At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
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.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Historic battles, enduring beauty
History comes to life here – and you will too. Let a deep appreciation for life wash over you as you ride past white sand beaches and memorial markers, then let the spirit of the people buoy you as you sip Calvados with local nobility. After a stay at the one-of-a-kind Villa Lara, you’ll find yourself awing over a backstage tour of Mont Saint-Michel, and fawning over our gourmet finish.
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Day by Day
Visit the Renaissance castle of Fontaine-Henry. Ride through the Valley of Mills to Juno Beach. This evening, sip cocktails in Bayeux with our WWII expert before dinner at one of the town’s top restaurants.
Meet with a WWII historian and take a walk on Omaha Beach for a spine-tingling description of the landing. End the day at the American Cemetery for the flag-lowering ceremony.
Take in Longues-sur-Mer and the D-Day Landing Exhibit at Arromanches. Enjoy a Calvados tasting, then bike through quaint villages back to Villa Lara. Later, jump back a millennium to admire the Bayeux Tapestry.
Visit magical Mont Saint-Michel, the island monastery rising like a dream from its bay. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit here through medieval history before making your way to Brittany on two wheels.
Take a boat across to St-Malo for a tour of the legendary city of Corsairs. Ride to the seaside village of Cancale, famous for its phenomenal oysters. Tonight, raise a glass and celebrate your journey in Breton style.
Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel and farewells before heading to the Rennes train station in time for your onward travels.
Living history in Normandy.
Villa Lara, Bayeux
This boutique hotel lies in the heart of Bayeux, neighbouring the town's 11thC cathedral. Stylish, air-conditioned guestrooms see a blend of classic and contemporary, featuring handmade furnishings, plush fabrics and marble bathrooms. With many famous World War II sites close by, Villa Lara is the perfect base for revisiting the events of June 6, 1944. The owner, Rima Hebert, always offers her guests a personalized welcome.
Hotel Castelbrac, Dinard
Originally a 19thC castle, this stunning five-star boutique hotel with a chic contemporary aesthetic offers incomparable sea views, warm welcomes and a Michelin-star restaurant.
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
Our guides were the epitome of caring, charming, knowledgeable, fun.—Virginia Meltzer
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.
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation (suite upgrade available, call for details)
- 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 hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- A handlebar-mounted 7” Samsung Galaxy tablet with preloaded GPS bike routes
- B&R biodegradable water bottle
On this trip, you can choose between a customized hybrid with flat bars or a road bike with drop bars. We also equip you with a handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle. See Equipment Details
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Spend more time in Paris
We absolutely recommend that you spend time in Paris at least a day before or after your trip, as the French capital has much to offer the visitor, first-timer or otherwise. We will happily organize a city guide if you want an insider’s tour of Paris.
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