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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.

Normandy Bistro Biking trips offer more independence (more meals on your own), and the hotels are likely to be stylish 4-stars instead of off-the-chart. But the heart of every one is exactly the same as our marquee trips— incredible scenery, events, insider access and B&R guides. Find out more about our Bistro trips »

Trip Details

Moderate
Caen to Deauville
6 Days / 5 Nights


Price per person from: $3,995
Single supplement: $700
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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.

Hotels

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 »

Activity Level

Moderate

This trip is rated Moderate. While most of the riding is relatively easy, expect the occasional challenging climb. Rides average about 48 km (30 mi.) per day.

Gear

The Bikes

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.

What's Included

  • 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

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.

Learn more about our guides »

Normandy Bistro Biking

Notes from the Road

On Omaha Beach, Bravery Remembered

Today, Omaha Beach, which once bore so much violence, has given way to a series of beautiful, if stoic, tributes to the many men who fought that day.
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Reading for the Road: Books About Normandy

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people.
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Calvados and Cider:
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