|Start & End||Caen, France | Deauville, France|
|Trip Length||6 days | 5 nights|
|Rider Type||2 | Learn More»|
|Daily Rides||Options from 11 - 30 miles|
|Beyond Biking||Historical Site Visit, Cultural Tour, Wine Tasting, Food Tasting, Beach, Shopping|
|Trip Options||Make It Private or Choose Your Own Date|
Precipitous cliffs, legendary beaches, and sweeping landscapes set the backdrop for a bicycle vacation steeped in over a thousand years of European history. On this absolutely mesmerizing bike trip, families experience the incredible diversity Normandy has to offer; from sand surfing, horseback riding and kayaking, to private Camembert tastings and the quiet charm of idyllic fishing villages, the sublime and historic character of this region speaks to active travelers of any age. The stories and strategy of World War II captivate as cycling routes skirt the majestic coastline between historic D-day sites - from Pont d'Hoc to Juno and Omaha beach. In between riding, exploring, and adventuring, rest assured that there will be plenty of time to relax and rejuvenate by the pool or along the sun-kissed beach and boardwalk of Deauville - so whatever your pleasure, join us on this truly unique active travel experience!
- Visit the most important D-Day World War II sites including the American Cemetery.
- Linger through the picturesque fishing port of Honfleur; so beautiful that is was painted by many great artists such as Eugéne Boudin & Claude Monet.
- Marvel at the ocean views, church steeples and quaint villages that characterize our daily rides.
- Sip champagne along the boardwalk in Deauville.
- Visit one of the most beautiful villages in France, Beuvron-en-Auge, and take in the architectural beauty of the half-timbered buildings.
Days 1 – 3 | Port en Bessin
Stay at Chåteau La Cheneviére
Visit historic World War II beach sites and Pegasus Bridge | See the rows upon rows of white crosses at the American war cemetery | Learn about the tragic events that took place at Omaha beach | Sample famous apple cider and picnic at an estate home occupied during the war | View the famous Bayeux Tapestries that tell the tale of William the Conqueror
Days 4 – 6 | Deauville
Stay at Normandy Barriére
Bicycle through the Norman farmlands to the luxurious seaside town Deauville | Take a late-night stroll along the beach | Explore the port town of Honfleur known for inspiring artists Eugéne Boudin and Claude Monet | Relax on the beach or challenge yourself with sand surfing | Ride along quiet, tree-lined roads past thatched-roof houses
Chåteau La Cheneviére | Port-en-Bassin, France
Chåteau La Cheneviére is an 18th century chåteau situated between Omaha Beach, where the American forces landed on D-Day in 1944, and the historic town of Bayeux, famous for its tapestry depicting the Conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. There are only twenty-nine rooms, each with a garden view and all individually decorated in a harmony of floral designs. The luxurious facilities will appeal to the most fastidious traveler. The dining room with its picture windows overlooking the park has a certain grandeur, but on an intimate scale. The cuisine is classic with all the distinctive flavors of Normandy and can be accompanied by any of the fine wines found in their impressive cellar.
Normandy Barriére | Deauville, France
The Normandy Barriére in Deauville has always been the destination for weekends, family holidays and unforgettable, romantic getaways. Whether you see it from the sea or the town, the Normandy Barriére is an enchanting Anglo-Norman manor. This magnificent dwelling is a tribute to the region's architecture and represents this extravagantly luxurious Belle Époque resort perfectly.
What’s Included in the Trip Price
- 5 nights of accommodation
- Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
- The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
- Daily route support
- The use of a Trek Madone™ 5.2 carbon road bike, or Trek Madone™ 5.1 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike (limited selection), or Trek 7.5 FX™ hybrid bike
- The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
- Trek Travel water bottles
- Private tours
- Entrance fees to all group events/activities
- All luggage transfers
- All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
- Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
- All gratuities for special events, local guides, transfers, hotels, and restaurants
- $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Madone purchase at your local Trek retailer
- Airfare to and from the trip
- Transportation to the trip pick-up location
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Gratuities for Trek Travel guides
- Personal items purchased during the trip
- Some meals are not included in each destination, which allows you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. Your guides are happy to make recommendations should you so desire.
What is the weather going to be like?
Normandy weather can vary along the coast. Generally August is sunny and in the mid 60s. Rain is always a possibility.
What are the daily rides like?
|Rider Type | 2||Average Daily Mileage | 30|
|Terrain | undulating||Average Daily Elevation | 765|
On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Normandy is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option—you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider.Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is is undulating. You’ll enjoy long flat stretches, rolling terrain and some sections that consist of short but steep ascents. You can expect between 1-2 longer hills a day. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.
What are the options for a non-rider travel companion?
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip—please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information.
Some non-riding options on this trip are:
- Visit the D-Day beaches & the WWII museum in Arromanches
- Visit Bayeux and its tapestry museum
- Visit Chateau de Balleroy
- Private cider tasting
- Horseback ride on the beach in Deauville
- Golfing options in both Port-en-Bessin and Deauville
- Spa options in Deauville
- Enjoy one of France’s world-famous Casinos
- Spend a day at the beach in Deauville
- Enjoy a Char a voile on the beach of Deauville
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don’t necessarily pertain to a specific trip.
Make Normandy Your Own:
Trek Travel can customize a trip for groups ranging from 14 to 20+ guests. Tweak an existing itinerary or create a new one! When you build your own Custom bike trip with Trek Travel, each and every moment is artfully crafted to a blueprint of your choosing; it’s personalized and tailored to fit your schedule, interests, curiosities, wants, needs and budget.
So what do you need to do to get started? Check out our ’Trips to enthuse’ for ideas, contact us, then tell us who, where and when—it’s that easy. Let the planning begin.
Wow’s From Our Guests & More Photos
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When we asked our guests what their favorite WOW’s were from their Normandy vacations, here is what they said…
Everything was my favorite: the scenery, the organization and planning of the trip which allowed everybody regardless of biking abilities to enjoy themselves, the food, the hi-tech Trek bikes, and the exceptional guides who took care of absolutely everything with a smile.—Edward