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Normandy Bike Tours

Our Normandy bike tour is a lifetime cycling adventure through the Normandy and Brittany regions. It takes you from Caen to the Mont Saint-Michel. On the way, it leads you to Bayeux, Omaha Beach and the D-Day landings. Cycling in Normandy with DIGnGO is a perfect experience through northern France.

At a glance
Duration 6 days
Starting Location Caen
Finishing Location Rennes
Activity Level Easy
Price $4,498
Sgl. Suppl. $1,120

Details of our Normandy bike tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Caen

Meet us in Caen, one of the largest cities in the Calvados department after le Havre and Rouen. Our team will be meeting you at the Caen train station. If you arrive the day before in Normandy, we recommend that you visit the château de Caen or the Caen memorial museum, which commemorates world war II and the battle of Normandy.

Day 2: Explore Bayeux

Today, you ride through the Bessin which is an area in the north west of the Calvados. Cycle to Bayeux which was the 1st town liberated in Normandy during operation overload. Bayeux is a town in France famous for its cathedral, the Bayeux cathedral and the Bayeux tapestry. In town, don’t forget to go check out the old restored mills and wash houses located along the Aure river.

Day 3: Cycle along Omaha Beach

Start the day at the Omaha beach memorial. Meet with a guide for a tour of the American cemetery. The thousands of white marble graves of the soldiers that died during the liberation of France remind us of the battle. Later that morning, cycle along Omaha beach, one of the five sectors of the allied invasion. On June 6th 1944, more than 2000 people died during Omaha Beach landings. Continue your visit and reach a German stronghold at the top of 100-foot cliffs where the battle of the Pointe du Hoc occurred. It was a fierce battle and the area is shattered with craters.

Day 4: Discover the D-Day landings

This morning, leave the D-Day landing beaches and the area where the battle of Normandy, also called operation overlord, occurred. Cycle south of the D-Day beach of Utah beach where many D-Day landing crafts arrived and travelled inland to the chateau de Balleroy. End the day at Chateau de Canisy, a wonderful castle owned by the count and countess of Kergorlay.

Day 5: Bike from the Mont Saint-Michel

Transfer by minivan to the Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO heritage site. It is located off the coast of France on a rocky outcrop. It is surrounded by salt marshes where you can often see sheeps gazing. Start with a self-guided walk along shops and houses dating back to the 15th century. Once at the top of the town, take a tour of the Mont saint Michel monastery. Later on, ride to Cancale where your hotel, a villa dating back to 1920 and overlooking the bay of the Mont Saint-Michel, awaits you.

Day 6: End the trip in Brittany

This cycling vacation ends in Brittany at the Rennes train station. However, if some of you are staying a few more days to discover more of the Brittany region, we recommend that you visit St-Malo. Saint Malo, once a Corsaire town, is considered as one one of the most attractive Breton towns in France.

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

Chateau la Cheneviere (3 nights)

Star rating: *****
Location: Port-en-Bessin-Huppain
Amenities: Pool
Member of: Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Chateau de Canisy (1 night)

Star rating: ****
Location: Saint-Lô
Amenities: Luxury services available
Member of:

Chateau Richeux (1 night)

Star rating: ****
Location: Cancale
Amenities: Luxury services available
Member of: Relais & Châteaux

Activity level

Cycle touring in Normandy provides bike riders of different ability levels an opportunity to ride the same route. 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.

 

Day Short option Basic option Long option
Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain
1  15  700
2  18  700  29  900 39 1300
3  14  500  32  1100  38  1500
4  19  800  40  1900  50  2500
5  13  160  26  300  39  900

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

Road bike (Upgrade)

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

Electric bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Rubbee
Model: Rubbee Drive
Weight: 4.0 kg

Tour map

Creully

Arromanches-les-Bains

Longues-sur-Mer

Port-en-Bessin-Huppain

Bayeux

Colleville-sur-Mer

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Grandcamp-Maisy

Pointe du Hoc

Balleroy

Saint-Lo

Canisy

Mont-Saint-Michel

Cherrueix

Mont-Dol

Cancale

Travel information

How to get to the starting location

  • Buy your flight(s) to Paris
  • Buy your train ticket(s) from Paris to Caen 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: €€
Caen:

  • Hotel Mercure | Rates: €
  • Hotel Ivan Vantier | Rates: €€€€
  • Le clos St Martin | 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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