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Normandy Bike tours – Cycling in Normandy

Our Normandy bike tours take you cycling through the Normandy and Brittany regions. Meet your trip leaders in the town of Caen, famous for the Caen Memorial. Visit Arromanches, Bayeux and Colleville sur Mer. Ride your bicycle along the D-Day beach of Omaha Beach and walk through the Pointe du Hoc. Learn about the battle of Normandy and some of the D-Day landing sites as you visit the American cemetery with a local historian. Finally, end the week with a self-guided tour of the Mont Saint-Michel and a night at a wonderful hotel located a few miles away from St Malo.

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 tours

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Caen and cycle to Arromanches

From Creully to Port-en-Bessin-Huppain (16 miles)
Meet your trip leaders at the Caen train station, located just outside of the old town of Caen. In case you decide to visit the Caen memorial, make sure to arrive a day early as it is the best war museum in Caen and a 2 hours won’t be enough time. From there, transfer to a restaurant in Creully for an introduction to the week to come. Now is time to get on your bike and cycle to Arromanches to see the remains of the artificial port of Arromanches also called the Mulberry harbour.

Day 2: Explore the town of Bayeux

From Port-en-Bessin-Huppain to Port-en-Bessin-Huppain (29 miles)
Cycle to Bayeux, the first town liberated by the allies. The city of Bayeux is famous for it’s cathedral an its 230 foot Bayeux tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror.

Day 3: Visit the American Cemetery before cycling from Omaha Beach to the Pointe du Hoc

From Port-en-Bessin-Huppain to Port-en-Bessin-Huppain (32 miles)
Today is an emotional day as you get to see it all. Your itinerary starts in Colleville sur mer, which is where the Omaha beach memorial is located. In town, you meet with local guide for a tour of the American cemetery, where 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 the Pointe du Hoc, 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: Cycle inland and leave the D-Day Beach of Omaha as well as other D-Day landing sites behind

From Port-en-Bessin-Huppain to Saint-Lô (40 miles)
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. Travel inland to the chateau de Balleroy, a 17th century castle that is currently owned by the son of Mallcom Forbes, the founder of Forbes magazine. Later that day, arrive at the Chateau de Canisy, a wonderful castle owned by the count and countess of Kergorlay.

Day 5: Take a self-guided tour of the Mont Saint-Michel

From Mont-Saint-Michel to Cancel (26 miles)
Transfer by minivan to the Mont st Michel. 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 self guided tour of the Mont saint Michel abbey. Later that morning, 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 your trip in Brittany

End of the trip
Your cycling vacation ends in Brittany as your trip leaders drive you to the Rennes train station. However, if some of you are staying a few more to discover more of the Brittany region, we recommend that you visit St Malo. The easiest way to get there is to ask your hotel in Cancale for a cab. Saint Malo, once a Corsaire town, is considered as one one of the most attractive walled port city in France.

*Please note that the mileage indicated above refers to the basic route, which is the one that 85% of our guests ride. However, we offer multiple daily routes and you may read more about it 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 tours are for those of you who are seeking to travel exclusively with their group of friends. If you would like to make your trip private, you may choose one of our regularly schedule travel dates and make it exclusively for you and your friends or family or contact us to choose your own departure date. You may read more below for private tour pricing:

  • 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

Our Normandy bike tours are lifetime experiences designed for cyclists of all levels of ability. Each day you have a choice of multiple ride options, which means that on certain days you may want to take it easy whereas on other days you may want to challenge yourself. Whatever biking route you choose, you cycle at your own pace.

 

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

Due to the limited space in our minivan, we ask you to limit the number of bags you bring to 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on luggage. 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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