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Normandy Bike Tour

The Beaches that History Built

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price from: $4,895Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle into the chic coastal towns of Cabourg and Deauville, famous for hosting international film festivals and celebrity enclaves
  • Pedal the Route du Cidre, stopping for tastings of cider and brandy paired with local Pont-l’Evêque cheese
  • Visit the WWII memorial sites at Arromanches, Juno Beach, and Omaha Beach
  • Explore beautiful Bayeux, a town known for its stunning cathedral and ornate tapestries

Eat

Exquisitely fresh seafood, Camembert and Pont-l’Évêque cheeses, oysters, sweet and savory tarts, and crêpes

Drink

Local hard and soft ciders, poiré (pear cider), and craft beers; Calvados apple brandy and the Calvados cocktail Pommeau

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Normandy

    After a quick and easy train ride from Paris, your guides will welcome you to the region with a pick up at the Bayeux train station. It’s a short transfer to our first hotel in the center of town where you’ll be introduced to your steeds for the week. We’ll get you fitted and briefed for a fun-filled week of cycling to some unforgettable sites. Our destination today is Arromanches-les-Bains, an artificial port commissioned as an easy landing site during WWII, and a rare site that was spared from the brunt of the fighting. The remains are impressive and serve as a moving reminder of the purpose the town once served for the Allied troops. This pleasant jaunt out of the city gives us a good introduction to the soft rolling hills and coastal views of the Normandy landscapes. We’ll return to our hotel in the late afternoon to relax and refresh before our first dinner in town.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bayeux, Ryes, Arromanches-les-Bains
    Accomplished: 14 miles / 22 km, elevation gain: 187 meters
    Accommodations: Villa Lara

  • Day 2

    Omaha Beach

    We’ll start the morning with a spin alongside old watermills on our way back to the coast. A gentle ride mixed with plains and forest landscapes brings us all the way to the coast. Our main focus today is visiting and contemplating the site of Omaha Beach. The dramatic history of this place is present everywhere: the beach, the plains, the cemetery. Words cannot describe what you will see or feel—you can only understand the intensity of this emotional setting by experiencing it yourself. Once we’ve had our moments of silence, we’ll continue on to the town of Port-en-Bessin for lunch. We’ll wind our way back to Bayeux to explore and shop in the beautiful town. No visit to Normandy is complete without tasting some delectable crêpes. Back at the hotel you’ll have time to rest before we meet for a casual yet authentic meal at our favorite crêperie.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bayeux, Omaha Beach, Port en Bessin
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 408 meters
    Accommodations: Villa Lara

  • Day 3

    La Côte Normande

    After bidding adieu to Bayeux, we’ll pay our last respects to the soldiers that fought for the liberation of France and the rest of Europe at Juno Beach. We’ll take a fascinating tour of the newly uncovered Nazi bunkers and learn a bit more about the events that took place on this coast. Continue east along the coast and past the beach towns popular with Parisian vacationers. We’ll spin through Cabourg, Houlgate, and Villiers-sur-Mer before leaving the shore and heading to our next hotel in the countryside. This scenic day is a stretch, so we’ll be offering a van transfer from Cabourg for those who want to have more free time at our hotel. Tonight we’ll enjoy a gastronomic feast in our hotel’s own restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Courseulles-sur-Mer, Ouistreham, Cabourg, Houlgate, Villers-sur-Mer, Tourgéville
    Accomplished: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 700 meters
    Longer Option: 51 miles / 82 km
    Accommodations: Manoir de Tourgéville

  • Day 4

    La Crème de la Crème

    Our first stop this morning is Deauville, where Coco Chanel opened her first shop. Europe’s crème de la crème flock here each year, and the famous film festival in Deauville every September draws a star-studded Hollywood crowd. We’ll take a few photos where some of our favorite actors have had their names etched in the beach cabanas. We’ll cruise all the way to Honfleur where we’ll have a nice lunch in town and then take a tour of the old town and the largest wooden church in France. Honfleur is especially known for its old, beautiful, picturesque port characterized by its slate-covered houses painted by famed artists including Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind. Take some time to go shopping this afternoon or just relax by the pool of this truly wonderful and classically Normande-style hotel. Tonight you are on your own for dinner, and your guides will help you choose from the many great restaurants in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Deauville, Trouville, Honfleur
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 609 meters
    Accommodations: Ferme Saint-Siméon

  • Day 5

    The Calvados and Cider Route

    We’ll start in Honfleur—”a ravishing port full of masts and sails, crowned with green hills and surrounded by narrow houses,” as Victor Hugo so aptly put it. Our ride begins along the Route du Cidre through small, quiet villages, under lush canopies, and past endless apple orchards in this cider and Calvados producing region called Pays d’Auge. Halfway through our scenic cycling route, we’ll stop to enjoy a cider and Calvados tasting at a family-run distillery with a pairing of local cheeses named after the nearby town of origin: Pont L’Évêque. We’ll have a nice lunch before heading back to our hotel where you can enjoy some massages at the spa before dinner. Our final dinner together will be a fine gastronomic experience to finish off the week with a bang (or a glass of Calvados).

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Honfleur, Coudray-Rabut, Pont L’Evêque
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 564 meters (Longer option available)
    Accommodations: Ferme Saint-Siméon

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir!

    Enjoy a short loop around Honfleur if you’d like a last look at the beautiful Normandy countryside, or else enjoy a relaxing morning at the hotel. After bidding adieu to Normandy, your guides will bring you to the train station in Deauville where they will see you off.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accomplished: Optional loop ride

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris, France
Pick-Up Location: 11:30am at the Bayeux Train Station

Depart

Airport City: Paris, France
Drop-Off Location: 11:00am Trouville Train Station

Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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