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 westwards parallel to the coast bringing you by the end of the morning to Omaha Beach and Colleville-sur-Mer. In Colleville take some time to visit the incredibly moving US Military Memorial with the cemetery, the chapel and then a little further on a memorial dedicated to the youth of America. There is also a viewpoint which overlooks Omaha Beach, which you will have pedaled to just before. Afterwards, a luscious ride along quiet countryside roads, dotted with villages, including Trevieres with its wide open square (and where you can find lunch). Upon your return to Bayeux, enjoy your final evening, and raise a glass as a celebration to your week of explorations.
After a final breakfast, you can get easy connections out of Bayeux train station to return to Paris or for further travels. Bon Voyage!
- 4 nights’ accommodation of the comfort level of your choice * CLASSIC, CLASSIC + or DELUXE
- Hotel taxes
- All breakfasts, 2 dinners (drinks not included with dinners)
- Fully equipped quality touring bike **
- Orientation with our Trip Manager
- Detailed maps and step-by-step route instructions
- Regional information and advice
- Uploadable GPS file of the route to use on a free APP in your smartphone ***
- Luggage transfers hotel to hotel
- Phone call support 7 days a week
* Price based on double room occupancy – please contact us for details on single room supplements
** E-bikes and Road bikes are available on request (subject to supplement)
*** Can be used without international internet plan (offline)
The high quality, light touring bike is the default bike included on the tour. It is perfectly suited to riding with lots of stops for explorations.
Upon request, and for a supplement, you can have a road bike or a pedal-assist electric bike – contact us for details.
All our touring bikes come equipped with removable handlebar bag with clear map case, flat tire kit (with extra inner tube), pump, lock, rear rack and back panniers, water bottle holder and new water bottle, bell and kickstand.
Ahead of the tour, we will ask you if you wish to use our helmets, and if you want toe cages on the pedals (both free of charge).
Each of our regions has its own bike fleet, often with a couple of different bike makes depending on sizing – if you want to know the specific bike details for your tour, just contact us, and we’ll be happy to send you the specs!
TOURING BIKE - men's frame (included in trip cost)
TOURING BIKE - Woman's Frame (included in trip cost)
E-bike - men's frame (supplement charge)
E-bike - women's frame (supplement charge)
Road (racing) bike (supplement charge)