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France - Normandy Impressionists Bicycle Tour

from 999 Euros

Self guided, this cycling tour of France gives you the freedom to explore WWII beaches at your speed, and the beautiful landscapes and villages that inspired Impressionism. This tour journeys through one of France's most visited regions, including Honfleur one of the regions top attractions for its picturesque setting. The ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self guided hybrid cycling Level 3
  • Availability
    May to October
  • Duration
    5 or 7 nights
  • Distance
    40-50 km/day

DAY 1 | Arrive in Bayeux, Welcome Meeting

Arriving today in the afternoon allows you to check in and visit the town of Bayeux before your orientation and welcome meeting. There is much to see and do in Bayeux! Among the highlights are the cathedral and the famous tapestry. Since Bayeux became the Allied headquarters soon after the landing, Bayeux was not bombed and is extremely well preserved. To reach Bayeux, a train from Paris via Caen is the best way to go; please allow 2.5 hours travel time. We can assist with pre-trip nights in Paris and train info.
Note: start days are Saturday or Monday; other start days require a supplement for parties less than 4 participants.

Hotel d'Argouges


Bayeux

 Hotel d'Argouges

Discover this elegant 18th-c. townhouse in the town centre with its spacious classic lounges, its guest rooms adorned with antique furniture and its lovely garden and friendly service. In this harmonious and enchanting setting, enjoy the good life and set out on foot to experience Normandy and conquer Bayeux. Nearby: restaurants, shops and the thousand and one treasures of the town, including the Queen Matilda Tapestry., Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Battle of Normandy Memorial and more. Between Mont Saint-Michel and the landing beaches, Normandy offers nothing but the finest outings.

Honfleur France bicycle tour stop, Atout France/CDT Calvados

Honfleur France bicycle tour stop, Atout France/CDT Calvados

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DAY 2 | Loop ride around Bayeux t (38 or 56kms)

After breakfast which is included at your hotel, you can get suited up to ride at your leisure. Today is a loop ride, so no luggage issues. From Bayeux and the commonwealth memorial, we head north-west until Omaha beach and the American war cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer. Before returning to Bayeux you can make a stopover at the typical fishing village of Port-en-Bessin. A longer option takes you to "Pointe du Hoc" near Grandcamp-Maisy. Point du Hoc was immortalized in the movie The Longest Day. Back to Bayeux dinner on your own. (B)
Long Ride: 57km/35 miles elev +/- 458m(1509ft). Short ride: 42km/26mi.

Hotel d'Argouges


Bayeux

 Hotel d'Argouges

Discover this elegant 18th-c. townhouse in the town centre with its spacious classic lounges, its guest rooms adorned with antique furniture and its lovely garden and friendly service. In this harmonious and enchanting setting, enjoy the good life and set out on foot to experience Normandy and conquer Bayeux. Nearby: restaurants, shops and the thousand and one treasures of the town, including the Queen Matilda Tapestry., Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Battle of Normandy Memorial and more. Between Mont Saint-Michel and the landing beaches, Normandy offers nothing but the finest outings.

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Cathedral of Bayeux, cycling in France, Atout France

Cathedral of Bayeux, cycling in France, Atout France

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DAY 3 | Bayeux to Caen (45 or 60 kms)

Time is all for you today; breakfast at your leisure then ready to ride when you want. The ride today follows the narrow Aure Valley where you soon reach the coast at Longues-sur-Mer to the main German Battery right on the cliff of Gold beach. It will be short downhill to the famous artificial harbor of Arromanches. Juno Beach and the Canadian Museum are right on the beach and both are just a short distance onward. Courseulles-sur-Mer is a great place for sea food. In the afternoon, you follow the little Seulles valley inland to get to the “Capital” of the region in Caen. A larger town, you have to at least visit the Caen Memorial for peace and remembrance as well as the castle if time allows. Dinner included tonight. (B,D)

Best Western Hotel Le Dauphin


Caen Caen

Best Western Hotel Le Dauphin

Le Dauphin is a charming hotel offering quiet rooms and a delightful restaurant. Located in the heart of William the Conqueror's ancient city it is easily accessible to many of the areas attractions. From Caen you can choose to visit the D-Day beaches or shop in the famous cities of Deauville and Honfleur.

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World War 2 landing sites on a cycling tour of Normandie

World War 2 landing sites on a cycling tour of Normandie

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DAY 4 | Caen to Cabourg (45 or 60 kms)

Starting today at your leisure, an early start out of Caen might be helpful before you begin your way along the Orne canal from Caen to the sea where you get to the famous Pegasus Bridge. This is the site of the landing target of the British parachutes and the beginning of the longest day! Past Ranville, the first liberated town in France you head to the coast and the last site of D-Day; the Merville battery! A short stroll along sandy beaches brings you to Cabourg. Dinner on your own tonight; we will include some tips. Maybe some crepes and cider? (B)

Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome


Cabourg Normandy

Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome

Just 5 minutes from the city center and the beaches and overlooking the Hippodrome, the hotel provides both comfort and complete peace and quiet. Overlooking lush grounds, our rooms are cozy and comfortable. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, be sure to make the most of our heated pool, hammam, sauna and fitness area. This hotel should be top of your list for social events, conferences or simply a few days away with the family.

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Abbaye aux Hommes; Emilie Ursule, Atout France cycling tours

Abbaye aux Hommes; Emilie Ursule, Atout France cycling tours

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DAY 5 | Cabourg to Honfleur (35 or 56kms)

This is the last ride day and a pretty coastal scenery. Through Cabourg and Houlgate, you can admire some of the greatest Anglo-Norman architecture before riding inland to the typical village of Beaumont-en-Auge with its half-timbered houses. From there you can choose how you want to get to Honfleur, through the coast from Deauville and its Parisian feel or through the cool forest of St Gatien. We recommend the Deauville version if you want to see a favorite Parisien getaway and have a sit down lunch. Late, when you arrive in Honfleur, you will find your hotel is around the old Harbor, a wonderful setting for you last night. Honfleur is a gem and is brimming with art and history. It sites on the south bank of the estuary of the Seine river, and was a strategic port before becoming an important trading harbour in the XVIth century. During the XVIIth century, Honfleur was the starting point for many navigators for the new world; Brazil, New-land, Quebec… From that rich past, almost everything is preserved; Churches, old port, bell-tower, ware-houses, 4 and 5 hundred years old buildings, cobblestone streets far too small for cars…. A real treasure and one that the impressionist painters of the late 1800's and early 1900's brought to canvas. Enjoy a last night out, or add on another night for extra time in this fascinating town. (B)

Hotel Cheval Blanc


Honfleur Normandy

Hotel Cheval Blanc

Facing the fishing port of Honfleur, a quaint seaside town nestled on the Normandy coast, and historic rendezvous for artists from all around the world, Le Cheval Blanc is located at the entrance of the old harbor of Honfleur. The harbor welcomes year round the old rigging ships and many great sailing boats. The distinctiveness of the area lays in the Upper-Normandy style houses dating from the 17th, and 18th century, that make up the banks (classified site) of the harbor.

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Specialties of Normandie while cycling in France, Atout France CDT Calvados

Specialties of Normandie while cycling in France, Atout France CDT Calvados

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DAY 6 | Departure Day

Departure Day, or an extra day if you want to add on another night. Let us know in at the time of booking for extra nights in Honfleur - which we highly recommend. If you depart, we can arrange a transfer to Deauville station from where you can take a train to Paris. We are able to reserve Paris services with advance booking.

Deauville France bicycle tour Atout France CDT Calvados

Deauville France bicycle tour Atout France CDT Calvados

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

* 5-7 nights very charming lodging
* Daily buffet breakfast
* 1 dinner included, Night 3
* Luggage transfer
* Welcome orientation
* Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, a step by step itinerary and cue sheets
* Pre-travel tour information
* Technical and emergency support
* All pre-travel planning services, including help booking Paris stop overs and transportation to Normandy

Not included but available:
* bike rental
* GPS rental
* extra nights
* dinner add-ons

Lodging

Accommodation: 3 and 4 star hotels in each area of the region and in close proximity of the must see sites! All lodging include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Standard Hotels included:
- Bayeux: Hotel Argouges *** or Lion d'Or
- Caen: Le Dauphin ****
- Cabourg: Mercure Hippodrome***
- Honfleur: Cheval Blanc ***

Upgraded Hotels:
- Chateau de Sully****
- Le Dauphin **** (superior rooms)
- Grand Hotel de Cabourg****
- Maison de Lea****
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **
Normandy Impressionist & Memorials(based on double occupancy)
 
3 & 4 Star Hotels
Upgraded Hotels
Based on 2 participants1095 euros/person 1534 euros/person
Based on 4 participants1066 euros/person 1523 euros/person
Based on 6 participants 999 euros/person 1436 euros/person
Single supplement364 Euros/single 600/single
Hybrid Bike rental 132 Euros 132 Euros
Road or E-Bike rental 216 Euros 216 Euros
GPS rental50 Euros 50 Euros
Add 4 Dinners216 Euros 360 Euros
Transfer to Deauville station 36 Euros/person 36 Euros/person

Please inquire for solo supplement if you are traveling on your own. For groups of less than 4, starts on any day other than Saturday or Monday add a 44 euros/person supplement.

Occasionally triple rooms are available, please inquire.
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Tour Details

Bayeux to Honfleur Cycling Tour
5 Nights / 6 Days with optional 2-night add on to Rouen
Dates - This tour departs any Saturday or Monday, subject to hotel availability, May-September. Any other day possible with supplement for parties less than 4 persons.
Level - Level is moderate+ (3) Good fitness recommended.
Tour Highlights:
- Cycle from the Landing Beaches to picturesque village of Honfleur
- 2-night add-on following Impressionist Route
- Culinary specialties of the region: crepes, camembert, calvados, cider
Need to Know:
- The terrain is rolling meadows and coastline, with occasional short but steep climbs and coastal winds.
- Bookings around June 6th dates are hard to book because of D-Day celebrations, and access to sites may be limited due to media coverage.
- Arrival city is Bayeux 2 hours from Paris St Lazare station by train, and departure city Honfleur/Trouville; or in the option from Rouen to Paris St Lazare station.

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  • Local Coordinator

    Patrick, who lives in Normandy, has a real feel for our travelers' expectations when it comes to exploring uncharted territory and he possesses a definite flair for finding a region’s hidden treasures. Our local guides and experts are available by phone to assist during your trip with any kind of emergency, breakdown (except flats), and if due to weather or other reason you need to arrange a transfer. About Self Guided Tours

    Bikes Available on This Tour: SPECIALIZED Sirrus hybrid, Specialized Vita Hybrid for women, or the Specialized Tarmac SL2 road bike. Rental rates are shown on the "Rates Tab" above. See links to spec pages below.
    All bikes are outfitted with:
  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer included, GPS (can be rented for 50Euro) (1 for 2 people)
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, frame pump, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Rear panniers optional with supplement


  • Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your tool to remove them from the bikes at the end of the tour. Panniers can also be added to hybrids only for a small supplement of 20 euros/pair.


    See the complete bike specs for each bike available: Specialized Sirrus Hybrid and Specialized Vita WSD Hybrid. OTHER Options: E Bikes in limited supply; and Tandem Rental Option for experienced tandem riders only.
    Road bikes: Specialized Tarmac SL2 or Cannondale Synapse:Road bikes are on request and brand can vary. All options are carbon frame, compact double 10 speed. Only bags available on road bikes are with a catilevered seat post rack with duffle. Road Spec Sheet

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