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Normandy bike tour from D-Day beaches to charming harbours

Cycling from Bayeux to the quaint harbour of Honfleur along D-Day beaches, Caen, Deauville and other charming coastal cities and villages

Reviews (3) :
4.67 / 5
Reference N0801
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Easy
  • From April to November
  • Minimum age 14 years
GPSGPS-app available
1169€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This bike tour leads along one of the most beautiful coasts of France. The tour starts in Bayeux, world-known for its medieval tapistery, but also at the heart of the landing beaches of WW II. From here you will discover Omaha beach, but also Arromanches and Gold beach and pay homage to the fallen soldiers at the American Cemetery overlooking the English Channel. You will ride along apple orchards, dairy farms and the beautiful coast into quaint fishing villages.

    Day 1


    Arrival in Bayeux

    Bayeux is at the center of the Landing beaches. Discover this charming medieval town dominated by its magnificent Gothic cathedral. Stroll through the narrow medieval streets and admire the half-timbered houses. Do not miss the eleventh century tapestry representing the conquest of England by William the Conqueror.

    Day 2


    Day-tour to Omaha Beach

    The day’s route begins from Bayeux, going to the Overlord Museum and the American Cemetery. You’ll bike on quiet roads through traditional villages with half-timbered houses. The homes are surrounded by forests and cattle grazing on pasture.

    Take time to pay respect to the almost 10,000 American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom. The bike route then continues along the coast to the picturesque small fishing port of Port-en-Bessin. After strolling around the harbor, follow the path back to Bayeux.

    Day 3


    Day-trip to the artificial harbour of Arromanches

    Bike through the Normandy countryside until you reach the port of Arromanches. You’ll hear stories and be filled with emotion as you visit the D-Day museum and watch a movie showing the 100 days of the landing. The bike path back to Bayeux takes you past bomb craters, gun posts and bunkers. Arriving in Bayeux, take time to visit the Bayeux Tapestry. The tapestry stretches 291 feet by 20 inches and depicts the Norman invasion of England in the 11th century.

    Day 4


    Bayeux - Caen

    You leave Bayeux on small countryroads in the typical bocage Normandy hinterland saluting cows, sheep and horses. You cross quaint, small villages like Creuilly where you can admire the park of the castle overlooking the valley. You arrive at the memorial of Caen, which is definitely worth a long stop to discover this excellent museum.

    Day 5


    Caen - Cabourg

    From Caen you leave leisurely the city along the canal. You cross the canal on Pegasus Bridge where the British army won a major victory in 1944 and continue along the Orne river until the delta and the sea. Observation platforms allow you to stop at leisure to observe the fauna and the flora. You continue along the coast well-known thanks to its beauty and called the "flowered coast" (côte fleurie) along the large sandy beaches until the small seaside town of Cabourg.

    Day 6


    Cabourg - Honfleur

    You leave Cabourg to reach the small seaside town of Houlgate and Villiers-sur-Mer. You cross a green space where you may be able to observe storks before joining Deauville. Stroll on the famous boardwalk, look at a horse race and stop at the casino before continuing along the coast to the charming port of Honfleur.

    Day 7


    Honfleur - Trouville / Deauville

    You leave the pretty harbor of Honfleur for the quaint hinterland and its typical Norman countrside with its valleys, many cows and small flowered half-timbered farms. You reach the charming village of Pont l’Evêque, famous for its cheese before returning to Deauville and Trouville.

    Day 8


    Départure from Trouville

    You can decide to extend your stay or start your home travel.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You’ll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-3 Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day of biking. Breakfast is included zhen you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.
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    Category B

    You stay in hotels with ***/*** standards selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.
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  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)


    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
    If you expect to arrive at the next accommodation before 5 p.m., we recommend that you take an extra set of clothes with you in your bicycle bag.

    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy the itinerary and its points of interests.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description

    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Caen, then train to Bayeux.
    • By train: direct train from Paris Saint-Lazare. The duration of the trip is around 2h10. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    If you drive to Bayeux, you can park your car for free in the street. The exact location will be given in your travel documents.

    To get back to starting point (Trouville-Bayeux) :

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point from Trouville-Deauville if you wish (from 1h30 to 2h30 depending on the time schedules). They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate €20/adult). There are several trains per day.

    We can also organise a transfer in a private vehicule on demand.

    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

  • Reviews
  • 3 bike travelers reviews 4.67 / 5

    A beautiful itinerary!

    On the 2024-05-25 by Sam
    This was a a beautiful and thoughtful itinerary through many fascinating and varied towns and landscapes. The bike was great and hotels were comfortable and simple with local charm.

    Great company

    On the 2023-07-17 by Juju C
    This is the company to use to plan and execute your trip. They are honest, knowledgeable, great communicators and answered all my questions and concerns in English quickly and clearly. The app was very helpful and useful doing our ride.


    On the 2019-08-26 by Eric
    Un parcours très agréable à découvrir à travers des sites pittoresques et variés.
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