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Brittany & Normandy Bike Tour 

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

From $3,298 - $3,598 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$610 for sgl. occ.)

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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Highlights

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

Day 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.

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.

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 $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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Prices

From $3,298 - $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$610 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels*

Chateau de Bellefontaine
Château de Bellefontaine

Bayeux (2 nights)

Château d'Adurieu
Château d'Audrieu

Audrieu (1 night)

Hôtel la Villefromoy
Hôtel La Villefromoy

St-Malo (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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Casual 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.

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

Audrieu (1 night)
* Premiere Hotel

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.

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 16* 800 23 1000
2 23* 800 35* 1300 52 2000
31* 1100
3 12* 400 22* 800 28* 1100 37 1500
4 6* 300 18 600 25 700
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 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

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 Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels 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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