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Normandy Discovery for Avid Riders: From Bayeux to Rouen via Honfleur

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Normandy Self-guided trip: Starts any day except Tuesday and Wednesday from April through October 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 61 km (38 miles) to 87 km (54 miles)
Starts from Bayeux and ends in Rouen
Bayeux and Rouen are well-serviced by train from Paris
Accommodation in a guesthouse, an unrated hotel of character, and 2- and 3-star properties (Opt A) or a guesthouse, an unrated hotel of character, and 3- and 4-star properties (Opt A+)
Level: 3/4 (Moderate/Difficult)
From 980 euros per person sharing a double room

Normandy Discovery for Avid Riders: From Bayeux to Rouen via Honfleur — 7 nights/8 days

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The Arromanches Museum is a must-see when touring Normandy's D-Day sites
 
In Honfleur, you'll have time to stroll through its historical center
  This popular bicycle tour allows you to explore Normandy in all its glory — at a more challenging level! You’ll bicycle through the countryside that gave rise to Impressionist painting and inspired the brushstrokes of Monet and Boudin.

You’ll wheel along Normandy’s coast and visit some of D-Day’s most prominent battle sites, including Omaha Beach, Pegasus Bridge and Longues-sur-Mer, site of one of Germany’s most formidable defense placements.

You may also visit ancient cathedrals and stand before the place where Joan of Arc met her death… or you can keep your speed up and race to your final destination. At night, you’ll lodge in charming cities and villages, enjoying Normandy’s best culinary offerings.

If you're not an elite rider, please consider our less challenging version of this bicycle tour, which consists of shorter daily stages. The itinerary is the same, but the rides are shorter.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Bayeux

This historic city is home to many attractions including the Bayeux Tapestry and the Bayeux Cathedral, a national monument that’s 100% Gothic wow. Don’t feel rushed; Bayeux is a two-night stay.
Day 2: Bayeux loop (73 km/45 miles, 541 meters/1,775 ft of climbing)

First up is the seaside village of Arromanches-les-Bains where Allied troops pulled off one of the War’s greatest engineering feats, creating a temporary harbor in just a matter of days. You’ll also have the chance to tour German battery placements at Longues-sur-Mer. From here you’ll follow the Aure Valley to Omaha Beach, perhaps the most famous of D-Day’s five landing sites, and then on to Colleville-sur-Mer, site of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Continue to Pointe du Hoc, a favorite among D-Day visitors. Atop this towering point you can tour German bunkers and climb into bomb craters that still pock the land. You’ll wheel as far west as Grandcamp-Maisy before your return ride to Bayeux, during which you’ll pass Le Cambe, the final resting place of more than 21,000 German soldiers.
Day 3: Bayeux — Benouville (69 km/43 miles, 459 meters/1,506 ft of climbing)

Ride through the Seulles Valley out to the English Channel, where you’ll first visit Arromanches-les-Bains, site of the famous D-Day Mulberry Harbor, and Longues-sur-Mer, the site of Germany’s big guns. Then it’s on to Juno Beach, where the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division stormed the beach and helped establish strategic footholds on Normandy soil. The Juno Beach Centre documents the landing in meticulous detail with exhibits and films. Nearby Courseulles-sur-Mer abounds with seafood options, making for a perfect lunch stop. Stop at Sword Beach, where members of Britain’s 3rd Division waded to shore, before you cycle on to Benouville.
Day 4: Benouville — Beuvron-en-Auge (82 km/51 miles, 628 meters/2,060 ft of climbing)

Benouville is where the first D-Day shot was fired as part of Operation Deadstick. Stop at the Pegasus Memorial, a sprawling memorial/museum that features the actual Pegasus Bridge, bullet holes and all. Continue through lower Normandy, following quiet country roads through tiny Old World villages with populations lower than the total number of days in a year. The rural nature of this ride makes for a great speed day, and the quiet surroundings are perfect for nature-lovers. You’ll lodge in Beuvron-en-Auge, one of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (one of the most beautiful villages of France).
Day 5: Beuvron-en-Auge — Honfleur (67 km/42 miles, 803 meters/2,635 ft of climbing)

The magnificent scenery of rural Normandy is yours to drink in; you’ll also have many tasting opportunities for cider and Calvados, Normandy’s most championed beverages. First on your route is Cambremer, one of the focal points of Normandy’s famous Cider Route. Along the way you’ll pass many cider producers, open for tours and tastings. Then you’ll turn north to Beaumont-en-Auge, yet another one of Normandy’s impossibly beautiful medieval villages. Wheel along quiet back roads through apple orchards toward the coastline, called the “Parisian Riviera.” Finally, you’ll arrive in Honfleur, a picturesque port city with colorful buildings and cobblestone streets.
Day 6: Honfleur — Brionne (87 km/54 miles, 741 meters/2,431 ft of climbing)

Bid adieu to the waterfront and head inland to the hills of the Pays d’Auge once more. From Honfleur you’ll pedal into the heart of Normandy’s picturesque countryside — Le Marais Vernier, a region famous for thatched roof cottages, castles, and a prominent bird sanctuary. In addition, you’ll wheel through Quillebeuf-sur-Seine, a scenic village along the Seine River noted for its 12th century church. Eventually you’ll pedal into Pont-Audemer, Normandy’s answer to Venice, Italy. Half-timbered homes hug the village’s canals, making Pont-Audemer as unique as it is beautiful. Watch for fly-fishermen reeling in the Risle River, a popular spot for this sport. At night you’ll lodge in the charming historical town of Brionne.
Day 7: Brionne — Rouen (61 km/38 miles, 540 meters/1,772 ft of climbing)

We purposely planned today’s ride short to give you more time to explore Rouen, the grand finale of your tour. But first, take a detour to Le Bec-Hellouin, one of the most beautiful villages of France. Its Bec Abbey, founded in 1034, is definitely worth seeing! Continue your ride through rural landscape toward the Seine River and follow it to La Bouille, a tiny riverside village out of a painter’s imagination. Here, you’ll cross the river via barge and pedal onward to Rouen, Normandy’s historic capital city.
Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, depart Rouen at the time of your choice.

Booking & Pricing
From 980 euros per person sharing a double room

Two options are available for this trip:

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

  • 980 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 335 euros
  • 1,030 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 340 euros
  • 1,060 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 345 euros

Option A+: 1 night in a 4-star property, 4 nights in 3-star properties, 1 night in an unrated hotel of character and 1 night in a guesthouse of character


  • 1,290 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 470 euros
  • 1,365 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 475 euros
  • 1,395 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 480 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (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. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 230 euros per bike. This price includes the 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Bayeux.

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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