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Are you limited in time but wanting a real feeling about what happened in the summer 1944? This 3 Night/4 Day “short escape” is the perfect add on to your Paris visit! Cycle the famous beaches, see the best known war memorials and museums, while staying in the charming and historical towns of Normandy. Normandy is well-known historically for its role in aiding the Allied Forces during World War II, but that is just one part of what makes Normandy a must-visit for any vacationer. For cyclists, Normandy provides sweeping, hilly views of the Atlantic, crisp ocean air that hits your face as you cycle through coastline, woods, and don’t forget – tasty Camembert cheese! Also unique to this part of France is its growth of apples — something that helps it produce cider and whiskey. This self guided cycling tour takes care of your lodging, detailed tour routes, and allows you to enjoy your cycling holiday like a local without having to do your own research!
Arrival to Bayeux, 2 hours from Paris St Lazare by train. Departure from Caen to Montparnasse station in Paris.
Not Included: Choice of Bike Rentals
Included Standard Hotels:
About: Superior quality lodging as shown in 3 and 4 stars on the standard tour, and all 4 star superior in the upgrade package. All lodging includes a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities.
Local Expert: 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.
Need to Know:
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! Check out our Destination Guide for details but 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.
A short bike ride can be possible today, subject to arrival time.
Meals: on own
Highlights: Bayeux tapestry & exploration, welcome orientation
From Bayeux and the commonwealth memorial, we head northwest through green pastures and apple orchards until Omaha Beach and the American war cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer. From there you will ride eastwards along the coast. The fishing harbor of Port-en-Bessin will be the perfect place for a break. After a stopover at the German battery of Longues-sur-Mer, it is just a short downhill to the Mulberry harbor of Arromanches-les-Bains on Gold Beach. From your hotel which faces the sea, you can contemplate the beautiful landscapes and enjoy a memorable evening at leisure!
Distance: 33, 56 or 78 km
Highlights: American war cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, Port-en-Bessin, German battery of Longues-sur-Mer, Arromanches-les-Bains on Gold Beach
After enjoying a beautiful sunrise for breakfast, start cycling eastward to reach Juno Beach and the Canadian memorial at Courseulles-sur-Mer. From there, follow the little Mue River bed southward to the village of Fontaine-Henry, with its pretty Chateau. Another 10 km east will bring you to Pegasus Bridge on the Orne Valley, the landing target of the British parachutes and the beginning of the longest day! Cycle the tow path along the canal to reach the centre of Caen. Your hotel is located in the area around the chateau which was saved from the bombs in Caen: The Capital of Lower Normandy. Caen has been reconstructed around the old Chateau of William the conqueror and is today a lively city.
Meals: breakfast & dinner
Distance: 44 or 58 km
Highlights: Juno Beach, Canadian memorial at Courseulles-sur-Mer, Pegasus Bridge, chateaux, Caen
Today after breakfast, your tour concludes. If you wish to add some more cycling days, we can arrange in advance. Ask us for more information!
3 Nights Version: (based on double occupancy)
Superior Three & Four Star Hotels:
Upgraded Four Star+ Hotels:
ADD On to this Normandy Short Trip:
Hybrid Bike Rental: 108 euros
Road Bike Rental: 132 euros
E-bike Rental: 132 euros
Garmin GPS Rental: 25 euros
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Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!