Normandy Coast Cycling Holiday

  • 4.3
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely to Moderate
  • Duration/s

    5 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Bayeux / Honfleur
  • Distance

    114 miles/184 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbike
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    027-109CFR
Price From £620

Overview

A cycling holiday that follows the Normandy coast from Bayeux to Honfleur, taking in the charming and historic sights along the way. Visit the D-Day landing beaches and learn more about the momentous events of June 1944. Cycle through charming, Norman villages of half-timbered houses and stay in wonderfully atmospheric medieval towns along the way.

You’ll find that the Normandy coast is wonderful cycling country and this short trip provides visitors with a real flavour of the region. As well as naturally beautiful coastal and inland scenery there’s also the fascinating sites of the WWII Normandy landings to explore. On this tour your route will take you to the beaches of Omaha, Gold and Juno as well as the famous Pegasus Bridge.

D-Day 1944

D-Day 1944

You’re also sure to enjoy Bayeaux, home to the famous tapestry depicting the Norman invasion of England, and Caen well known for its two impressive abbeys and great atmosphere. Pretty Norman villages such as Beaumont-en-Auge are another highlight as are the elegant and welcoming seaside towns of Deauville and Honfleur.

This route takes you eastwards from Bayeaux to Honfleur following quiet country lanes as much as possible. The undulating coastline does provide you with the odd climb but on the whole the route is pretty level. You’re travelling east so any coastal breeze should be at your back.

Itinerary & Map

This route takes you eastwards from Bayeaux to Honfleur following quiet country lanes as much as possible. The undulating coastline does provide you with the odd climb but on the whole the route is pretty level. You’re travelling east so any coastal breeze should be at your back.

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Day 1: Arrive Bayeux

Bayeux - Normandy - France

Bayeux

Arrive in Bayeux and make your way to your first hotel. After check-in you are free to relax or explore. You’ll not want to miss the famous tapestry depicting the Norman invasion of England, but the lesser-known memorial museum is also well worth seeking out to learn more about the events that unfolded following the WWII Normandy landings.

Day 2: Bayeux – Omaha beach – Bayeux, 32 miles/51 kms

Colleville sur mer - Omaha Beach - Normandy - France

American Cemetary above Omaha Beach

For your first day of cycling you’ll trace a circular route followed by a second night in Bayeux. Your ride will take you out to the long, wide expanses of Omaha Beach. It was here that the American Infantry came ashore on June 6th, 1944 and encountered some of the fiercest resistance from the entrenched German forces.  Nearby you can visit the thought-provoking American Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer. If you have time, sit down to watch the excellent black and white film that uses original footage to depict the events of that momentous day. Then cycle back to your hotel in Bayeaux.

Day 3: Bayeux – Gold Beach – Juno Beach – Caen, 35 miles/57 kms

Arromanches - Normandy - FranceII*

Arromanches

Say goodbye to Bayeux and cycle north east to the small, coastal town of Arromanches. You are now at the eastern end of Gold beach, where the British Forces made their landing. The remains of the innovative Mulberry Harbour, used to help offload men, vehicles and supplies during Operation Overlord, can still be seen on the beach to this day. Be sure to visit the excellent D-Day Museum in the town centre before cycling west along the coast to Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach. This was where the Canadian troops landed and, again there is a museum close to the beach that provides detail on the events that unfolded here in June 1944. From here it’s a short stretch inland to Caen, a fascinating town with a long and interesting history – its former residents include William the Conqueror.

Day 4: Caen – Pegasus Bridge – Cabourg, 17 miles/28 kms

Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge

Leave Caen and follow the canal back towards the sea. At Bénouville you reach the famous Pegasus Bridge, taken and held by the British 6th Airborne Division the night before D-Day to prevent the arrival of German reinforcements at the landing beaches. Visit the museum and memorial before enjoying an easy ride along the coast to the elegant resort of Cabourg. It’s a short ride today so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and stroll along the town’s long beachfront promenade.

Day 5: Cabourg – Honfleur, 30 miles/48 kms

Honfleur - Normandy - France*

Honfleur

Your final day’s riding leads you back inland to the charming village of Beaumont-en-Auge, with its colourful timber cottages, before following this lovely stretch of the Normandy Coast through the glamorous resort of Deauville to the equally elegant Honfleur, your last stop on this Normandy cycle tour. This small medieval town was a favourite subject of the Impressionist painters, and besides considerable artistic heritage also boasts a wonderful old harbour and a warren of winding cobbled streets.

Day 6: Departure

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily between 01 March & 31 October

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2019 Prices
027-109CFR
Per person
01 Mar
to
31 Oct
Comfort category
Double/twin £641                    
Single £889                    
Triple £620                    
Solo cyclist £1028                    
Superior category
Double/twin £865                    
Single £1258                    
Triple £836                    
Solo cyclist £1397                    
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

5 nights accommodation. See practical information
5 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Entrance fees to monuments

Supplements

Half board (£202)
Extra night Bayeux, double/twin, comfort (£66)
Extra night Bayeux, single, comfort (£122)
Extra night Bayeux, double/twin, superior (£122)
Extra night Bayeux, single, superior (£172)
Extra night Honfleur double/twin, comfort (£76)
Extra night Honfleur, single, comfort (£111)
Extra night Honfleur, double/twin, superior (£86)
Extra night Honfleur, single, superior (£137)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£111)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£162)

Reductions

20% for children 5-11 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information

Bikes

Sample of bikes used on this trip

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, alloy framed hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position.

The bikes also come equipped with rear panniers, handlebar bag or map holder, high-visibility jacket, repair kit and odometer.

E-bikes are also available to rent.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are supplied on arrival.

Children under the age of 12 are required to wear a helmet in France and we always advocate their use for riders of all ages.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable inns and hotels.

Bayeaux: Hotel Reine Matilde
Caen: Hotel Les Quatrans
Cabourg: Les Mots Passants
Honfleur: Hotel Du Dauphin

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Bayeaux: Hotel Le Lion D’Or
Caen: Hotel Les Dauphin
Cabourg: Hotel Le Mercure
Honfleur: Hotel Le Cheval Blanc

Getting There

Take the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen or Le Havre and then either drive or take a bus to Bayeux. Alternatively, fly or take the Eurostar to Paris and then catch a train to Bayeux.

At the end of the trip take the bus from Honfleur to Le Havre or Caen. From there you can either take the ferry back or travel by train to Paris and fly back form there.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 4.3
  • Date - 12/09/2018
  • Name - Kirsten Bay
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Great communication and information regarding the trip. However, would have preferred to know I had other lodging options given that some of the locations would not have been my first choice. For example, in Cobourg, we had to take a taxi to town from the hotel.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - We were mostly very pleased with the holiday. I would have liked to been given more of an option regarding lodging and location, as we were less than happy with the location in Cobourg and Honfleur. Also, in respect to directions, we could not get our bike speedometers to reset so that we could track distances which resulted in our getting lost a few times. Instructions would be useful.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks Kirsten, we're glad you enjoyed the holiday overall. Regarding the accommodation, sometimes our choice of hotels is a little limited as we need to ensure they can offer secure bike storage.

    Product : Thanks Kirsten, we appreciate the feedback. It is possible to reset the odometers and you should have been shown how to do this at the start of the holiday. Did you check with our local bike supplier as he would have happily explained how to do it over the phone?
  • Date - 14/10/2016
  • Name - Chip Treen
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - They were very helpful in setting up 3 trips for us, making several adjustments along the way.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - They provided a good cycling route with a variety of scenery and terrain. The bikes could use some improvement, but did work ok. Lodging was excellent and arrangements worked well.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Chip. So glad you enjoyed the first leg of your trans-European cycling adventure.