In this short & sweet Normandy Bike tour, see the heart of the D-Day history (Pegasus Bridge, the Caen Memorial, Omaha Beach...) as well as historic Bayeux.
2017 per person price
* Price based on double room occupancy - please contact us for details on single room supplements
|2 Nights Hotel des Quatrans in Caen||www.hotel-des-quatrans.com|
|2 Nights Hotel Reine Mathilde in Bayeux||www.hotel-bayeux-reinemathilde.fr|
|2 Nights Hotel Moderne in Caen||www.bestwestern-moderne-caen.com|
|2 Nights Hotel D’Argouges in Bayeux||www.hotel-dargouges.com|
|2 Nights Maison Ivan Vautier in Caen||www.ivanvautier.com|
|2 Nights Hotel Villa Lara in Bayeux||www.hotel-villalara.com|
There are easy train connections from Paris directly to Caen for your arrival into the region of Normandy. At the end of the afternoon, after settling in to your hotel, our Trip Manager will meet with you to go over the bike fitting and answer any questions. As well as exploring the historic centre of the capital of Calvados, we highly recommend the incredible Caen Memorial Museum - plan to spend some time there as there is a lot to see, and it is truly fascinating as well as moving. Dinner tonight is included at one of our favourite local restaurants, not far from your hotel.
Your ride today brings you out of Caen on a bike path following the Canal de Caen, parallel to the Orne River, taking you easily and safely out of busy Caen. Once out of town, detour through the countryside, through small towns and villages towards the coast. You will arrive in Douvres-la-Delivrande where you can visit a British War Cemetery, before continuing on to the coastline itslef, passing in front of one of the five famous D-Day Beaches, Sword Beach. Stop for a restoring lunch in Ouistreham, where you can visit the Atlantic Wall Museum, inside the “Big Bunker”, a former German headquarters. The Belvedere has an interesting orientation table and in front of the casino. Afterwards head back towards Caen. Your route takes you right by Benouville, and the famous Pegasus Bridge, (originally the Benouville Bridge). There you can visit the Pegasus Memorial and Museum, dedicated to the first liberators who arrived in Normandy on the night of 5th/6th June 1944, before returning back to Caen for a second night.
Today’s ride heads towards the coastline again, bringing you to Arromanches and Gold Beach, where you can visit an unusual circular theatre with a D-Day film shown on nine screens. In the D-Day Landing Museum learn about the construction and operation of the artificial harbours assembled in the days following D-Day. Your goal today is Bayeux, a beautiful medieval town with many sites, including the not-to-be-missed Bayeux Tapestry. This 70 metre long tapestry, a real historic document recounting events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in the 11thcentury, is unique in the world. You can also enjoy the recently re-opened Battle of Normandy Museum and General de Gaulle Memorial. Another dinner awaits you this evening, at one of our favourite restaurants.
A final loop ride today, taking you from Bayeux to discover some of the most famous WWII sites in the area. Head towards the coast and then on to Colleville-sur-Mer. In Colleville take some time to visit the incredibly moving US Military cemetery, the chapel and then a little further on to the memorial dedicated to the youth of America. There is also a viewpoint which overlooks Omaha Beach, which you can ride to, a little further on. Afterwards, retrace your steps back through Colleville (where you can find some lunch) before returning to Bayeux for your final evening.
After a final breakfast, you can get easy connections out of Bayeux train station to return to Paris or for further travels. Bon Voyage!