Tours: Normandy

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75th Anniversary Tour – D-Day Beaches and the Battle of Normandy

A enjoyable and though provoking tour around Normandy

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
5 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £850

Accompanied by experienced battlefield guide, this trip allows you to gain a unique insight into the D Day landings and the subsequent battle for Normandy while also enjoying some very fine cycling. It meanders from Caen through the Calvados, Orne and Auge departments, which all saw heavy fighting in the summer of 1944. The trip – fully guided and supported – provides plenty of time to stop and look at sites and for moments of reflection and remembrance. You don’t have to be a veteran to appreciate what went on here 75 years ago. The itinerary includes the site where the only Victoria Cross was awarded on D-Day; where Panzer ace Michael Wittman caused havoc on a British convoy; the smallest Commonwealth War Cemetery in France; and where a fleeing army desperately tried to escape. The hotels are all friendly and family run. Days 3 and 4 have some hills but you can ride at your own pace. Sword Beach, the Merville Battery, Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc are all on the route, which can be tailored to take in sites specific to your nationality or family history.
2019 dates: May 24-28; July 29-August 2; September 2-6 but available other dates as self-guided. Can also be tailored for groups. Other options across the Western Front also available, including the Somme and Ypres.

 

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A Normandy Weekender – Un Goût de Normandie

A long weekend cycling in Normandy with or without a guide

Offered by:
World At My cleats

Phone number:
+44 (0)7799 894073

Tour length:
4-day weekend

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate – can be tailored for you

Price:
From £500

As the name suggests, Un Goût De Normandie offers you a taste of Normandy over the course of a long weekend. If taking lunches in restaurants overlooking the sea without worrying that you have a ton of kilometres to ride in the afternoon takes your fancy, then this tour may appeal. The itinerary takes you around Normandy on a 200-mile route over a long weekend. Take in some of Normandy's best beaches, restaurants and villages, including the D-Day beaches, Bayeux, Caen and Saint-Lo. Peter at World At My Cleats has ridden in Normandy and Brittany for more than 10 years. He runs a London-based travel agency and has recently branched out to offer cycling holidays. This trip is flexible – it's offered self-guided with Garmin routes and maps, but you can request a fully guided experience if you prefer having someone to ride with. Either way, a support vehicle with spare parts and a replacement bike is on hand in case you need it. Ride from a fixed base – a restored Norman farmhouse in rural La Manche, where breakfast and dinner will be provided every day (and topped with a gourmet feast each night). The house has three double rooms and will comfortably accommodate six riders, making this trip ideal for solo riders or small groups.

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Brittany and Normandy – A Combined Guided Cycling Holiday

A relaxing ride through pretty countryside and seaside scenery

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1295

This nine-day tour aims to give you a flavour of the north-west of France, with its proud history. While geographically adjacent, these two regions of France have very distinct identities – but the one thing they have in common is their cycling heritage: both are well-developed in terms of cycle tourism and are friendly and welcoming places to ride. Brittany occupies a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean and is strong in seafaring traditions. It has wonderful beaches and pretty harbours, with its interior giving way to forest and ancient history. Normandy is a lush and verdant landscape, with agriculture at its heart – here, apple orchards feed cider and calvados production, while cattle are grazed for beef and cheese. Normandy is also dotted with impressive chateaux and manor houses, and historical villages. This tour starts in St Malo and heads west into Brittany before turning east for Normandy. 

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Brittany to Normandy Self-Guided Cycling

Cycle along historic beaches in an area rich in culture and gastronomy

Offered by:
Discover France

Phone number:
+1 800 929 0152 (US toll free); +1 800 823 710 (Australia toll free); +1 800 929 0152 (any other country)

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €1750

Cycle along some of the most famous and beautiful beaches of France from Brittany to Normandy. Starting in the fortified city of St Malo, you will ride to the famous Mont Saint Michel and visit its beautiful abbey. From here, ride from the scenic bay to the Normandy beaches. Visit Utah Beach, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc, where museums and memorials will give you insight into the World War II landings. This Brittany to Normandy tour finishes in Bayeux, where you can admire the famous 11th century tapestry, but also taste the delicious Normandy delights like Camembert cheese and Calvados. The price of this tour includes 7 nights' accommodation in superior hotels, daily breakfast at each hotel, 3 dinners, hybrid bike rental, road book including detailed maps, tourist information, step-by-step itinerary and cue sheets, 1 GPS for every 1-3 people, all luggage transfers, comprehensive trip literature and technical and emergency support at all times.

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Coast-to-Coast France – St Malo to Nice Fully Supported

Traverse France from end-to-end with help all the way

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
18 days with 16 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Challenging - 1513km/946 miles

Price:
From £2495

This is an ultimate France coast-to-coast ride, fully supported and guided. Two-thirds of days are in the 50-60-mile (80-90-km) bracket – with a few shorter ones thrown in – so it's achievable but still challenging, especially as your luggage will be carried for you (no panniers!) This trip highlights the wonderful diversity of France and is suitable for all recreational cyclists. It passes through simply stunning countryside and visits some of the most famous sites in the country – from Mont St Michel to an optional ascent of the iconic Ventoux. Price includes fully guided on-road support and luggage transfers, 14 nights' B&B, and most meals. Can be tailored for groups. St Malo to Sete and Calais to Nice also available. 

 

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Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer.

La Vie en Velo can support your trip to anywhere in France. This year they already have custom trips planned in the Pyrenees, the Alps, as well as London-Paris. Their service is ideal for groups and can be tailored to your group size – prices include full van support, bike and baggage transfers and stacks of bikey knowledge. Angus can plan your accommodation for you and also arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own (he can bring your bike and luggage for you from the UK). Routes can be tailored for you. The La Vie en Velo team specialises in taking cyclists to ride wherever they want using a van and custom-fitted box trailer for your bikes. Ideal for family groups, charity rides, cycling clubs and corporate events.

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Cycle to Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Ride to the incredible Oberammergau Passion Play, held every 10 years

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
14 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£2995

Every 10 years since 1634, the residents of this small Bavarian village give thanks for being spared from the Black Death by performing a Passion Play, based on the events surrounding the death of Christ. The whole village is involved, with the actors themselves needing to have been born in Oberammergau to win roles – but this is far from an amateur production. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cycle to see the famous Oberammergau Passion Play, passing many interesting and historic places in France and Germany en route. The Green Jersey team rode from the Portsmouth to Oberammergau in 2010 – the last time the play was performed – so this route is tried and tested. Whether you wish to visit for religious reasons, to witness one of the most historic cultural events in Europe or to re-create the happenings in Jerome K Jerome's Three Men on a Pilgrimage, this is an event you will always remember. The route takes you north of Paris then across France to the southern Vosges, via Verdun, and into Germany passing the source of the Danube, Lake Constance and, finally, to the little village near the famous ski resort of Garmsich-Partenkirken. It covers 12 days' cycling and is not to be missed. Covers between 50 miles (80km) and 80 miles (130km) each day, clocking up a total of 706 miles (1131km). Price includes tickets to the play in the highest category of seats (worth almost £200), 13 nights' accommodation, all breakfasts except on on one ferry crossing, and 9 evening meals. Fully guided with on-road vehicle support. 
Dates: May 24 to June 6, 2020

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D-Day Beaches – Normandy and the Calvados Coast

Vintage beach resorts, D-Day beaches and beautiful countryside

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £975

The Calvados region in Normandy is rich with places to visit, from moving World War Two memorials and medieval towns to ‘Belle Époque’ beach resorts. This self-guided tour allows you to discover them all while enjoying the tranquil countryside. Pay your respects at the D-Day landing beaches, visit the stunning Bayeux Tapestry and stop off at the colourful seaside towns of Cabourg and Honfleur. Not forgetting, of course, the chance to sample the regional cuisine and indulge in a glass (or two) of famous Calvados and cider. The price of this tour includes 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, one evening meal, support from a local representative, all route maps and ride instructions, luggage transfers, bikes and panniers, and puncture repair kits.

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D-Day bike tour from Bayeux to Caen

Experience the emotion of the D-Day beaches

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€299

This 4-day self-guided tour will give you an intimate insight into the rich and turbulent history of the Normandy region. Cycle the D-Day landing beaches, taking in the American sector that includes Omaha Beach and the heart-wrenching American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. The ride also takes in the British beaches Gold and Sword plus the artificial port at Arromanches, and Juno Beach – famous for the bravery of Canadian soldiers. But it's not all about D-Day – you can also visit the medieval tapestry and Gothic cathedral at Bayeux, typical fishing ports, and bocage roads. Daily mileage is between 35 and 50km. The price includes touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem equipped with a front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on request), reflective vest, toolkit, and detailed route maps and notes. Accommodation can be tailored for your preferences and budget. Electric bikes are also available.

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From Saint-Malo to the D-Day Landing Beaches

Cycle the coast of Brittany and Normandy

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 96 49 54

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €985

Follow the picturesque coast as it weaves around Brittany and Normandy following the path that the Allies opened in 1944 after their bloody landing on the Normandy beaches. The itinerary is rich in culture with many historical and natural sites for you to discover. Chiefly, discover the D-day Landing beaches of Omaha, Gold and Juno, as well as the fantasitc museums that bring the conflict to life. You will also visit Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – climb to the top (not by bike!) to see the abbey and the surrounding bay – a gorgeous vista. The price of this self-guied tour includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental and accomodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets.

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From the Landing Beaches to Mont Saint Michel by bike

Perfect for exploring the highlights of north-west of France

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
6 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €730

Linking two UNESCO World Heritage sites, this tour takes you from the beautiful 11th century Bayeux Tapestry to the unique Mont St Michel. Along the way you'll pass the D-Day Landing Beaches and their war cemeteries – an emotional remembrance trail. All the while, you'll be surrounded by the contrasts of the picturesque Noman bocage landscapes. The route follows the official signposted cycling route linking the beaches to the spectacular Mont St Michel bay. Price includes 5 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, full travel folder with route notes and maps in French or English, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and emergency support phoneline.

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La Manche Vintage

Traverse the Normandy peninsula over a fun long weekend

Offered by:
World At My Cleats

Phone number:
+44 (0)7799 894 073

Tour length:
4 day long weekend

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate – tailored for you

Price:
From £750

Get to know the wonderful Normandy region in northern France on this four-day ride. Cycle across the peninsula taking in sights such as the D-day beaches, medieval Bayeux and the Mont Saint-Michel, with lots of time en route to enjoy local food and wine. This is a fully inclusive package, with ferry travel from the UK and accommodation included. Leave Portsmouth on a Thursday night to arrive in at Ouistreham at 6am the following morning. Start your ride from Pegasus Bridge, a famous WW2 site for the British Airborne division. The next few days will you see cover 60-65 miles a day, with stops for meals and a mix of local accommodation. You’ll say goodbye to your peloton and Normandy over a last 'moules frites' en route to the ferry home. Available guided or self-guided – either way, there will be a support vehicle on and each day for baggage transfers and mechanical support. This tour works best as a group tour, but numbers can be flexible and the trip tailored for you.

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London to Marrakesh via France – African Quest

A true epic from Europe to Africa covering over 3000km

Offered by:
Mammoth Journeys

Phone number:
+44 (0)79 03 461 070

Tour length:
35 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£5950 or £3500 for the European legs only. Group discounts offered.

This is an ideal trip for anyone wanting to do a big group trip, or riders not yet ready to go it alone on long overland journeys. When it comes to long-distance cycling Richard and Lucy, the team behind Mammoth Journeys, have plenty of experience, including rides across China and Papua New Guinea. They understand what it takes to ride successfully over distances. The Quest is their original Mammoth Journeys cycle route and takes you from the UK through France, Spain and finally Morocco. There are three legs, the first from London to Bordeaux taking 10 days, the second from Bordeaux to Madrid taking 9 nights and crossing the Pyrenees, and finally the last leg from Madrid to Morocco. You'll have traversed an entire continent by bike. The price of this tour includes 35 nights' hotel accommodation, including the night in London prior to departure for briefing, all breakfasts and 19 dinners (leaving some nights free for you to explore on your own). There is also a support vehicle for luggage transport and mechanical assistance, cycle guide, route maps, or GPS, a cycling jersey, full recommended kit list, and airport transfers at the start and end of your journey. 

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Mont Saint Michel by Bike

Discover the highlights of Normandy and Brittany

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
7 days with 6 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €755

This tour will take you through the heart of Brittany and over the border into Normandy to see for yourself one of France's most iconic landmarks. First to Brittany, though, a region with many faces, where villages and châteaux, coasts and woods harmoniously nestle between land and sea. You'll ride from the port town of Saint-Malo and its Cité Corsaire, via the very pretty Côte d'Emeraude ('emerald coast'), taking in the Rance Valley and Dinan en route. Then it's on to the Mighty Mont, with a stop at Cancale – famous for its oysters – as well. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, a complete travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and an emergency phone support in case you get stuck.

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Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
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Level of difficulty:
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Price:
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Normandy to Paris - Pedal Power

Cycle from the Normandy coast to the wonderful City of Lights

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £895 (self guided) or £1035 (fully guided)

Available as a guided or self-guided tour, this jaunt from France's northern coast to its forever wonderful capital will have you experiencing delusions of Tour de France grandeur as you arrive on the Champs-Élysées. Ride from the beautiful harbour of Honfleur to the waters of the Seine, via picturesque villages and the often wild and rugged landscapes of the Normandy countryside. Haute-Normandie is famous for its cheeses and butters (not to mention ciders ... ), and you'll have plenty of chances to sample these en route. Pedal Power to Paris picks its way down quiet lanes, across tributaries of the Seine and through a patchwork of fields. It ends in the French capital – cycle through Louis VI’s 13th century arch, La Porte de Bretagne, and arrive in Paris having discovered its rural fringes. Then spend two nights experiencing everything the magical French capital has to offer. B&B and small hotel accommodation included, plus bike hire if you need it.

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