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Normandy Family Bike Tours – Cycling in Normandy

Whether you are cycling to the Pointe du Hoc, land sailing along Omaha Beach or sleeping at a family estate in privileged surroundings, our Normandy family bike tours are designed to appeal to all members of a family. Take a walk on one of the five landing areas of the Normandy Invasion, Omaha Beach dotted with the remains of German bunkers. Discover a very moving place, the American Cemetery set up on June 8, 1944. And Explore a medieval monastery, the Mont St Michel set on a rocky tidal island. From riding along d-day landing beaches to participating in a glass blowing lesson and visiting of the world famous Mont Saint-Michel, your trip is guaranteed to be one of a lifetime. The Normandy region is a dream come true for adults and kids.

At a glance
Duration 6 days
Starting Location Rennes
Finishing Location Caen
Activity Level Easy
Price $2,798
Sgl. Suppl. $780

Details of our Normandy family bike tours

Itinerary

Day 1: Start in Dinan and cycle through the countryside

From Dinan to Cancale (21 miles)
Transfer to Dinan, a typical Breton town located along the Rance river. Dinan dates back to the 13th century and is the starting location of the day. Before the ride, your guides give you a briefing. You and your kids learn the heart of glass blowing.

Day 2: Explore the Mont Saint-Michel

From Cancale to Agneaux (31 miles)
For your second day of riding, the Mont Saint-Michel, an island monastery dating back to the 8th century, greets you with amazing views. The construction took 500 years and the Mont St-Michel is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3: Ride through the countryside on your way to the Chateau de Balleroy

From Agneaux to Port-en-Bessin-Huppain (41 miles)
Cycle through a cool and shadowy forest on your way to an amazing castle, the Chateau de Balleroy bought in 1970 by Mallcom Forbes. In the afternoon, continue riding through the Normand countryside before arriving at your hotel located close to the D-Day beaches.

Day 4: Bike to Bayeux before the kids go land sailing

From Port-en-Bessin-Huppain to Port-en-Bessin-Huppain (31 miles)
Today, your ride takes you to Bayeux a town renowned for its cathedral dating back to the 10th century. Bayeux was the first French town to be freed after the allied invasion on June 6th 1944. In town discover the impressive 230-foot tapestry that tells the story of the 1066 Norman invasion of England. In the afternoon, kids get ready for a fun time land sailing.

Day 5: Explore the Pointe du Hoc

From Port-en-Bessin-Huppain to Port-en-Bessin-Huppain (22 miles)
Overlooking the D-Day landing beaches, the Pointe du Hoc sits on 100-foot cliffs. It was once a German stronghold and as you walk through the shattered bunkers it turns into a live history lesson for the kids.

Day 6: End the trip in Caen

End of the trip
Your cycling holiday ends at the Caen train station and after 6 days in Normandy the battle of Normandy doesn’t have any more secrets for you. More than 80 % of Caen was destroyed during the invasion. However, if you are planning on extending your vacation, there is what is refereed as the best WWII museum in the world.

*The mileage refers to the basic cycling route, which is the one that 85% of our guests ride. However, we offer multiple daily bicycling routes. You may read more about those biking routes in the activity level section below or by clicking the detailed itinerary button above.

Dates

Starting date Ending date
2018-04-15 2018-04-20
2018-04-22 2018-04-27
2018-04-29 2018-05-04
Starting date Ending date
2018-05-06 2018-05-11
2018-05-13 2018-05-18
2018-05-20 2018-05-25
2018-05-27 2018-06-01
Starting date Ending date
2018-06-03 2018-06-08
2018-06-10 2018-06-15
2018-06-17 2018-06-22
2018-06-24 2018-06-29
Starting date Ending date
2018-07-01 2018-07-06
2018-07-08 2018-07-13
2018-07-15 2018-07-20
2018-07-22 2018-07-27
2018-07-29 2018-08-03
Starting date Ending date
2018-08-05 2018-08-10
2018-08-12 2018-08-17
2018-08-19 2018-08-24
2018-08-26 2018-08-31
Starting date Ending date
2018-09-02 2018-09-07
2018-09-09 2018-09-14
2018-09-16 2018-09-21
2018-09-23 2018-09-28
2018-09-30 2018-10-05
Starting date Ending date
2018-10-07 2018-10-12
2018-10-14 2018-10-19

Make a date private

Private bike tours are for those looking to travel exclusively with their group of friends. For a private biking trip choose one of our regularly schedule travel dates. You may make it exclusively for you and your friends and family or contact us to choose your own departure date. Our private bicycling tour prices are explained below:

  • An extra $500 per person for 6 – 9 guests
  • An extra $1,000 per person for 4 – 5 guests
  • An extra $2,000 per person for 2 – 3 guests

Lodging

Manoir Des Douets Fleuris (1 night)

Star rating: ***
Location: Cancale
Amenities: Pool
Member of:

Chateau D’agneaux (1 night)

Star rating: ***
Location: Agneaux
Amenities: Luxury services available
Member of:

Mercure Omaha Beach (3 nights)

Star rating: ****
Location: Port-en-Bessin-Huppain
Amenities: Pool, spa
Member of:

Activity level

Our Normandy Family bike tour provides bike riders of different ability levels an opportunity to ride together. Each day offers a choice of multiple bike ride options, which means that on certain days you may want to enjoy recreational cycling while on other days you may want to workout more. You cycle at your own pace, no matter the route you choose.

 

Day Short option Basic option Long option
Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain
1      21  1000    
2  18  300  31  500 39 1700
3  21  1400  41  2300  51  2600
4  19  900  31  1300  42  1700
5  14  400  22  1100  38  1300

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Multiples daily routes
  • The use of a fully equipped DIGnGO touring bike and gear
  • DIGnGO water bottle, helmet, Garmin GPS and saddle bag
  • 1 leader for every 5 guests
  • Snack & drinks during the day
  • Gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Guided tours, tastings and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • A leader offering minivan support
  • Luggage transfers
  • Porterage
  • Minivan transfers during the trip
  • Local guides and experts
  • An email a few days prior to your trip

Types of bikes available

Touring Bike (Included)

Brand: Fuji
Model: Fuji Absolute 1.1 Disc
Weight: 10,35 kg

Kids’ Bike (Included)

Age: 8 and more years

Road bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Scott
Model: Scott Addict Disc or similar
Weight: 8,5 kg

Trailercycle (Included)

Age: 4 to 7 years

Electric bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Rubbee
Model: Rubbee Drive
Weight: 4.0 kg

Bike Trailer (Included)

Age: 1 to 3 years

Tour map

Dinan

Cancale

Cherrueix

Mont Saint-Michel

Balleroy

Port-en-Bessin-Huppain

Bayeux

Colleville-sur-Mer

Travel information

How to get to the starting location

  • Buy your flight(s) to Paris
  • Buy your train ticket(s) from Paris to Rennes on www.raileurope.com
  • Make sure to check online for any timetable changes or railway company track maintenance
  • In case of a delay, please email or call your trip leaders

What to pack

We ask you to limit the number of bags you bring to 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on luggage, due to the limited space in our minivan. In order to deliver your bags to your room, we ask that each bag has a clear luggage identification tag.

What to pack for biking:

  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Cycling jersey
  • Cycling jacket
  • Bike shoes & pedals
  • Sneakers
  • Cycling gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Cycling pants
  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers
  • Shoe covers & booties
  • Cycling headband or cap
  • Windbreaker
What to pack for dinner:

  • Dress pants
  •  Shirt
  •  Polo
  • Jacket but not required
  •  Dress
  •  Skirt
  • Dress pants
  • Nice top

Pre & post trip lodging options

Paris:

  • Hotel Le Meurice | Rates: €€€€€
  • Le Bristol Paris | Rates: €€€€€
  • Particulier Montmartre | Rates: €€€€
  • Hotel Sofitel Paris Faubourg | Rates: €€€€
  • Hotel Keppler | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Le Six | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Bel Ami | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Daniel Paris | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Villa Madame | Rates: €€
Rennes:

  • Chateau d’Apigne | Rates: €€
  • Balthazar Hotel & Spa | Rates: €€
  • Hotel Anne de Bretagne | Rates: €

Room rate guide:

0 to 100€: €

101€ to 200€: €€

201€ to 300€: €€€

301€ to 400€: €€€€

401€ to 900€: €€€€€

Climate

 

  January February March April May June
High F 48 49 54 57 64 69
Low F 37 37 40 41 47 51
Prec. (In) 2.6 1.9 2.1 1.9 2.3 2.3
  July August September October November December
High F 73 74 69 62 53 47
Low F 55 56 51 47 41 37
Prec. (In) 2.1 2.4 2.2 2.9 2.9 3.0

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