The stories are epic. Historic. From a quiet corner of France. Think Vikings. William the Conqueror. Faithful pilgrims. Allies landing. These stories really happened. But there's also the exhilarating present. Biking. Horseback riding. Kart sailing. Clearly "action-packed" is not a thing of the past.
1 Journey 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 Kids set out on an exciting land sailing adventure before sampling some 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 Kids learn the art of glassblowing at a local atelier 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 Kids saddle up for the popular pastime of horseback riding 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.