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Cycling in Normandy is like turning the pages of a history book because there is something to see at every turn. First, you ride to Arromanches-les-Bains, a town where you can see the remains of the Mulberry harbour. Second, you cycle to the Longues-sur-Mer battery, an impressive display of intact German defences, Then, you bike to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer. Finally, you bike to the Pointe du Hoc, a German stronghold on 100 foot cliffs. Ultimately this bicycle tour in Normandy travels to the most historic sites along the D-Day beaches.
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Meet us in Caen, the capital of Lower Normandy. Transfer to a restaurant in Creully, a village in the Calvados department. Then, get on your bicycle and head out to Arromanches-les-Bains where you can see the remains of the Mulberry harbour. Continue on to the Longues-sur-Mer battery, an impressive display of intact German defences. Later, arrive at Château La Chenevière and dine at the hotel gourmet restaurant.
Today’s Ride: 15 miles with 700 feet of climbing
On your second day, follow easy routes through the Norman countryside on your way to Bayeux. Once in town, stroll through medieval Bayeux, famous for its 11th century tapestry and cathedral. Before lunch, discover the 230 feet Bayeux tapestry and learn about the Norman conquest of England as well as the Battle of Hastings. In the afternoon, ride back to your hotel for some downtime by the pool. For dinner, transfer to Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, a fisherman town on the seafront.
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
Take a minivan transfer to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer (15 minutes). Meet with our favorite guide for an explanation of the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944. Learn about various famous soldiers as you stroll through the 9,386 white marble markers. Then, get on your bike and ride to Grandcamp-Maisy for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, make a stop at the Pointe du Hoc, a German stronghold on 100 foot cliffs before you arrive back at your 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
Cycling in Normandy continues inland to the Château de Canisy. Pedal through cool and shadowy forests to the Château de Balleroy, a 17th century manor. Tour the château, property of Malcom Forbes, owner of Forbes magazine. For lunch, you’re on your own in town. In the afternoon, cycle toward Saint-Lô, the capital of the Manche department. Later that day, arrive at the Château de Canisy, a family estate, property of Count and Countess de Kergorlay and your home for the night. In the evening, you have dinner in the dining room of the château, a one of a kind experience.
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
Drive to the Mont-Saint-Michel (1h00), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and rocky tidal island off the coast of Normandy. Once on site, take a stroll through the monastery. From the Mont-Saint-Michel, ride an easy route through Mont-Dol and Cherrueix, quaint Brittany villages. End your ride at Château Richeux, a 1920 villa outside of Cancale. In the evening, eat at the hotel restaurant in an amazing dining room with views on the bay of Cancale, the oyster capital of Brittany.
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
Your tour of Normandy and Brittany comes to an end at the Rennes train station.
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.