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The Green Lane through Normandy

8 day(s) | from 690.00 €

Easy

Themes

History
Seaside

Included

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

When

From April to October. High season: June, July and August.

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  • Description
  • This cycling route (véloroute) starts from the landing beaches and goes to the Mont-St-Michel. It takes you on quiet roads to appreciate the variety of the landscape "through the bocage" from the "Bessin" to the "Bay". Welcome in Normandy where the natural hedges, the villages, the little rivers, the cows in apple orchards sounds so authentic!

    This entirely signed posted route was the project of the Normandy provincial government in order to connect two of the main tourist attractions in the region off the beaten track!

Highlights

  • The Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England
  • D-day landing sites (Omaha, Gold..)
  • Visit Mont Saint-Michel, one of France’s most recognisable landmarks.
  • Taste a wide range of apple-based products: cider, pommeau and calvados. If you are adventurous, you will try the “Trou Normand”, a traditional drink made of calvados and apple ice cream.

Bike tour itinerary : The Green Lane through Normandy

  • 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 to Bayeux
  • 55km / 70km / Bed & Breakfast
    • From Bayeux, we head to the famous artificial harbour of Arromanches. Nearby, is the main German Battery of Longues-sur-Mer. We then follow the little Aure valley until Omaha beach and the American war cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer before returning Bayeux. A longer option takes you to "Pointe du Hoc" near Grandcamp-Maisy.

  • D3 
  • Bayeux to Villers Bocage
  • 39km / Bed & Breakfast
    • On small roads through the Bessin you arrive to the 9th (restaured in the XVIIIth) century Abbey of Juaye Mondaye. While the country opens up as you get to Tilly-sur-Seulles you can stop at the British Cemetery near the village. The Drôme River at the village of Saint-Vaast-sur-Seulles will be the opportunity for a stopover before reaching the town of Villers-Bocage

  • D4 
  • Villers bocage to Vire
  • 45km / Bed & Breakfast
    • Today you really "enter" the thick Norman Bocage; one of Normandy's postcard made of green pastures fenced by natural hedges. What the Maquis has been to the resistance in the south of France, the Bocage has been for the German during the battle of Normandy….giving the allies troops a real hard time! After crossing the Evèque Forest you reach the sharp Vire Valley where you can Bungy Jump at the Souleuvre Viaduc…..thrill guaranty! A green lane will take you from the village of La Graverie to the town of Vire. Fortified in the XIIth Henry the first of England it has been entirely flattened during the battle of Normandy!

  • D5 
  • Vire to Saint-Hilaire
  • 57km / Bed & Breakfast
    • South of the Vire River you get to an even deeper Bocage between the 3 counties of Lower Normandy. You ride up and down rolling hills, through green pastures and running rivers to discover the authentic rural Normandy! Out of Sourdeval you cycle in small woods and along little "canyons" to find pretty water falls at the confluence of the Cance and Cançon rivers. You finally arrive the small town of St-Hilaire du Harcouët. There is an American memorial dedicated to soldiers killed in Corea defending the base 314!

  • D6 
  • St Hilaire to Pontorson
    • Head Westward today for the last stretch towards the Bay following the old train track coming from Paris.
      The Sélune River will take you down to the old port of Ducey. Today surrounded by silt from the Bay, this pretty village has kept its old stone bridge and the Chateau of the Montgomery family.
      Near the Sélune estuary, you might be lucky enough to see the tidal bore known here as the Mascaret which is caused by the strong tidal currents. On the way to Pontorson, "the town" of Mont-Saint-Michel, you ride through isolated farms and manors made of solid granite…..peaceful and tourist less!

  • D7 
  • Pontorson to Pontorson
  • 25km / Bed & Breakfast
    • Today is given up to the visit of the Mont-Saint-Michel, the Abbey and the bay. You start with an easy ride using the tow path along the Couesnon River. You will get a top view on the Mont-Saint-Michel bay and it's Abbey. Once at the Mont-St-Michel, leave your bike and go on with the visit. You need a minimum of 3 hours to visit the Mont-St-Michel “town island” and its abbey on foot. On the way out you will cycle through quaint country side, see herds of sheep on the "herbus" (pastures occasionally covered by exceptionally high tides) giving the salty taste to the local lamb locally called "Pré-salé". A stop over at the German War Memorial of Huisnes-sur-Mer before the final ride along wind mills will complete this great cycling tour of Normandy

  • D8 
  • Trip ends in Pontorson after breakfast

Prices 2017

  • Standard Accommodation690 €
  • Standard Single room sup.230 €
  • Solo traveller120 €
  • Hybrid Bike140 €
  • E-Bike220 €
  • High season supplement30 €

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
  • Pontorson Hôtel Montgomery ***Comfort
  • Villers Bocage Les 3 Rois **Standard

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