Brittany & Normandy Biking
- A journey through two of France's most intriguing regions
- Bike rolling country roads along must-see beaches
- The magical island monastery and cathedral of Mont-St-Michel
- World War II battle sights and memorials
- A private tour of the American Military Cemetery with a local historian
From the Emerald Coast to D-Day Landmarks
Broad beaches from which William the Conqueror set sail in 1066, and where the Allies landed nearly 900 years later. The mystical abbey of Mont-St-Michel, its battlements and golden spire soaring from the sea. The bunkers and bomb craters at Pointe du Hoc. Such iconic settings will undoubtedly stir your emotions, while the sheer beauty - and bounty - of your surroundings will spark your joie de vivre. Lush orchards and crashing surf. Windswept plateaus and storybook villages. Rounds of pungent Camembert, bottles of locally brewed apple cider, just-churned Isigny butter and delectable seafood. Brittany and Normandy are a rare blend of history and natural splendor. And bound to make an impression on you.
Day 1 Journey through two of France's most intriguing regions, starting in Brittany Enjoy a typical Breton lunch before pedaling along the famed Côte d'Émeraude (Emerald Coast), lined with enchanting fishing villages and striking sandstone cliffs Á votre santé! Taste a Kir Breton (apple cider and cassis), an authentic local aperitif.
Day 2 Rolling country roads and traditional Breton towns From St-Malo, spin through peaceful countryside, past typical Breton villages such as St. Suliac and along the Rance River Sweet or savory? A stop in a crêperie is a must Stroll through Dinan, a charming fortified medieval port town with half-timbered houses and narrow cobblestone streets.
Day 3 The magical island monastery and cathedral of Mont-St-Michel, an iconic European pilgrimage site Head into Normandy's Calvados département, known for its cider and cheeses After lunch at a private 16th-century château atop Norman cliffs, pedal to Pointe du Hoc.
Day 4 Bike to D-Day landmarks and memorials Join a local historian for an exclusive tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery Past and present collide in the beautifully preserved town of Bayeux, home to the impressive 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry.
Days 5-6 Outstanding regional cuisine - seafood lovers rejoice! Savor breathtaking vistas of hallowed beaches and rugged shoreline as you ride to Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches At the award-winning Caen Memorial, a "Museum for Peace," view thought-provoking displays that blend history with hope for the future.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
I thoroughly enjoyed this Backroads trip. The region, leaders and mix of families on the trip were all wonderful. It was an excellent mix of physical activity, historical and cultural learning and fun. My entire family had a great experience. We're ready to do it again somewhere else!- Long Beach, CA
Just got back last night, and I couldn't wait to fill out my evaluation form...I just wanted to tell someone how great the entire trip was. The trip went by so fast! I was very sad when it ended. Both our leaders were extraordinary.(Backroads must be doing something right with its selection process, because you couldn't have asked for anything more from either of these two women.) I was waiting to see how I would like this trip before I booked any others...but now I think I will make all my vacation plans through Backroads. Thank you again for the trip of a lifetime!!!!- Culver City, CA
As has always been my experience on a Backroads trip, I couldn't have asked for more of the leaders. I particularly appreciate the way they saw to my dietary needs. They were extremely flexible regarding the group's needs both on the bike and off. Rearrange a morning to get us to a cash machine? No problem! Swing by a drugstore when I came down with a cold? No problem! They are hard-working and cheerful and just a pleasure to travel with.- New York, NY
Hôtel La Villefromoy
St-Malo (2 nights) A Second Empire villa set in the heart of Brittany with ocean views and easy access to the region's best sights.
Le Lion d'Or
Bayeux (2 nights) Dating from 1770, this centrally located former coaching inn is just steps from the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
Château de Sully
Sully (1 night) Not far from the landing beaches, a charming 18th-century castle-turned-hotel surrounded by sprawling formal gardens. (pool, spa, tennis)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
|2 - 3 guests $5,098 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $3,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $4,498 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $3,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|6||Caen Memorial museum visit (2 hours)|
* Includes a shuttle