History Comes Alive
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 as they speak of their attraction to the sea—a feeling you will share as we bike the Channel coast and past historic beaches.
Normandy Biking is a signature B&R Biking trip—expertly guided, small groups, premium hotels.
Deauville to Caen
6 Days / 5 Nights
Price per person from: $5,295
Single supplement: $800
See departure dates for exact pricing
Choose a Date
Day by Day
Pedal along the coast from Deauville to the postcard-perfect harbour town of Honfleur and then back to the fishing village of Trouville for a memorable harbourside seafood dinner.
Visit the fascinating Pegasus Bridge and its museum, enjoy a Calvados tasting in a small village surrounded by the lush Norman countryside and bike through quaint villages en route to Bayeux.
Take in Juno Beach and the D-Day Landing Exhibit at Arromanches, later, jump back a millennium to admire the renowned Bayeux Tapestry.
Try the century ride to Utah beach, with a detour to pivotal St. Marie du Mont and St. Mere Eglise before heading to the German paratrooper museum.
Meet a former resistance fighter for a tour and hear his tales of bravery, ending at the American cemetery; spine-tingling history, up close and personal.
Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel and farewells in Caen to catch your departures home.
Normandy Barrière, Deauville
The Normandy Barrière of Deauville features imitable Anglo-Norman architecture and comfortable, spacious rooms with stylish, traditional decoration, a view to the famous beachfront, as well as direct access to the Casino Barrière de Deauville. Located an hour from the D-Day landing point, this property perfectly weaves together luxury, excitement and vivid history. 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 as Moderate. 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 km (25 mi.), although the terrain on these days is fairly 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. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- All hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guides and support van
- All special events and private tours
- Use of a customized Cannondale bike: a hybrid, a racing bike with drop bars, or a racing bike with flat 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 2013
Notes from the Road
- Reading for the Road: Books About NormandyWe at The Slow Road answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers. We’ve put together reading lists, which include books about Normandy —from novels to great guidebooks—t …
- Calvados and Cider: Norman TraditionsJapan has sake. Burgundy has pinot noir. Normandy has Calvados and Cider. Calvados: Double Distilled in the Pays d’Auge Calvados is aged in oak casks, from which it gets its aromatic bouquet and colour. An apple brandy from Basse-Normandie (Lower Nor …
- History Lesson: Bayeux TapestryPicture this: in a picturesque and medieval French town, gorgeous homes and intricate stone bridges are… routinely ignored. While Bayeaux certainly has its charms, in this town the top draw is an embroidered piece of cloth. (Seriously.) The Bayeux Ta …