France Bike Tours
Cycling in Normandy in the North of France!
This bike tour in France is through Normandy, a land filled with battle-scars, seaside views, sweet-smelling apple trees and half-timbered cottages. This cycling holiday combines the magnificent countryside of inland Normandy with some of its cozy seaside towns, and of course along Normandy’s famous beaches! The tour starts in Bayeux, which was the first French town liberated by the Allies on June 8, 1944. An old Roman town, Bayeux is now a flourishing farm center known for its majestic 13th century Gothic cathedral as well as the famous Bayeux tapestry (11th century) showing the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 that is showcased in the town’s museum. Highlights of this tour include biking along one of the landing beaches of D-Day, a World War II museum with footage and information, various abbeys built by William the Conqueror, and incredible views of Normandy's countryside!
It is recommended that you plan on extra nights so that you can book a day tour or half day tour to visit the WW II beaches: http://www.bessin-normandie.com/uk/tourisme/visits/guided-tours---excursions/d-day-landings---the-battle-of-normandy. Please note that advanced booking is advised.
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Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations in 2 and 3 star hotels (standard option) or 3 and 4 star hotels (upgrade option).
- Accommodations for 5 nights
- 5 x breakfast
- 3 x dinner
- 21-speed hybrid bicycle
- Equipment with rental bike including two saddlebags, high visibility jacket, anti theft device, map holder, helmet, and repair kit
- Luggage transportation
- Route descriptions & maps
- Tour information
What’s Not Included
- Train ticket Paris to Bayeux, ± €48
- Drinks, lunches, and 2 dinners (while in Bayeaux)
- Transfer to Bayeux after the tour
- Entrance fees to museums and attractions
- Bicycle protection
- Trip insurance
Extra night in Bayeux and Honfleur possible.
Arrival possible any day from March 1 to October 31, 2016
Please note that arrivals are NOT possible on Thursdays or Fridays for the upgraded version.
This France bike tour is classified as an easy to moderate self-guided hotel tour with distances averaging 25 miles over flat terrain as well as rolling hills.
Day 1: Arrival in Bayeux
Day 2: Loop on landing beaches, 32 mi. (51 km)
Day 3: Bayeux – Caen, 35 mi. (57 km)
Day 4: Caen – Cabourg, 17 mi. (28 km)
Day 5: Cabourg – Honfleur, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 6: Departure from Honfleur
DAY 1: Arrival in Bayeux
Possibility to admire the amazing 11th century Bayeux Tapestry showing the conquest of England by William Duke of Normandy.
DAY 2: Loop on land beaches, 33 mi. (51 km)
Cycle a loop around the landing beaches such as Omaha beach with possibility to continue to the "Pointe du Hoc". Then, follow small countryside routes through typical villages like Colleville sur mer and Port en Bessin before heading back to Bayeux.
DAY 3: Bayeux – Caen, 35 mi. (57 km)
Today you cycle Normandy to Arromanches where you see, floating in the sea, some vestiges of the artificial harbor "Mulberry" conceived by W. Churchill. Continue along the coast to Courseulles sur Mer and cycle back inland to the charming town of Caen.
DAY 4: Caen – Cabourg, 17 mi. (28 km)
You will leave the city of Caen crossing the Pegasus bridge while you enjoy a peaceful ride to the resort town of Cabourg, on the Côte Fleurie. Cabourg is the town where it is said that Marcel Proust found the inspiration for one of his novels.
DAY 5: Cabourg – Honfleur, 30 mi. (48 km)
You head back to the Normandy inland to Beaumont en Auge village, with its colorful half-timbered cottages, before reaching Deauville. You continue biking along the coast to reach Honfleur. This town has been the inspiration for many artists' works, depicting its colorful harbor.
DAY 6: Departure from Honfleur
This Normandy bike tour will end following breakfast.