Brittany & Normandy Bike Tour
Six nights; six days. A moderately easy bike tour on level and lightly rolling coastal roads in the north west of France, with visits to D-day beaches and the Bayeux tapestry.
“Amazing food. Tour de fromage. World class cycling. I loved everything about the route. What is there not to like? Food for the body, mind, and soul… the history was the icing on the cake…” - M. K.
Start: Rennes Train Terminal, North entrance drop off lane, 16:00, day one
(2 hours by train from Paris; 3 hours from CDG). Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Finish: Caen Train Terminal, 12:00, day seven (2 hours by train from Paris).
Rendezvous in Rennes at 16:00 for a one hour transfer to Dinan where you will spend the night at the first of several charming inns. You will meet any traveling companions, and become acquainted with your bicycles. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only).
Hotel le D'Avaugour, Dinan
Dinan Loop 82 km
Enjoy a pleasant loop ride from Dinan through central Brittany including the forests of Dom de St Aubin-la Hunaudaye, and the lakes of Jugon. As you cycle along you will have time to explore several interesting towns and villages filled with the medieval architecture that gives the area some of its unique character. BL
Dinan to Cancale 63 - 82 km
Spend your day touring by bike from Dinan to Cancale via La Rance river valley northward to St Malo and the Pointe des Grands Nez (the big noses point). This route takes you along the scenic cliffs of northern Brittany, reminiscent of some of the Irish coast, where the oysters are world famous and the views over Bay Mont St Michel outstanding. Dinner (included on guided trips) is usually at les Maisons de Bricourt in Cancale, famous for its oysters. BD
Les Maisons de Bricourt, Cancale
Cancale to Normandy 35 km
Follow the coast and cycle across the causeway to Mont St Michel, or approach with a wonderful alternative - walking across the sands - if the tide is low. The abbey at the centre of Mont St. Michel was built in the 8th century and perches at the top of the village, which rises dramatically 150 meters above the tidal flats below – a perfectly-fortified village commanding expansive views of approaching sailors, marauders, and bicyclists, from any direction. The town is full of boutiques and places for lunch; the most famous of which is “La Mere Poulard”, where the secret omelette recipe is ancient and the clientele has included Queen Elizabeth, the Rockefellers, and Freewheeling guests. In the afternoon you’ll transfer into Normandy and the town of Villedieu-les-Poeles, where the copper works can be seen. B
Domaine des Chevaliers de Malte, Villedieu-les-Poeles
Villedieu to Bayeux 85-90 km
Bike from Villedieu to Bayeux along quiet, hedgerow-lined roads of the Normandy countryside. Visit Chateaux de Balleroy and the incredible Abbey of Cerisy. Then head for Bayeux, the first town liberated by the allies during World War Two. Finish riding in the nearby village of Sully where your luxurious chateau awaits. BL
Château de Sully, or
Château d’Audrieu; Bayeux
WWII Beaches and Bayeux Loop 65-70 km
Ride a leisurely loop through the farm country that produces Normandy’s world-famous dairy products and along the coast of Normandy including visits to some of the WWII landing beaches and cemeteries. This is a poignant experience based on the shocking reality of one of our history’s most pivotal moments. We recognize preferences for Canadian and American landing beach visit; please identify your preference as you reserve. Consider staying for an extra day of sightseeing, and plan accordingly. BLD
Bayeux to Caen and Farewell
Spend the morning visiting the Bayeux Cathedral and Tapestry Museum. The tapestry records the events of 1066 and William the Conqueror’s invasion of England – another of history’s pivotal moments. Just before noon you will be transferred about 30 minutes to Caen where there are frequent trains to Paris and other destinations throughout France. B
Note about the route:
Cycling on paved roads and dedicated bike paths.
Gliding along quiet, hedgerow-lined roads of Normandy and along the emerald coastline of Brittany, this memorable bicycle tour takes you into the heart of rural and beachside France, where the pulse includes fabulous French gastronomy and some very civilized notions of European holidaying. Bicycle paths and coastal roads link the ancient fortified town of Dinan to the fairytale world heritage site of Mont St. Michel – one of the veritable marvels of the western world. You will be able to sample the shellfish and seafare in Cancale, and the farm and orchard fare in Calvados and Normandy. You will appreciate the historical significance of the area first as you visit the beaches, military sites, and cemeteries of WWII, and even more when you see the Bayeux Tapestry - a unique record of the invasion of England by William the Conqueror, including the Battle of Hastings, and events of 1066. One of the biggest thrills is understanding how customs originating here in medieval times have survived to influence the modern western world. This is both a simply lovely and a thoroughly thought-provoking cycling holiday.
Maps & Elevations
Consider staying for an extra day or two to tour the D-day landing beaches. We can help arrange guided tours for you.
Paris can justify a long extension. There are many museums worth visiting, and it is a good place to simply enjoy the urban culture. Food selection is fantastic. Try to visit the catacombs.
Rennes Train Terminal, North entrance drop off lane, 16:00, day one (~2 hours by train from Paris; 3 hours from CDG). Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Caen Train Terminal, 12:00, day seven (2 hours by train from Paris).
Full Carbon Racing: US 335 C 395
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
Ask for changes to the itinerary.
We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.