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.
1 Journey along the coast through two of France's most intriguing regions,starting in an area of Normandy beloved for its cider and cheeses | Ride along quiet wooded roads through the Cerisy forest | Step back in time during a visit to the splendid 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry | Take in the beauty of the surrounding landscape as you pass apple orchards, rolling pastures and peaceful woodland.
2 Savor breathtaking vistas of hallowed beaches and rugged shoreline as you ride to Omaha Beach | A local historian leads us on a private tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery, with its 9,387 white marble markers standing in perfect rows, telling a story of heroism and sacrifice | Spin to the shattered bunkers of the German stronghold Pointe du Hoc, set atop a cliff between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach | Beautiful Bayeux, the first French town to be liberated by the Allies.
3 Explore the historic battery at Longues-sur-Mer, an impressive display of intact German defenses | In coastal Arromanches, behold the ruins of artificial ports constructed to aid in the D-Day invasion | Admire an impressive Renaissance château | Relax at an elegant hotel surrounded by 60 acres of parkland with forest trails perfect for an afternoon stroll.
4 The magical island monastery and cathedral of Mont-St-Michel, an iconic European pilgrimage center and World Heritage site | Savor the stunning French countryside as you spin on quiet back roads through tranquil villages and bustling oceanside towns | The fortified city of St-Malo greets you with unparalleled sea views.
5-6 As you enjoy rolling rural rides and traditional Breton towns, a stop at a crêperie is a must | Pass through St-Suliac, one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (France's Most Beautiful Villages) and pedal along La Rance Estuary | In charming Dinan, discover a lovely maze of cobblestone lanes, 13th-century half-timbered houses, art galleries and shops featuring handmade lace | Greet your final morning with one last ride to Cancale, the oyster capital of Brittany.