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Normandy Landmarks: D-Day Sites and Mont-Saint-Michel
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Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April through October 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 34 km (21 miles) to 93 km (58 miles, long option)
Starts from Bayeux and ends in Mont-Saint-Michel
Accommodation in an unrated hotel of character, 2- and 3-star properties (Opt A) or an unrated hotel of character, a guesthouse, and 3-star properties (Opt A+)
Level: 2 (easy)
From 985 euros per person sharing a double room

Normandy Landmarks: D-Day Sites and Mont-Saint-Michel —
7 nights/8 days

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this cycling trip starts from the historic town of Bayeux
 
On your last riding day, you will cycle to Mont-Saint-Michel
 
  Using our many years of bike touring experience, we designed this tour to include some of the world’s greatest historic landmarks. Beginning in Bayeux and finishing in the shadows of Mont-Saint Michel, this eight-day bicycle tour lets you experience all the wonders of Normandy.

Among the many highlights are the D-Day landing beaches, the military cemeteries in Colleville-sur-Mer and La Cambe, and the stunning island of Mont-Saint-Michel. We took care to include off-the-beaten-tourist-path coastal towns and historic villages, places where you’ll be sure to enjoy the region’s culinary specialties, and experience Normandy’s mythical countryside. All the rides are relatively short, making this a perfect tour for all riding levels.

We’ve managed to fit as many attractions as possible into an 8-day itinerary, but if you’ve the time and inclination, we can arrange for an optional post-tour extension to Saint Malo.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Bayeux

After checking into your hotel in Bayeux, you’ll meet with one of our representatives to go over your bike tour. Here you’ll receive all the insider knowledge to make you feel like a deep-rooted local. The rest of the day is yours to explore this historic town. Like Normandy itself, the city abounds with attractions. The Bayeux Cathedral is 100% "wow" both inside and out, fully deserving of its national monument status. And the Bayeux Tapestry, dating back to 1070, is recognized as one of the world’s most significant works of art for its depiction of the events leading up to the Norman Conquest. No need to feel rushed! This is the first of two days you'll have in Bayeux.
Day 2: Bayeux loop (Short option: 34 km/21 miles. 267 meters/876 ft of climbing; Long option: 65 km/40 miles, 560 meters/1,837 ft of climbing)

Today you’ll have two loop options around Bayeux. Regardless of your chosen route, both cover level terrain, making for a good intro pedal to find your “bike legs.” Both routes wind east through the famed Normandy countryside before doubling back along the historic D-Day Beaches. Arromanches-les-Bains, a small coastal village, houses the must-see D-Day Museum. Displays and movies there help visitors grasp the scope of the logistics required to bring men and equipment across the English Channel. From Arromanches, you’ll return to Bayeux.

NOTE: The longer route visits Courseulles-sur-Mer. This popular tourist destination is located on Juno Beach, another famed D-Day location, where 14,000 Canadian troops landed on June 6, 1944.
Day 3: Bayeux — Carentan (Short option: 61 km/38 miles, 410 meters/1,350 ft of climbing; Long option: 73 km/45 miles, 489 meters/1,605 ft of climbing)

Another day, another decision! You’ll have a choice of two routes which access two of Normandy’s most visited war cemeteries: Colleville-sur-Mer (American) and La Cambe (German). Colleville-sur-Mer’s perch atop a bluff overlooking the English Channel provides quick access to Omaha Beach, one of D-Day’s main staging areas. While the shorter route veers inland from here, the longer ride continues along Normandy’s windswept coast, passing through Grandcamp-Maisy, a scenic fishing town. Both routes eventually merge before reaching La Cambe, the final resting area for 21,000 German soldiers. You’ll lodge at night in Carentan, a quiet port village nestled along the banks of the Douvre River.
Day 4: Carentan — Agon-Coutainville (Short option: 53 km/33 miles, 381 meters/1,250 ft of climbing; Long option via Utah Beach: 107 km/67 miles, 606 meters/1,988 ft of climbing)

You’ll pedal south, exiting Carentan via the Carentan Marsh. This lush, stretching lowland is home to thousands of birds and serves as the prime grazing area for the cattle responsible for producing the region’s famous Camembert cheese (feel free to thank them as you pass). Your route will wheel through Normandy’s quiet countryside, a land without hurry. You’ll have your choice of many tiny villages to choose from for lunch. Eventually you’ll arrive in Agon-
Coutainville
, your home for the night. The Château d'Agon, built between the 17th and 18th centuries, tops the town’s list of attractions.
Day 5: Agon-Countainville — Granville (Short option: 46 km/29 miles, 314 meters/1,030 ft of climbing; Long option: 93 km/58 miles, 1,130 meters/3,707 ft of climbing)

Today’s short ride follows a southern route along the shoreline into Granville. Less time in the saddle means more time for you to explore everything this magical strip of coast offers! Granville, located atop a finger of rock, juts into the gulf, creating a scenic union between land and sea. Here you can lounge on the beach, shop, or hang in open air cafés uploading photos of your bike tour to your preferred social media outlet, causing endless envy among your friends and followers. Please note that you have the choice of a long option.
Day 6: Granville – Avranches (50 km/31 miles, 535 meters/1,750 ft of climbing)

Pedaling south you’ll pass through nearby Saint-Pair-sur-Mer, before winding inland to the Abbey of La Lucerne. Founded in 1143, this designated historic monument has been the focus of many restoration projects, elevating it to must-see status. From here you’ll bend southwest into Saint-Jean-le-Thomas, where you’ll enjoy your first, though distant, views of Mont-Saint-Michel. You’ll then negotiate a series of rolling hills before reaching Avranches. Situated along the southern rim of the Bay of Saint-Michel, this ancient village offers plenty of attractions. Notre-Dame-des-Champs towers as a monument to Gothic architecture. Patton Square commemorates the town’s significance in World War II. And Avranches’ botanical garden provides several five-star photo opportunities of the bay overlooking Mont-Saint-Michel.
Day 7: Avranches – Mont-Saint-Michel (Short option: 29 km/18 miles, 116 meters/381 ft of climbing; Long option: 64 km/40 miles, 488 meters/1,600 ft of climbing)

Avranches’ close location to Mont-Saint-Michel will allow you, if you so choose, to get an early jump on the crowds. Plan accordingly, for all private vehicles — including bicycles — have been banned from Mont-Saint-Michel. You must park and lock your bikes two kilometers outside the monastery, and then either walk or board a shuttle bus. Regardless, you won’t be disappointed! There’s good reason why it ranks #1 on the list of most visited attractions in France. Plus, it’s one of the few attractions that meets and exceeds the hype. Built in the 8th century atop a rocky tidal island, Mont-Saint-Michel rises out of the bay like a giant wedding cake in an architectural style that can only be described as mind-blowing. Take time to visit the Abbey and be sure to stroll along the top of the eastern wall, which affords high-five views of the bay as well the tiny village sequestered inside the monastery. Onsite dining options are available. You’ll lodge at night at the foot of Mont-Saint-Michel.
Day 8: Departure or Extension to Saint-Malo

Following breakfast at the hotel, you’ll depart on your own time schedule. There is a shuttle bus service from Mont-Saint-Michel to Pontorson train station. Alternatively, you can choose to do an additional riding day to the medieval Saint-Malo via Cherrueix, Dol de Bretagne, the fishing port of Cancale and Pointe du Grouin (price is on request).
Booking & Pricing
From 985 euros per person sharing a double room

Two options are available for this trip:

Option A: 5 nights in 2-star properties, 1 night in a 3-star property and 1 night in an unrated hotel of character

  • 985 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 360 euros
  • 1,035 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 370 euros
  • 1,065 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 390 euros

Option A+: 5 nights in 3-star properties, 1 night in an unrated hotel of character and 1 night in a guesthouse of character

  • 1,180 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 400 euros
  • 1,240 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 410 euros
  • 1,280 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 420 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 dinner (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 115 euros per bike. This price includes the drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Bayeux. Road bikes are available on request.

For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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