Brittany & Normandy Family Biking
- Discover the rich history and culture of two of France's most intriguing regions
- Bike rolling country roads along must-see beaches
- Awe-inspiring architecture of Mont-St-Michel
- World War II battle sights and memorials
- Kids explore beautiful Normandy countryside on horseback
From D-Day Landmarks to the Emerald Coast
The stories are epic. Action-packed. Exciting. Sprung from a quiet corner of France. So unassuming. Yet the scene of some of history's most heroic acts. Think Vikings. William the Conqueror. Faithful pilgrims. Allies landing. These stories really happened. And you'll know it. When you stand on windswept beaches by abandoned gun posts. Gaze at the spire of Mont-St-Michel's cathedral. You may be speechless. But not the kids. Biking. Horseback riding. Glass blowing. Clearly "action-packed" is not a thing of the past.
Day 1 Journey through two of France's most intriguing regions, starting in Brittany Enjoy a typical Breton lunch before biking along the famed Emerald Coast, lined with enchanting fishing villages and striking sandstone cliffs Kids are sure to love the tasty local apple cider.
Day 2 Rolling country roads along must-see beaches Vistas of La Rance Estuary highlight your ride from the coast to Dinan Pass through picturesque villages such as St-Suliac Sweet or savory? A stop in a crêperie is a must Meander through medieval fortified Dinan, and discover what's behind those half-timbered houses and narrow cobblestone streets Youngsters give glass blowing a try.
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 Kids saddle up for the popular pastime: horseback riding Join a local historian for a private tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery.
Days 4-6 Visit D-Day landmarks and memorials Savor views of isolated beaches and rugged shoreline as you pedal to the coast Past and present collide in the beautifully preserved town of Bayeux Don't miss the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry, a 230-foot-long embroidered "storybook" depicting the Norman invasion of England 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
A totally awesome experience. Each individual detail of the trip, ranging from snacks for biking, the routes chosen, lodging, food, route support, equipment, sights encountered, guides and leaders were all first class making the sum of the trip an excellent experience. I cannot say enough good things about this trip...taking three children ages 6, 12 and 15 along with their parents and all having a blast well that says a lot in and of itself. We learned a lot of history and culture, made new friends, had fantastic food and got some exercise riding through the beautiful pastoral countryside of Normandy.- Cheyenne, WY
Our biking trip was first rate in every aspect. The shuttle buses were top of the line, the daily biking excursions were well thought out and the scenery was breath-taking, the food was authentic and delicious, the guides were knowledgeable and kind, and the activities were suited to each person's needs. I can hardly wait to book another trip with Backroads!- Othello, WA
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 new!- Long Beach, CA
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.
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)
Le Lion d'Or
Bayeux (2 nights) Dating from 1770, a former coaching inn located in the old city, just steps from the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3
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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|Kids: Glassblowing (2 hours)|
|Kids: Horseback riding (2 hours)|
|6||Caen Memorial tour (2 hours)|
On this Family Trip, our routes follow gentle terrain with no significant gain or loss in elevation. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
* Includes a shuttle