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France - Normandy

France - Normandy

Degree of difficulty - B

Our Normandy cycling tour starts in Falaise, birthplace of William The (lucky) Conqueror. In Caen we’ll see William’s castle and the beautiful Abbeys that survived the bombing of WWII, and in Bayeux we’ll visit the famous tapestry.

On our way to Caen we’ll spend time at the Pegasus Memorial, the start of Operation Overlord. We’ll visit the beaches and memorials of the Canada Centre, the US cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer and the spectacular remains of the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches.

All this plus the famous Norman cheeses, cider and calvados (and delicious, disgraceful creamy sauces) of the Val d’Auge.

DAY 1 Saturday
We start our tour in Falaise at the Hotel de la Poste. New owners have transformed the menu at this hotel and we'll enjoy a real Norman feast

DAY 2 Sunday Falaise to Vimoutiers 30 miles / 49 km
A gentle entrée into the Pays d'Auge. We’ll pass through Camembert on our way to Vimoutiers, home of the Camembert Museum (shaped like the cheese, naturally). We'll stay at the Hotel du Vitou in a delightful 25-acre nature park, and we’ll eat nearby at a lakeside restaurant.

DAY 3 Monday Vimoutiers to Pont-L’Eveque 37 miles / 61 km
We'll follow a new cycle path for the first part of our day to Livarot, where we will visit a cheese factory making Pont-L'Eveque, Camembert and Livarot – that's lunch sorted!

Cunning back roads will take us into Lisieux, where we'll visit the enormous Basilica of St Théresa. Her autobiography, 'Story Of A Soul', describes her 'little way'. Her story and her writings are incredibly moving and so is the Basilica devoted to her.

From Lisieux we follow the river valley to Pont L'Eveque, but on the way we'll visit the renowned distillery of Boulard in the village of Coquainvilliers. They'll change your mind about Calvados.
We finish our day at the pretty town of Pont-L'Eveque, staying in the spa hotel Le Lion d'Or. 37 miles

DAY 4 Tuesday Pont-L’Eveque to Benouville 29 miles / 47 km
Rolling farmland takes us through Beaumont-en-Auge and Beuvron-en-Auge, half-timbered houses, apple orchards and traditional Norman cows. We join a cycle path near Troarn and cross the River Orne on our way to the Hotel Glycines in Bénouville.

Just before we arrive in Benouville, we'll visit the cemetery in Ranville, where the first victim of Operation Overlord is buried. We'll also cycle across the famous Pegasus Bridge - more about that tomorrow.

DAY 5 Wednesday Benouville to Glycine 19 miles / 31 km
A short ride along a cycle path into the centre of Caen.

We’ll visit William and Matilda's Abbey-aux-Hommes and Abbey-aux-Dames, as well as the enormous castle at the centre of Caen and the famous 'Caen Mémorial', the best of all the museums dedicated to the Normandy Landings. We'll retrace our steps back to the Glycine.

DAY 6 Thursday Glycine to Bayeux 31 miles / 50 km
We follow our cycle path downstream to the port of Ouistreham at the mouth of the Orme and the Caen Canal. We visit a British cemetery and the Canada Centre at Juno Beach, but the highlights of our day will be the amazing Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches and the tapestry in Bayeux.

We’ll stay at another Lion D'Or, this one in Bayeux, and the one time HQ of Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander. Yesterday, at the Caen Memorial, you'll have discovered what an extraordinary leader Eisenhower was - and today you stay in his old HQ.

DAY 7 Friday Bayeux to Carentan 36 miles / 58 km
Today is about balance. First we'll visit the immaculately maintained American cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer with its reflecting pool.

After lunch we'll visit the enormous German cemetery at La Cambe, sombre, stark but still very moving.
We'll finish our tour in Carentan at the Auberge Normande, renowned for its cooking.

DAY 8 Saturday
Train back to Caen, and onward travel to Paris / London, etc -

2019 Group Tour Price
€1580 per person sharing

€1975 single occupancy ( if travelling on your own we will endeavour to find a room mate for you ) 

Tour Includes

• 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
• 7 dinners
• Guide cycling with the group
• Luggage transferred locally
• 24-speed hybrid touring bike with pannier and helmet
• Vineyard fees and wine-tasting
• Waterproof jacket
• Cycling jersey
• Set Transfer from Caen train station to the starting point of the tour
• Set Transfer to Carenten train station at the end of the tour.

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)


Self Guided Tour Information

This tour is not available on a self guided basis.

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


Day1 Hotel de la Poste Day1 Hotel de la Poste1 Day1 Hotel de la Poste2

Day 1: Hotel de la Poste


Day2 Hotel du Vitou Day2 Hotel du Vitou1 Day2 Hotel du Vitou2

Day 2: Hotel du Vitou

Pont l'Eveque

Day3 Hotel Lion dOr Day3 Hotel Lion dOr1 Day3 Hotel Lion dOr2

Day 3: Hotel Lion d'Or


Day4 5 Hotel La Glycine Day4 5 Hotel La Glycine1 Day4 5 Hotel La Glycine2

Day 4 & 5: Hotel La Glycine


Day6 Hotel Lion dOr1 Day6 Hotel Lion dOr Day6 Hotel Lion dOr2

Day 6: Hotel Lion d'Or

Isigny sur Mer

Day7 Hotel de France Day7 Hotel de France1 Day7 Hotel de France2

Day 7: Hotel de France

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