Normandy Coast Tour: Self-Guided

Normandy, land of cows, green pastures, soft hills, half-timbered manor houses and apple orchards; land of Calvados and Camembert and of course the famous WW II beaches. This 6 day / 5 night tour starts in beautiful Bayeux, the first French town to be liberated on June 7, 1944 and miraculously untouched by bombs and ends in charming Honfleur.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bayeux
Arrive at your leisure in the afternoon, leaving time to visit this bustling city and the “Queen Mathilde Tapestry.” The Bayeux tapestry is a remarkable embroidery and wonderful representation of life in the 11th century and a pictorial account of the events leading up to the military invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Your bike will be waiting for you in your hotel in Bayeux.

Day 2: Bayeux to Normandy Beaches – 32 miles (51 km)
Today from Bayeux you bike to the Omaha landing beach and possibly on to Pointe du Hoc, where many American soldiers lost their lives while capturing this strategic German fortification in 1944. You can also visit the Colleville Cemetery with its perfectly aligned white crosses and Stars of David, marking the final resting place of over 9,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Day 3: Bayeux – Caen – 35 miles (57 km)
You’ll bike along the coast to Arromanches where you can see floating in the sea some of the vestiges of the artificial harbor “The Mulberry” conceived by Churchill and Lord Mountbatten and built in 1943. Next is Courseulles sur Mer another well-known WW II village. You’ll also find here the “House of the Sea”, an interesting marine museum with a fine aquarium. After your visit bike inland to Caen, a town of historic importance where you’ll find another fascinating WWII Museum, the Caen Memorial, a museum for peace and reflection. William the Conqueror built his castle here in Caen before he departed for England.

Day 4: Caen – Cabourg – 17 miles (28 km)
Today you’ll follow the Orne River and reach the Pegasus Bridge, the site of a strategic battle in the Second World War. Here you can visit the original bridge and the new museum. Continue along the “Côte Fleurie”, (Flower Coast) to the peaceful and beautiful resort of Cabourg.

Day 5: Cabourg – Honfleur – 30 miles (48 km)
On your way out of Cabourg, you’ll reach a panoramic view over the “Côte Fleurie” (the Flowery Coast) before riding inland over Beaumont-en-Auge and Deauville on peaceful roads through typical Norman scenery: orchards bordered with hedges, grazing cows and quaint, thatch-roofed houses. Another tranquil road–virtually traffic-fee–will lead you all the way to the center of picture perfect Honfleur, with its colorful harbor, an inspiration for innumerable artists and photographers. Here you’ll dine and stay for the night.

Day 6: Departure after breakfast.

Getting There

Every few hours a local train leaves from Paris (St. Lazare Station) to Bayeux. The train ride takes about two hours. Cost: 2nd class – about $90. It is not necessary to purchase tickets in advance. You can buy them at the St. Lazare Train Station in Paris on the day of departure. From the train station in Bayeux take a taxi to your first hotel. For last minute train schedules visit the website of the French Railways, www.sncf.com.

Meals

Daily breakfast dinner is included

Prices and Dates

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Tour Length

6 days/ 5 nights

Included
    • – Accommodations in small, mostly family-owned three and four-star hotels; all rooms have private facilities
    • – 21-speed bike rental, helmet, panniers, lock, repair kit, odometer, and map holder
    • – Daily breakfast and dinner
    • – Luggage transportation – pieces of luggage limited to 2 p.p. & 32 pounds per piece.
    • – Route descriptions, maps and travel highlight information
    • – Emergency service phone number 7 days a week.
    – Rental bike transfer from Honfleur back to Bayeaux
Bicycles

Bikes are included in the price of the tour. Bikes are well maintained 21-speed men’s and ladies bikes, equipped with a saddlebag, repair kit, odometer, and lock. Bike Helmets are included. The bike is adjusted by a cycling specialist.

Level of Difficulty

Moderate. The cycling itinerary takes place on quiet country roads with little traffic. You will see flat areas along with rolling hills with nice up and downs.

Excluded

– Air fare
– Transfer of clients from Honfleur to Bayeux
– Entrance fees to the various mentioned attractions
– Beverages
– Lunches

Weather

Average daytime temperatures in April and May are 55-65, June, July, and August 65-80, September and October 60-75. Average rainfall is 6 days per month.

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