Brittany to Normandy

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. Cycling along the scenic Bay of the Mont Saint Michel and in the inlands, you will arrive to the Normandy beaches, charged with history. Visit Utah Beach, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc where museums and memorials will give you insight on the WW2 landings.
This Brittany to Normandy tour finishes in Bayeux where you can admire the famous 11th century tapestry, but also taste the delicious Normandy gastronomy products, such as Camembert cheese and Calvados.

Price from : 1750 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Brittany
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :  

Arrive in St Malo

Arrive in Saint Malo. The town is easily accessible from Paris by TGV. You stay in a beautiful hotel in the center of Saint Malo. Orientation in the evening. To visit in Saint Malo: the walled city, the chateau of Saint-Malo with the Solidor Tower of Saint-Servan.

Day 2 :  

St Malo to Mont St Michel

Option 1 : 34 Miles - 54 Km  Option 2 : 40 Miles - 65 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 143 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 143 Meters 

Cycle from Saint Malo towards Cancale. Here you reach the coast and see all the oyster farms that make Cancale famous. You ride through the fisherman village of Saint Benoit des Ondes, as well as the Mont Dol, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view. On a clear day from here you can also see the Mont Saint Michel - Unesco World Heritage site and architectural marvel. Once there, you will stay in a beautiful hotel. Leave time to explore the Mont and walk around its tiny streets!

Day 3 :  

CYCLE AROUND THE BAY OF MONT SAINT MICHEL TO GRANVILLE

Distance 1 : 38 Miles - 61 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 328 Meters 

Ride along the cost in the Bay of Mont Saint Michel to Avranches. There are several worthwhile sites to visit this town dating back to the Roman era. Continue on the coast to Granville and stay in a nice hotel overlooking the beach.

Day 4 :  

Ride to St Lo

Distance 1 : 39 Miles - 62 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 720 Meters 

Cut across the Normandy countryside to reach the Landing Beaches. You will stop in St Lo today. Along the way you will pass the town of Coutances where you must stop to visit the Cathedral of Coutances, which is visible from the sourrinding villages. In St Lo you stay in a very nice hotel. In St Lo you will find a virtually newly rebuilt city. The town was almost totally destroyed during the Battle of Normandy as it lies on an important crossroads and was a German stronghold. The city is however rich in history and WWII is part of it.

Day 5 :  

Ride to Sainte Marie du Mont via Sainte Mere Eglise

Distance 1 : 37 Miles - 59 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 505 Meters 

This ride is mostly flat to rolling coming up to the Normandy coast where the D-Day landings took place. Sainte Mere Eglise is an old settlement dating back to the 12th century, but it is most famous for its role during the Allied landing. Paratroopers famously landed here and fought some decisive battles that made this town the first one to be liberated. The movie "The Longest Day" depicts many events in Sainte Mere Eglise. Your hotel is nearby in Sainte Marie du Mont.

Day 6 :  

Loop Ride to Utah Beach

Option 1 : 32 Miles - 52 Km  Option 2 : 40 Miles - 65 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 272 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 272 Meters 

A loop tour from your hotel will first focus on Utah Beach close to your hotel, then move North along the coast to Saint Vaast. Return by the inland or by the same route. You can also opt for a shorter ride and take some time to visit Sainte Mere Eglise.

Day 7 :  

Ride to Bayeux

Distance 1 : 44 Miles - 70 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 396 Meters 

A slightly longer route, you need to leave early to have enough time to stop at the different sites along your itinerary. We suggest you to ride all the way to the Point du Hoc, immortalized in The Longest Day, and then leave time to visit the most famous WWII sites in the area: Colleville-sur-Mer and Omaha beach. Once in Colleville, take some time to visit the US Military cemetery, (172.5 acres). Continue to Bayeux.

Day 8 :  

Departure Day

Departure at your leisure after breakfast.

Average / Day :
Distance : 61.00 Km / 38.00 Miles - Elevation gain : 347.38 Meters

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Day : 1

L'Univers is situated in the town centre, at the Chateaubriand place and in front of the castle, close by the seaside. The hotel has a special atmosphere with a coziness aspect, and is also an historic place. Located in intra muros in front of the castle, the Hôtel de l'Univers with its 64 rooms welcomes you all year round within the refuge of the ramparts of Saint Malo.Ideally situated within reach of beaches and the piers for Dinard, Dinan via the river Rance, Cézembre and the Channel Islands Guernsey and Chausey.Its terrace invites you to make the most of the summer entertainment on the square and in the Mecca of the local navy, the Univers bar is an incontrovertible place to meet with friends and to get the nostalgic adventure boat stories...


Day : 2

Overlooking the Mont Saint Michel Bay, with an unforgettable view of the world's most spectacular tidal phenomenon, in the heart of a landscaped park and flower-filled gardens, awaits the Relais Saint Michel hotel. The hotel is tastefully decorated and equipped with the most modern facilities for your comfort. There is also a lounge bar and terrace to relax over a cocktail and take in the amazing panoramic views.


Day : 3

The Mercure Granville Le Grand Large 3-star hotel is located on a quiet cliff-top facing the Chausey Islands. It is close to the city center, the casino, the Christian Dior museum, Mont Saint Michel and the port for crossings to the Chausey Islands, Jersey and Guernsey. The hotel has a solarium, a lounge bar and a panoramic terrace with direct access to the beach. Paying enclosed car park. No pets.


Day : 4

Situated in the heart of the town and within walking distance of the station, the Mercure Saint Lô hotel offers wonderful, unobstructed views over the ramparts. This cosy and modern hotel offers comfortable rooms which are perfect for relaxing in after a busy day of sightseeing.


Day : 5, 6

Welcome to Le Grand Hard, recreational resort for young and old in the bocage of the Cotentin peninsula, a few kilometers from D-Day 'Utah Beach'. Our hotel has 11 double rooms, one of which is fit for disabled people, and 5 duplex residences for 4 people. No matter which of our rooms you choose, all are cozy, tasteful and authentic. Our snug bar invites you either to relax in front of the open fire or to play a game of snooker. In the library you can loose track of time while reading one of the books from our collection. In the restaurant you will be indulged by the creativity of our chefs : each day a delicious 'Menu du chef' or offer you the daily fresh oysters from Utah Beach.


Day : 7

The 3-star hotel Le Lion d'Or, member of Relais du Silence and Logis de France, is located in Bayeux town centre and boasts an elegant, family ambiance.This welcoming hotel, steeped in history and formerly the headquarters of the English press during the last World War, is situated a stone's throw away from the Musée de la Tapisserie (Tapestry Museum) and not far from the landing beaches.For your comfort our reception staff are at your service to ensure you enjoy a pleasant stay. We offer excellent hotel services, a full balanced breakfast, a lounge bar where you can relax and a gourmet restaurant which serves refined cuisine... We strive to ensure that our guests' stay in Normandy is one to remember.


Day : 1

Located in the heart of St Malo, La Maison des Armateurs is the only 4 star hotel in St Malo Intra Muros. Choose a Sailor's Cabin, Major's or Lieutenant 's Room, Captain's or Admiral's Suite. Centrally located, all of Saint Malo is within a 5 minute walk, the Saint-Malo ramparts, the Beaches, the Casino, Restaurants and shop.


Day : 2

Overlooking the Mont Saint Michel Bay, with an unforgettable view of the world's most spectacular tidal phenomenon, in the heart of a landscaped park and flower-filled gardens, awaits the Relais Saint Michel hotel. The hotel is tastefully decorated and equipped with the most modern facilities for your comfort. There is also a lounge bar and terrace to relax over a cocktail and take in the amazing panoramic views.


Day : 3

The Mercure Granville Le Grand Large 3-star hotel is located on a quiet cliff-top facing the Chausey Islands. It is close to the city center, the casino, the Christian Dior museum, Mont Saint Michel and the port for crossings to the Chausey Islands, Jersey and Guernsey. The hotel has a solarium, a lounge bar and a panoramic terrace with direct access to the beach. Paying enclosed car park. No pets.


Day : 4

Situated in the heart of the town and within walking distance of the station, the Mercure Saint Lô hotel offers wonderful, unobstructed views over the ramparts. This cosy and modern hotel offers comfortable rooms which are perfect for relaxing in after a busy day of sightseeing.


Day : 5, 6

Welcome to Le Grand Hard, recreational resort for young and old in the bocage of the Cotentin peninsula, a few kilometers from D-Day 'Utah Beach'. Our hotel has 11 double rooms, one of which is fit for disabled people, and 5 duplex residences for 4 people. No matter which of our rooms you choose, all are cozy, tasteful and authentic. Our snug bar invites you either to relax in front of the open fire or to play a game of snooker. In the library you can loose track of time while reading one of the books from our collection. In the restaurant you will be indulged by the creativity of our chefs : each day a delicious 'Menu du chef' or offer you the daily fresh oysters from Utah Beach.


Day : 7

The Villa Lara is a 4 star brand new boutique hotel in the historic centre of Bayeux, nested in a very quiet and arbored square facing the 11th century majestuous cathedral and along the Aure River, the famous Bayeux Tapestry is 2 minutes away.The 28 elegantly appointed rooms in a French style with 8 different colour schemes, all the furniture is made by Moissonnier a well known company founded in 1885, its French cabinetmaking skills have been passed on down the generations, bringing the past to life with light touches... suggesting without imposing... breathing new life into traditions to make the present feel magical again, and creating jewellery for the hotel while cultivating an offbeat style: such is the spirit of Moissonnier today.

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 3 dinners included (2 dinners on upgraded version)
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 1750 € 370 € 2810 €
Upgraded 2190 € 530 € 3310 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 145 €
    Performance 235 €
    Premium 300 €
Electric Assisted Bike 145 €
Tandem Bike Rental 50 €


Arrival city is St Malo, which is accessible from Paris Montparnasse by train, 3 hours.

Depart from Bayeux. Direct trains to Paris-Gare-St-Lazare in 2h20m.

**We do not recommend taking this tour around the anniversary of D-Day, June 6th. Hotels fill up very far in advance, there is more traffic on the roads and some of the routes may be closed.