Cycling Normandy: all the D-Day landing beaches

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Duration

6 days

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Duration

207Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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Level 3/5

Moderate, between 35 and 85 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 300 and 1000 meters.

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The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Carentan
Individual arrival in Carentan. Visit the centre of this medieval city, with its galleried covered arcades (unique in Normandy), its beautiful townhouses and the 11th – 15th century church of Notre Dame. Of course don’t forget to take the time to stroll round the beautiful marina whose origins date back to the Gallic period.

Day 2: Carentan – Utah Beach – Carentan (60 km/37 mi)
Leave the town and take the green way crossing the Cotentin Marshes Regional Nature Park (Marais de Cotentin). Then head towards St Mere-Eglise, the ideal starting point to relive the very first hours of D-Day. Have a look at the famous church clock tower from which dangles a souvenir recalling the adventures of one of those first American parachutists who dropped onto French soil. Bike to Utah Beach with its beautiful white sands so evocative of D-Day and its D-Day Landings Museum. Return to Carentan at the end of the day.

Day 3: Carentan – Omaha Beach – Port en Bessin (60 km/37 mi)
Head for Isigny-sur-Mer, a small fishing village renowned for its butter and cheeses as well as its caramels. Carry on to La Pointe du Hoc and explore the fields still pitted and pockmarked by D-Day shells fired from allied ships in the Channel. Striking! Bike on towards Omaha Beach, dominated by the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer. The serried ranks of the 9,387 headstones set in immaculate green grass with, in the background, the ever present sea, project a feeling of serenity and peace. Continue on along the coast to the pretty fishing port of Port-en-Bessin.

Day 4: Port en Bessin – Courseulles sur Mer (39 km/24 mi)
Ride towards the impressive German defensive battery of Longues-sur-Mer then continue on towards Gold Beach and, of course, Arromanches, Here you’ll be able to see the remains of the enormous artificial port constructed on the orders of Winston Churchill. Don’t forget to visit Arromanches 360°, a circular cinema which graphically illustrates the complete history of the Battle for Normandy. Continue your ride through the Normandy countryside, biking down little lanes between the pretty hedged fields of the Bocage until you reach Courseulles-sur-Mer. Take time to stroll round the picturesque fishing harbour.

Day 5: Courseulles sur Mer – Caen (48 km/30 mi)
Head along to Juno Beach and then Sword Beach biking all the way to the port of Ouistreham. Visit the No. 4 Commando Museum (linked to the Franco-British landings) or continue your ride taking the bike path along the Caen canal to Pegasus Bridge, where the British army gained an important victory in 1944. Afterwards visit the unmissable Caen Memorial, a museum dedicated to the battle for Normandy, 20th century history and peace.

Day 6: Caen
End of services after breakfast.

Included

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • GPS Tracks
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • City tax
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary

Not included

  • APP
  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

Cancellation penalties

  • Minimum non-refundable rate: 50
  • From 29 days before the departure date: refund of 75%
  • From 13 days before the departure date: refund of 50%
  • From 7 days before, the amount is non-refundable.

Cycling Normandy: all the D-Day landing beaches

  • To relive the D-Day cycling Normandy from one landing beach to another, immersing yourself in the same hypnotic atmospheres of the film Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s 2017 masterpiece
  • To cycle on one of the beautiful French Voies Vertes through the wetlands of the Cotentin Marshes Regional Park
  • To reach the village of Sainte-Mère Eglise, on which American paratroopers literally rained between the 5th and 6th of June 1944 and John Steele went down in history for being entangled in the church tower, an episode made famous by the film The longest day, with Robert Mitchum
  • To visit the Landing Museum, located directly on the Utah Beach inside a former German bunker
  • To taste the famous toffee of Isigny-sur-mer, small village known for the production of butter and cream, fundamental ingredients of these delicious candies, produced here since the 16th century
  • To look out over the waters of the Channel from the cliffs of La Pointe du Hoc, from which 225 Canadian rangers, parachuted here by mistake on the D-Day, had to descend for 30 meters in order to reach the Juno Beach
  • To indulge in the deep sense of peace and serenity pervading the the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-mer, which dominates Omaha Beach from above
  • To immerse yourself in the Norman Bocage, cycling among the typical landscapes made of groves, cultivated fields, grazing animals and an incredible variety of colours
  • To discover the city of Caen, that you will reach by cycling on the Orne canal cycle path and visit the Mémorial, unmissable multimedia museum capable of offering a unique insight into the history of the XX century during the Second World War
  • To enjoy a magnificent itinerary that will make you discover France by bike cycling along the Liberty Road from the D-Day landing beaches to the Mémorial of Caen, symbol of peace

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