Normandy: Cider, Castles & Coastlines
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Cycling the hills, plains and coastlines of the Norman countryside sounds like a slice of heaven to us.
- Lesser-traveled, gorgeous country roads and gourmet meals
- Explore beloved Normandy region, a land of abbeys, chateaux, coastal villages and world-shaping history
- Taste the fine Cider, Calvados and Camembert for which Normandy is renowned
- Remember the bravery of D-Day at World War II sites and memorials
- Extend your trip for two more nights with our post-tour option to captivating Mont Saint Michel and quaint Saint Malo in Brittany
This is a region of great beauty and tranquil ways, yet it has witnessed two of the most pivotal events in world history: the Norman Conquest and the D-Day invasion. Your native guide will bring it all alive to you, escorting you to out-of-the-way delights, introducing you to the gentle people of rural Normandy and of course offering you tastes of Normandy’s finest food and drink. Allons-y!
Normandy is a land of abbeys, chateaux, coastal villages that you will discover by bike and through thetaste of the locally-made fine Cider, Calvados and Camembert cheese for which this region is renowned. If you decide to extend your stay in this beautiful corner of France, why not taking a chance to venture further to captivating Mont Saint Michel and the quaint Saint Malo, on our optional post-tour extension in Brittany? Allez, allez, les cyclistes!
Flat and rolling, with some hills
Total Mileage: 167 Daily Average: 28
Bayeux, France or Saint Malo, France
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Day 1–2: Honfleur warm-up ride and loop to Deauville
Day 1: If the scenes we ride through today look familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen them painted in impressionist masterpieces by Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet. Today we enjoy the beautiful coastal village of Honfleur.
Day 2: Famous for its racecourse, harbour, international film festival, marinas, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France and the perfect location to start the discovery of Normandie.
Day 3: Cambremer
This is apple country, and we’ll learn how Calvados and Pommeau are made (tastings will of course be de rigeur!) in Cambremer also discovering a gorgeous and unknown corner of Normandie.
Day 4: Caen
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried here, and for the Battle for Caen—heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the
Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the town.
Day 5–6: Bayeux, Arromanches-les-Bains and Omaha beach
Day 5: Founded as a Gallo-Roman settlement in the 1st century BC, Bayeux nowadays is famous for its Bayeux’s Tapestry Museum, that we’ll visit and which displays the renowned woven depictions of the Battle of Hastings and Norman Conquest.
Day 6: We can’t cycle in Normandy without observing and remembering the Allied sacrifices
of June 6, 1944 visiting the site of Omaha beach.
Day 7: Au revoir
Stay on and explore more this area or catch a TGV train to Paris Saint Lazare train station (2hrs) and then reach the Charles de Gaulle international airport to catch your next connection or, why not joining us on our post-tour extension to visit Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo in Brittany?