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 with your family through Normandy and Brittany, 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. These French regions are 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
Special Kids Prices
Start Caen / End Rennes
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Start your active family vacation in Normandy, riding amid green rolling hills topped with castles and manors | By bike, discover the Norman countryside of Bessin and the coastal flowers of Côte Fleurie | Visit the D-Day beaches, fascinating Arromanches and the remains of historic Mulberry Harbor | Behold the German strongholds of Pointe du Hoc and Longues-sur-Mer | Ride along the Côte de Nacre to the Juno Beach Center | Kids explore this magnificent region on horseback and go kart-sailing by the sea | Join a local historian for a private family tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery | Take a post-ride stroll through the town of Bayeux, home to the epic 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry | Kids splash around in the pool while grown-ups relax in Relais & Châteaux luxury.
Set amid exquisite gardens, a grand 18th-century estate with period furnishings. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)
Explore the island monastery of Mont-St-Michel, a World Heritage site and destination of a centuries-old pilgrimage | A bucolic countryside sets the stage for bike rides on quiet back roads | Follow a route along the idyllic Rance River from medieval Dinan to elegant Dinard, overlooking the sea | Hop on a boat and hit the ramparts at St-Malo, a fortified oceanside city with vistas of the Emerald Coast | Arrive by bike in St-Suliac, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France | Taste fresh oysters from a waterfront market in Cancale, oyster capital of Brittany | Kids make their own tasty crêpes, a regional specialty, in a hands-on cooking class | Complete your family adventure with a coastal ride past hidden coves, taking in views of the English Channel.
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
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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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