D-Day Landing Beaches

Onto the path of freedom

Highlights

The Côte de Nacre
The D-Day landing beaches : Omaha, Juno, Gold, Utah
The pointe du Hoc and its memorial
The American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer
Bayeux and its typical houses

d'omaha à Utah - DDAY ABICYCLETTE

Along the Côte de Nacre and through the Cotentin marshland

Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno Beaches

From Bayeux you ride to the main D-Day landing beaches. Under the allies’ flags still floating everywhere, discover a region forever marked by the events of 6 june 1944.

– Omaha beach, Juno beach, Gold beach, Sword beach, Utah Beach. They witnessed the arrival of thousands of young soldiers from the American, English, French, Polish allied forces. They hold a piece of history and all have something to tell about that day.
– Stop in some of the museums you come accross on the itinerary. They will help you visualize the forces in place at the time, the equipment used and geographical surface covered on the D-Day landing.
– The American, Canadian and German military cemeteries all demonstrate the extent and violence of the attacks. Sites of great emotional power, they pay a tribute to those who enabled the return of freedom.
– Sainte-Mère l’Eglise and its clock tower, famous for a poor paratrooper who landed on it.

Between these sites you cycle through a bucolic norman wooded countryside. The small routes take you to many manors, castles and churches preserved or rebuilt after the war.

A journey between land and sea, from the English conquest in 1066 to the Liberation in 1945.

Moderate: you regularly ride and/or practice a sport. You are accustomed to traveling by bike or wish to try it out. Your physical condition allows you to cover a minimum of 40 to 55 km per day with a little bit of steep routes.
d'omaha à Utah - DDAY ABICYCLETTE
Day 1 - BAYEUX

Arrival in Bayeux. You meet with our guide at your hotel around 6 PM for an orientation meeting.


Day 2 - BAYEUX, LOOP TO ARROMANCHES - 50km

You cycle around Bayeux and to Arromanches, an artificial port of the second world war.


Day 3 - FROM BAYEUX TO CARENTAN - 65km

You cycle to Port-en-Bessin and the ocean. From this charming little fishing port, you ride along the Côte de Nacre toward Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc. These two historical sites help you better understand the difficulty of the landing and the important human losses on D-DAY. You then enter a unique landscape, the Regional Natural Park of Cotentin. You spend the night in a charming hotel in the small town of Carentan, in the heart of the Regional Park.


Day 4 - FROM CARENTAN TO SAINTE-MARIE-DU-MONT - 52km

The tour takes you to the small but famous village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise. Its clock tower holds a historical anecdote! You then cycle towards the sea to reach Utah beach and its beautiful white sand dune. A memorial shows its visitors images of the historical events which took place 70 years ago.


Day 5 - FROM SAINTE-MARIE-DU-MONT TO BAYEUX - 60km

You leave the Cotentin peninsula to reach the beautiful city of Bayeux. Trough the Normandy countryside, the route reveals one of its marvels, its bucolic wooden countryside. Onto small roads, surrounded by tall hedges, embankments and where two vehicles can hardly drive past each other. You can see small villages with large stone houses and original churches. In Bayeux, one of the towns miraculously spared from the bombings, stroll through the streets and appreciate its typical houses.


Day 6 - BAYEUX

On this last day you can visit Bayeux tapestry museum. It displays a major and amazingly preserved work of art of the 11th century, a 70 meters (230 feet) long tapestry relating the conquest of England by William the Conqueror!


Chambre gamme confort Abicyclette

Confort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Available on this tour starting from : 780€

Prices

Price for self-guided tour
  • 780€ / person with Confort Range

Optionnal

Bike rental

  • Bike rental : 72€ / person
  • Electric bike rental : 138€ / person

Insurance

  • Cancellation Insurance : 19€ / person
  • Multi Risk Insurance : 24€ / person

Other options

  • Nuit supplémentaire à Bayeux en chambre double gamme confort (PDJ inclus) : 65€ / person
  • Nuit supplémentaire à Bayeux en chambre individuelle gamme confort (PDJ inclus) : 115€ / person

The price includes :

Self-guided tour
– 5 nights in a double room
– 5 breakfasts
– 1 diner
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Loan of a GPS with full itinerary
– French topo map of the area (IGN 1/100 000e)
– Practical cycling guide
– Our guide welcomes you on the first day
– Taxes
– Phone assistance 24/7
– Application fee

The price doesn't include :

Guided tour
– Lunches and diners (except mentioned above)
– Breakfast on the first day
– Drinks
– Bike Rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
– Visits
– Parking fees

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance 24H/7 you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

You can also

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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

Getting here ?

Starting point

Bayeux, Calvados (14)

Coming to Bayeux by car¹

From Rennes by A84 highway (175km 1h50)
From Paris by A13 highway (260km 2h50)

Coming to Bayeux by train*

TER train station in Bayeux
TGV train station in Caen

Check schedules and book your train at               en.voyages-sncf.com/en

Coming to Bayeux by plane*

Airport in Caen

*Transport to your starting point can be included as an option.

Recommended cycling gear

Bike
  • Bike for all types of roads, trekking or hybrid
  • 21 speeds, 26 inches or 700 wheels
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 28 to 35 tires
    • crank set 48-36-26, cassette 11/34
    • for children, avoid single-speed bikes

Clothing and equipment
  • 1 helmet
  • suitable clothing for cycling
  • 1 warm jacket (e.g. fleece jacket)
  • 1 rainproof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or trunkbag
  • 1 or 2 water flasks
  • 1 security padlock
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest


Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit:
    • 2 or 3 patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit:
    • cloth, oil, brakepads

Other
  • 1 suitcase (for belongings in luggage transfer)
  • 1 pair of evening shoes
  • 1 set of toiletries
  • 1 mobile phone and charger
  • 1 bathing suit and towel

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