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Brittany & Normandy Biking

France, Europe

from $3,198* per person 6 Days June-September
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 24 people max
  • St-malo airport, france
  • Active & Adventure trips
Broad beaches from which William the Conqueror set sail in 1066, and where the Allies landed nearly 900 years later. The mystical abbey of Mont-St-Michel, its battlements and golden spire soaring from the sea. The bunkers and bomb craters at Pointe du Hoc. Such iconic settings will undoubtedly stir your emotions, while the sheer beauty - and bounty - of your surroundings will spark your joie de vivre. Lush orchards and crashing surf. Windswept plateaus and storybook villages. Rounds of pungent Camembert, bottles of locally brewed apple cider, just-churned Isigny butter and delectable seafood. Brittany and Normandy are a rare blend of history and natural splendor. And bound to make an impression on you.

    A journey through two of France's most intriguing regions
    Bike rolling country roads along must-see beaches
    The magical island monastery and cathedral of Mont-St-Michel
    World War II battle sights and memorials
    A private tour of the American Military Cemetery with a local historian

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Itinerary

Day 1 Journey through two of France's most intriguing regions, starting in Brittany  Enjoy a typical Breton lunch before pedaling along the famed Côte d’Émeraude (Emerald Coast), lined with enchanting fishing villages and striking sandstone cliffs.

Day 2 Rolling country roads and must-see beaches Stunning coastal views highlight your ride from Cancale to St-Malo  Sweet or savory? A stop in a crêperie is a must Á votre santé! Taste a Kir Breton (apple cider and cassis), an authentic local aperitif A guided walk reveals Dinan, a fortified medieval port town with half-timbered houses and narrow cobblestone streets.

Day 3 The magical island monastery and cathedral of Mont-St-Michel, an iconic European pilgrimage site Head into Normandy's Calvados département, known for its cider and cheeses  After lunch at a private 16th-century château atop Norman cliffs, pedal to Pointe du Hoc.

Day 4 Bike to D-Day landmarks and memorials Join a local historian for an exclusive tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery Past and present collide in the beautifully preserved town of Bayeux, home to the impressive 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry.

Days 5-6 Outstanding regional cuisine - seafood lovers rejoice!  Savor breathtaking vistas of hallowed beaches and rugged shoreline as you ride to Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches At the award-winning Caen Memorial, a "Museum for Peace," view thought-provoking displays that blend history with hope for the future.

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