Though every region of Europe boasts a long history, Normandy has been deeply shaped by two watershed moments that are pillars of European history and culture: the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the Allied landing 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. The locals speak of their love for the land and their attraction to the sea – a feeling you will share as we bike the Channel coast and past historic beaches.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Annik Boulva
Bienvenue en Normandie! You'll be chauffeured to the lovely seaside village of Honfleur. Meet your guide over cocktails to discuss your forthcoming adventure then enjoy an evening on your own to dine in town.
Today you begin your adventure by exploring the hidden valleys of the Parc Naturel Régional des Boucles de la Seine Normande. At midday, you’ll pause for lunch at a lovely local auberge – a perfect introduction to Norman cuisine – before continuing back to Honfleur
Today you roll inland through the famous horse-breeding farms of the area. Deep forests alternate with lush prairies as we descend into Deauville, an elegant resort often called the "Parisian Riviera" for its casino, stately buildings, and annual film festival.
Visit the fascinating Pegasus Bridge and its museum, enjoy lunch in a private château complemented by samples of two of the region’s liquid specialties: cider and calvados. In the early evening you'll gather to visit the Bayeux tapestry, a medieval wonder of craftsmanship.
Take in Juno Beach and the D-Day Landing exhibit at Arromanches. This afternoon’s ride back to Bayeux will pass by the imposing guns of the bunkers at Longues-sur-Mer.
Your final day saves the best for last! you'll ride to Pointe du Hoc, the German stronghold overlooking the American landing beaches and hear from our WWII expert. You'll lunch in a Swedish-style wood house that makes some of the best seafood and barbecue skewers and end the day with a moving trip to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery.
Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel and farewells before heading to the Caen train station, which has direct connections to Paris.Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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