Normandy Cycling Holiday

Falaise • Vimoutiers • Pont-L'Eveque • Benouville • Caen • Bayeux • Carentan

A relatively flat tour; we start in Falaise and finish in Carentan

8 days

7 nights

Evening meals included

Difficulty: Moderate

What to expect

Guillaume The Conquérant, the Normandy Beaches and food.

Our Normandy cycling tour starts in Falaise, birthplace of William The (lucky) Conqueror. In Caen we’ll see William’s castle and the beautiful Abbeys that survived the bombing of WWII, and in Bayeux we’ll visit the famous tapestry.

On our way to Caen we’ll spend time at the Pegasus Memorial, the start of Operation Overlord. We’ll visit the beaches and memorials of the Canada Centre, the US cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer and the spectacular remains of the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches.

All this plus the famous Norman cheeses, cider and calvados (and delicious, disgraceful creamy sauces) of the Val d’Auge.

FROM

£1440 PP
  • Single Room Supplement: +£365
  • Self-Drive: +£45
  • Join in London +£220
  • Join in Paris +£150
  • Transfer from Train Staion: +£35
Normandy

ITINERARY

Day 1 Falaise

We start our tour in Falaise at the Hotel de la Poste. New owners have transformed the menu at this hotel and we'll enjoy a real Norman feast.

Day 2 Camembert

A gentle entrée into the Pays d'Auge. We’ll pass through Camembert on our way to Vimoutiers, home of the Camembert Museum (shaped like the cheese, naturally). We'll stay at the Hotel du Vitou in a delightful 25-acre nature park, and we’ll eat nearby at a lakeside restaurant. 30 miles.

Day 3 Camembert to Pont-L'Eveque

We'll follow a new cycle path for the first part of our day to Livarot, where we will visit a cheese factory making Pont-L'Eveque, Camembert and Livarot – that's lunch sorted!

Cunning back roads will take us into Lisieux, where we'll visit the enormous Basilica of St Théresa. Her autobiography, 'Story Of A Soul', describes her 'little way'. She died of tuberculosis in 1897 aged just 24 and was canonised. Her story and her writings are incredibly moving and so is the Basilica devoted to her.

From Lisieux we follow the river valley to Pont L'Eveque, but on the way we'll visit the renowned distillery of Boulard in the village of Coquainvilliers. They'll change your mind about Calvados.

We finish our day at the pretty town of Pont-L'Eveque, staying in the spa hotel Le Lion d'Or. 37 miles.

Day 4 Pont-L'Eveque to Benouville

Rolling farmland takes us through Beaumont-en-Auge and Beuvron-en-Auge, half-timbered houses, apple orchards and traditional Norman cows. We join a cycle path near Troarn and cross the River Orne on our way to the Hotel Glycines in Bénouville.

Just before we arrive in Benouville, we'll visit the cemetery in Ranville, where the first victim of Operation Overlord is buried. We'll also cycle across the famous Pegasus Bridge - more about that tomorrow.

Day 5 Benouville to Caen

A short ride along a cycle path into the centre of Caen.

We’ll visit William and Matilda's Abbey-aux-Hommes and Abbey-aux-Dames, as well as the enormous castle at the centre of Caen and the famous 'Caen Mémorial', the best of all the museums dedicated to the Normandy Landings.

We'll retrace our steps back to the Glycine. 19 miles.

Day 6 Caen to Bayeux

We follow our cycle path downstream to the port of Ouistreham at the mouth of the Orme and the Caen Canal. We visit a British cemetery and the Canada Centre at Juno Beach, but the highlights of our day will be the amazing Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches and the tapestry in Bayeux.

We’ll stay at another Lion D'Or, this one in Bayeux, and the one time HQ of Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander. Yesterday, at the Caen Memorial, you'll have discovered what an extraordinary leader Eisenhower was - and today you stay in his old HQ.

31 miles.

Day 7 Bayeux to Carentan

Today is about balance. First we'll visit the immaculately maintained American cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer with its reflecting pool.

After lunch we'll visit the enormous German cemetery at La Cambe, sombre, stark but still very moving.

We'll finish our tour in Carentan at the Auberge Normande, renowned for its cooking. 36 miles.

Day 8 Carentan to Caen

Train back to Caen, and onward travel to Paris / London, etc.

JOINING DETAILS

Please take careful note of the train times. Our transfers are scheduled to meet these designated trains; if these train times are inconvenient, please contact us so that we can be sure of arranging appropriate transfers.