Region Overviews: France Travel Guide: Overview
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These places will make an impression on you. From D-Day beaches to bountiful orchards, windswept plateaus and storybook villages. Iconic settings will stir your emotions, while the sheer beauty of your surroundings will spark your joie de vivre. Brittany and Normandy are a rare blend of history and natural splendor.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels*
Start Caen / End Rennes
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Start your coastal journey in an area of Normandy beloved for its elegant manors and delicious cider and cheeses | Ride along quiet roads through the Cerisy forest | Step back in time during a visit to the splendid 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry | Pedal alongside apple orchards, rolling pastures and peaceful woodland | Cycle past splendid historic estates en route to the shattered bunkers of the German stronghold Pointe du Hoc, set atop a cliff | A local historian leads us on a private tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer | Stroll through beautiful Bayeux, a great spot for an afternoon café.
A gracious 18th-century château nestled amid the trees just outside the historic center of Bayeux.
Traverse Normandy's scenic waves of country roads | Explore the historic battery at Longues-sur-Mer | In coastal Arromanches, behold the ruins of artificial ports constructed to aid in the D-Day invasion | Check out the remains of the Mulberry harbor and take a moment to pause at Juno beach | Relax in the gardens at our welcoming château-hotel.
Not far from the landing beaches, a charming 18th-century castle turned hotel surrounded by sprawling formal gardens and featuring a Michelin-starred restaurant. (pool)
Discover the magical island monastery and cathedral of Mont-St-Michel, an iconic European pilgrimage center and World Heritage site | Follow a coastal route with vistas of the Emerald Coast | The fortified city of St-Malo greets you with unparalleled sea views | As you enjoy rolling rural rides and traditional Breton towns, a stop at a crêperie is a must | Pass through St-Suliac, one of France's Most Beautiful Villages | In charming Dinan, explore a lovely maze of cobblestone lanes, 13th-century half-timbered houses, art galleries and shops featuring handmade lace | Celebrate your final morning with one last ride to Cancale, the oyster capital of Brittany.
A Second Empire villa set in the heart of Brittany with easy access to the beach and to the region's best sights.
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