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Duration
5 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 4 nights in 2 and 3 star hotels and B&Bs
Meals
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

$720USD

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Overview

Trip Code: NCW

Trip highlights


  • Visiting the historic sites of World War II's Battle of Normandy
  • Discovering the Normandy countryside on foot
  • Exploring Bayeux, famous for its tapestry

Normandy's D-Day landing beaches saw the largest seaborne invasion in history during the WWII Battle of Normandy. Starting from the seaside town of Arromanches where an artificial harbour was established, key to the success of the campaign, this walking holiday will take you back in time to appreciate the roles of both the Allied and German forces during the battle. Heading along the cliffs, the walking route takes in the historic sites of World War II, including the German Battery of Longues-sur-Mer and Omaha Beach where the Allied Invasion took place, and the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur Mer. Continuing inland through quintessential rolling Normandy countryside you reach Bayeux, with its impressive cathedral, historic buildings and the famous tapestry of William the Conqueror - a fitting end point to a short but enriching journey on foot in Normandy.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Arrive Arromanches and make your own way to your hotel. It was here that the Allies set up a harbour using sunken barges to supply the D-Day troops. Today the barges are still visible on the beach and in the sea. Take the time to visit the excellent and informative D-day museum.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you start walking from your hotel along the cliff above the Gold Beach. Nearby is the main German Battery of Longues-sur-Mer, which you reach as you walk past Mulberry harbour. After visiting this strategic position with its tanks and bunkers, continue on to the fishing village of Port en Bessin and your hotel on the harbour. Distance walked: 12km/7.5mi

Meals:  B

Today's loop walk takes you further west, to Colleville-sur-mer and the impressive American War cemetery. From here you can walk down to Omaha Beach at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, then follow the trail back through farming land. Or if you don't feel like walking back, you can order a taxi (approx EUR30, payable locally). Distance walked: 12 or 21km/7.5 or 13mi

Meals:  B

Today's walk takes you through the heart of the Bessin area, with its orchards, green pastures and great granite mansions and manors. Arriving at the British War cemetery of Bayeux and the Commonwealth memorial, the last stage takes you through the beautiful centre of Bayeux with its impressive cathedral, historic houses and the famous tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings. Overnight Bayeux where the quality of local cuisine is superb. A local favourite is the galette, a savoury crepe made with buckwheat and filled with a range of different ingredients, or the tubs of mussels which are full of flavour. Distance walked: 17km/10.5mi

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast. Our usual hotel is walking distance to the train station, or ask for our rates if you'd like to spend more time in Bayeux.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts - breakfast is continental style with bread, croissant, cheese, spreads, tea, coffee and juice. Some hotels will have a wider selection of food items.
  • 4 nights in 2-3 star hotels and B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to sea view and 3 star hotels - supplement applies)
  • Information pack per room booked, including maps & route notes
  • Luggage transfer
  • Emergency hotline

  • Transport to Arromanches and from Bayeux
  • Lunches, dinners* and drinks. *a 4-dinner option is available on request - supplement applies
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided walk
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Entrance fees

Grading

introductory to moderate  

This trip involves 3 days walking between 12 and 21km per day over undulating terrain. The route travels along quiet trails through the countryside. At times you will need to walk on small roads. We recommend that you undertake some pre trip training to ensure you get the most out of your walk. During the walk you need only carry your camera and water bottle etc. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 1 Jun to 31 Aug - supplement applies.

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Total Priceper person from

$720USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Upgrade hotels supplementUSD$170
  • 4 dinners supplement - standard hotelsUSD$190
  • Single SupplementUSD$230
  • 4 dinners supplement - upgrade hotelsUSD$230
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$310
*Prices listed are per person

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