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Brittany & Normandy Walking & Hiking Tour

France's D-Day Beaches to St-Malo

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, Mont-St-Michel and the windswept Emerald Coast. This landscape will transport you. 

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $4,599 pp dbl occ
($820 for sgl occ)

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Start Caen / End Rennes

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Hike among wildflower-carpeted hills atop the dramatic cliffs of Brittany's Emerald Coast
  • Reflect on the past as you stroll through seaside villages and along D-Day beaches and iconic World War II historic sites
  • Discover medieval treasures and the famous eponymous tapestry in the beautifully preserved Norman town of Bayeux
  • Savor Michelin-starred cuisine and regional specialties like apple cider, crêpes and delectable oysters
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

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 | Experience the splendor of Normandy's coast, with its unique arch formations and panoramic vistas | Explore the now tranquil Omaha Beach on your own and with our local guide | High above the beach, the American Military Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer is laced with thousands of white marble crosses | Visit the shattered bunkers of the German stronghold Pointe du Hoc | Taste farm-fresh cider, apple brandy and Pommeau de Normandie.

Villa Lara, France
Villa Lara
Bayeux
| Premiere Hotel

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

Day 3

Discover 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 | Rest and relax at an 18th-century manor turned luxury hotel.

Chateau la Chenevière
La Chenevière
Port-en-Bessin
| Premiere Hotel

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)

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 and a World Heritage site | Pause in Cancale, the oyster capital of France | Meander through St-Malo, a fortified city with unparalleled sea views.

Chateau Richeux
Château Richeux
Cancale
| Premiere Hotel

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

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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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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 700 ft. gain
Other
Mont-St-Michel Guided Tour (1.5 hours)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 600 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 300 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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

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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.

Air-Conditioning

La Chenevière and Château Richeux are Premiere Hotels housed in beautiful historic buildings. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

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