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Normandy

2 days D-Day bike tour

Visit several D-day landing beaches, such as Omaha Beach, Arromanches, Sword Beach, Gold Beach and Juno Beach. The tour includes the medieval city of Bayeux, sandy beaches by seaside villages and the Abbeys of Caen.

Reference N0201
  • Centre based trip
  • 2 days
  • Easy
  • from april to november
  • Minimum age 12 years
GPSGPS application available
145€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This two-days tour around Bayeux lets you discover the turbulent history of Normandy. You’ll pedal on quiet, country roads towards Omaha Beach, where history comes alive. Reflect in the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, and the Overlord Museum.
    The second day’s route takes you to the British sector and the artificial port of Arromanches. You’ll have time to visit Bayeux, known for the Bayeux tapestry, the longest embroidered object in the world.

    Day 1

     
     

    Day-tour to Omaha beach

    Altitude
    ±200m
    Bike
    50km
    The day’s route begins from Bayeux, going to the Overlord Museum and the American Cemetery. You’ll bike on quiet roads through traditional villages with half-timbered houses. The homes are surrounded by forests and cattle grazing on pasture.

    Take time to pay respect to the almost 10,000 American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom. The bike route then continues along the coast to the picturesque small fishing port of Port-en-Bessin. After strolling around the harbor, follow the path back to Bayeux.

    Day 2

     
     

    Day-trip to the artificial harbour of Arromanches

    Altitude
    ±70m
    Bike
    29km
    Bike through the Normandy countryside until you reach the port of Arromanches. You’ll hear stories and be filled with emotion as you visit the D-Day museum and watch a movie showing the 100 days of the landing. The bike path back to Bayeux takes you past bomb craters, gun posts and bunkers. Arriving in Bayeux, take time to visit the Bayeux Tapestry. The tapestry stretches 291 feet by 20 inches and depicts the Norman invasion of England in the 11th century.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You’ll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-3 Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day of biking. Breakfast is included zhen you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category A

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep when you stay in these 3-star hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. A hearty 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 (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tariff tab)


    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 the itinerary and its points of interests.

    Our documentation contains a very detailed description of the itinerary. No matter how you usually navigate, you will find your way thanks to our comprehensive guidance material including:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

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


    For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.


    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information
  • 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.


    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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