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D-Day bike tour from Bayeux to Caen

D-Day landing beaches, Omaha Beach, Arromanches, Sword beach, Gold beach, Juno beach, the Caen memorial, but also the medieval tapestry of Bayeux, the fine sand beaches, the abbeys of Caen and the seaside villages

Reference N0401
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • from april to november
  • Minimum age 12 years
319€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This bike trip immerses you in the turbulent history of Normandy.

    You will discover the D-Day landing beaches: the American sector with Omaha beach and the gripping American cemetery of Colleville-sur-mer, the English sector of Gold beach, Sword beach and the artificial port of Arromanches and the Canadian sector in Juno beach. Stop at the fascinating memorial of Caen, which traces very well these turbulent days.

    But this bike tour will also introduce you to the magnificent medieval tapestry of Bayeux as well as its Gothic cathedral, the typical small fishing ports, the bocage roads and the long sandy beaches.

    Day 1

     
     

    Day-tour to Omaha beach

    Altitude
    ±200m
    Bike
    50km
    Your bike ride takes you from Bayeux to the Overlord Museum and the American cemetery by small bocage roads through villages with half-timbered houses and along meadows with grazing cattle. After having paid your respect to the about 10 000 Americans soldiers, who sacrified themselves, you continue along the coast to the pretty little fishing port of Port-en-Bessin. Stroll to the harbor before returning to Bayeux.

    Day 2

     
     

    Bayeux - Courseulles-sur-Mer

    Altitude
    ±100m
    Bike
    38km
    From Bayeux you ride through the bocage towards the German batteries of Longues-sur-Mer. Continue along the cliffs to the port of Arromanches where you visit the D-Day Museum and the circular cinema showing the 100 days of the landing. Through the countryside and coastal villages you ride along Sword beach, Gold beach and finally Juno beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, the Canadian landing beach. You can visit the Juno Beach Center or stroll on the fishing port.

    Day 3

     
     

    Courseulles-sur-Mer - Caen

    Altitude
    ±30m
    Bike
    35km
    From the fishing harbour of Courseulles-sur-Mer you continue along the seaside villages and enjoy the long sandy beaches. You reach the port of Ouistreham where the ferries from England are arriving. Then you ride along the canal to Caen passing the Pegasus Bridge. You discover Caen with its pedestrian zone and its magnificent abbeys.

    Day 4

     
     

    Caen - Bayeux

    Altitude
    ±60m
    Bike
    40km
    You leave Caen passing in front of the memorial, which traces very well the dark days of the Second World War. Then you cross Normandy’s countryside: bocage roads, cows grazing quietly, half-timbered farms and villages before catching a glimpse of the bell-towers of the cathedral of Bayeux.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with **/*** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in hotels with *** standards selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary (bound A5 format) giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description

    To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Caen and then train to Bayeux.
    • By train: direct train from Paris Saint-Lazare. The duration of the trip is around 2h50. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Bayeux, you can park your car for free in the street. The exact location will be given in your travel documents.

    To get back to starting point:
    Your bike ride leads you back to Bayeux.

    If you chose the luggage transport, you will be able to pick up your luggage after 5pm at the pick up location.

    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive at around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

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