Normandy has been deeply shaped by two historic battles, the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the Allied Landings on June 6, 1944. Discovering this region is like turning the pages of a history book while riding through lush fields, along white sand beaches, past quaint thatched cottages and ancient churches; the combination of these elements has created in Normandy a unique region. Our journey then takes us toward Brittany via Mont Saint-Michel, the renowned UNESCO World Heritage site that sits right on the border between the two former duchies. The next few days will be filled with sweeping views as our route alternates between the green and rolling countryside and the rough rocky coast, passing through small hamlets, tiny 19th century resorts, and along beaches and large estuaries.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Annik Boulva
Bienvenue en Normandie! You'll be chauffeured to your luxury accommodation, the Hotel Villa Lara in Bayeux, where you'll have the afternoon to explore the town. Tonight you'll meet your guide over cocktails to discuss your forthcoming adventure before enjoying dinner on your own in town or you hotel.
Today you'll visit the historical Pegasus Bridge and its museum, after which you'll enjoy lunch in a private château complemented by samples of two of the region’s liquid specialties: cider and calvados. Later, you'll gather to visit the Bayeux tapestry, a medieval wonder of craftsmanship that depicts the Battle of Hastings.
Delve further into D-Day History as you visit Juno Beach and the Landing exhibit at Arromanches. This afternoon’s ride back to Bayeux will pass by the imposing (and original) guns of the bunkers at Longues-sur-Mer. Tonight is yours to enjoy by yourself, be it by the pool or wandering the grounds of your Château accomodation.
Your final day in Normandy will be quite the treat! This morning you'll ride to Pointe du Hoc, the German stronghold overlooking the American landing beaches and hear from our WWII expert. For lunch you'll enjoy some of the best seafood and barbecue skewers you'll ever taste before venturing on end the day with a moving trip to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery.
Say goodbye to Normandy and hello to the magical Mont Saint-Michel, the island monastery rising like a dream from its bay. After lunch you'll bike into Brittany, where you'll have the option of enjoying 360 degree views from Mont Dol.
Today you'll bike to the walled old city of Corsairs in St-Malo, which you'll explore by bike and on foot. For your final night in Brittany, we’re treating you to your hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant, Le Coquillage.
Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel and farewells before heading to the Rennes train station, which has direct connections to Paris. À bientôt!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.