These places will make an impression on your family. 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 Brittany | Enjoy a typical Breton lunch before biking along the famed Emerald Coast, lined with enchanting fishing villages and striking sandstone cliffs | Sample tasty local apple cider | Take a sunset swim or stroll along le grand plage, St-Malo's spectacular main beach.
2 Rolling country roads along must-see beaches | Vistas of La Rance Estuary highlight your ride from the coast to the inland town of Dinan | Pass through picturesque villages such as St-Suliac | Sweet or savory? A stop in a crêperie is a delight | Meander through medieval fortified Dinan, and discover what's behind those half-timbered houses and narrow cobblestone streets | Dine on classic French cuisine overlooking the sea.
3 Lose yourself in the beauty of the French countryside as you pedal along quiet back roads through tranquil villages and the rustic wooded bocage landscape | Stop for a café in seaside Cancale, the oyster capital of Brittany | The magical island monastery and cathedral of Mont-St-Michel, an iconic European pilgrimage center and World Heritage site | Head into Normandy's Calvados département, known for its cider and cheeses.
4 Step back in time at hallowed historic sites such as Juno Beach, where the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landed on D-Day, at Arromanches, famous for Mulberry Harbor, and Longues-sur-Mer battery, once a section of Germany's coastal fortifications | Castles in Normandy? But of course! | Take a spin past stunning châteaux, including the grand Château de Fontaine-Henry.
5-6 On your ride this morning, behold the shattered bunkers of the German stronghold, Pointe du Hoc | Walk on the same ground as the Allies on D-Day as you join a local historian for a private tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery | Past and present collide in beautifully preserved Bayeux | Don't miss the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry, a 230-foot-long embroidered "storybook" depicting the Norman invasion of England | Greet your final day with one last spin on your bike.