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. Please note that advanced booking is advised.
Be sure to look over our full list of bicycle tours in France.
Standard (2 and 3 star hotels): £ 627 $ 1,075 € 772 NOK 7527 kr 6948 $ 903
Single supplement: £ 183 $ 313 € 225 NOK 2194 kr 2025 $ 263
Superior (3 and 4 star hotels): £ 741 $ 1,270 € 912 NOK 8892 kr 8208 $ 1,067
Single supplement: £ 317 $ 543 € 390 NOK 3803 kr 3510 $ 456
Supplement for single traveler (both options): £ 106 $ 181 € 130 NOK 1268 kr 1170 $ 152
Electric bicycle rental: £ 33 $ 56 € 40 NOK 390 kr 360 $ 47 Dinners (5) included: £ 142 $ 244 € 175 NOK 1706 kr 1575 $ 205 Extra nights:
Bayeux: £ 58 $ 99 € 71 NOK 692 kr 639 $ 83 Single supplement: £ 45 $ 77 € 55 NOK 536 kr 495 $ 64 Honfleur: £ 67 $ 114 € 82 NOK 800 kr 738 $ 96 Single supplement: £ 28 $ 49 € 35 NOK 341 kr 315 $ 41 Superior category:
Bayeux: £ 93 $ 159 € 114 NOK 1112 kr 1026 $ 133 Single supplement: £ 65 $ 111 € 80 NOK 780 kr 720 $ 94 Honfleur: £ 72 $ 123 € 88 NOK 858 kr 792 $ 103 Single supplement: £ 41 $ 70 € 50 NOK 488 kr 450 $ 59
Return transfer from Honfleur to Bayeaux, 1 - 8 people: £ 203 $ 348 € 250 NOK 2438 kr 2250 $ 293 Airport transfers, to/from: on request
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Paris De Gaulle or Orly.
From Roissy CDG airport, taxi or shuttle transfer to Gare St Lazare train station and then on to Bayeux train station.From Orly airport or Beauvais airport, taxi or shuttle transfer to Gare St Lazare train station and then on to Bayeux train station.
Please check local weather conditions prior to departure. Always bring full rain gear. The average high in °F is approximately: March 51°, April 61°, May 65°, June 71°, July 71°, August 67°, September 59°, and October 59°
Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations in 2 and 3 star hotels (standard category) or 3 and 4 star hotels (deluxe category).
- Accommodations for 5 nights
- 5 x breakfast
- 3 x dinner (2017)
- 21-speed Specialized hybrid touring bike with two panniers, high visibility jacket, lock, map holder, helmet, and repair kit
- Luggage transfer
- Route descriptions & maps (one set per room)
- GPS tracks available but must be requested in advance
- Tour information
- Emergency hot line number
What’s Not Included
- Arrival and departure travel
- Drinks, lunches, and 2 dinners (while in Bayeaux) (2017)
- Drinks, lunches, and all dinners (2018)
- 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, 2018
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
*All distances are approximate.
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: Excursion to the landing 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 its impressive American cemetery and Port en Bessin before heading back to Bayeux.
DAY 3: Bayeux – Caen, 35 mi. (57 km)
Today you cycle 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 Juno Beach where the Canadian landed. You can visit the memorial to this legacy before cycling back inland to the charming town of Caen.
DAY 4: Caen – Cabourg, 17 mi. (28 km)
After having crossed the Pegasus bridge, where the English army won an important victory in 1944, it's time to enjoy a coastal ride and discover the magnificent "Côte Fleurie" and the charmingly elegant town of Cabourg. Cabourg is a much loved family resort with pleasant walks along a promenade over two miles long sheltered by a sea wall and 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)
Back to the “Pays d'Auge” area reaching the village of Beaumont-en-Auge with its colorful half timbered cottages before reaching Deauville. Deauville, lady of the French coast, with its most glamorous seaside resort, symbolizes elegance, prestige and sophistication. This is also the city of the horse and the gateway to Calvados. Continue by cycling along the coast to reach Honfleur and its charming harbor. Honfleur is a small medieval town, revealing her riches to all those who take the time to look... The past is in evidence all around... calling to you... The Old Dock surrounded by picturesque narrow houses, this is with no doubt what catches the eye of every visitor upon their first visit to Honfleur. But the town is also St Catherine, St Etienne, St Léonard churches, the Lieutenance, the old Salt Stores, the medieval cobbled streets. Honfleur is also recognised as one of the cradles of Impressionism and many artists’ favorite place.
DAY 6: Departure from Honfleur
This Normandy bike tour will end following breakfast.