A six day, self-guided adventure cycling in Normandy along some of its most moving and magnificent landscapes. Starting in the medieval town of Bayeux, famous for its remarkably preserved Bayeux Tapestry, your journey takes you through many natural and cultural heritage highlights including the Caen WWII Memorial Museum the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer and an array of châteaux and abbeys. Stay in a mix of mostly small, locally-owned hotels, B&Bs and traditional guesthouses, with luggage transfers. Both hybrid and e-bikes are available to rent on this tour.
- D-Day Landing Beaches: Omaha, Juno, Gold
- Côte de Nacre
- Arromanches-les-Bains Mulberry Harbour
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Day 1: Arrival in Bayeux
After arriving in Bayeux, spend some time wandering around the town, visiting its impressive cathedral, historic houses and the famous tapestry depicting the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants where you can sample some of the local delicacies, including galette, a savoury crepe made with buckwheat and filled with a range of different ingredients.
- Accommodation: Hotel Le Saint Patrice or similar in Bayeux
Day 2: Bayeux – Villers-Bocage | 41.8km
Begin the morning following the Véloroute Plages du Débarquement Mont Saint-Michel cycle path towards the Bessin region around Bayeux. From here, the route heads towards Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, originally built by the Order of Prémontré over 800 years ago before being rebuilt in the 18th century. The day comes to a close in Villers-Bocage, known for the WWII tank battle of the same name.
- Cycling for the day: 41.8km, ↑454m, ↓392m
- Accommodation: B&B Le Manoir de la Queue du Renard or similar in Villers–Bocage
Day 3: Villers-Bocage – Caen | 57.9km
Cycle through the Normandy countryside along La Vélo Francette trail, passing through Thury-Harcourt, in the heart of Suisse Normande, before continuing along the Orne River towards Caen. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Caen, the former home of William the Conqueror, visiting Château de Caen, Abbaye aux Dames and L’Abbaye-aux-Hommes.
- Cycling for the day: 57.9km, ↑515m, ↓609m
- Accommodation: Hôtel la Fontaine or similar in Caen
Day 4: Caen – Arromanches-les-Bains | 52.3km
Begin the morning following a route through central Caen to the marina in Ouistreham and Sword Beach before continuing along the Côte de Nacre and its numerous beaches, including the D-Day Landing beaches, Juno and Gold. From here, follow a cycle path towards Courseulles-sur-Mer before arriving in Arromanches-les-Bains, where the Allies set up a temporary Mulberry Harbour using huge concrete blocks and deliberately sunken barges to protect the harbour from incoming swell. Today, sections of the harbour are still visible both on the beach and in the sea and the area is home to an informative D-Day Museum, which is well worth a visit.
- Cycling for the day: 52.3km, ↑2212m, ↓2215m
- Accommodation: Hotel les Villas d’Arromanches or similar in Arromanches-les-Bains
Day 5: Arromanches-les-Bains – Bayeux | 51km
The final day of cycling begins along the cliffs above Gold Beach before heading towards the German Battery of Longues-sur-Mer, one of the best-preserved batteries in France and the only one where you can still see some of the original cannon. Continue towards the fishing village of Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, where you can take a break before continuing towards Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, eventually returning to Bayeux for the final evening.
- Cycling for the day: 51km, ↑442m, ↓408m
- Accommodation: Hotel Le Saint Patrice or similar in Bayeux
Day 6: Departure
Departure after breakfast.
What to expect
Accommodation on this tour includes a mix of mostly small, locally-owned hotels, B&Bs and traditional guesthouses. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their location, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
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- Hotel Le Saint Patrice, Bayeux
- B&B Le Manoir de la Queue du Renard, Villers–Bocage
- Hôtel la Fontaine, Caen
- Hotel les Villas d’Arromanches, Arromanches-les-Bains
Hotels are subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available en route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops or packed lunches can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either at the accommodation or from restaurants in the local area.
Difficulty and terrain
This tour is rated easy-moderate with daily cycling distances of 41-58km. The route mainly follows cycle paths and quiet back roads, with some days including steeper ascents and descents (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to only follow marked trails and never try to shorten the path through unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed route notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed information on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to go
This trip is available from the beginning of April until the end of October.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means there are no fixed dates, meaning you can start your trip on any date during the season.
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By train or bus
If you are able to travel to France without flying, this holiday is reachable by rail, with Bayeux railway station offering connections to many other locations throughout France. For more details, see the national rail operator SNCF-Connect.
From the UK, Eurostar offers direct trains from London St. Pancras International to Paris (2h 20mins). Please check the Eurostar website for more details on schedules and prices.
From Paris, there are regular direct trains from Saint-Lazare railway station to Bayeux (2h 30mins). To get to Saint-Lazare from Charles de Gaulle Airport, take the RER B service to Gare du Nord, then change to take the RER E to Gare Haussmann Saint Lazare. From Paris Orly Airport, take the OrlyBus to Place Denfert-Rochereau, then take Metro line 4 to Paris Montparnasse Hall, changing here to take Metro line 12 to Saint-Lazare Railways station. For timetables and further information, visit SNCF-Connect or use the Omio planner above.
- 5 overnights in en-suite rooms
- 5 breakfasts
- Luggage transfers (one piece per person, max 20kg)
- Detailed digital holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and maps (Please note, that the information pack for this tour is digital only and will be emailed to you prior to departure. Physical documents can be delivered to your first hotel for an additional fee)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Bike rental
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Entry fees (payable locally)
- Any items not explicitly listed as included
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Extra nights
- Bike rental
- Printed tour documents
Both hybrid and e-bikes are available to rent on this tour. All bikes come with a bike lock, pannier, repair kit, lights and helmets. Sample pictures attached below, note that the exact models may differ depending on availability, but the standard will be the same.