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Bike & Walking Tours in Normandy


If you are looking for an exceptional France bike tour, Normandy is one of the most beautiful regions of the country. Normandy is mostly known for the role it played in shaping the world’s future during World War 2. From the beaches where Allied troops landed, to the military cemetery and the WW2 museum, each spot is moving and charged with history. But there is more to Normandy than its beaches and War memorials. Our cycling tours will take you to Bayeux where you will see the amazing and well-preserved 11th century tapestry and to the breathtaking Mont St Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Touring through typical villages or along the coast, you will be charmed by Normandy peaceful scenery and magnificent architecture. And all this just a few hours away from Paris.

**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.

Famous worldwide for being the setting of the Allied troops landing during World War 2, Normandy has played a key role in the shaping of Europe’s future.
With our trips you will be able to tour this wonderful region both by cycling and hiking. Following the Atlantic coast, you will be able to explore the WW2 landing beaches between Caen and Sainte Mère l’Eglise, the city of Bayeux with its unique 11th century tapestry, and the world-famous Mont Saint Michel. Did you know that the stunning abbey was built based on a dream made by the local bishop, Bishop Aubert in the 8th century?
You can also explore the inland following the Veloscenie, a unique cycling itinerary starting in Paris and following the river Seine until the Mont Saint Michel. Don’t forget to stop for a taste of apple cider and Camembert along the way, some of the most tasty products of the region!

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Mont St Michel

The Mount and its abbey is the second most visited site in France and an architectural gem. Saint Michael’s Mount is located on an island between the two regions of Normandy and Brittany. Accessible at low tide, it has been a monastery since the 8th century and served as a prison during the French Revolution. The view of the Mont, from across the water is breathtaking. And the view from the mount of the Bay is just as wonderful. Don’t leave without a tour of the abbey itself!


This town is perhaps best known because of the Bayeux Tapestry , an embroidered cloth (230 ft. long and 20 in. tall) depicting William of Normandy’s 1066 conquest of England. You should also stop by and visit the Cathedral Notre Dame, built during the 11th Century. Bayeux was also the first town to be liberated during the Battle of Normandy. So you are bound to find much history there.


While exploring lower Normandy , you will definitely want to ride through Caen, its capital. Start early to visit the markets selling the delicacies of the region: cider, calvados and all sorts of cheeses. Continue your tour on to the Castle built by William the Conqueror, which offers a panoramic view of the city. Don’t miss the Abbaye aux Hommes (“Men’s Abbey” aka Abbey of Saint-Etienne) and the Abbaye aux Dames (“Ladies’ Abbey”) also built by Duke William in the 11th Century. Also, the Caen Peace Memorial is probably France’s best WW2 museum and therefore a must!

WW2 Landing Beaches and American Cemetery

On June 6, 1944, 130,000 soldiers landed on beaches across Normandy’s coast including Sword, Omaha and Utah Beach. Ride along the coastal roads and stop on the different landing sites to reflect on the events that took place there. Cycle to the American Cemetery, formerly known as the American St. Laurent Cemetery. Located on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach, it is famous for its 22-foot bronze statue of “the Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves” as well as the Garden of the Missing, a wall listing 1,500 soldiers who died in the landings. It is without a doubt one of the most moving WW2 sites.


This small town played a big part in World War 2. The famous man-made Mulberry Harbors was located off the coast of Gold Beach in Arromanches and its remnants can still be seen today. The first museum commemorating D-Day – the Musee du Debarquement – can be found here too. You will learn more about the Mulberry Harbor, the Overload Operation and see original WW2 weaponry. You can also watch archive video footage of the D-Day landings. History buffs are in for a treat.


Normandy is famous for its apples, from which is made an excellent cider. Nothing compared to apple juice. Cider is traditionally served with crepes. The Calvados, a brandy made from distilled cider, is also locally produced and a must to try. One of numerous specialties from Normandy is the Poulet au Calvados, simmered in calvados.

Make sure to enjoy Normandy’s famous cheeses while pedaling across the region. French’s best known cheese from lower Normandy, Camembert, has a fresh, soft and creamy taste and like most things, gets better with age. The Pont l’Evêque cheese is solely produced in Normandy; passing it up would be a mistake! So take a break from cycling, grab a nice bottle of wine, and enjoy the rich, delectable cheeses this region offers.


Two hours from Paris, on the Northwest coast of France, Normandy stretches from the Mont St Michel and Brittany northbound to the city of Caen.

From beautiful beaches and picturesque granite cliffs, to cows, green pastures and apple trees, Normandy offers very diverse landscapes with something for everyone to enjoy! On your cycling tour you will appreciate the half-timbered houses, so typical of Normandy. In cities like Bayeux or Caen medieval castles and abbeys testify to the region prestigious past.


The name of the region Normandy, and of its inhabitants, the Normans, come from the Norwegian and Danish Vikings who came to settle there around 850 AD.

During the Hundred Years’ War between France and England, the region was held at various times by both French and English forces. But in 1450, France finally recovered Normandy.

In more recent history, during the Second World War, the beaches of Normandy were chosen by the Allies for the D-day landings to free France.

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