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Brittany & Normandy Bike Tour

Normandy's D-Day Landmarks & Brittany's Emerald Coast

From $4,298 - $4,698 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$890 for sgl. occ.)

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.

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Highlights

  • Undertake an unforgettable journey along the coast through two of France's most intriguing regions
  • Bike amid rolling countryside, rugged cliffs, rambling beaches, historical sites and quiet villages
  • Join a private tour of Omaha Beach and the vast American Military Cemetery with a local World War II historian
  • View the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a “storybook” depicting the Norman invasion of Britain in the 11th century
France

Start Deauville / End St-Malo

Brittany Normandy France Map

Itinerary

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 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.

Days 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.

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.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,698 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $8,898 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,298 - $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$890 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Le Grand Hotel Cabourg
Grand Hôtel Cabourg

Cabourg (1 night)

Chateau la Chenevière
La Chenevière

Port-en-Bessin (2 nights)

Grand Hotel Barriere
Grand Hôtel Barrière

Dinard (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Brittany and Normandy

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Le Grand Hotel Cabourg

Grand Hôtel Cabourg

Cabourg (1 night)

This beloved hotel, made famous by Marcel Proust, offers magnificent views of the Cabourg promenade and the sea.

Chateau la Chenevière

La Chenevière

Port-en-Bessin (2 nights)

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)

Grand Hotel Barriere

Grand Hôtel Barrière

Dinard (2 nights)

This hotel, built in 1859, welcomes you with warm décor and mesmerizing views overlooking the coast and St-Malo. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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 (drag to see full )

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 22 800
2 10* 300 27* 900 36* 1300 46 1700
3 8* 400 20* 700 41 1600 47 1800
4 18 1100
Guided Tour of Mont-St-Michel (1 Hour)
5 16* 600 23* 1000 34* 1400 47 1800
6 14 700
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Burley Kazoo trailer bike (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike

Burley Cub trailer (Included)

Burley Cub trailer (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Cub trailer, for one or two children 60 pounds and under, is sturdy carrier that attaches to our bikes. It provides a comfortable and safe ride in the spacious interior with inner pockets for snacks and drinks, a reclining seat with a secure five point padded harness system and an adjustable sunscreen.

Burley Cub trailer

Burley Cub trailer

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Brittany and Normandy

Gain an Insider's Perspective

Alexandre Visage, our regional manager for France, grew up in Normandy and spent vacations at his grandmother's house in Brittany. Drawing on his deep local knowledge and a decade of experience with Backroads, Alex ensures that you experience the very best this region has to offer.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Brittany and Normandy—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Navigate Your Way in Brittany and Normandy

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Brittany and Normandy. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Brittany and Normandy live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn more about our bike fleet.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Brittany and Normandy trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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