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Normandy 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 3/4 (Deluxe)

  • 6days
  • France

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Self-guided Cycling Tour from Bayeux to Honfleur

The unmissable sights of Normandy by bike (8 days): from the D-Day landing beaches to Trouville and Honfleur

Discover the essence of Normandy by bike! From Bayeux, with its famous tapestry, bike along the most important Allied Landing Beaches [Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Arromanches etc] to Caen and its Memorial. Then return to the “bocage” landscape of small enclosed fields in the heart of the Auge before enjoying the elegant beaches of the Cote Fleurie with its Belle Epoque feel [Cabourg to Deauville-Trouville], ending your journey in the beautiful medieval port of Honfleur.

Tour character: Level 3/4

Average sometimes difficult = hilly stages OR long stages (about 50 km)

Included in the Bayeux to Honfleur Cycling Tour:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast (double room with shower & toilets): 3*/4* hotels
  • Transport of luggage between hotels.
  • Colour maps, itineraries & tourist information.
  • Hotline services 7 days per week
  • Taxes & services

Not included in the tour:

  • Drinks, lunches, and personal expenses
  • Half board available at 305 EUR
  • Entrance fees to the monuments
  • Journeys to/from start and finish of tour at Honfleur and Bayeux
  • Accommodation in 2*/3* hotels available on request 
  • Bike hire
  • Solo traveller surcharge 180 EUR (if you are the only person on the tour)
  • Extra night: Bayeux: 138 EUR p.p. (shared room) 250 EUR (single), Trouville/Deauville: 131 EUR p.p. (shared room) 237 EUR (single) book at [email protected]
  • Visits package: Bayeux Tapestry museum, Memorial Pegasus, Calvados experience (with tasting), Arromanches 360 degree circular cinema, Caen Memorial museum, Overlord museum - 88 EUR p.p. - book at [email protected]

Departures every day March to October

If you would like to hire a bike (120 EUR) or e-bike (235 EUR) please contact our office when booking [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Bayeux

    Wander through the narrow streets of Bayeux and admire the stately merchant houses. Visit the cathedral of Notre Dame, a jewel of Romanesque architecture. The town houses one of the most impressive Norman/Romanesque historical treasures: the Bayeux Tapestry. This long-embroidered linen cloth was stitched in the 11th century to recount the events of the Norman conquest of England in 1066 by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy

  • Day 2

    Bayeux – Omaha Beach – Port en Bessin | 39 km + option 14 km

    The first bike tour takes you to Omaha Beach, often called ‘Bloody Omaha’, as this beach suffered the heaviest losses during the landings. At the top of the cliff and dominating the beach, the American cemetery of Collevillesur-Mer, with its rows of headstones all perfectly aligned on a carpet of emerald grass, invite you to reflect and remember. Afterwards follow the coast to the pretty small fishing port of Port-en-Bessin. You can, if you wish, extend this tour by visiting La Pointe de Hoc. Its 30m high cliffs were successfully scaled by the best climbers of the American forces during the landings

  • Day 3

    Port en Bessin – Courseulles sur Mer | 35 km

    Head towards Longues-sur-Mer and its impressive German defensive battery, then continue on towards Gold Beach and, of course, Arromanches, Here you’ll be able to see the remains of the enormous artificial port constructed on the orders of Winston Churchill. Don’t forget to visit Arromanches 360°, a circular cinema which graphically illustrates the complete history of the Battle for Normandy. Continue your ride through the Normandy countryside, cycling down little lanes between the pretty hedged fields – the 'bocage'- until you reach Courseullessur-Mer. Take time to stroll round the picturesque fishing harbour

  • Day 4

    Courseulles sur Mer – Caen | 48 km

    Bike along to Juno Beach and Sword Beach passing through small coastal villages and along fine sandy beaches to the port of Ouistreham. Either visit the museum of No: 4 Commando (all about the landing of the Franco-British forces), or continue on taking the bike path along the Caen canal. Then stop off at the unmissable Caen Memorial! Don’t forget to enjoy the charms of Caen with its small harbour in the middle of town, its castle (Dukes of Normandy) and its imposing double monastery: l’Abbaye-aux-Hommes (men) and l’Abbaye-aux-Dames (women)

  • Day 5

    Caen – Cabourg | 26 km

    Rejoin the bike path and continue along the canal to Pegasus Bridge, where the British army gained an important victory in 1944. After an optional stop at the Pegasus Memorial (it commemorates the first hours of the landing of the 6th British Parachute Division) you’ll reach one of the most beautiful sections of French coastline – the 'Cote Fleurie'. Follow the coast to the peaceful pretty town of Cabourg with its lovely floral displays. A popular seaside resort since the early 20th century it has various waterside promenades

  • Day 6

    Cabourg – Honfleur | 51 km

    Briefly side-track into the Auge countryside to the village of Beaumont-en-Auge with its colourful timber framed houses before returning to the coast and heading for Deauville, a beautiful seaside resort full of elegant half-timbered houses. Follow the coastline dotted with apple trees to Honfleur with its pretty marina. Take the time to explore the delights of this lovely medieval port: its small harbour, its typical tall, narrow-fronted colourful houses and its timeless narrow streets and alleys. You’ll see why Honfleur inspired the Impressionist painters

  • Day 7

    Honfleur – Trouville | 46 km

    Leave Honfleur for a new route exploring the Auge countryside. This classic landscape, so emblematic of Normandy, offers the most beautiful vistas. The 'Pays de Auge' is synonymous with apples and, of course, cider and Calvados. However, let’s not forget the dairy cows and the cheese they produce, which is why Pont-l’Eveque is an unmissable stop in your tour. Take the time to explore its brightly coloured half-timbered and carved houses before heading back to Deauville. Continue on to Trouville where the fish market will make your mouth water, while the Belle Epoque ambiance of this seaside town will charm you

  • Day 8

    Departure during the day

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Car rental in France

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

Paris Theatres

Shows in English in Paris: Paris offers a wide variety of shows accessible to English-speakers. One-man shows, classic & modern theatre, musicals, cabarets and more are all performed in the city every night. You can get the full programme of shows in Paris to fit your city break dates by emailing [email protected]

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