From Saint-Malo to the D-Day Landing Beaches

Cycling from Brittany to Normandy

Highlights

Saint-Malo and its inner city
The Mont Saint-Michel
The D-Day Landing Beaches
Bayeux, a beautiful preserved historical city in Normandy

Normandie, les plages du D-DAY

7 days onto the path of freedom from Saint-Malo to Bayeux

Along the coast in Brittany and Normandy, you ride along the path the allies opened in 1944 after their landing on the Normandy beaches. The route offers many historical and natural sites for you to discover.  The Second World War is still present along the Côte de Nacre. Through places of memories, you can feel the atmosphere and relive historical events.
The route will take you to:
The Mont Saint-Michel, part of UNESCO’s World Heritage, which calls travelers from around the world. Climb to the top and visit the abbey. It is worth a visit !
– Mont Saint-Michel’s Bay, an exceptional natural site you ride close to thanks to a small road away from traffic.
DDAY Landing Beaches: Omaha, Gold, Juno beaches and related sites like the Pointe du Hoc and Port Winston d’Arromanches. They help better understand the landing and its difficulties. Many museums retrace the history with equipment and archive images.

Participate in a journey through time and space, celebrating courage and freedom.

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.
Normandie, les plages du D-DAY
Day 1 - SAINT-MALO - 35km

Welcome to Brittany. Arrival in Saint Malo. You can go on a first ride (optional loop) to one of the most beautiful village of France, Saint-Suliac.
You meet with our guide at 2PM at your accommodation, for and orientation meeting.


Day 2 - FROM SAINT-MALO TO THE MONT SAINT-MICHEL - 60km

You ride along the Emerald Coast Côte and the Mont Saint-Michel Bay. Between land and sea, your path leads you to local producers: Oyster farmers, mussel growers, breeders ... many of the local delicacies you can taste throughout your stay. At the site’s entrance, attach your bike and take a free shuttle to the Mont Saint-Michel. Climb to the top on foot to the Abbey at the summit. It is a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage and well worth a visit


Day 3 - FROM THE MONT SAINT-MICHEL TO GRANVILLE - 66km

Far out in the Bay, a small road runs along the sea. The spot place is ideal for a picnic! Before that, it will take an effort to climb Avranches, a typical city of Normandy with its dark stones and small shops. Delicatessen specialties are very appreciated and allow you to easily compose your lunch.


Day 4 - FROM GRANVILLE TO SAINT-LO - 60km

From Granville, a seaside resort town which has preserved its prestige thanks to its architecture, you ride North to Coutances. Visit a beautiful church in the city center. The Normandy grove opens up in front of you. The road to Saint-Lo is a bit more hilly..


Day 5 - FROM SAINT-LO TO PORT-EN-BESSIN - 60km

You ride up to the ocean through the Regional Natural Parc des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin. From Grandcamp-Maisy to Port-en-Bessin, it is a journey into the history of the landing of the Second World War. The Hoc Point, Omaha Beach, and the Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery are some of the highlights of the day. You will appreciate the arrival on Port-en-Bessin. A typical and authentic fishing port and very enjoyable city to stop for the night.


Day 6 - FROM PORT-EN-BESSIN TO BAYEUX - 63km

You ride along the sea up to Juno Beach. Discover Winston Harbor where dozens of pontoons still laying on the sea constituted an artificial port for the Landing of June 1944. With a little regret you leave the Normandy coast for Bayeux. Fortunately, the road is beautiful. The Seulles valley you ride through shelters has many and very pretty mills.


Day 7 - BAYEUX

On this last day let your bikes to rest and visit the tapestry museum in Bayeaux. 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 : 910€

Chambre privilège

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Available on this tour starting from : 1230€

Prices

Price for self-guided tour
  • 910€ / person with Confort Range
  • 1230€ / person with Privilege Range

Optionnal

Bike rental

  • Bike rental : 115€ / person
  • Electric bike rental : 218€ / person

Insurance

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

High season supplement

  • High season supplement : 51€ / person

Other options

  • Extra night in a double room in Saint-Malo (breakfast included) - Comfort : 60€ / person
  • Extra night in a single room in Saint-Malo (breakfast included) - Comfort : 110€ / person
  • Extra night in a double room in Bayeux (breakfast included) - Comfort : 60€ / person
  • Extra night in a single room in Saint-Malo (breakfast included) - Comfort : 115€ / person

The price includes :

Self Guided Tour

– 6 nights in a double room
– 6 breakfasts
– 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 :

Self 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

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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 ?

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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