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Uncover the best of Normandy as you take a guided bike tour of the D-Day landing sites. Whether you’d like to ride your bicycle along Omaha, cycle across the Pegasus Bridge, pedal to the Pointe du Hoc, bike through the picturesque Normandy villages dotting the countryside, or travel past historic World War II landmarks you can do it all on a DIGnGO bicycle trip in Normandy. Join us today on a guided cycling adventure of a lifetime and ride your bike to some of the most famous D-Day landing sites, explore charming villages and visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
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This morning you meet your leaders at the train station of Caen. Head to Creuilly, where lunch is served and a welcome drink can be enjoyed. A brief explanation of the day’s upcoming events is given by your leaders before adjusting your bikes so you can head out.
Your first stop is the town of Arromanches where the remains of Mulberry Harbor, a temporary port constructed immediately after the D-Day Invasion, can be viewed. The beach there was designated a gold beach during the D-Day Landing and was used by British Troops during the Invasion. Sections of the Mulberry Harbor still remain as concrete blocks in the sand at the shoreline, as well as some farther out to sea.
A short period can be spent sight-seeing or souvenir hunting before you get back on your bike and head to the Batteries de Longues, an impressive display of intact German defenses. Here you stop to view the canons. Then, you are on our way again, heading to your hotel
Arrive at La Cheneviere, your home for the next three nights. The hotel has 29 rooms and a history that will wow you, including the fact it was occupied first by the Germans and then the Americans during World War II.
Dinner is enjoyed at the Michelin star restaurant housed at the hotel.
Today’s Ride: 15 miles with 700 feet of climbing
Leaving the hotel, head out on an easy ride to the town of Bayeux. On the way, enjoy a rolling hill ride before reaching the town of Bayeux.
Once you reach Bayeux, take an hour and a half to visit the impressive 230-foot tapestry that tells the story of the 1066 Norman invasion of England, led by William the Conqueror. The famous Cathedral Notre Dame, which has origins dating to 1077, is the next visit, it is self guided but recommended. Following the visit select a restaurant in Bayeux for lunch on your own.
The afternoon is then filled with a biking adventure through the Norman countryside. Upon your return to the hotel, numerous options for entertainment await you. You can choose to watch one of the World War II movies playing in the hotel theatre, enjoy the heated pool or lounge beside it with a good book, or you can relax in the magnificent park.
Tonight we shuttle to the nearby town of Port en Bessin, a fisherman town situated on the seafront for dinner on your own.
Today’s Ride: 29 miles with 900 feet of climbing
Short Option: 18 miles with 700 feet of climbing
Long Option: 39 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
Breakfast today will be a wonderful start to an awe-inspiring day. Following breakfast, you begin with a transfer to the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. This is where the site of 9,386 white marble markers standing in perfect rows will stop you in your tracks. The area is also the location for a colonnaded memorial display of maps and accounts of the D-Day landings and the wall where the names of 1,557 soldiers are inscribed. These soldiers’ remains were never found. Our favorite guide in the area meets your group and explain the D-Day events during an emotional visit.
Following the visit, you bike through the countryside before reaching the town of Grandcamp-Maisy for lunch on your own.
In the afternoon, get on your bicycle for a wonderful ride back to your hotel. On the way, make a stop at the Point du Hoc, a German stronghold on 100-foot cliffs overlooking the American landing beach.
Tonight’s dinner is served in the elegant dinning room of the hotel.
Today’s Ride: 32 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing
Short Option: 14 miles with 500 feet of climbing
Long Option: 38 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
This morning and after a lovely breakfast you leave the sea behind you, and travel inland, enjoying a biking trek through cool and shadowy forest to the Chateau de Balleroy. The 17th century manor, purchased by Mallcom Forbes in 1970 is now owned by his son.
This is followed by an afternoon ride to just outside St. Lo. The town was almost entirely destroyed on June 6 & 7, 1944. Just outside it lies the Chateau de Canisy, a privately owned chateau where you are the personal guests of the Count and Countess de Kergorlay at their country retreat. You enjoy some refreshment in the living room upon arrival, then receive a tour of the property before having a chance to settle in your rooms. In existence for 1,000 years and owned by the same family for quite some time, the property is 740 acres of verdant Normandy countryside. There are 16 guest rooms within the estate, which boasts such fairy tale accoutrements as medieval towers, parapets, swan lakes, vast lawns, forest and even a moat.
Tonight’s dinner is a one of a kind experience in the dining room at the Chateau.
Today’s Ride: 40 miles with 1,900 feet of climbing
Short Option: 19 miles with 800 feet of climbing
Long Option: 50 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing
A short transfer is in store today to Mont St. Michel for a guided visit. This UNESCO World Heritage site is situated on a 264-foot high rock formation on the coast where the regions of Normandy and Brittany meet in France. The tides here can rush in at incredible speeds. During the highest tides, the abbey is completely surrounded by water, while at low tide, the world’s only herd of salt-water plant eating sheep enjoy their meals in the flat marshes. It took more than 500 years to build the abbey, using granite that had to be transported in from the nearby Isles of Chausey by boat. Construction began in 1017 and was completed in 1521.
From the Mont St. Michel, a flat bike route along a path and then a farm road provide beautiful views of the island in the background as we travel past quaint Brittany villages en route to Cherrueix. You then keep cycling to Mont Dol, where a grand view of the Bay du Mont-St.-Michel is spread out before you.
You then travel to Chateau Richeux, your hotel and a 1920 villa located just outside of Cancale. The town is famous for fishing and oysters and overlooks the Mont St. Michel.
Dinner is served at the hotel restaurant, where the chef previously held 3 Michelin stars for his cooking but had to renounce them for health reasons. Despite that, his cooking remains as amazing as it was when he held the stars.
Today’s Ride: 26 miles with 300 feet of climbing
Short Option: 13 miles with 150 feet of climbing
Long Option: 39 miles with 900 feet of climbing
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel Chateau Richeux one last time before meeting up with your trip leaders. From here, a short drive to the Rennes train station marks the end of the tour and of this unforgettable trip through Normandy.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Well prepared, on time, knowledgable about the routes and the equipment, we loved our trip leaders, Flynn and Sarah. We also liked your flexibility and the bikes.
We appreciated our trip leaders careful attention to detail, availability, and willingness to be helpful. Always upbeat, charming, and fun. You have amazing trip leaders with great people skills and ideal personalities for this type of work. I loved every minute of our trip so thank you for that.
First, let me thank you for a fabulous bike trip. From our awesome “hotels” and gorgeous meals including all those great lunches and snacks – all in all this cycling vacation was “beyond my wildest expectations” experience”. I cannot thank you enough for making our bike trip a truly a special and meaningful life event for this proud dad.
We were extremely fortunate in that we had a private tour. The whole bike trip was great since there was no debate about when to stop, what to do when the weather got bad one day, etc.
We arrived home safely and on time. Thank you very much for a delightful cycling trip. We loved all the arrangements.