Normandy Biking Tour
History Comes Alive
To many, Normandy is all about June 6, 1944, “D-Day”. Although the date is significant, this area is multi-faceted beyond the Allied invasion; there’s the invasion that went the other way, across to England and the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Here, you’ll find colourful, vibrant seafront towns, soaring abbeys and gustatory specialties like the famed Camembert cheese and the sweet, potent Calvados liqueur. Layer on exceptional biking on quiet coastal roads and hedge-lined interior byways, and everything is there for your own Norman conquest.
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 how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
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.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
6 Days / 5 Nights
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Day by Day
Lunch at a historic chateau, then bike past horse farms and orchards into Bayeux. Along the way, pay a visit to the soaring Jouaye Mondaye Abbey if you choose.
Take in Juno Beach and the D-Day Landing Exhibit at Arromanches, including a remarkable diorama explaining the invasion. Later, jump back a millennium to admire the renowned Bayeux Tapestry.
Bike to Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc and the American cemetery. An optional stop at the German cemetery is surprisingly moving and completes the picture.
Enjoy a gourmet picnic near Fontaine Henry Chateau, visit the fascinating Pegasus Bridge Museum and cross the River Orne into Calvados territory.
Pedal the coast to glamorous Deauville and postcard-perfect Honfleur, both perfect for elegant shopping. After lunch pause for a cider tasting at a top producer.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel before farewells in Le Havre.
Les Maisons de Léa, Honfleur
Les Maisons de Léa is a beautiful meld of three 15th century townhouses with a former salt warehouse. Its 20+ rooms are tastefully appointed, while the terrace and tea room add a touch of cross-Channel refinement. The location, within the heart of Honfleur and steps from shops and restaurants, is the icing on the cake. 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 »
While most of the riding is relatively easy, expect the occasional challenging climb. Rides average about 48 km (30 mi.) per day.
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, three lunches, three 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
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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.
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