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Normandy Biking Tour
History At Your Feet
Though every region of Europe boasts a long history, Normandy has been deeply shaped by two watershed moments that are pillars of European history and culture: the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the Allied landing on June 6, 1944. Discovering this region is like turning the pages of a history book while riding through lush fields, along white sand beaches, past quaint thatched cottages and ancient churches; the combination of these elements has created in Normandy a unique region. The locals speak of their love for the land and their attraction to the sea – a feeling you will share as we bike the Channel coast and past historic beaches.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
7 Days / 6 Nights
Best Time to Visit
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Day by Day
Bienvenue en Normandie! You'll be chauffeured to the lovely seaside village of Honfleur. Meet your guide over cocktails to discuss your forthcoming adventure then enjoy an evening on your own to dine in town.
Today you begin your adventure by exploring the hidden valleys of the Parc Naturel Régional des Boucles de la Seine Normande. At midday, you’ll pause for lunch at a lovely local auberge – a perfect introduction to Norman cuisine – before continuing back to Honfleur
Today you roll inland through the famous horse-breeding farms of the area. Deep forests alternate with lush prairies as we descend into Deauville, an elegant resort often called the "Parisian Riviera" for its casino, stately buildings, and annual film festival.
Visit the fascinating Pegasus Bridge and its museum, enjoy lunch in a private château complemented by samples of two of the region’s liquid specialties: cider and calvados. In the early evening you'll gather to visit the Bayeux tapestry, a medieval wonder of craftsmanship.
Take in Juno Beach and the D-Day Landing exhibit at Arromanches. This afternoon’s ride back to Bayeux will pass by the imposing guns of the bunkers at Longues-sur-Mer.
Your final day saves the best for last! you'll ride to Pointe du Hoc, the German stronghold overlooking the American landing beaches and hear from our WWII expert. You'll lunch in a Swedish-style wood house that makes some of the best seafood and barbecue skewers and end the day with a moving trip to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery.
Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel and farewells before heading to the Caen train station, which has direct connections to Paris.
Ferme Ste. Simeon, Honfleur
This charming and beautiful 5-star luxury hotel is perched on the heights of Honfleur, close to Satie Museum, Eugene Boudin Museum, and 200 metres from the Normandy coast. Ferme Saint Simeon features individually decorated guestrooms, a relaxing spa and a stunning garden and terrace. View hotel website »
Hotel Villa Lara, Bayeux
This 4-star, boutique hotel is located in the centre of historic Bayeux—and faces both an 11thC hotel and the Aure River. The contemporary rooms feature hand-made Moissonnier furniture, flat-screen televisions, air-conditioning and well-equipped mini bars; no convenience has been overlooked. The historic, 68-metre long Bayeux Tapestry is just minutes away. View hotel website »
This trip is rated Enthusiast. While most of the riding is relatively easy, expect to contend with the occasional challenging climb. On a couple of days, the ride is longer than the average 40-50 km (25-30 mi.), although the terrain on these days is relatively flat.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding customized Cannondales; there are three models to choose from to ensure you'll have the perfect bike. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- Six nights hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated – all breakfasts, three lunches including wine (as selected by B&R)
- Services of one B&R guide and support vehicle
- All special events and private tours
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
"Our trip surpassed our expectations. We expected a great biking trip, which we experienced. We did not anticipate that we would laugh as much as we bonded with our travel group on the rides and during meals; that we would learn as much about the French culture and history… and that this would all take place in strikingly beautiful and varied locations."
— Elizabeth Vorys
Normandy Biking Private
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6 Days / 5 Nights
Price from: $4,995 USD
6 Days / 5 Nights
Price from: $3,295 USD
6 Days / 5 Nights
Price from: $5,995 USD
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