« Return to Normal Layout

Brittany & Normandy Family Bike Tour
Brittany & Normandy Family Bike Tour

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. Or gaze at the spire of Mont-St-Michel's cathedral. But there's also the exhilarating present. Biking. Horseback riding. Glassblowing. 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 Saint-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 glassblowing 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 Explore the charming cobblestone streets of Bayeux, the first French town to be liberated by the allies in the summer of 1944 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 Kids saddle up for the popular pastime of horseback riding  At the award-winning Caen Memorial, a "Museum for Peace," view thought-provoking displays that blend history with hope for the future.


Trip Highlights
  • 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 the beautiful Normandy countryside on horseback
big map


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
Kids: Land Sailing Adventure (2 Hours)
2 18* 300 23* 1200 35* 1200 44 1500
Kids: Glassblowing (2 Hours)
3 18 400 28 400
4 20* 300 35* 300 42 300
26* 300
5 11* 100 34 400
21 400
Kids: Horseback Riding (2 Hours)
6 Caen Memorial Tour (2 Hours)
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

FAMILY TRIPS
  • 6/17-22 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/24-29 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/1-6 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/8-13 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/31-8/5 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/5-10 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/14-19 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)

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


Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Piccolo or in a Burley. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. 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 $5,698 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $4,898 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.


Guest Trip Reviews

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!
Tina Arechiga - Long Beach, CA

Best trip I have ever been on. The balance between biking and sightseeing was excellent.
Ravan Magrath - Montclair, NJ

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 breathtaking, 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!
Carolyn Bunch - Othello, WA