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Brittany & Normandy Bike Tour
Brittany & Normandy Bike Tour

Broad beaches from which William the Conqueror set sail in 1066, and where the Allies landed nearly 900 years later on D-Day. 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, crêpes and delectable moules-frites. 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), a local aperitif.

Day 2 Rolling country roads and traditional Breton towns  From St-Malo, spin through peaceful countryside past St-Suliac - one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages of France) 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 center and World Heritage site  Head into a Normandy region known for 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 Walk on the same ground as the Allies on D-Day as you join a local historian for an exclusive tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery Past and present collide in beautifully preserved Bayeux, the first town to be liberated by the Allies.

Days 5-6 Outstanding regional cuisine - seafood lovers rejoice!  Ride through the bocage landscape, then 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.


Trip Highlights
  • 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
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Casual Inns

Hôtel la Villefromoy (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 (2 nights): Dating from 1770, this centrally located former coaching inn is just steps from the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Château de Sully (1 night): Not far from the landing beaches, a charming 18th-century castle-turned-hotel surrounded by sprawling formal gardens. (pool, spa, tennis)


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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 19 500
2 18* 300 23* 1200 35* 1200 44 1500
3 18 400 28 400
4 20* 300 26* 300 35* 300 42 300
5 11* 100 21 400 34 400
6 Caen Memorial Museum Visit (2 Hours)
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/31-6/5 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/7-12 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/14-19 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/21-26 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/28-7/3 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/5-10 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/12-17 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/26-31 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/2-7 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/1-6 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/22-27 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $530 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

We simply cannot show the depth of our happiness and gratitude. From the guides to the biking, food to the history, Backroads created a magnificent trip. Truly a uniquely wonderful vacation.
Robbie Gfeller- Winston Salem, NC

We loved all the rides - gorgeous routes and great service from all three leaders. Really couldn't have asked for more. They shared their expertise of the history, had snacks ready at every turn, great enthusiasm and overall wonderful hosts and great company. We appreciated all of it.
Sandi Fifield- Westport, CT

Thank you for a wonderful trip. It was my first Backroads trip and I was not sure what to expect, but the experience clearly exceeded my expectations. The guides were wonderful with a terrific connection making for an easy ride. The mix of activities with the riding really gave me a flavor for Normandy and Brittany. I can't think of a better way to tour France! Thanks for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation!
Laura Ravo- New York, NY

Another wonderful trip - our 17th! You always set the bar high and then sail over it!
Douglas Pirnie- New York, NY

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!!!!
Julie Shishino- 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.
Dore Hollander- New York, NY

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!
Tina Arechiga- Long Beach, CA

Another wonderful trip! I loved the region - so much history and culture and beauty.
Susan Ciccarone- New York, NY