The Norman Vélomaritime from Caen to Mont Saint-Michel

8 days cycling from the Normandy landing beaches to the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel

Highlights

The Côte de Nacre
The medieval towns of Caen and Bayeux
The mythical landing beaches
The Norman bocage
Mont Saint-Michel and its bay
A secure and marked route

Discover the Vélomaritime in Normandy

Ideal for travelers looking for a getaway, this bike trip takes you on the small Norman roads and greenways, to discover a medieval Normandy with an exceptional natural, historical and cultural heritage.

You ride on a marked and secure route along the Vélomaritime, a cycle route that stretches over 1500 km from Roscoff to Dunkirk. French component of Eurovélo 4, the Vélomaritime is dedicated to all lovers of the sea!

On this Norman section, your stay starts in Caen, the city of William the Conqueror and capital of Lower Normandy, you then reach the coast by bicycle. A first stage by bike where you alternate between shared routes and cycle paths, along the mythical landing beaches. In addition to the magnificent seaside villas, the Côte de Nacre also offers many views of the sea.

The town of Bayeux, with its medieval alleys and its magnificent cathedral, constitutes a stop steeped in history where the curious set off to conquer England through the famous Bayeux tapestry. Then, on small country roads you reach Port-en-Bessin and its port. It is an ideal lunch break if you want to enjoy a platter of seafood before continuing your ride along the coast and its vast beaches where thousands of soldiers of the Allied forces landed in June 1944.

The oyster beds keep you company up to Isigny-sur-Mer, a town known for its specialties: butter, cream, cheese and caramel. You reach Carentan-les-Marais by the canal bridge. With your bicycles, you cross, like the G.I. before you, The Regional Nature Park of Cotentin and Bessin Marshes, located at the gates of the city, which hosts many animal and plant species. You then progress in the heart of the Norman bocage (hedgerow) and its green countryside. Take advantage of gourmet breaks to taste the many local products: cheeses, ciders, tripe, Vire andouille sausage, dairy and seafood, enough to fill your plates and bags!

Along your last cycling stage, Mont Saint-Michel is part of the coastal panorama. An exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Site, which you enjoy reaching to end this wonderful cycling holiday. The ultimate reward for your trip, the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel welcomes you for a visit that will remain etched in your memory!

Here is a video about the Velomaritime :

Carte La Vélomaritime normande - De Caen au Mont Saint-Michel
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

CAEN

Arrive on your own to Caen, easily accessible by train. Caen, city of William the Conqueror, offers a concentrate of medieval heritage between the ducal castle, the abbey to Men and the Abbey to the Ladies. Learn more about 20th century history with the Memorial for Peace.

Meeting with our local guide

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From CAEN to BAYEUX 52km 341m Niveau Loisir

You take your bike to ride to the Canadian Reviers Cemetery through tiny country roads. Join Juno Beach, the Canadian part of the landing: do not miss the Juno Beach museum depicting the landing but also the history of Canada during the war. Continue to Arromanches and its Mulberry Harbor and visit the Landing Museum in downtown Arromanches or the famous 360 museum made of original films. From the 360 ​​museum, enjoy a view of the entire bay and realize the magnitude of the Mulberry project. To end this day full of history, you take small roads to Bayeux.

  • For a few more km 65km 292m Niveau Forme

    At the start of your day, you leave Caen on the banks of the Caen Canal to the sea to join the Vélomaritime at Pegasus Bridge. This name was given by the troops of British paratroopers whose emblem was the winged horse Pegasus. You continue towards the port of Ouistreham and ride along the seaside passing by Sword beach.

Day 3

From BAYEUX to CARENTAN 72km 412m Niveau Forme

You cycle to Port-en-Bessin and the ocean. From this charming little fishing port, you ride along the Côte de Nacre toward the American cemetery, Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc. These three 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. You arrive in Isigny-sur-Mer, known for its dairy transformation activity such as the famous “Caramel d’Isigny”, and its fishing acticity with its “caïeux”. Then ou cycle through the traditional wooded countryside. You finally arrive in Carentan where you spend the night.

Day 4

From CARENTAN to SAINT-LO 41km 236m Niveau Loisir

You leave the Cotentin marshes and its canals to reach the landscapes of the Norman bocage. The landscape evolves towards meadows where horses are kings. Indeed this region is reputed to be the capital of the horse. The Vire Canal accompanies you by winding up to Saint-Lô where the National Stud Farm is located.

Day 5

From SAINT-LO to VIRE-NORMANDIE 54km 484m Niveau Loisir

At the exit of Saint-Lô, a peaceful and luxuriant nature surrounds you in the Vire valley which formerly welcomed the navigation of barges and gabarres (flat-bottomed boats). The meadows of sheep, horses and green pastures follow your route on the towpath to the Roches de Ham. This rocky outcrop rising over 100 meters in height offers a unique panorama of the surrounding countryside. At Pont-Farcy, you leave the Vélomaritime to reach Vire by small country roads. Vire and its Porte-Horloge is a pleasant stopover town situated on a rocky promontory overlooking the Vire.

  • For a few more km 67km 695m Niveau Forme

    In Pont-Farcy, you continue your journey on the Vélomaritime on a challenging route taking a succession of small roads on the Norman hills. Your efforts will be rewarded with sumptuous views of the Norman countryside … and descents! Before reaching Vire, you will discover the Souleuvre viaduct.

Day 6

From VIRE-NORMANDIE to SAINT-HILAIRE-DU-HARCOUET 56km 405m Niveau Forme

The Vélomaritime heads west out of Vire before plunging south through the authentic landscapes of the Norman countryside. A cool stop inviting you to daydream is a must in Mortain to admire the Little Waterfall, at the confluence of the Cance and the Cançon. Here the river runs down the rocks over a height of more than 30 meters before continuing in a narrow canyon with white water that is crossed from footbridge to footbridge. From this crossroads between Vélomaritime and Véloscénie, you continue your ride until Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët where you can make the most of the numerous leisure infrastructures (swimming pool, cinema, equestrian center, …).

Day 7

From SAINT-HILAIRE-DU-HARCOUET to MONT-SAINT-MICHEL 48km 169m Niveau Forme

Towards the sea and the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel. The Vélomaritime joins the mouth of the Sélune river on a charming and pleasant greenway. The Norman bocage leaves room for the salt meadows of the Bay. In the distance, you can see the majestic Mont Saint-Michel. An additional effort then awaits you, on foot this time, to reach the heights and the famous abbey.

Day 8

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

It’s the end of your stay after breakfast. You are able to enjoy a morning to visit to the Abbey which sits at the top of the Mount!

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example
Façade de l'hotle du chateau de Caen Hôtel Le Saint-Patrice Hotel le vauban Hôtel Mercure Saint-Lo Centre Hotel st pierre vire Hôtel Restaurant l'Agriculture hotel-vert

Starting from 1015€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort 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.

Accommodation example
Chambre d'hôtes Clos Saint-Martin Hôtel Reine Mathilde Hôtel Mercure Saint-Lo Centre Hotel st pierre vire Hôtel Gabriel

Starting from 1220€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a Double room
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Access to our exclusive travel application to follow your route, inform you about places of interest, restaurants, facilitate your assistance in case of emergency, find all your travel documents and our practical advice.
  • Application fee
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

    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, 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, traditional

    appareil GPS TwoNav Cross

    • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
    • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

     


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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

    We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


    Touring bike

    An upright and easy going position

    Mixed aluminum frame, telescopic fork. Straight handlebars. Disc brakes. Transmission Shimano 24 to 30 speeds.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
    • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bike water bottle
    Vélo Rando Abicyclette Voyages

    Trekking bike

    A layed out and dynamic position

    Mixed aluminum frame, telescopic fork. Straight handlebars. Disc brakes. Transmission Shimano 24 to 30 speeds.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
    • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bike water bottle
    Vélo Abicyclette Voyages

    Ebike

    With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
    • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
    • 1 lock
    • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
    • 1 multi tools box
    • 1 pump
    • 1 bike computer
    • 1 bike water bottle
    EBIKE VELO DE VILLE

    Children Bike

    Recommended bike size (to be confirmed when booking) :

    • 16 inches from 105cm to 120cm (or 6 to 7 years old)
    • 20 inches from 120cm to 135cm (or 7 to 10 years old)
    • 24 inches from 135cm to 145cm (or 10 to 12 years old)
    • SPORT XS bike (adult frame) from 145cm to 155cm (from age 10)

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 bike water bottle
    Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

    Bike trailer

    Thule Chariot Cross 2
    Children’s trailers can only be rented for installation on one of our bikes.
    We do not provide this service on any other bike. There is too much risk of incompatibility and breakage.
    Por one or 2 children.
    Max child trailer load: 45kg.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet (or 2 if 2 kids)
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 bike water bottle (or 2)
    • Accessories on request: baby hammock. A padded hammock that supports baby’s sides and offers maximum stability (1 to 10 months). Use only the newborn hammock for walking.

    Getting here

    Departure city : CAEN

    Coming by car

    • at 2h45 from PARIS
    • at 5h45 from BORDEAUX
    • at 6h from LYON

    Parking*

    • Parking Hôtel de Ville – CAEN
    • Parking Indigo Caen République – CAEN

    Coming by train

    • Caen train station - 2h from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Caen airport

    Arrival city : MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

    Coming by car

    • at 3h from PARIS
    • at 5h30 from BORDEAUX
    • at 7h from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Pontorson train station - 3h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Rennes Airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    How to get back to the starting point

    • By train from Pontorson to Caen in 6h
    • Return by car in 1h30 to your starting point
    • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • All-Terrain Bike (ATB) or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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