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.
WHY THIS TRIP?
- Visit Normandy D-Day Beaches and Memorials
- Quiet roads that crisscross farmers’ fields and wildflower-rich grasslands.
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Mont St. Michel
- The ancient fortified town on Dinan
This is primarily an easy route, but some days may fall into the moderate category. You can expect time to stop and small the roses, but some of the rides may be on more hilly terrain.
Cycling on quiet paved roads and dedicated bike paths, especially along the D-day beaches.
- DAY 1: Introductions
- DAY 2: ~82 km
- DAY 3: ~63 km or ~82 km
- DAY 4: ~35 km
- DAY 5: ~85 km or ~90 km
- DAY 6: ~65 km or ~70 km
- DAY 7: Farewells
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Start: Rennes Train Terminal, North entrance drop off lane, 16:00, day one (2 hours by train from Paris; 3 hours from CDG).
Finish: Caen Train Terminal, 12:00, day seven (3-4 hours by train from Paris).
Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
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
Cancale to Normandy 35 km
Follow the coast and cross 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
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
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
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Guided: C 4965 (per person, double occupancy)
Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, guide and van support, route instructions, maps, luggage handling, taxes
Self-Guided: C 4445 (per person, double occupancy)
Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, route instructins, maps, on-call emergency support, taxes
Single Occupancy: 1245
Aluminum Racing: na
Carbon Racing: 455
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
2022 Guided dates:
- May 15-21
- Aug 21-27
- Sep 11-17
2023 Guided dates:
- May 14-20
- Aug 20-26
- Sep 10-16
Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.
Interested in custom or private departures?
Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.
1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.
2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.
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.