Region Overviews: France Travel Guide: Overview
Long considered a global center of art, science, philosophy and sophistication, France boasts incredible diversity in its offerings to travelers.
Travel back in time through Brittany and Normandy, where French and US history intertwine. Bike gorgeous routes along the coast and stand 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.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Deauville / End Rennes
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Start your cycling holiday in an elegant seaside enclave popular with chic Parisians | In Normandy, connoisseurs of Calvados will delight in the scenic Cider Route | Ride dedicated bike paths along a coastline that inspired belle epoque artists, including novelist Marcel Proust and couturier Coco Chanel | Admire castles and manors perched atop green rolling hills | Pause in Beuvron-en-Auge, one of Les Plus Beaux (Most Beautiful) Villages of France | Discover the Norman countryside of picture-perfect Pays d'Auge and the coastal flowers of Côte Fleurie.
This beloved hotel, made famous by Marcel Proust, offers magnificent views of the Cabourg promenade and the sea.
Ride across the Pegasus Bridge | Bike along the Côte de Nacre to the Juno Beach Center | Visit fascinating Arromanches, the D-Day beaches and the remains of Mulberry Harbor | Behold the German strongholds of Pointe du Hoc and Longues-sur-Mer | Join a local historian for a private tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery | Stroll through the town of Bayeux, home to the epic 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry.
A "relaxing 18th-century honey-colored château-hotel surrounded by rose gardens... minutes from Omaha Beach," according to Andrew Harper. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool)
Explore the island monastery of World Heritage Mont-St-Michel, destination of a centuries-old pilgrimage and home to Europe's most dramatic tide change | Get to know riverfront Dinan, a medieval port town with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets | Marvel at Breton architecture with its granite churches and centuries-old farmhouses | Follow the idyllic Rance River to Dinard, an exquisite vacation town overlooking the sea | Bike past riverside St-Suliac, another 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 | Take a final ride on rural roads with expansive views over La Rance estuary.
This hotel, built in 1859, welcomes you with warm décor and mesmerizing views overlooking the coast and St-Malo. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
SMALL GROUP? TRY RENDEZVOUS | An extra leader and van for even more flexibility | Call us to book your Rendezvous.
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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. LEARN MORE.
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