its civil and religious heritage – beautiful views of Morlaix Bay and Taurus Island along the way. Once checked-in in Roscoff, there will be a city promenade. Guests will then be free to visit a café or relax in the Thalasso Centre near the hotel(booking and payment on site). Dinner at a restaurant typical for the region.
Distance covered: ca. 30km/18.6mi

Day 3: Roscoff- Ile de Batz
Guests visit a traditional seaweed cannery before meeting Régine, passionate algae expert, for a degustation workshop on seaweed that appeals to the senses.
In the afternoon, guests take the boat to Batz for a bike tour among the island's beautiful fauna and flora. They can spend the remainder of the day exploring Roscoff, options include a shopping tour or an algae spa treatment in the Thalasso Centre (reservation and payment on site).
Dinner at a restaurant in the city centre.
Distance covered: ca. 10 km/6.2mi

Day 4: Roscoff – Plouescat – Brignogan-Plage – Meneham
Participants will bike along the coast, starting from Roscoff and passing through picturesque villages before stopping for a picnic at Plouescat.
They will continue towards Brignogan-plage where they may freshen up in the eco-hotel or enjoy the beach. After a short bike tour, they will meet up in Meneham for an “algae excursion” at low tide. Meneham is a restored, old village of the seaweed anglers and is especially photogenic.
Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel near Brignogan.
Distance covered: ca. 40 km/24.8mi

Day 5: Brignogan-Plage – Plouguerneau – Porspoder
After breakfast, participants bike to Plouguerneau in the “Land of Abers”, a high spot for algae fishing since the mid-19th century, for a guided tour themed on the profession of seagull fishermen and the uses of various algae. Guests may consequently try the seaweed menu for lunch (payment on site).
They will visit a local company that specializes in microalgae cosmetics and agricultural products before a
dinner and overnight stay at an eco-hotel in Porspoder.
Distance covered: ca. 45 km/28mi

Day 6 : Porspoder – Lanildut – Le Conquet – Iroise Marine Park
A short bike ride to the harbour of Lanildut, Europe's largest algae unloading port, and a visit to the Seaweed House.
Participants carry on to Le Conquet for their next gourmet encounter: algae-smoked Molène sausages. After the tasting and a lunch break, they will see the archipelago of Molène and the marine park of Iroise by boat. The Molènais algae field is the first seaweed field in Europe. It is home to dolphins, seals, birds and various other fauna.
Free time in Le Conquet followed by dinner at a typical local restaurant. Overnight stay in a hotel in the city centre.
Distance: approx. 30km/18.6mi

Day 7 : Le Conquet – Brest
The tour ends with one last bike ride to Brest. Final stop is the Brest SCNF train station at noon.

The itinerary is subject to changes depending on weather conditions and availability at the attractions. The guide will notify participants of changes.

For more information you can request our detailed information sheet via email. Please indicate which tour you are interested in.

Travel dates

  • Jul 28th, 19 – Aug 03rd, 19
  • From 1.225,- €
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Services

Price includes : 6 nights in a double room with half board, luggage transfer, ferry to and from L’Île de Batz and Molène, English-speaking guide, all workshops and degustations (tastings) mentioned in the itinerary.

Price excludes : Train/plane fare to Morlaix and from Brest, personal expenses, entrance fees for the Thalasso Centre, all luncheons apart from algae tastings in Roscoff, travel cancellation expenses insurance.

Optional :
Bike rentals
Touring bike: €95/6 days
E-bike: €150/6 days

Number of participants

Minimum number of participants: 8 (12 max.)
Not suited for persons with restricted mobility.
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up to 21 days prior to departure.

Accommodation

  • Six nights
  • Double occupancy in 3 or 4-star hotels, mostly by the seaside.
  • Possibility to book a single room upon request(surcharge).

Level of difficulty : easy to medium

This trip is suitable for anyone who does sports regularly. However, some of the longer legs require stamina as the terrain is rarely flat and the coast is often windy.

In case of doubt, it is advisable to opt for an e-bike (UAE) to make the most of the tour.

Algae tour? Why should I?

French wine and cheese are great, no doubt, but this here is an invitation to a gourmet initiation of a whole new world that begs discovery. Passionate local actors want to share unexpectedly great French flavors with you that not a lot of people know of. Described as the “fifth flavour”, the iodine consistency of seaweed offers a great playground for cooking enthusiasts as well as for gourmets, vegetarians and vegans.

The algae industry is one of promise, offering strides in food, material, cosmetics, health, energy and agriculture. In Brittany, particularly in northern Finistère, the waters are particularly pure and favourable for the development of algae. You will experience largest seaweed field in Europe, located in the Molène archipelago in the Iroise Sea, home to more than 300 species. These waters constitute a protected ecosystem for local wildlife.

The algae industry in Brittany is one of the best in France.

How to get there

Our ecological recommendation: travel by train to Morlaix station via Paris Montparnasse or from Brest.

You can find more information in our detailed info sheet here.

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