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Brittany & Normandy Bike Tour 

From D-Day Landmarks to the Stunning Emerald Coast 

  • Discover the unique coastline and countryside of two of France's most intriguing regions
  • Pause for reflection at World War II battle sites and memorials
  • Join a local historian for a private tour of the American Military Cemetery
  • Bike rolling rural roads along must-see beaches
  • Marvel at the magical island monastery and cathedral of Mont-St-Michel

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Journey 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.

Day 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.

Day 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. 

Day 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.

Days 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.

Had an amazing time cruising through the beautiful french countryside, taking in literally hundreds of years of history from 1066 through to the Normandy landings, by way of Mont St. Michel and a host of other wonderful places too numerous to fit in here. Plenty of time to really relax too, the leaders were exceptional at figuring out just what everyone needed (and wanted!)Highly recommended way to see this part of France.
Steve - Vaucluse, France
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Casual Inns*

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 Dates & Prices tab.

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Chateau de Bellefontaine

Château de Bellefontaine

Bayeux (2 nights)

A gracious 18th-century château nestled amid the trees just outside the historic center of Bayeux. 

Château d'Adurieu

Château d'Audrieu

* Premiere Inn
Audrieu (1 night)

Set amid exquisite gardens, a grand 18th-century estate with period furnishings. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool) 

Hôtel la Villefromoy

Hôtel La Villefromoy

St-Malo (2 nights)

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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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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riding through history

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from Vaucluse, France

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Had an amazing time cruising through the beautiful french countryside, taking in literally hundreds of years of history from 1066 through to the Normandy landings, by way of Mont St. Michel and a host of other wonderful places too numerous to fit in here. Plenty of time to really relax too, the leaders were exceptional at figuring out just what everyone needed (and wanted!)
Highly recommended way to see this part of France.

 
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One of the best trips I've ever taken

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from Seattle

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This was my first bike trip and I can't say enough good things about Backroads. The route was great with lots of options each day for enjoyable and well-paced rides, and the variety of activities was superb, from the biking to the meals and the historical and cultural experiences (and it was serendipitous to be at Omaha Beach on D-Day itself; that made it even more meaningful). The guides were great: they were fun companions and fonts of information, and were clearly always thinking about little touches to enhance our experience, like surprising us with fresh oysters and treats as we were biking. It was a perfect way to get to know a gorgeous and fascinating part of France.

 
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It was a fantastic trip.

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from Denver, CO

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It was a fantastic trip. It exceeded my expectations in every way.

 
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Our tour of Brittany & Normandy - August, 2015

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from Washington, DC

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Comments about Brittany & Normandy Bike Tour:

Given what we had heard about Backroads from our friends, the trip met every expectation and then some! Our guides were excellent and worked very well together. And they could not have been more fun to be with! The accommodations were fantastic, considering they were described as casual inns. I would recommend an extra night or two in Saint-Malo at the beginning or end of the tour.

 
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a scenic journey through history

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from Minneapolis, MN

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From start to finish, the week in Brittany was an exceptional experience in every way. The biking was incredible with knowledgeable leaders, cultural guides and support team who catered to everyone's preferences. Wonderful hotels, handpicked lunch spots and amazing experiences along the way (from D-day beaches to quaint little towns tucked away in rolling hills) that immersed us in the local culture. This was my first Backroads trip - and i'm hooked. A truly wonderful vacation!

 
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Best biking trip we've ever taken!

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from East Lansing, Michigan

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All our guides were knowledgeable, helpful, fun and did everything they could to make the trip perfect. The ride itself was manageable for the whole family. The villages and sights we saw were historical and interesting. The hotels or chateaus were stayed in were beautiful and clean, excellent food also.

 
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Great trip with excellent leadership and support.

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from Richland, MI

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The accommodations and food were excellent. The activities in this historic part of France with respect to World War II were engaging and certainly made one pause to reflect. The routes were excellent with the destinations beautiful. I really enjoyed the roads and the hospitality of the French people. However I think the best thing about my backroads trip were the leaders. They were knowledgible, a lot of fun, and always there when needed!

 
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Exceptionally rewarding trip physically and intellectually

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From a historical perspective, this trip is exceptional!!! Great lectures, great rides, great lodgings, great interaction with other guests and great food. I did not ride but my husband did. I rode in the vans with the guides. They could not have accommodated me better to keep up and meet my husband at every stop. I would recommend Backroads whether you ride a bike or not.

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Dates & Prices

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.

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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.

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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 16* 800 23 1000
2 23* 800 35* 1300 52 2000
31* 1100
3 12* 400 22* 800 28* 1100 37 1500
4 9* 300 19 600
Guided Tour of Mont-St-Michel (1 Hour)
5 21* 1000 26* 1400 36* 2100 48 2500
6 17 800
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings 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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Brittany and Normandy

See You Back at the Castle

We avoid the obvious, tourist-oriented lodgings along the coast, staying instead at an intimate hotel in Brittany where our hosts make you feel right at home ­– and then a pair of 18th-century castles in Normandy where we're treated like royalty.

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.

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.

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 Value of Casual Inn Trips

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this Casual Inns trip includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,598 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,398 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,398 pp dbl occ

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