Sailboats in the harbor at Honfleur, Normandy, France

Normandy Bike Tour

The Beaches that History Built, Mont Saint-Michel, and More

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $5,995Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Mont Saint-Michel, an iconic French landmark and magical island monastery
  • Cycle into the chic coastal towns of Étretat and Deauville, famous for hosting an international film festival
  • Pedal the Route du Cidre, stopping for tastings of cider and brandy paired with local Pont-l’Evêque cheese
  • Contemplate the WWII memorial sites at Omaha Beach and La Pointe du Hoc with a local historian
  • Explore the artists’ port of Honfleur and the town Bayeux, 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

Exterior of 17th-century La Ferme Saint Siméon hotel with white roses growing in foreground
The island of Mont Saint-Michel, 1 km from the coast in Normandy, France
A coastal village in Normandy, France
Several glasses filled with a Calvados cocktail in Pays d’Auge
DuVine cyclists seen from behind as they approach Relais & Chateaux hotel Château d'Audrieu in Audrieu, Normandy, France
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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Normandy

    Your guides will meet you at the train station in the port of Le Havre and bring you to Montivilliers, a charming village with an impressive abbey. Have a coffee as we get fitted to our bikes, then begin the first ride of the week. The route follows quiet coastal roads to Étretat, a lesser-known enclave on Normandy’s Côte d’Albâtre. Lunch is served here as we look out at the Atlantic and Étretat’s distinct white cliffs. There’s time for a stroll on the beach in order to ground yourself with the smooth pebbles underfoot soaring rock formations overhead. Hop in the van for a transfer to Honfleur, known for its old, beautiful, picturesque port and slate-covered houses depicted by artists like Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, and Claude Monet. Our hotel—a 17th-century Normande-style inn—has hosted all of them. After settling in, finish the day with a Pommeau cocktail and a fine gastronomic dinner at La Ferme Saint-Siméon’s restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Le Havre, Étretat, Honfleur
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 984 feet / 300 meters
    Accommodations: La Ferme Saint-Siméon or Manoir des Impressionnistes

  • Day 2

    Honfleur Loop

    Our ride begins in Honfleur, “a ravishing port full of masts and sails, crowned with green hills and surrounded by narrow houses,” as Victor Hugo aptly put it. Pedal through small, quiet villages and endless apple orchards on the Route du Cidre, named for the cider and Calvados produced here. As we ride through the Pays d’Auge region, we’ll stop at a family-run distillery for a Calvados tasting paired with local cheeses named after the nearby town of origin: Pont L’Évêque. Spend the afternoon at the hotel spa or explore Honfleur’s charming shops and churches, and we’ll dine together in town this evening.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Honfleur, Coudray-Rabut, Pont-l’Évêque
    Accomplished: 29 miles / 46 km, elevation gain: 1,515 feet / 462 meters
    Accommodations: La Ferme Saint-Siméon or Manoir des Impressionnistes

  • Day 3

    Honfleur to Bayeux: La Côte Normande

    À bientôt, Honfleur! This morning we head to 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 in September draws a star-studded Hollywood crowd. We’ll take a few photos where some of our favorite actors have had their names etched into the beach cabanas. This afternoon takes on a different tone as we transfer to 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. From here, a bit of riding in the countryside offers soft rolling hills and gorgeous coastal views. Arrive at our next hotel in the center of Bayeux with time to relax and refresh before dinner at a restaurant tucked in the ancient town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Deauville, Arromanches-les-Bains, Bayeux
    Accomplished: 12 miles / 20 km, elevation gain: 836 feet / 255 meters
    Longer Option: 20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 1,210 feet / 369 meters
    Accommodations: Chateau d’Audrieu

  • Day 4

    D-Day Beaches

    We’ll start the day 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 Omaha Beach. A local historian will point out the dramatic history of this place that’s 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 setting by experiencing it yourself. After lunch, we’ll wind our way along the coast to another crucial cliff: La Pointe du Hoc, where American soldiers persevered in a brutal defense against German counterattacks. Challenge yourself with an extra ride or shuttle back to Bayeux. Spend the evening in town—we invite you to dine on your own (though your guides are happy to recommend a few favorite restaurants).

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Sully, Port-en-Bessin, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, La Pointe du Hoc
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 997 feet / 304 meters
    Longer Option: 47 miles / 76 km, elevation gain: 1,735 feet / 529 meters
    Accommodations: Chateau d’Audrieu

  • Day 5

    Meet Me at Mont Saint-Michel

    Before bidding adieu to Bayeux, we’ll take a moment to check out a masterpiece from the 11th century—the Bayeux Tapestry—which depicts the Norman conquest and the Battle of Hastings. But the best is yet to come! Beginning at the border of Brittany and Normandy, we’ll ride on quiet country roads to reach one of France’s most iconic landmarks: the UNESCO-classified Mont Saint-Michel. After checking into our final hotel, experience Mont Saint-Michel to the fullest during a guided tour of the monastery and the petite village that surrounds it. Our final dinner together is a celebration of our unique position between Brittany and Normandy—a Breton seafood feast to finish the week with a bang (or a glass of Calvados).

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bayeux, Avranches, Mont Saint-Michel
    Accomplished: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 1,129 feet / 344 meters
    Accommodations: L’Ermitage

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir!

    Enjoy a short morning loop for one last stretch of your legs, or opt for a relaxing breakfast at the hotel. Your guides will bring you to the train station in Rennes for your farewell to Normandy.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Optional Ride: 20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 755 feet / 230 meters

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris, France Pick-Up Location: Le Havre Train Station Pick-Up Time: 10:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris, France Drop-Off Location: Rennes Train Station Drop-Off Time: 11:30 am
Travelers Take Note

To show you all our favorite parts of Normandy, this tour includes transfers on multiple occasions.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates. Go Private

2023Single Supplement From: $1,750

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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 wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

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

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • 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
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