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Normandy

Old World Villages, Coastal Adventure, and the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Landings

Trek Travel’s Normandy trip combines the best of old world history with beautiful wild ocean views. With castles and châteaux that date back to the 11th century, and beaches that played a part in defining the past century, you’ll find something interesting at every turn.The people of Normandy are warm hosts. Don’t be surprised if these eager locals invite you into their home to tell you how their history began far before D-Day! Join us for a coastal adventure to awaken all your senses. And in 2019, you'll have the privilege of being in Normandy to honor the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy.
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$4799 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Luxury
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 Disc More options available
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Trip Wows
Linger through the picturesque fishing port of Honfleur; so beautiful that is was painted by many great artists such as Eugène Boudin & Claude Monet
Taste traditional apple cider at a family estate farm during a classic Trek Travel picnic
Visit the most important D-Day World War II sites including the American Cemetery and Omaha Beach on a private guided tour with a local historian
See the Bayeux tapestry, a beautiful 230 foot long medieval tapestry
Visit a farm and learn about cheese production and taste farm-fresh ice cream
Watch the Experience
This trip has it all! Gorgeous and comfortable hotels, delicious food, time spent with locals, history, and fun riding in beautiful landscapes. Normandy is fantastic for first time visitors to France and seasoned travelers alike.
-Jessica Singerman, Trip Designer

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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Normandy Barrière Deauville at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 40 minute private shuttle, you’ll arrive in Beuvron-en-Auge, a village that is consistently acclaimed as the cutest village in France. After a short round of introductions, your guides will familiarize you with your Trek bicycle and ensure a comfortable fit before we enjoy the first of many delicious meals together at a small local bistro. Your guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in Normandy before we embark on the first meandering ride through this beautiful and intriguing region. You’ll ride to Deauville, a city known as the “City of Horses” for its passion and pastime of horse racing. Deauville is well-known as a luxurious getaway with elegant hotels, restaurants and relaxing seaside cafés. It is also the gateway to Calvados, a region famed for producing an apple brandy praised all over France. This evening we'll gather for an apéritif while you and your guides discuss the adventures that await you. We'll then share a delicious meal together at La Belle Epoque, an elegant restaurant serving Normandy specialties.

Today's Ride:

Beuvron-en-Auge to Deauville
Approximately 18 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Normandy Barrière Deauville

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Wake up to freshly-baked pastries and a creamy café au lait that's so typically French. Today you’ll cycle past timber-framed homes, through fields and forests on your way to the village of Honfleur. This seaside port town is appreciated for its changing light that provides just the right amount of romance you'd expect from a charming French town. Renowned painters and photographers such as Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet have sought to capture this ever-changing light on their still canvas. This afternoon, we'll enjoy a bistro lunch together then you'll have the chance to continue to explore this stunning town as you shop for antiques, or return to Deauville, either by bike or shuttle, for a relaxing afternoon at the beach or a round of golf (not included in trip price, please request with your trip consultant upon booking so the guides can assist with arranging a tee time). For those who wish to ride further, enjoy a rolling adventure through the countryside in an area known for its cheese. Stroll along the famous boardwalk known as "les planches", enjoy the luxury shopping amid beautiful 19th-century manor homes, or opt to simply relax at your remarkable hotel. Tonight you are free to explore the various dining options found in Deauville.

Today's Ride:

Deauville to Honfleur Loop
Approximately 33 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Deauville to Honfleur
Approximately 23 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Deauville to Honfleur Loop with St-Gatien-des-Bois
Approximately 44 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Normandy Barrière Deauville

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today the group will wind their way west toward the village of Port-en-Bessin, stopping along the way to admire the beautiful views. The flexible timing of the day gives you the opportunity to stop and explore in the manner you prefer. We'll stop in Courseulles-sur-Mer and share a lunch of local specialties. This afternoon, plunge into the heart of history at the Arromanches 360 Circular cinema. Located on the Arromanches clifftops, the theatre dominates the remnants of one of the two artificial Mulberry harbours set up by the Allies. From here, you can continue riding, or shuttle to our home for the next 3 nights, the elegant Château La Chenevière. Take some time to acquaint yourself with the hotel’s exceptional gardens and tastefully decorated interiors. This evening we'll gather for succulent gastronomic cuisine at the restaurant Le Botanist.

Today's Ride:

Cabourg to Port-en-Bessin with Shuttle
Approximately 37 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Cabourg to Courseulles-sur-Mer with Shuttle
Approximately 22 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Deauville to Port-en-Bessin
Approximately 49 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Château La Chenevière

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today will be among the most memorable history lessons of your life, as we meander along the coast focusing on the American war sights. Start your morning in awe of the courageous sacrifice made by young Americans and visit the rows upon rows of white crosses at the American war cemetery. You'll learn about the tragic events that took place at Omaha Beach, where more than 3,000 men were killed in a matter of hours. Through the stories and commentary told by our private guide, you’ll learn first-hand about the amazing history of this important site. This morning will close with a visit to the home of the LeBrec’s, where you’ll try some of their family apple cider and enjoy a Trek Travel picnic. Although now well-known for their tasty beverages, this estate home was occupied by over 300 Germans during the Second World War. After D-Day, it was the home to hundreds of American soldiers. Post-lunch, you’ll make your way to Le Pont d’Hoc, where large craters formed by the bombs during World War II and old bunkers are left intact. You will also visit the German Cemetery, which provides a dramatic visual contrast to the American Cemetery. Afterwards enjoy a scenic and rolling ride through the countryside or decide to shuttle back to the hotel. This evening, with a view of the garden as your backdrop we'll gather for drinks before enjoying a quintessentially French meal together.

Today's Ride:

Port-en-Bessin to Omaha Beach to Military Cemetery Loop
Approximately 36 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Port-en-Bessin to Omaha Beach to Military Cemetery
Approximately 23 miles with 800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Port-en-Bessin to Omaha Beach to Military Cemetery Loop
Approximately 42 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Château La Chenevière

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

You’ll head out for a loop ride from the hotel today, through the Normandy countryside—a great introduction to the character and traditions that have been passed down for generations.The ride will lead you past small châteaux, abbeys and churches. We'll stop in the town of Bayeux, where you can see the famous tapestry depicting the Conquest of England by William the Conqueror. The tapestry was commissioned at the time of the construction of the Bayeux Cathedral in 1070. An important historical relic, the tapestry is more than 230 feet long and tells an important part of this historical conquest of England by the French. You'll then take some time to explore this town as you have lunch on your own. On our afternoon ride, we'll stop at a family farm to learn about the cheese-making process and to taste some ice-cream. Ride or shuttle back to the hotel and relax before we reconvene for a toast to this week's adventure and a meal to celebrate newfound friends.

Today's Ride:

Port-en-Bessin to Esquay-sur-Seulles Loop
Approximately 27 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Port-en-Bessin to Bayeux with shuttle
Approximately 15 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Port-en-Bessin to Creully Loop
Approximately 36 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Château La Chenevière

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast or enjoy an early morning ride. Your Trek Travel guides have arranged transportation to the Caen train station in time to catch a late morning train to Paris. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at Château la Chenevière. Please do not schedule a train out of Caen before 11:30 AM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.

Today's Activity:

Departure
Farewell at 10:45 AM

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Normandy Barrière Deauville

Deauville, France

The Normandy Barrière in Deauville has always been the destination for weekends, family holidays and unforgettable, romantic getaways. Whether you see it from the sea or the town, the Normandy Barrière is an enchanting Anglo-Norman manor. This magnificent dwelling is a tribute to the region’s architecture and represents this extravagantly luxurious Belle Époque resort perfectly.
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Château La Chenevière

Port-en-Bessin, France

Trek Travel hotels are part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World Château La Chenevière is an 18th century château situated between Omaha Beach, where the American forces landed on D-Day in 1944, and the historic town of Bayeux, famous for its tapestry depicting the Conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. There are only twenty-nine rooms, each with a garden view and all individually decorated in a harmony of floral designs. The luxurious facilities will appeal to the most fastidious traveler. The dining room with its picture windows overlooking the park has a certain grandeur, but on an intimate scale. The cuisine is classic with all the distinctive flavors of Normandy and can be accompanied by any of the fine wines found in their impressive cellar.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

bike

Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

bike

Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 3 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
30 miles
TOTAL MILES:
175 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,300 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
7,800 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
On your Normandy trip, you will enjoy riding on secondary roads with occasional hills. Normandy is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Private cider tasting
  • D-Day tour with a local historian
  • Visit the Bayeux Tapestry
  • Visit the most important D-Day World War II sites including the American Cemetery and Omaha Beach
  • Farm visit and ice-cream tasting

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Paris (CDG)
MEETING TIME:
10:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Normandy Barriere Deauville

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Paris (CDG)
DEPARTING TIME:
10:45 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Caen Centre Train Station

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Paris (CDG). From the Paris St. Lazare Station, you may take a train, for approximately 30€, to the Trouville-Deauville station. It is recommended that you arrive one day early to make the 10:30 AM meeting time with your Trek Travel guides. Train schedules can be consulted and tickets can be booked directly online at www.voyages- sncf.com. From the train station, it is a 5 minute taxi ride to the first hotel.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Normandy Barriere Deauville (38 Rue Jean Mermoz, 14804 Deauville) at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. If you have just checked in to the hotel, you can leave your luggage there, but please have your riding gear with you in a separate bag. After a quick round of introductions, you and your new-found friends will board your private coach to one of Normandy’s quaint inland villages. After a professional bike fitting and peaceful lunch, you’ll journey along quiet roads for your first ride of the week.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Normandy Barriere Deauville (+33 2 31 98 66 22 ), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Château Chenevière, then take a private shuttle to the Caen Train Station arriving at approximately 10:45 AM. Please allow adequate time for ongoing travel connections and do not schedule a train before 11:30 AM.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

In Normandy, the weather is mild, with highs averaging 72 degrees F and lows averaging 55 degrees F. Since we are close to the ocean, it can be breezy, so it's a good idea to bring layers for early morning riding and for evening meals. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Paris, France

Paris is home to many of the world’s best-known monuments and museums. A backdrop of many famous photos, the Arc de Triomphe sits majestically at the top end of the Champs-Elysées. You can go to the observation deck for an expansive view down the world-famous boulevard from Napoléon’s huge triumphal arch—the largest in the world. The Arc isn’t the only site that offers a great view of the city, however. Other monuments with impressive vistas include the view from the white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, or from atop the 56 floors of the Tour Montparnasse, and of course at the summit of the most famous monument in Paris—la Tour Eiffel. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

after

After: Caen, France

Normandy is famous for many things and is a region of France rich in culture, history and gastronomic delight. Artists such as Monet have drawn inspiration from the terrain and have called Normandy “home.” Normandy’s religious roots are evident in the numerous abbeys, including le Mont St. Michel. This relic, perched on an island just offshore, is dedicated to Archangel Michael and has undergone some 500 years of development. And of course, volumes have been written about the historical D-Day landings and the battles on Normandy’s beaches. Regardless of the region you visit, you’re sure to stumble upon snippets of history, elegance and enlightenment as you journey through Normandy. Being the scene of vicious battles after the D-Day landings, Caen was largely destroyed. However there are still old narrow streets to wander down and the castle ramparts look impressive. The two abbeys, Abbaye aux Hommes and Abbaye aux Dames were built by William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda. The famous Caen Memorial for Peace fascinatingly charts the events leading up to and after D-Day—the ideal introduction before exploring the nearby landing beaches of Omaha, Utah, Sword, Gold and Juno. South of Caen is the area known as "Suisse normande" and a good base for exploring the area is Clécy which has excellent views of the surrounding countryside. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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