France is full of historic spots, but Brittany and Normandy are different. Travel back in time, biking the coastline and standing among bunkers and gun posts at Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Get lost in the moment, listening to the waves and watching horses trot gracefully along peaceful beaches. They're places full of stories and emotions, past and present. Feel free to take some back with you.
1 In Normandy, connoisseurs of Calvados will delight in the scenic Cider Route | Admire castles perched atop green rolling hills | Discover the Norman countryside of Pays d'Auge and the coastal flowers of Côte Fleurie.
2 Spin across the Pegasus Bridge and past 18th-century Château de Bénouville | Pedal along the Côte de Nacre to the Juno Beach Center | Visit fascinating Arromanches, the D-Day beaches and the remains of historic Mulberry Harbor.
3 Join a local historian for a private tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery | Behold the German strongholds of Pointe du Hoc and Longues-sur-Mer | Visit the town of Bayeux, home to the epic 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry.
4 Explore the island monastery of Mont-St-Michel, a World Heritage site and destination of a centuries-old pilgrimage | Get to know riverfront Dinan, a medieval port town with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets | Follow the idyllic Rance River to Dinard, overlooking the sea.
5-6 Bike past riverside St-Suliac, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France | Taste fresh oysters from a waterfront market in Cancale, oyster capital of Brittany | Hit the ramparts at St-Malo, a fortified oceanside city with vistas of the Emerald Coast.