Normandy coast

Normandy

This bike trip immerses you in the turbulent history of Normandy. You will discover the D-Day landing beaches: the American sector with Omaha beach and the gripping American cemetery of Colleville-sur-mer, the English sector of Gold beach, Sword beach and the artificial port of Arromanches and the Canadian sector in Juno beach. Stop at the fascinating memorial of Caen, which traces very well these turbulent days. But this bike tour will also introduce you to the magnificent medieval tapestry of Bayeux as well as its Gothic cathedral, the typical small fishing ports, the bocage roads and the long sandy beaches.

 

France
Easy to Moderate
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
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Itinerary

Bayeux is at the center of the landing beaches. Discover this charming medieval town dominated by its magnificent Gothic cathedral. Stroll through the narrow medieval streets and admire the half-timbered houses. Do not miss the eleventh century tapestry representing the conquest of England by William the Conqueror.

The day’s route begins from Bayeux, going to the Overlord Museum and the American Cemetery. You’ll bike on quiet roads through traditional villages with half-timbered houses. The homes are surrounded by forests and cattle grazing on pasture.

Take time to pay respect to the almost 10,000 American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom. The bike route then continues along the coast to the picturesque small fishing port of Port-en-Bessin. After strolling around the harbor, follow the path back to Bayeux.

Bike through the Normandy countryside until you reach the port of Arromanches. You’ll hear stories and be filled with emotion as you visit the D-Day museum and watch a movie showing the 100 days of the landing. The bike path back to Bayeux takes you past bomb craters, gun posts and bunkers. Arriving in Bayeux, take time to visit the Bayeux Tapestry. The tapestry stretches 291 feet by 20 inches and depicts the Norman invasion of England in the 11th century.

You leave Bayeux on small countryroads in the typical bocage Normandy hinterland saluting cows, sheep and horses. You cross quaint, small villages like Creuilly where you can admire the park of the castle overlooking the valley. You arrive at the memorial of Caen, which is definitely worth a long stop to discover this excellent museum.

From Caen you leave leisurely the city along the canal. You cross the canal on Pegasus Bridge where the British army won a major victory in 1944 and continue along the Orne river until the delta and the sea. Observation platforms allow you to stop at leisure to observe the fauna and the flora. You continue along the coast well-known thanks to its beauty and called the "flowered coast" (côte fleurie) along the large sandy beaches until the small seaside town of Cabourg.

You leave Cabourg to reach the small seaside town of Houlgate and Villiers-sur-Mer. You cross a green space where you may be able to observe storks before joining Deauville. Stroll on the famous boardwalk, look at a horse race and stop at the casino before continuing along the coast to the charming port of Honfleur.

You leave the pretty harbor of Honfleur for the quaint hinterland and its typical Norman countrside with its valleys, many cows and small flowered half-timbered farms. You reach the charming village of Pont l’Evêque, famous for its cheese before returning to Deauville and Trouville.

Tour character

Easy to moderate

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020
Oct 1, 2020 - Nov 15, 2020
Daily
Season 2
May 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
Daily
Normandy coast, FR-NORBB-08X
Base price
Zuschlag Einzelzimmer
749.00
280.00
849.00
280.00
Season 1
Apr 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020
Oct 1, 2020 - Nov 15, 2020
Season 2
May 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
Bayeux
Zusatznacht p.P. im DZ/ÜF
Zusatznacht p.P. im EZ/ÜF
Trouville
Zusatznacht p.P. im DZ/ÜF
Zusatznacht p.P. im EZ/ÜF
65.00
100.00
65.00
115.00
65.00
100.00
65.00
115.00
Price
21-Gang Unisexrad
Elektrorad
100.00
200.00

Services and extras

Included:

  • 7 overnights with breakfast
  • Luggage transport from one lodging to the other
  • A road book with maps, descriptions of the routes and touristic information
  • Local visitors' taxes
  • Service-hotline

Not included:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Costs for parking
  • Transfers
  • Optional sightseeings
  • City maps
  • Travel Insurance and costs of the private requirements

Arrival/departure and parking

By train to Paris-Saint-Lazare (direct or with change in Caen). The ride takes about 2,5 hours.

Flight to Caen and then by train to Bayeux.

There are free parking spaces in side streets.

Overnightstay in 2*-/3*-hotels.

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