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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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This morning your meet your leaders at the train station of Rennes before reaching the famous town of Dinan, a medieval town by the river Rance where a light lunch is served. Take the time to walk through the fine old buildings, some of which date from the 13th century before getting on your bike for a wonderful bike ride through the countryside.
Later in the afternoon and a few kilometers before reaching the coast, you and your kids learn how glass is made, before continuing riding to your final destination for the day, the famous fishing village of Cancale.
Arrive at Le Manoir des Douets Fleury, located on the outskirts of Cancale. The town is famous for fishing and oysters and overlooks the Mont St. Michel.
Dinner is served at a local restaurant.
Today’s Ride: 21 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Leave your hotel and start the day with a flat bike route along a farm road offering beautiful views as you travel past quaint Brittany villages en route to Mont Dol, where a grand view of the Bay du Mont-St.-Michel is spread out before you. 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. The tides here can rush in at incredible speeds. 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.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Chateau d’Agneaux, a 13th century castle.
Tonight’s dinner is served a few minutes away from your hotel.
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
This morning and after a lovely breakfast you leave the Chateau d’Agneau and enjoy a biking trek through cool and shadowy forest to the Chateau de Balleroy. The 17th century manor, purchased by Mallcom Forbes in 1970 and now owned by his son.
In the afternoon, you continue riding through the Normand countryside to the hotel Mercure Omaha Beach, your home for the next three nights.
Tonight you shuttle to the nearby town for dinner at a local restaurant.
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
Leaving the hotel, you head out on an easy ride to the town of Bayeux. On the way, bike to the Batteries de Longues, an impressive display of intact German defenses before reaching the town of Arromanches where the remains of Mulberry Harbor, a temporary port constructed immediately after the D-Day Invasion, can be seen. The beach was designated as gold beach during the D-Day Landing and was used by British Troops during the Invasion. Sections of the Mulberry Harbor still remains today with huge concrete blocks sitting on the sand at the shoreline, as well as some farther out to sea.
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.
Later in the afternoon, while you ride back to your hotel, the kids get ready for a fun time onboard wind chariot. It is a beach sport that very quickly provides you with intense pleasure. In fact, as soon as the wheels begin to turn, whatever the wind, everybody enjoys the fun and its incredible acceleration as it speeds along at sand and surf level.
Take the time to relax before heading to dinner.
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
Breakfast today will be a wonderful start to an awe-inspiring day. Following breakfast, you begin with a bike ride through the countryside before reaching the Point de Hoc, a German stronghold on 100-foot cliffs overlooking the American landing beach.
After some time spent reflecting on the more than 3,000 American troops killed or wounded on Omaha beach, get back on your bike and ride up the hill to the American Military Cemetery at St. Laurent-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. Then, take a self-guided tour of the cemetery for and emotional visit.
Tonight, shuttle to a nearby town for 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
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel Mercure Omaha Beach one last time before meeting up with your trip leaders. From here, a short drive to the Caen train station marks the end of the tour and of this unforgettable trip through Normandy.
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.