Itinerary at a glance
Experience the history of the Second World War up close on the Normandy coast. In contrast to the terrifying battlefields of the past, the present offers beautiful natural landscapes and architecture.
Visit the center of the medieval town with its covered arcades, unique in Normandy, its beautiful town houses and the Notre Dame church dating from the 11th to 15th centuries. The origins of the beautiful marina also date back to Gallic times.
Your first exploration tour by bike begins on the greenway through the regional nature park of the Cotentin marshes, Marais de Cotentin. Then continue to Sainte-Mère-Église, the ideal starting point to relive the first hours of D-Day. Take a look at the church's famous tower clock, on which hangs a souvenir commemorating the adventures of one of the first American parachutists to land on French soil. Ride your bike to Utah Beach with its beautiful white sand and the D-Day Landing Museum. At the end of the day, return to Carentan.
Drive to Isigny-sur-Mer, a small fishing village famous for its butter, cheese and caramels. Continue to La Pointe du Hoc, explore the fields still riddled with holes from the D-Day shells fired by Allied ships from the English Channel. Impressive! On Omaha Beach is the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer with 9,387 gravestones. They stand in the immaculate green grass, with the ever-present sea in the background, all of which conveys a sense of peace and tranquillity. We continue along the coast to the pretty fishing port of Port-en-Bessin.
Today you cycle to the impressive German defense battery of Longues-sur-Mer and then on to the golden beach in Arromanches. Here you can visit the remains of the huge artificial harbor built on the orders of Winston Churchill. Don't forget to visit Arromanches 360°, a circular cinema that illustrates the entire history of the Battle of Normandy. The route continues along small paths through the countryside between pretty hedgerow fields - the "bocage" - to Courseullessur-Mer. Take some time to stroll through the picturesque fishing port.
Cycle along Juno Beach and Sword Beach to Ouistreham, past coastal villages and along fine sandy beaches. Take the time to visit the No. 4 Commando Museum or follow the cycle path along the Caen Canal to Pegasus Bridge, where the British Army won a major victory in 1944. After a short stop at the Pegasus memorial, it's time to explore the Cote Fleurie, one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in France. Follow the sea to Cabourg with its beach promenades. The town has been a very popular seaside resort since the beginning of the 20th century.
A short detour into the countryside of Auge to the village of Beaumont-en-Auge, with its colorful half-timbered houses. You then return to the coast and head for Deauville, a beautiful seaside resort with elegant half-timbered houses. Follow the apple tree-lined coastline to Honfleur with its pretty marina. Take your time to discover the small port, the typical tall, narrow and colorful houses and the timeless narrow streets and alleys. You will see why Honfleur inspired the Impressionist painters.
Leave Honfleur and explore the countryside on a new route. This classic landscape, so typical of Normandy, offers the most beautiful views. The "Pays de Auge" is synonymous with apples and, of course, cider and calvados. Not forgetting the dairy cows and the cheese they produce, which is why Pont-l'Eveque is an unmissable stop on your tour. Take the time to explore the colorful half-timbered houses and carved houses before heading to Deauville and Trouville, where the fish market will make your mouth water. You will be enchanted by the Belle Époque ambience of this seaside town.
You cycle mainly on quiet side roads, sometimes on cycle paths or good gravel roads. The stages are generally slightly hilly to hilly.
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Further details about this tour
- Accommodation in your selected category
- Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person, max. 20 kg)
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
- Tourist tax
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Carentan train station.
- Paris airport
- The return journey by train is only possible by changing trains several times
Things to note
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
- This tour is a partner tour.