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
Along the Côte de Nacre and through the Cotentin marshland
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.
Arrival in Bayeux. You meet with our guide at your hotel around 6 PM for an orientation meeting.
You cycle around Bayeux and to Arromanches, an artificial port of the second world war.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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€
– 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
– Phone assistance 24/7
– Application fee
– Lunches and diners (except mentioned above)
– Breakfast on the first day
– Bike Rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
– Parking fees
Bayeux, Calvados (14)
From Rennes by A84 highway (175km 1h50)
From Paris by A13 highway (260km 2h50)
TER train station in Bayeux
TGV train station in Caen
Check schedules and book your train at en.voyages-sncf.com/en
Airport in Caen
*Transport to your starting point can be included as an option.
Hello Natalie, We are now back in Sweden from our bicycle tour in Normandy. I would just like to give you some feed back from the tour: We were all very satisfied with the trip. When planning the trip, we found it very easy to work with you, quick answers and good flexibility for our ideas. Excellent choice of roads, which took us through the fantastic landscapes of Normandy, and also along the fashinating see shores ending with the first D-day shore. Most roads with very little traffic. We also appreciated the kindness of all french drivers who never complained although we sometimes were in the middle of the small narrow roads. The distances was OK for all of us. When there was a choice of long or short distances, we always selected the long ones. Easy to find the roads with the excellent GPS and the very good Road Book. We also appreciated the very good choice of B&B, places where we felt wellcome and with good standard. A trip we will recommend to our friends. We also had good luck with the weather, lots of sun, not to strong winds, just one or two showers in daytime. (Was the weather also organised by you??) With Best Regards (05/2017)
That was really the best vacation we ever had! Where should we go this summer? I would love to do another trip this year. Do you have any great itinerary ideas for us? We have 7 inches of snow here right now, and the temperature is MINUS 5 degree F. with a windchill of MINUS 19! Chilly!! xxx (07/2009)
Back home now Fabien, thanks for all the help…a great week of riding and enjoying Le Tour! Merci! (07/2015)
Hello new friends, I wish to say "thank you for a great time and good-bye for now". I missed saying so to most of you yesterday. all the best (05/2013)
Dear Caroline, I just wanted to say a big Thank you to you and all involved in helping to make my husband and friends birthday trip so good. They came back full of delight and great stories and I know they all had a fantastic time. We would definitely recommend you and your company, Thank you again Kind regards xxx (07/2015)
Hi Fabien, Thank you for a most lovely organised trip on the Brest Canal last week with Annick. We live in Somerset UK near Exmoor and we welcome you to visit and stay anytime to cycle our hills!!! We all had a great time and good Hotels food and wine. Yours sincerely. (05/2015)