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Normandy bike tour from the D-Day beaches to the charming harbours

Cycling from Bayeux to the quaint harbour of Honfleur along D-Day beaches, Caen, Deauville and other charming coastal cities and villages

Reference N0801
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Easy
  • from april to november
  • Minimum age 14 years
0€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This bike tour leads along one of the most beautiful coasts of France. The tour starts in Bayeux, world-known for its medieval tapistery, but also at the heart of the landing beaches of WW II. From here you will discover Omaha beach, but also Arromanches and Gold beach and pay homage to the fallen soldiers at the American Cemetery overlooking the English Channel. You will ride along apple orchards, dairy farms and the beautiful coast into quaint fishing villages.

    Day 1

     
     

    Bayeux

    Bayeux is at the center of the landing beaches. Discover this charming medieval town dominated by its magnificent Gothic cathedral. Stroll through the narrow medieval streets and admire the half-timbered houses. Do not miss the eleventh century tapestry representing the conquest of England by William the Conqueror.

    Day 2

     
     

    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 3

     
     

    Day-trip to the artificial harbour of Arromanches

    Altitude
    ±70m
    Bike
    29km
    Through the Norman countryside you reach the port of Arromanches where you visit the D-Day Museum and the circular cinema showing the 100 days of the landing.. You ride along the cliffs to the German batteries of Longues-sur-Mer and ride back through the bocage to Bayeux.

    Day 4

     
     

    Bayeux - Caen

    Altitude
    ±75m
    Bike
    40km
    You leave Bayeux on small countryroads in the typical bocage Normandy hinterland saluting cows, sheep and horses. You cross quaint, small villages like Creuilly where you can admire the park of the castle overlooking the valley. You arrive at the memorial of Caen, which is definitely worth a long stop to discover this excellent museum.

    Day 5

     
     

    Caen - Cabourg

    Altitude
    ±15m
    Bike
    28km
    From Caen you leave leisurely the city along the canal. You cross the canal on Pegasus Bridge where the British army won a major victory in 1944 and continue along the Orne river until the delta and the sea. Observation platforms allow you to stop at leisure to observe the fauna and the flora. You continue along the coast well-known thanks to its beauty and called the "flowered coast" (côte fleurie) along the large sandy beaches until the small seaside town of Cabourg.

    Day 6

     
     

    Cabourg - Honfleur

    Altitude
    ±300m
    Bike
    40km
    You leave Cabourg to reach the small seaside town of Houlgate and Villiers-sur-Mer. You cross a green space where you may be able to observe storks before joining Deauville. Stroll on the famous boardwalk, look at a horse race and stop at the casino before continuing along the coast to the charming port of Honfleur.

    Day 7

     
     

    Honfleur - Trouville

    Altitude
    ±230m
    Bike
    48km
    You leave the pretty harbor of Honfleur for the quaint hinterland and its typical Norman countrside with its valleys, many cows and small flowered half-timbered farms. You reach the charming village of Pont l’Evêque, famous for its cheese before returning to Deauville and Trouville.

    Day 8

     
     

    Départure from Trouville

    You can decide to extend your stay or start your home travel.
  • 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

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • 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.

    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


    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.

    To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Caen, 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 (Trouville-Bayeux) :

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point from Trouville-Deauville if you wish (from 1h30 to 2h30 depending on the time schedules). They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 19€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.

    We can also organise a transfer in a private vehicule on demand.

    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.


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