Marvels of Normandy Cycling+ Normandy
Marvels of Normandy Cycling+
Cycle from the D-Day beaches to the enchanting Honfleur via unmissable Bayeux
Marvels of Normandy Cycling+
Following the rugged Norman coast from west to east, this cycling holiday lets you discover the best of Normandy. Experience an atmospheric adventure, packed with cultural sites along the way; WW2 memorials, Bayeux Tapestry, The Men's Abbey in Caen, the elegant seaside resorts of Cabourg and Deauville and the pretty port of Honfleur to name but a few. As the sun sets, indulge in the exquisite local cuisine, famous for cream, cider and cheese.
We've created a new tier of holiday that sits between our Classic and Prestige tours. Each night's accommodation is fully upgradable. Choose from standard 3- and 4-star accommodation or upgrade to 4- and 5-star boutique hotels.
You can even mix and match your upgrades. Choose standard for the first four nights then treat yourself to a 5-star hotel on the last night. We're happy to help tailor your holiday to your needs.
- Historic Bayeux: Tapestry, Cathedral and Commonwealth War Museum
- D-Day landing beaches: Omaha, Juno and Gold beaches
- The war museums and the Pegasus Bridge
- Fishing village of Port-en-Bessin
- Quaint villages of Beuvron-en-Auge and Cambremer
- Elegant resorts of Cabourg and Deauville
- Honfleur, known for its impressionist painters; Boudin and Monet
You can choose to begin your holiday on any day.
Itinerary & Hotels
Arrive in Bayeux day 1
Start your tour in the picturesque and perfectly preserved town of Bayeux. Make sure to visit the world-famous tapestry, cathedral and commonwealth war museum.
Le Lion d’Or - Bayeux
Many famous people have stayed at this hotel, an XVIII century former coaching inn in the centre of the town. There are 25 rooms grouped around a flower-filled courtyard. Discover Bayeux, medieval city and capital of the area. Le Lion d’Or is in the most authentic quarter of the old town, very close to the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Market days are on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
- High quality restaurant using local produce - one of the best known in Normandy
- 25 rooms grouped around a flower-filled courtyard
- Good wines, bar, salon for relaxing and Internet facilities
- Outdoor terrace for summer relaxation
Loop from Bayeux day 2
From Bayeux head north-west to Omaha beach and the American war cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer before returning to Bayeux. Stop at the fishing village of Port-en-Bessin on your way back or opt for a longer route which takes you to "Pointe du Hoc" near Grandcamp-Maisy.
Bayeux to Caen/Benouville day 3
Following the narrow Aure Valley you soon reach the coast at Longues-sur-Mer. Visit the German Battery which sits atop the cliffs overlooking Gold beach.
A short downhill ride leads your to the famous artificial harbour of Arromanches. You will also visit Juno Beach and The Canadian Museum.
In the afternoon, from the Canadian war cemetery of Reviers follow the little Mue valley until the Village of Fontaine-Henry and its château. From there you head eastwards to reach Benouville in the heart of the Orne Valley. Spend the evening by the famous Pegasus Bridge on the Orne Canal; the landing target of the British parachutes.
Located in the centre of Caen, close to the historic château, this 3 star hotel has everything you need for a comfortable short stay.
- Electric vehicle charging points
- Flat screen TVs
Languages spoken: French, English
Caen/Benouville to Cabourg day 4
Leaving the Pegasus Bridge, head towards the town of Ranville, the first liberated town in France. Continue towards the coast and the last site of D-Day; the Merville battery. Follow the coast to the coastal resort of Cabourg for lunch.
In the afternoon, cycle eastwards to hit the first slope of the Pays d’Auge plateau. A short cycle past the market town of Troarn and the Marsh of the Dives River will bring you to the exquisite village of Beuvron-en-Auge.
Villa les Mots Passants
Overlooking a small flower garden this simple but tastefully decorated hotel is ideally situated just a short walk from the town centre and beach.
- Flat screen TV
Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish
Cabourg to Honfleur day 5
This morning will see you ride through some of the prettiest Normandy landscapes, past apple orchards and fields of spotted cows. Upon reaching the village of Beaumont-en-Auge, discover the colourful timber-clad houses and traditional restaurants - perfect for lunch. A slightly longer route will take you to the larger village of Cambremer.
After lunch, head to the coastal town of Deauville-sur-Mer to admire some of the greatest examples of Anglo-Norman architecture in the region. From the fishing harbour of Trouville you follow the coast to Honfleur.
Combining charm, history, authenticity and modern comfort behind an elegant facade, L'Ecrin is set just a 5 minute walk from the picturesque port of Honfleur. The 18th century hotel has its own spa and wellness centre with outdoor heated pool.
- Outdoor heated swimming pool
- Sauna, steam room and jacuzzi
- Secure parking
- Safety deposit box
- Air conditioning
- Flat screen TV
- Mini bar
- Room service
- Hair dryer
Route & Location
Customise Your Holiday
Upgrade your hotel
Make your stay a special one. Upgrade any of your hotels to the following; Honfleur - La Maison de Lucie; Caborg - Le Grand Hotel; Caen - Le Dauphin; Bayeux - La Maison de Mathilde