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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in 2 star hotels
Meals
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

$1050USD

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Overview

Trip Code: CCN

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the pretty countryside of the Calvados area
  • Viewing the landing beaches, Pegasus Bridge and the D-Day war cemeteries
  • Discovering the sights and history of Bayeux and Honfleur
  • Experiencing the famous cheeses, seafood, Calvados and Cider for which the region is famous

The Pays d'Auge of Lower Normandy is literally blanketed in apple orchards, where numerous cider and calvados (apple brandy) producers reside in their half-timbered houses. Beginning in Bayeux, the focus of this trip is firmly on the gastronomical delights of the region together with a well thought-out cycle route which showcases the land of William the Conqueror. A fascinating part of the journey encompasses the historic sites of World War II including the German Battery of Longues-sur-Mer and Omaha Beach, where the Allied Invasion took place, the Pegasus Bridge and the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur Mer. With time in the delightful town of Bayeux with its impressive cathedral, exquisite historic houses and famous tapestry and the harbour town of Honfleur there is no shortage of fascinating sights. The cycling takes you along backroads and canal paths, past historic locations and impressive coastline with options daily to choose a shorter or longer route. In the evening stay in charming hotels and sample the delectable cuisine for which this region is so famous.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

On arrival in Bayeux make your own way to the first hotel. A must-see is the Bayeux Tapestry that tells the engrossing story of the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy in 1066. You can also visit the cathedral, and the memorial museum of Bayeux that covers the military events that immediately followed the landings of June 1944.

Meals:  Nil

From Bayeux and the Commonwealth memorial, Bayeux War Cemetery, you head northwest to Omaha Beach and the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Before returning to Bayeux, you can stop at the typical fishing village of Port-en-Bessin. A longer option takes you to 'Pointe du Hoc' near Grandcamp-Maisy. Overnight in Bayeux.

Meals:  B

Following the narrow Aure Valley you soon reach the coast at Longues-sur-Mer and the main German Battery right on the cliff at Gold beach. It will be a short downhill to the famous artificial harbour of Arromanches. Juno beach and the Canadian Museum right on the beach is a short distance away. Courseulles-sur-Mer is a great place to enjoy a seafood lunch. In the afternoon, head inland and from the Canadian war cemetery of Reviers then cycle the little Mue valley to the village of Fontaine-Henry and its chateau. From here you ride eastward towards Benouville in the Orne valley. Here you'll find the famous Pegasus Bridge, the landing target of the British parachutists and where the longest day started. Overnight in Benouville or alternatively in Caen.

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle along the Orne canal towards the sea and the famous Pegasus Bridge. The route continues past Ranville, the first liberated town in France, then heads to the coast and the last D-Day site, the Merville battery. Your destination for the day, Cabourg, is now only a short distance away. The longer route takes you through the marsh of the Dives River and the lovely villages of Beuvron-en-Auge and Cambremer. You'll find opportunities to sample cider and Calvados along the way.

Meals:  B

As you cycle through Cabourg and Houlgate you can admire some great Anglo-Norman architecture, before heading inland to the typical, half-timbered village of Beaumont-en-Auge. From here you cycle through the forest of St Gatien. On arrival in Honfleur, you will find your hotel near the old harbour. Honfleur is a small medieval town, and its history is evident: the Old Dock surrounded by picturesque narrow houses, the churches of St Catherine, St Etienne, St Leonard, the Lieutenance, the old Salt Stores, and medieval cobbled streets are all highlights. In the 16th century it was an important trading port, and in the 17th century many ships sailed from here to the New World. Honfleur is also recognised as one of the cradles of Impressionism and a favourite place of many artists. A visit of the old town on foot is highly recommended to take in its many attractions.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes in Honfleur after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts. Breakfast is continental style with bread, croissant, cheese, spreads, tea, coffee and juice.
  • 5 nights in 2-3 star hotels (Cat C) on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels (Cat B) or 3-5 star hotels (Cat A) - supplement applies)
  • 27 speed hybrid bike rental with panniers, repair kit, helmet, bike computer and lock (hybrid sports, road, gravel and e-bikes also available - supplement applies. For more information see below)
  • Information pack per room booked, including maps & route notes with details of cider and calvados tasting opportunities and cheese dairies en route
  • Luggage transfer
  • GPS tracks available on request

  • Transport to Bayeux and from Honfleur
  • Drinks, lunches and dinners
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided cycle
  • GPS device rental (supplement applies)

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

This trip involves 4 days cycling between 28 and up to 81km / 17 and 50mi per day over undulating terrain - on many days there are shorter options. The route travels along quiet back roads with low traffic. When entering and leaving towns you will be on roads with more traffic where care needs to be taken. We recommend that you undertake some pre-trip training to ensure you get the most out of your cycle trip and are comfortable cycling in areas of medium traffic. During the cycle you need only carry your camera and water bottle etc. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets are worn – these will be provided to you with your bike.


Departure dates

Monday and Saturday from 4 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 1 Jun to 31 Aug - supplement applies.
Note:
It is possible to begin on other days - supplement applies. Ask our office for details.
DN3
Trip operates either from Bayeux or in reverse from Honfleur, although from Honfleur to Bayeux involves cycling into a head wind which increases the difficulty of the trip.

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Total Priceper person from

$1050USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Hybrid sports bike supplementUSD$28
  • Supplement to begin on other days of the week (1-3 pax)USD$60
  • Electric, Road or Gravel bike supplementUSD$90
  • single supplement - Cat CUSD$300
  • Upgrade to Cat B hotels (3-4*) - supplementUSD$390
  • single traveller surcharge - Cat CUSD$440
  • single supplement - Cat BUSD$450
  • single traveller surcharge - Cat BUSD$590
  • Upgrade to Cat A hotels (3-5*) - twin pp - supplementUSD$830
*Prices listed are per person

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