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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

Reviews (8) :
4.50 / 5
Reference N0401
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • from April to November
  • Minimum age 12 years
GPSGPS-app available
399€ / 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.

    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. Get onto your bike and enjoy "La Vélomaritime"!

    Day 1


    Day-tour to Omaha Beach

    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


    Bayeux - Courseulles-sur-Mer

    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

    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

    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’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 B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep when you stay in these 3/4-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 Tarif tab)


    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).
    • We advise to take an extra set of clothes with you if you expect to arrive before 5p.m. at your accommodation.

    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 the itinerary and its points of interests.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • 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

    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 2h10. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    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.

  • Reviews
  • 8 bike travelers reviews 4.50 / 5


    On the 2024-07-09 by Pascal et Corinne
    Voyage et application au top, hébergements moyens

    Excellent Tour

    On the 2023-07-11 by Bill
    This was an excellent tour--well planned and organized, with everything smooth and easy. At first I was a little dubious about everything being in the app, but it won me over within minutes on the first day. The hotels were exactly what we expected for our price class and were conveniently located in each place. Thank you, VV!

    D-day beaches cycling trip.

    On the 2023-07-01 by Andrew S
    Thank you so much for organising such a well run weekend. My Dad and I had an amazing time and all of the details arranged by the company made it seamless. The communication and information we received before travelling was prompt and easy to access. Our hosts were all lovely, accommodation was clean and well located, and the route was easy to follow and took in all of the beautiful scenery and key historic landmarks. Would certainly recommend it to others looking at a north France trip.

    Splendide découverte de la Normandie

    On the 2022-09-16 by Marlyse et Guy
    Quatre jours de balade à la découverte des plages du débarquement qui nous laissent de magnifiques souvenirs. Les étapes sont variées et nous avons particulièrement apprécié le troisième jour: pédaler le long des plages sous un ciel lumineux et changeant était extraordinaire. Un grand merci au Vélo Voyageur qui a parfaitement organisé notre voyage et même résolu très rapidement un malentendu de date: tout était parfait.

    Séjour sportif et dépaysant

    On the 2022-08-06 by Hiliasse
    Oui, nous avons apprécié ce séjour sportif et dépaysant à 02h30 de notre domicile, ainsi que la qualité des hébergements proposés. Les paysages de bord de mer sont splendides. Caen et Bayeux méritent le détour.

    Sensational trip

    On the 2022-06-24 by Brian T
    The 4 days that we spent cycling through the area around the Normandy Beaches will stay with me forever. It's a thought provoking and emotional journey that is a must for anyone interested in WW2 history.

    Normandy bike tour

    On the 2019-08-22 by Jenny
    I enjoyed the trip very much! Beautiful scenery, from picturesque countrysides and golden hay fields to quaint fishing villages/harbors and beaches. Most of the time very quiet paved bike paths.

    A dream bike tour for families

    On the 2018-07-06 by Jane
    A wonderful tour, thank you
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