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Normandy Self-Guided Bike Tour

A ride through the stunning Côte Fleurie and the historic beaches of the D-Day Landings

Normandy is a region unlike any other, full of beauty and magic, waiting to be discovered. It's a place of contradiction, a place dancing with Belle-Époque elegance and poise, that at the same time carries the memories and stories of the most important war fought in modern history. Join us and uncover this region's best escapades, from the charming timber houses coloring the blossoming countryside to the dramatic white beaches of the D-Day invasion of World War II. On this trip you will follow the cider route and learn about the apple cider production and get an up-close view of La Cote de Nacre, famous for oyster farming, all while experiencing true french hospitality in our handpicked luxury accommodations. Enjoy cycling through quiet picturesque roads that have been an inspiration to famous painters such as Claude Monet; and explore the romantic old villages and timber built coastal towns that come together to make the backdrop of Normandy truly a once-in-a-lifetime destination. Book your trip with confidence »
From:
$2999 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Stroll through the picturesque fishing port of Honfleur; so beautiful that is was painted by many great artists such as Eugène Boudin & Claude Monet
Ride on the "route du cidre" and stop along the many cidreries for an impromptu tasting.
Visit the most important D-Day World War II sites including the American Cemetery and Omaha Beach
Visit Beauvron-en-Auge, a village consistently acclaimed as the cutest village in France
Admire the famous Bayeux Tapestry
A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to the start of your Normandy adventure! Your Trek Travel guide will meet you at the Hotel Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville, the first hotel of our trip. Here you will enjoy a fresh lunch and get a brief introduction to the week ahead. After lunch your guide will make sure you are fitted comfortably on your Trek bike and will share with you some safety tips before you bit them "à bientôt" and set off on your first spin! Your first ride will take you through the "city of horses", Deauville, famous for its passion for polo and horse racing as well as a home of haute couture. It's a short climb in the surrounding area of Deauville before you descend into town but the views will reward your efforts. After visiting the elegant town of Deauville, a short and flat section of road will take you back to your hotel. The Manoirs des Portes de Deauville stands out for its 16th century rustic flair and authenticity. Tonight, choose to enjoy a sample of the local cava before scouting your first culinary experience in the region. Your hotel, as well as us have an extensive list of recommendations for you.

Today's Ride:

Canapville to Deauville Loop
Approximately 19 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville

Included Meals:

Lunch

Today is a trip back in time, full of Belle Epoque flair, as you set off to the fishing port of Honfleur. Like most towns of the "Côte Fleurie", Honfleur began to flourish in the 1860s with the construction of the railroad linking Paris to the coast and making this the cosmopolitan getaway for the Parisian elite. This town, with its timber-framed houses, was described by Victor Hugo as "a ravishing port full of masts and sails, crowned with green hills and surrounded by narrow houses". Lunch will be on your own in town - feel free to take one of our recommendations or find your favorites on your own. After lunch, you can choose to ride directly back to the Manoirs des Portes, or elect for a bonus ride and a visit in Pont-l'Évêque, famous for their cheeses, before heading back to the hotel. Dinner is yours to discover in the surrounding area or even through the cobbled streets of nearby Trouville-sur-Mer. If you choose the latter, be sure to visit the open air fish market for a true French street food experience!

Today's Ride:

Canapville to Honfleur Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 1,530 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Canapville to Honfleur to Pont-l'Évêque Loop
Approximately 33 miles with 1,680 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Apple orchards are calling your name today, as you set off on the famous cider route - a road traversing the region, beset by various estates that produce world-famous ciders, Calvados and Pommeau. Stop for a taste, but be warned - you may leave with a few bottles for the trip home! Lunch is yours to explore again, and recommendations will always be available. On the way home, you're in for a treat as you pass by Beuvron-en-Auge, acclaimed to be the prettiest village in France, before making your way to our new hotel in the town of Cabourg, known for its sandy beaches and its air of romanticism. Dinner will be on your own this evening as you surrender yourself to the charms of this elegant French town by the water.

Today's Ride:

Canapville to Cambremer to Beauvron-en-Auge to Cabourg
Approximately 40 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Canapville to Beauvron-en-Auge to Cabourg
Approximately 31 miles with 1,890 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Canapville to Saint-Ouen-le-Pin to Beauvron-en-Auge to Cabourg
Approximately 54 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Le Grand Hôtel Cabourg-MGallery

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Following your morning café au lait and freshly baked pain au chocolat, bid farewell to Cabourg and head out for today's ride. Your ride today heads west, toward Pegasus Bridge, named for the commando team who seized it during World War II as an important operations base for the Allies in their battles for Bayeux and Caen. Take a minute to visit the Pegasus Memorial, commemorating the bravery and commitment of the 6th Airborne Division. Once back on the bikes, prepare yourself for a truly unique experience as you pass through Courseilles-sur-Mer, an area made famous for its oyster farming. Stop for lunch on the coast, and taste the best in local seafood as you breathe in the salty air. After a fresh local lunch, you'll carry on to Arromanches, where you can stop for another history lesson in the form of a World War II 360° movie theater that's well worth a visit. Today's ride finishes in the town of Bayeux, where you will be hosted at the impeccable Villa Lara Hotel. Take a moment to visit the 11th century awe-inspiring cathedral of Bayeux, directly opposite the hotel, before you meander the streets of town to find the perfect dinner restaurant.

Today's Ride:

Cabourg to Bayeux
Approximately 37 miles with 1,115 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Cabourg to Villiers-le-Sec to Bayeux
Approximately 50 miles with 1,650 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Villa Lara

Included Meals:

Breakfast

History is on your itinerary today as you head back in time to June 6th, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day. First, you'll head to Omaha Beach, site of the famous assault on the beaches of Normandy that changed the direction of World War II. Take a moment to visit the on-site museum and learn about the tragic events of the 6th of June, where more than 3,000 men were killed in a matter of hours. Our ride carries on to the Pointe du Hoc, a 100-foot cliff overlooking the English Channel once used as a fortified gun emplacement from the Germans. The day is not complete without a visit to the American and German cemeteries to pay your respects. Take as much or as little time as you'd like at these historic places, your day is yours to decide. After your visits enjoy a scenic ride though the countryside back to your hotel. Tonight savor one last quintessentially French dinner and raise your glasses to a wonderful week of cycling in Normandy, with memories to last a lifetime!

Today's Ride:

Bayeux to Omaha Beach tp Military Cemetery Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Villa Lara

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Rise at your own pace on this final day of your Normandy self-guided tour. You can spend the morning leisurely exploring Bayeux and its 11th-century cathedral and famous tapestry. The Bayeux tapestry is a 70 meter long embroided cloth that dates back to the 11th century. It's fine embroidery depicts the events that lead to the conquest fo England by William, Duke of Normandy. Alternatively, if you'd like one last ride, take a morning loop to the tiny village of Commes and its crashing waves and high cliffs. Return to the hotel for a shower and final goodbye at 11:00am where you'll return your equipment to a Trek Travel guide and make your way to the Bayeux Train Station, where you can take a train to Paris or another destination. Please do not book any trains before noon.

Today's Ride:

Bayeux to Commes Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville

Canapville, France

A charming boutique hotel housed in an authentic 16th century Normandy manor house, situated in Canapville, in the heart of the Calvados department in the Normandy region, will be your perfect introduction to this region. Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville hotel proposes a unique and exceptional experience combining the charm of a true 16th century manor house where Pierre Corneille spent his holidays with all the facillities of a pleasant and intimate modern hotel.
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Le Grand Hôtel Cabourg - MGallery

Cabourg, France

The Grand Hotel Cabourg MGallery Hotel Collection appeals with its timeless charm, immortalized by the novelist Marcel Proust. Spacious rooms overlook the sea or the casino's flower gardens. The fine dining restaurant on the waterfront offers gourmet and innovative cuisine. Whatever the season, the Grand Hotel Cabourg welcomes you with many perks to give you an infinitely special experience.
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Villa Lara

Bayeux, France

Villa Lara is located in the very heart of Bayeux’s historic and medieval center, across from the cathedral and a short distance from the famous Bayeux tapestry and the D-Day beaches. Whether you’re looking for a spot of relaxation, a lively trip, an historic trip or a base for exploring the Normand countryside, this is the place for you.

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. In 2019, we upgraded 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

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five nights of accommodation at one handpicked hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • Day 1 lunch with the guide
  • Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump, phone mount, front and rear lights
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager saddle (we suggest you bring your own for the most comfortable fit)
  • Shimano clipless pedals or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • All luggage transfers during your trip
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Bike fit on the first day to help you find your optimal position for comfort, with recreational or avid set-up along with saddle preference
  • Ride With GPS app on your phone to navigate and get all the information you need on your self-guided adventure
  • Optional daily phone or video call with the guide to prep you for the next day’s adventure
  • Support on the ground in case of emergency

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump and phone mount
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers, and a floor pump
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet 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 guide are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price, preferably in the local currency. Please tip your guide at your discretion, based on his/her 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
  • While we provide daily breakfast and one lunch, the other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
30 miles
TOTAL MILES:
159 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,800 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
8,315 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
On your Normandy self-guided bike trip, you will enjoy riding on secondary roads with occasional hills. Normandy is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. 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
  • Horseback riding on the beach front of Deauville

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks 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:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville, Canapville, France

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Paris (CDG)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hotel Villa Lara, Bayeux, France

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 euros, to the Trouville-Deauville station. It is recommended that you arrive one day early to make the 11:00 AM meeting time with your Trek Travel guide. Train schedules can be consulted and tickets can be booked directly online at www.voyages- sncf.com. From the train station, it is a 10-minute taxi ride to the first hotel.

Your Trek Travel guide will meet you at the Hotel Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville (30 D677, 14800, Canapville, France) at 11:00 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. Enjoy lunch with your guide, and spend time familiarizing with your itinerary for the week. Following lunch you may change into your cycling gear and your guide will fit you to your Trek bike ensuring you have the best comfort. After a brief orientation and safety talk, saddle up to begin the day's ride on the roads of France at your own pace.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guide. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotels Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville (+33 2 31 65 65 18), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

A Trek Travel Guide will meet you at 11:00 AM at the Hotel Villa Lara to take your bike and equipment. You will then be free to make your way to the Bayeux Train Station, a five minute taxi ride from your hotel. You can take a train to Paris or other destination from there. Please allow adequate time for ongoing travel connections and do not schedule a train before 12:00 PM.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

In Normandy, the weather is mild, with highs averaging 72 degrees Fahrenheit and lows averaging 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 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

before

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: Bayeux, 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 glorious landmark, 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, Bayeux was largely destroyed. However there are still old narrow streets to wander down and the castle ramparts look impressive. Bayeux was also the first city of the battle of Normandy to be liberated by the allies. Its most prominent site, the famed tapestry of Bayeux depicting the events leading to the Normand conquest of England, was removed and saved during the WWII Normand battles. It is on display today in the Tapestry Museum of Bayeux. We recommend paying a visit to admire it. We also 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 ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

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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