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Brittany & Normandy Walking & Hiking Tour

D-Day Beaches & Brittany's Seaside Villages

From $4,298 - $4,598 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$960 to $1,160 for sgl. occ.)

Sandy beaches and pretty seaside villages. A mystical island monastery and towns that spirit you back to the days of William the Conqueror. This is Brittany and Normandy. A region so steeped in history you can feel it. Walk it. Hike it. From Omaha Beach and D-Day memorials to St-Malo and the windswept Emerald Coast. This landscape will transport you.

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Highlights

  • Stroll in quaint seaside villages and hike the Emerald Coast among hills carpeted with wildflowers
  • Reflect on the past as you stroll along D-Day beaches and other iconic World War II historical sites
  • Discover medieval treasures and the famous eponymous tapestry in the beautifully preserved town of Bayeux
  • Savor Michelin-starred cuisine and regional specialties like apple cider, crêpes and delectable oysters
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Itinerary

Day 1 Embark on a walk through Normandy's idyllic bocage countryside | Following a path along the Aure River, arrive in beautiful Bayeux, the first French town to be liberated after D-Day | Stroll the length of the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry, a stunningly detailed 203-foot-long embroidery depicting the Norman conquest of England.

Day 2 Experience the splendor of Normandy's coast, with its unique arch formations and panoramic vistas | Explore peaceful Omaha Beach on your own and with our local guide | High above the beach, the American Military Cemetery is laced with thousands of white marble crosses | Taste farm-fresh cider, apple brandy and Pommeau de Normandie.

Day 3 Visit the village of Arromanches, famous for the artificial port constructed to aid in the D-Day Invasion | Walk to the clifftops for vistas over town and across the Channel | Behold the Longues-sur-Mer battery, once a section of Germany's coastal fortifications | In charming Port-en-Bessin, linger for a drink at a café on the harbor | Rest and relax at an 18th-century château turned luxury hotel.

Days 4-6 Revel in the luminous color of the Côte d'Emeraude | Journey to the island monastery of Mont-St-Michel, one of Europe's most hallowed pilgrimage destinations | Discover Cancale, the oyster capital of France | Meander in St-Malo, a fortified city with unparalleled sea views.

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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2018 October

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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 $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,698 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,298 - $4,598 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$960 to $1,160 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Villa Lara
Villa Lara

Bayeux (2 nights)

Chateau la Chenevière
La Chenevière

Port-en-Bessin (1 night)

Chateau Richeux
Château Richeux

Cancale (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Brittany and Normandy

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Premiere 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.

Villa Lara

Villa Lara

Bayeux (2 nights)

An elegantly appointed boutique hotel just steps from the Bayeux Cathedral.

Chateau la Chenevière

La Chenevière

Port-en-Bessin (1 night)

A "relaxing 18th-century honey-colored château-hotel surrounded by rose gardens... minutes from Omaha Beach," according to Andrew Harper. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool)

Chateau Richeux

Château Richeux

Cancale (2 nights)

This sumptuous 1920s waterfront mansion offers lovely gardens, a Michelin-starred restaurant and views of the Bay of Mont-St-Michel.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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 5 200
2 3* 300 5* 300 8* 600
3 7* 400 8* 400 10 500
4 5* 500 6* 600 8 700
5 4* 300 7* 500 9* 600
6 4 500
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes paved roads, forest trails and coastal dirt paths.

* 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

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

Dining with the Stars

At Châteaux Richeux you're warmly welcomed by owner Olivier Roellinger, who ran one of the world's few Michelin three-starred restaurants before becoming an executive with the Relais & Châteaux luxury alliance. His 1920s mansion hotel features beautiful waterfront gardens and superb dining – under a Michelin star, of course.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Brittany and Normandy trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Brittany and Normandy has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

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.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Brittany and Normandy, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

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.

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.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Brittany and Normandy—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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