Soul-stirring Cycling With an Optional Spin-off
Cycling the hills, plains and coastlines of the Norman countryside sounds like a slice of heaven to us. 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 the taste 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!
- 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
Day by Day
Day 1 — Honfleur warm-up ride
Today we meet at 1pm at the hotel for a light lunch & introduction talk, then we enjoy a quick warm-up ride. 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. Honfleur is a picturesque port that is worth discovering also on foot, taking a stroll in town: the perfect location to start the discovery of Normandie.
Day 2 — Loop to Deauville
Our loop today takes us to Deauville, famous for its racecourse, harbour, international film festival, marinas, villas and sumptuous hotels. Thisis one of the most prestigious seaside resortsin all of France. Enjoy the “immersion” in the Normandie’s countryside and when back to the hotel, allow some time to take a stroll in Honfleur before you savor the local specialties of this unique French region.
Day 3 — Deauville to Cambremer
The orchards and hilly prairies of the Pays d’Auge await today as we ride the route of Cider. 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 — Cambremer to Caen
En route to Caen today we enter in the department of Calvados which offers spectacular views of green meadows, cliffs, fruit orchards, sandy beaches and lots of acres of farmland. 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 — Caen to Bayeux
Today we keep discovering the beauty of the Calvados, famous also for the quaint town of Bayeux, the Gallo-Roman settlement founded in the 1st century BC. This town is renowned for its Bayeux’s Tapestry Museum, that we’ll visit and which displays the famous woven depictions of the Battle of Hastings and Norman Conquest. If time allows today you can also visit the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Bayeux, and also the Botanic Garden that dates back to 1864.
Day 6 — Arromanches-les-Bains and Omaha beach loop
We can’t cycle in Normandy without observing and remembering the Allied sacrifices of June 6, 1944. One can never fail to be moved by the contrast between the quiet, serene coast of today and the battlefield it was decades ago. Today’s spin will take us to the coastal section of Normandie before our return to our beautiful hotel, where we’ll enjoy a celebration cocktail followed by a scrumptious dinner: Vive la Normandie!
Day 7 — Au revoir
The tour ends in the morning after breakfast. 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 or, why not joining us on our post-tour extension to visit Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo in Brittany?
- Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
On The Tour
- Full van support from informative tour leaders
- Cycling clinics
- Visit at the Bayeux’s Tapestry museum
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
- Wine and cider tastings
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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Located in the heart of Honfleur, the Hotel brings together the charm of the Normandy region located in an ancient Manor house nested in a park. Some amenities include spacious rooms, a swimming pool and sauna.
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Chateau les Bruyeres
The Chateau Les Bruyères offers cozy rooms, all decorated with taste, combining elegance and rustic style. Each room is finished in a different style according to the inspiration of the lady of the house and look out either on the grounds, the kitchen garden or the jade tones of the heated swimming pool. Old fashioned charm and modern comfort combine harmoniously with plasma TV, broadband and minibar.
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Hotel Villa Lara
A 4-star boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic center, nested in a quiet, tree-lined square, along the river Aure. Amenities include a bar-lounge area, delicious buffet with regional delicacies, a library with fireplace and fitness room.
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