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Normandy Self-Guided Bike Tour
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, where 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 your luxury accommodation, the Hotel Villa Lara in Bayeux, where you'll meet your B&R representative. This afternoon is yours to explore the town—you might like to start by taking in the world-famous tapestry.
Delve into the history of D-Day with a trip to Arromanches and its Invasion Museum. This afternoon, ride past the German bunkers of Longues sur Mer, the only historic monument that still bears the original guns of June 1944. If you aren't tired yet, an additional ride can take you on to Juno Beach.
Ride through Norman countryside to Omaha beach and the American cemetery. Get ready to be moved by the stories of the War Heroes and their tragic destinies. An optional extended ride can take you to Pointe du Hoc, the German stronghold overlooking Utah and Omaha beaches.
Ride by the breathtaking Château Fontaine-Henri and on to the historical Pegasus Bridge, an intrinsic part of the D-Day success.
Ride deeper into the Pays d’Auge; dotted with dairy farms and apple orchards. Famous for its cheeses, cider and calvados, you'll be given the opportunity to sample both local delights. This afternoon will take you to the lovely seaside village of Honfleur, your home for the final two nights of the trip.
Enjoy the pace of seaside life as you pedal the coastal road to two neighbouring seaside towns, Deauville and Trouville, passing a great cider producer along the way.
Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel and farewells before heading to Deauville-Trouville train station. À bientôt!
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 »
Le Grand Hotel Cabourg, Cabourg
This stately seaside Grand Hotel features fully renovated rooms furnished in a contemporary style, while maintaining the romantic atmosphere that comes with channel views and flowers-filled gardens. During your stay you may want to enjoy dinner at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, enjoy a spa treatment, or take a sunset walk along the beach.
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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 »
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. For the more avid cyclists, options for additional riding are available each day.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- Six nights hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts
- Set-up, and support by local B&R representative in case of emergency (local representative is never more than one hour away)
- Use of a hybrid or racing bike and helmet, water bottle, front handlebar bag, lock, repair kit with two extra tubes per person and one small pump
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and personalized travelogue with information for independent sightseeing and dining
- Transfer from Caen train station to hotel in Bayeux upon arrival
- Transfer from hotel to Deauville-Trouville train station on final day
- All luggage transportation
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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.
"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
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