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Experience Normandy on a bike tour with your family. Cycle along the D-Day Landing Beaches. Pedal on the scenic back roads. Try land sailing. Learn the art of glass blowing. And spend a night at the private chateau of the Count and Countess of Kergorlay. With DIGnGO, a family bicycle trip in Normandy is an adventure your whole gang will never forget.
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Your family cycling vacation in Normandy starts in the city of Rennes. Meet your trip leaders and transfer to Dinan, a medieval town along the Rance river, for a light lunch and introduction to the week. Then, get fitted on your bike and pedal toward the town of Cancale, a fishing village on the Emerald Coast. Later, meet with glass blower and participate in a glass blowing session! Arrive at the Manoir Des Douets Fleuris, your hotel for the night. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful diner in town.
Today’s Ride: 21 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Head out of your hotel on an easy and flat route toward Mont-Dol, a medieval village with granite houses and half-timbered buildings. Take a break in town before biking some more and arriving in Cherrueix just in time for lunch. In the afternoon, ride through the countryside on your way to the Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go for a visit of the Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, French monument historique since 1862. Later, meet your trip leaders and transfer (1h00) to your next destination, the Château d’Agneaux, a 13th century castle.
Today’s Ride: 31 miles with 500 feet of climbing
Short Option: 18 miles with 300 feet of climbing
Long Option: 39 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing
On your third day, start with a nice breakfast and get ready for the most challenging ride of the week. Leave your hotel and spin through fields and shadowy forests on your way to Balleroy. Go for a visit of the Château de Balleroy, a 17th century manor, property of Mallcom Forbes, the owner of Forbes magazine. In the afternoon, arrive in Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, a fisherman town. Settle in room at the Mercure Omaha Beach, a nice hotel between Bayeux and the WWII landing beaches. In the evening, gather with your group in the dining room to dine on local delicacies.
Today’s Ride: 41 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing
Short Option: 21 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 51 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing
Your family bicycle tour continues with a loop ride through the Normandy rolling countryside. After a hearty breakfast, make your way to Bayeux, a town on the Aure river. Walk through the medieval center and explore the cobbled streets with half-timbered houses. Before lunch on your own, visit the Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidery of wool warn from the 11th century. Tour the museum and learn the story of the 1066 Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror. In the afternoon, ride back to your hotel or join the kids for a fun time land sailing on the Beach.
Today’s Ride: 31 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
Short Option: 19 miles with 900 feet of climbing
Long Option: 42 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing
After breakfast, transfer (15 minutes) to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Meet a local guide in Colleville-sur-Mer and go for an emotional visit of this World War II cemetery. Then, pedal along Omaha Beach on your way to Grandcamp-Maisy for lunch. In the afternoon, ride to the Pointe du Hoc, a German Stronghold on a 100-foot cliffs. Later, arrive back at your hotel for some downtime by the swimming pool. In the evening, celebrate with your group during a wonderful farewell dinner.
Today’s Ride: 22 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing
Short Option: 14 miles with 400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 38 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
Your family cycling adventure in Normandy ends at the Caen train station.
Our family cycling tour was lovely. Great routes, excellent Garmins, terrific bikes and outstanding tour guides. We were so fortunate to have Laurent and Franck as our guides.
We would have loved to be able to include our guides in our dinner plans on the evenings. We offered to include them a few nights. I would encourage you to give your guides the flexibility to accept invitations from guests to join them at dinner.
We had excellent guides. We were fortunate enough to have them all to ourselves. We all enjoyed chatting with them. We liked their suggestions and ideas when we had rain on the last day. We loved the bikes and we had to buy the same one to our younger son when we returned home. We enjoyed the snacks although I would have preferred dark Swiss chocolate lol.
We had some challenges with GPS in the van at times but we took it all in stride. We loved the accommodations through out the trip. We likely wouldn’t have found these places on our own.
Only suggestion, we aren’t big seafood eaters and would have liked some informal surveying of menus for us. However, we loved the recommendation of our trip leaders for our free night.
Thank you for those terrific photos. Thank you even more for providing our family with an amazing experience in Normandy. If “word-of-mouth” advertising is valuable, then DIGnGO has been receiving some valuable advertising in the Charlotte, North Carolina, USA marketplace over the last week. We just had a fabulous time, and cannot thank you and your trip leaders enough. We hope that we are fortunate enough to have another trip with DIGnGO in the future.
Thank you for a wonderful cycling vacation. We had a great time. We can’t wait to do another tour.