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

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.

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Day 1

BAYEUX

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

Day 2

FROM BAYEUX, ARROMANCHES LOOP 50km Niveau Forme

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

Day 3

From BAYEUX to CARENTAN 46km 130m 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 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 50m Niveau Forme

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 230m Niveau Forme

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

End of stay after breakfast. Before you leave enjoy a visit to the Bayeux tapestry museum. It displays a major and amazingly preserved 11th century work of art, a 70 meters (230 feet) long tapestry relating the conquest of England by William the Conqueror!

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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.


Starting from 765€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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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.


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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.


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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, 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

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.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

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 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Touring bike

A straight and easy going position

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 bottle
Vélo de voyage, position à l'hollandaise

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 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Vélo enfant 24 pouces

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

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

Coming to Bayeux by plane*

Airport in Caen

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

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation 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 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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