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Calvados by the Coast

6 day(s) | from 540.00 €

Moderate

Themes

History
Seaside

Included

1 dinner (Luxury Accommodation)

1 dinner (Comfort Accommodation)

5 nights with breakfast, maps, road-book with tourist information, daily luggage transfer, 7/7 days assistance and local tax

When

April to October

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  • Description
  • This bike tour along the coast of Calvados is full of contrast and atmospher!
    Your program: the emotional World War 2 memorials, the Bayeux Tapestry, William the Conqueror's chateau, the glamourous villas of Deauville, half-timbered houses and 2 of the most stunning and historical towns of the province; Bayeux and Honfleur.. and of course excellent food and restaurants on the way!
    The Calvados by the Coast itinerary can be extended from the Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen.

Highlights

  • D-day landing sites, from Omaha beach to Pegasus Bridge
  • The Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England
  • Impressionist painters in Honfleur: Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet...
  • Cabourg, a pleasant resort which inspired Marcel Proust’s most famous novel "In Search of Lost Time"
  • Discover the Pays d’Auge, the land of Calvados apple brandy, hard cider and cheese (Camembert, Pont l'Eveque, Livarot...)
  • Cycling along the coast of Normandy

Bike tour itinerary : Calvados by the Coast

  • D1 
  • Arrival in Bayeux
    • You must find some time to visit the famous tapestry, the cathedral, and the commonwealth war museum, which are allocated in the centre of the town, as well as the wonderfully preserved old part of the town. Being the allies head quarter soon after the landing, Bayeux has not been bombed and is extremely well preserved.

  • D2 
  • Bayeux loop
  • 55km / 70km /
    • From Bayeux and the commonwealth memorial, we head north-west until Omaha beach and the American war cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer. Before returning Bayeux you can make a stopover at the typical fishing village of Port-en-Bessin. A longer option takes you to "Pointe du Hoc" near Grandcamp-Maisy.

  • D3 
  • Bayeux to Caen/Benouville
  • 45 km / 60 km /
    • Following the narrow Aure Valley you soon reach the coast at Longues-sur-Mer to the main German Battery right on the cliff of Gold beach. It will be short downhill to the famous artificial harbour of Arromanches. Juno Beach and The Canadian Museum right on the beach is at short distance. Courseulles-sur-Mer is a great place for sea food.

      In the afternoon, you follow the little Seulles valley inland to get to the “Capital” Caen (or Benouville, depending on your accommodation type).

  • D4 
  • Caen/Benouville to Cabourg
  • 31 km / 60 km /
    • Along the Orne canal from Caen to the sea you get to the famous Pegasus Bridge. The landing target of the British parachutes and the beginning of the longest day! Past Ranville, the first liberated town in France you head to the coast and the last site of D-Day; the Merville battery!

      A short stroll along sandy beaches brings you to Cabourg.

  • D5 
  • Cabourg to Honfleur
  • 48km / 62km /
    • Through Cabourg and Houlgate, you can admire some of the greatest Anglo-Norman architecture before riding inland to the typical village of Beaumont-en-Auge with its half-timbered houses. From there you can choose how you want to get to Honfleur, through the coast from Deauville and its Parisian feel or through the cool forest of St Gatien

      Arriving Honfleur, you will find your hotel is around the old Harbour. Honfleur is a gem and brimming with art and history. It was a strategic port before becoming an important trading harbour in the XVIth. During the XVIIth century, Honfleur was the starting point for many navigators for the new world; Brazil, New-land, Quebec… From that rich past, almost everything is preserved; Churches, old port, bell-tower, ware-houses, 4 and 5 hundred years old buildings, cobblestone streets far too small for cars…. A real treasure!

  • D6 
  • Trip ends in Honfleur after breakfast

Prices 2017

  • Standard Accommodation540 €
  • Comfort Accommodation840 €
  • Luxury Accommodation from1300 €
  • Standard Single room sup.180 €
  • Comfort Single room sup.280 €
  • Luxury Single room sup.480 €
  • Solo traveller80 €
  • Hybrid Bike90 €
  • Road Bike from180 €
  • E-Bike180 €
  • Discount : party of 4+-5 %
  • High season supplement50 €

All prices are per person. Accommodation price is on a 2-person basis.
The list of hotels included in this trip or details about your bikes are available upon request via our Contact Page.

Hotels

  • Bayeux Le Lion D'Or ***Comfort
  • Bayeux Reine Mathilde **Standard
  • Bénouville La Glycine **Standard
  • Cabourg Le Grand Hôtel *****Luxury
  • Honfleur Le Dauphin ***Standard
  • Honfleur Les Maisons de Léa ****Luxury

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