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Brittany & Normandy Walking & Hiking Tour

France's D-Day Beaches to St-Malo

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,899 - $5,299 pp dbl occ

($1,200 - $1,300 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, Mont-St-Michel and the windswept Emerald Coast. This landscape will transport you.

France Brittany & Normandy Walking & Hiking
France Brittany & Normandy Walking & Hiking

Start Caen / End Rennes

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

Highlights

  • Hike trails among wildflower-carpeted hills atop the dramatic cliffs of Brittany’s celebrated 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 fresh-caught seafood and regional specialties like apple cider, crêpes, delectable oysters and classic moules-frites

Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-3
Description

Embark on a walking tour through Normandy’s idyllic bocage countryside | Enjoy a picnic lunch at a working cider farm | 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 rugged cliffs, rambling beaches and tranquil farm villages | Walk along 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 in honor of D-Day soldiers | Visit the shattered bunkers of the German stronghold Pointe du Hoc | Discover the village of Arromanches, famous for the artificial port constructed to aid in the D-Day Invasion | Taste farm-fresh cider, apple brandy and Pommeau de Normandie.

Accommodations
Villa Lara, France
Villa Lara
Bayeux
| Premiere Hotel

An elegantly appointed and family-owned boutique hotel just steps from Bayeux Cathedral in the heart of the city.

Days 4-6
Description

Revel in the luminous color of the Côte d’Emeraude (Emerald Coast) | Journey to the island monastery of Mont-St-Michel, one of Europe’s most hallowed pilgrimage destinations and a World Heritage site | Witness Europe's most extreme tides in the bay of Mont-St-Michel | Pause in Cancale, the oyster capital of France | Meander through St-Malo, a fortified city with unparalleled sea views that was once notorious as a refuge for the king’s pirates.

Accommodations
Grand Hotel Barriere
Grand Hôtel Barrière
Dinard
| Premiere Hotel

This hotel, built in 1859, welcomes you with warm décor and mesmerizing views overlooking the coast and St-Malo. (pool, spa)
 

Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 150 ft. gain
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 | 5 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 500 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 | 700 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain

What's 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

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