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Normandy, from the hills to the beaches of the landings

A cycling holiday through the History !
  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults, with group
  • Theme coast, countryside
720€

Information : Normandy, from the hills to the beaches of the landings

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  • Roadbooks French

Présentation

The many facets of Normandy shine through this pleasant cycling holiday. Pedaling along at your own pace, you'll enjoy verdant hills, beaches as far as the eye can see, lofty cliffs, villages built in stone, rivers...and sense the heartbeat of history. The Landings of 1944, of course, but also the people whose warmth is legend. In the evening you stay in charming accommodation where the temptation could be strong to taste some of that peerless Norman cuisine!

Vous aimerez

  • lovely variety of scenery as you make your way
  • reliving the history of the Landings where they actually happened
  • comfortable and varied accommodation
  • enjoying delicious local food
  • the warm Normandy welcome of your hosts

Program : Normandy, from the hills to the beaches of the landings

  • D1 Arrival in Bayeux

    Take time to wander around the lovely streets of Bayeux, one of the few Norman towns to have been spared by the combats of the Second World War. You'll find a rich architectural and cultural heritage, with half-timbered houses, a superb cathedral, famous porcelain and tapestries. Witness to the medieval past of Normandy, Bayeux opens the door to a journey through centuries of history.

    Night and breakfast in a charming hotel.

  • D2 From Bayeux to Arromanches

    28 km, with total uphill 135m. Around 3hrs.


    Along narrow signposted roads (cycling itinerary), you set off in the direction of the beaches that saw the 1944 Normandy Landings.
    If you wish, an additional 19km loop can take you to the modest village of Colleville-sur-Mer, where the American cemetery, overlooking Omaha Beach, somemnly recalls the sacrifice of the fallen. A moving sight.
    By whatever route you take, you finally come to Arromanches, the town at the centre of the Landings, where the remains of the floating collossus, Mulberry Harbour, can still be seen. At day's end, we recommend you visit the D-Day Museum.

    Night and breakfast in charming chambre d'hôtes or three-star hotel.

  • D3 From Arromanches to Ouistreham

    34 km with total uphill around 100m. About 3hrs20.


    You have a lovely day along the coast in store, following the different Landings beaches: Gold , Juno , Sword...and diverse vestiges. Along a short inland stretch, you cycle through a number of villages each whispering its part in history. By the sea, Courseulles-sur-Mer is the starting point of a cycle track that takes you all the way to Ouistreham, lively port city at the mouth of the Orne river that flows into the English Channel.

    Bed and breakfast in 3-star hotel.

  • D4 From Ouistreham to Trois-Monts

    37.5 km, total uphill 100m. Estimated time 3hrs45.


    Change of scenery! Today you'll enjoy riding along the first kilometres of "La Vélo-Francette", a cyclist-friendly track that links the Channel to the Atlantic Ocean. Built along the bed of a former railway line, this greenway (voie verte) runs up alongside the river Orne towards the solemnly named "Suisse Normande" (max summit 362 metres...). About half-way you go through the town of Caen and you may like to visit the memorial museum and the partly -restored castle.
    At day's end you relax in a charming chambre d'hôtes tucked away in the green hills of Normandy.

    Dinner, night and breakfast in charming chambre d'Hôtes.

  • D5 From Trois-Monts to Bayeux

    57km stage with total uphill 550m. Around 5hrs30.


    A superb route throught the Normandy "Bocage" (fields, woods, hedgerows...) You'll cycle along minor roads in the heart of rolling countryside with apple orchards and pastureland side by side. Through villages, hills and valleys decked in greenery and studded with stone spires. A peaceful place, a breath of fresh air, and a fitting conclusion to your trip through verdant Normandy.

    Night and breakfast in a charming hotel.

  • D6 Departure from Bayeux

    Departure is after breakfast.

Tariffs

From April to October, departure everyday

In triple room

Adult : 685  €
Junior (12 - 17) : 685 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 60 €

In double room

Adult : 720 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  720 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 60 €

 

 

 

In single room

950 €

Solo traveller

1100 €

What's included

  • 4 nights bed and breakfast
  • 1 night with half-board
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Road book and waymarked maps provided
  • Technical and logistical assistance

OPTIONAL

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike for adult or junior : 70 €
    • Bike cart for child : 60 €
    • Child seat : 10 €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 135 €

What's not included ?

  • Dinners on days 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Parking for the duration of your holiday
  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Self-guided cycling holiday from place-to-place.
  • Daily Stages between 28km and 57 km, around 3hrs to 5hrs30 per day, at you own pace.
  • Total Daily Uphill: between 100m and 550m.
  • Route: cycle tracks, vineyard and farm paths, narrow country roads.
  • Country Bikes recommended (broader tyres than racers).

Organisation

This holiday is more about relaxed exploration than sporting endeavour! Your baggage is transported between lodgings and a roadbook is furnished to guide you throughout your
holiday. We provide logistical and technical assistance.

We select all accommodation based on atmosphere, quality of welcome, location and environment .

Access

By car

Highways A13, A84 ou A813 to Caen then N13 to Bayeux

By air

Paris airports + train to Caen.

By train

Railwaystation SNCF in Caen then train or bus to Bayeux

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