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Cycling Holiday - World War II: Normandy

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Country
France
Travel Departs
Caen
Travel Ends
Sainte Marie du Mont
Travel Periods
01 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022
Experience
Battlefields , Cycling
Travel Style
Active Holiday Packages
Cycling from Caen to St Mere l’ Eglise, embark on a World War II memorial tour of Normandy, cycling along the beaches where the famous landings took place and through cities full of history.

Highlights

Cycle at your own pace (Self-guided), stopping when you see something truly remarkable or if you simply want to rest and recharge.

The SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 Bike(or equivalent) features a sporty "trekking" geometry that suits trips of all distances.

detailed Road Book allows you to travel freely with all the information you need for your trip! It boasts color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions!

Admire the many beautiful buildings in Caen that were miraculously spared during the Bombings, such as the Abbaye aux Hommes, the Abbaye aux Dames, or the Hotel d'Ecoville.

Be fascinated by the D-Day Landing Museum in Arromanches. It was the first museum to be built in commemoration of the Normandy Campaign. 

Explore the city of Bayeux, with its ancient paved streets, timbered houses and distinctive hotels, Bayeux still retains a 19th century atmosphere. 

Visit The Omaha Beach Memorial Museum at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer which has been created to perpetuate the memory of and respect for all those men who landed on Omaha Beach. 

Your cycling holiday starts in Caen where you can visit the World War II Memorial or explore the two Abbeys that were spared during the World War II bombings, Abbaye aux Hommes and Abbaye aux Dames. You will then cycle through the Calvados region to the famous Pegasus Memorial and Museum, which are among the most famous monuments dedicated to World War II. The next part of the tour takes you to Bayeux, famous for its 11th century tapestry and its cathedral. 

On the way to Bayeux, you can stop in Arromanches where you can visit the D-Day Landing museum. Continue cycling along the coast, and you will get the chance to visit Omaha beach with the US Military cemetery, the Pointe du Hoc, Utah beach and other famous historical battle sites. This tour is as beautiful as it is emotional.

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Included

2 nights in Caen at Hotel Le Dauphin - 4*
1 night in Bayeux at Le Lion D'or - 3*
2 nights in Sainte Marie du Mont at Le Grand Hard - 3*
Hybrid bike rental included
9 meals included - 6 breakfast, 3 dinners
Orientation in person with local guide
Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Guidance Application (phone not provided)
All luggage transfers
Comprehensive trip literature
Technical and emergency support available at all times
Optional Extras
Electric assisted bike rental

Electric assisted bike rental

Upgrade to a Scott Sub Tour Eletric-Ride 10 or the Cannondale Mavaro HS City (or similar).

With comfortable geometry, and ePowered by Bosch with a 400wh battery, those bikes are the ideal touring bike and are ready to provide many kilometres with no worries.Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your staff during your ride.

Included with your bike rental :

  • Helmet
  • Lock
  • Hand pump
  • 2 spare tubes
  • Rear pannier
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."

* Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or contact us for details.
Map
WWII: Normandy Cycling Tour

Average / Day Distance: 53.40 Km                                                                                                     
Elevation gain: 208.60 Meters

WWII: Normandy Cycling Tour
Day 1
Caen

Arrival in Caen - the main city of the region and home of the World War II Peace Memorial. Check in to your hotel and then free time of your own choosing.

A museum visit of the Caen Memorial is a highly informative and complete start of your tour.

Orientation in the evening with an English speaking guide.

Overnight in Caen at Hotel Le Dauphin.

Caen
Caen
Day 2
Caen → Pegasus Bridge → Merville-Franceville-plage → Ouistreham-Riva Bella → Caen

Option 1: 40 Km - Elevation gain 1: 80 Meters                                                                                             Option 2: 50 Km - Elevation gain 2: 90 Meters 

Cycle to Merville-Franceville-Plage sur Mer in the Calvados area and visit the Battery Museum. Then head on to Pegasus Bridge, originally named the Benouville Bridge. There, you can visit the Pegasus Memorial and Museum, dedicated to the first liberators who arrived in Normandy on the night of 5th/6th June 1944.

Finally you will arrive in Ouistreham where, on Riva Bella you will have an overview on the landing area of Sword Beach. Here you can visit the Atlantic Wall Museum, inside the "Big Bunker", a former German headquarters. 

Overnight in Caen at Hotel Le Dauphin.

Breakfast
Caen → Pegasus Bridge → Merville-Franceville-plage → Ouistreham-Riva Bella → Caen
Merville-Franceville-Plage
Day 3
Caen → Gold beach & America museum → Arromanches les Bains → Bayeux

Distance 1: 58 Km 
Elevation gain 1: 349 Meters

Today you will ride from Caen to Bayeux.

You will reach Arromanches & Gold Beach, where you can visit Arromanches 360, a circular theatre where The Price of Freedom is shown on nine screens. In the D-Day Landing Museum in Arromanches you will learn about the construction and operation of the artificial harbours assembled in front of Arromanches on the days following D-Day. You will finish in Bayeux, where you may take the opportunity to visit one of the many points of interest of this town of art.

The Bayeux Tapestry 70 m long and 50 cm high, completed in the 11th century- is unique in the world. Other visits include the recently re-opened Musee de la Bataille de Normandy and Memorial du General de Gaulle.

Overnight in Bayeux at Le Lion D'or.

Breakfast, Dinner
Caen → Gold beach & America museum → Arromanches les Bains → Bayeux
Arromanches les Bains
Day 4
Bayeux → Port en Bessin → Colleville sur Mer → Omaha beach Memorial museum → La Pointe du Hoc → Sainte Marie du Mont

Distance 1: 70 Km 
Elevation gain 1: 336 Meters 

A strong ride today from Bayeux to discover some of the most famous World War II sites in the area: Colleville-sur-Mer and Omaha beach. In Colleville take some time to visit the US Military cemetery, which is spread over 172.5 acres, the chapel and the memorial dedicated to the youth of America.

There is also a viewpoint which overlooks Omaha Beach. After you continue to ride to La Pointe du Hoc, immortalized in the movie The Longest Day and after on to Carentan and Utah beach.

Overnight in Sainte Marie du Mont at Le Grand Hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Bayeux → Port en Bessin → Colleville sur Mer → Omaha beach Memorial museum → La Pointe du Hoc → Sainte Marie du Mont
Omaha Beach
Day 5
Sainte Marie du Mont → Utah beach → Crisbecq and Azeville batteries → Sainte Mère Église → Sainte Marie du Mont

Distance 1: 49 Km 
Elevation gain 1: 188 Meters 

A loop tour from your hotel will first take you to the Utah Beach landings, then move north toward the point on the coast at Quineville. You then head inland to Sainte Mere Eglise, an old town dating back to the 12th Century, but it is most famous for its role during the Allied landing. Paratroopers famously landed here and fought some decisive battles that made this town the first one to be liberated. The movie "The Longest Day" depicts many events in Sainte Mere Eglise. 

Next you can visit the famous batteries of Crisbecq and Azeville and the village of Sainte Marie du Mont, the first village liberated by the landing troops.

Overnight in Sainte Marie du Mont at Le Grand Hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Sainte Marie du Mont → Utah beach → Crisbecq and Azeville batteries → Sainte Mère Église → Sainte Marie du Mont
Martin B 26G on display at the Utah Beach museum
Day 6
Sainte Marie du Mont

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. Depart on your own for your next adventure.

Departure station is Carentan with direct trains to Paris in about 2 hrs 40 min. Not Included.

Breakfast

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Official language
French
Local currency
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