Walking the D-Day beaches
Hiking trip details : Walking the D-Day beaches
On June 6th 1944, the Normandy beaches were the scene of one of the fiercest battles in history. The landing of the American army supported by a detachment of Allied soldiers, under a terrible deluge of fire and blood, allowed the liberation of France from the Nazi yoke. This historical walking tour will allow you to follow the events of the battle and to touch the remains of the war.
At the heart of the battle
Starting point of the walk in Normandy, Arromanches and Gold Beach. A visit to the D-Day Museum sets the tone for the memorial nature of the walk. An artificial harbour was built here to serve as a supply ramp for the Allied troops. You could put yourself in the shoes of the soldiers through the exhibition of their weapons, uniforms, helmets, survival kit...
The next day you arrive at Longues-sur-Mer, where the German cliff top bunker system was established, which was supposed to annihilate any Allied attack. You will progress westwards to the fishing port of Port-en-Bessin and then Colleville-sur-Mer. The town owes its reputation to Omaha Beach, and the American cemetery where nearly 10,000 GI's who died in Normandy are buried.
Then you leave the coast and drive into the Normandy countryside. Here you will discover an impressive panorama of green pastures as far as the eye can see and the singular architecture of the local farms. The image of huge cylindrical haystacks near the windmills will not leave you for long.
The final journey will take you to Bayeux. On the menu of visits: British cemetery, Commonwealth memorial and finally the famous 70-metre long tapestry which is considered to be the first comic strip in history.
A contemplative escape
The meditation that befits the memory of the soldiers who died for our freedom is the main theme of the tour. But from Arromanches to Bayeux, the walking tour in Normandy is anything but sad. The call of the open sea combined with the invigorating sea air far from urban pollution is conducive to contemplative relaxation and escape.
And let's not forget the gourmet stops and the restaurants, which feature a rich gastronomy of cheese specialities, cold meats, wines, seafood... that will delight your taste buds.
DAY 1 : Arrival in Arromanches
Arromanches is located just 10km north of Bayeux. After arriving at the hotel, you can relax your legs on Gold Beach and admire the ruins of the artificial harbour at Mulberry.
The D-Day Museum is very informative and mainly covers the design of this artificial port. Your hotel is ideally located on the waterfront.
DAY 2 : Arromanches to Port-en-Bessin
Distance : 15km
You leave your hotel and start walking along Gold Beach.
You pass the German Battery of Longues-sur-Mer, an impressive set of bunkers on top of the cliff. You progress westwards until you reach the fishing port of Port-en-Bessin.
Night in Port-en-Bessin.
DAY 3 : Loop around Port-en-Bessin
Distance : 12km / 24km
This loop will take you west to the town of Colleville-sur-mer and its impressive American Cemetery. An enjoyable walk on Omaha Beach will take you to Saint-Laurent-sur-mer before returning to Port-en-Bessin.
Night in Port-en-Bessin.
DAY 4 : Port-en-Bessin to Bayeux
Distance : 17km
Today you leave the coast to enter the heart of the Bessin. You will cross orchards, pastures and discover the typical architecture of the Normandy farms. You will end your walk at the British cemetery of Bayeux and the Commonwealth Memorial. You will then have time to enjoy medieval Bayeux with its wonderful Cathedral, and the unmissable tapestry.
Night in Bayeux.
DAY 5 : Bayeux
End of the tour in Bayeux after breakfast.
Our 15 years of experience has enabled us to build strong relationships with all our hotel partners. Some of them have become true friends and we have a real trust in them.
Their priority is to make your stay unforgettable and carefree.
And because everyone has their own budget, we offer you different categories of accommodation.
One thing is certain, from small family accommodation to large 5* hotels, a warm welcome is always reserved for Normandie Rando clients.
Because we organise sporting holidays, we attach great importance to breakfasts.
All the establishments we work with offer a varied and copious breakfast made up of fresh and local products.
You stay in small family-run 2* or 3* hotels.
The welcome is always friendly and the rooms simple but with all the comfort.
We know that a walking or cycling holiday requires a good rest between each stage and the bedding is always of high quality.
You stay in 3* or 4* hotels.
The rooms are spacious and the hotel offers many services.
The bedding is of very good quality and the decoration is well thought out.
You stay in a 4* or 5* hotel.
The establishments are often part of the historical heritage (old houses, castles...)
The rooms are very spacious and have all the necessary equipment.
The bedding is excellent.
High season : From June 1st to August 31
Standard accommodation starting from 430€
Single room supplement : 160€
Comfort accommodation starting from 610€
Single room supplement : 220€
Luxury accommodation starting from : On demand
Single room supplement : On demand
You do not wish to benefit from our luggage transport service ?
Discount of 25€ (cannot be combined with the "group traveller discount")
Solo traveller : 60€ supplement
Group traveller (more than 4 persons) : 20€ discount
High season supplement : 20€
All prices, discounts and supplements are per person.
The list of hotels included in your stay is available on request via our contact form.
Included in the tour price :
- 4 nights in standard, comfort or luxury accommodation with breakfast and daily tourist taxes.
- 3 days of hiking.
- Luggage transfers in between each steps.
- Detailled tour explanations, advices...
- Travel documents : roadbook, detailled maps and GPX tracks (on demand)
Non included in tour price :
- Dinners, lunches and drinks.
- Entry fees and tickets for cultural and historical sites.
- Travel insurance.
- Single room supplement.
- High season supplement.
How to get there ?
Coming by train from Paris :
Paris - Bayeux: 2h20 (direct train)
Then Bus or taxi Bayeux - Arromanches: around 20 min
Coming by car :
N13 exit Arromanches
Free parking lot in Arromanches
How to go back ?
Getting back to Paris by train :
Bayeux - Paris : 2h20 (direct train)
Get your car back at the end of your tour :
Bus or taxi Bayeux - Arromanches: around 20 min
5 days/4 nights
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