A bike ride along the Normandy coast: from D-Day landing beaches to the "Cote Fleurie"

from 995 € / pers.

Reference : NM3
8 days / 6 days riding
Difficulty : Sustained
Linear trip
From March to November
Departure: daily
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Your bike tour from Carentan to Trouville:

A lovely bike trip along the Normandy coastline which takes you to from the most well-known allied landing beaches of D-Day along to the Cote Fleurie redolent of the Belle Epoque.

 From Ste Mere-Eglise to Cabourg or from Arromanche to Honfleur, discover the different faces of Normandy. You’ll find an amazing range, including rolling green hills, long fine sandy beaches, steep cliffs and half-timbered houses. All punctuated by striking reminders of D-Day and moving moments in history.

Day 1 : Arrival in Carentan


Visit the centre of the medieval city of Carentan with its galleried covered arcades [unique in Normandy], its beautiful townhouses and the 11th – 15thC church of Notre Dame. Of course don’t forget to take the time to stroll round the beautiful marina whose origins date back to the Gallic period.

Day 2 : Excursion to Utah Beach and Ste Mère Église | 58 km


To start your first bike loop, take the green way crossing the Cotentin marshes regional nature park [Marais de Cotentin]. Then head towards St Mere-Eglise the ideal starting point to relive the very first hours of D-Day. Have a look at the famous church clock tower from which dangles a souvenir recalling the adventures of one of those first American parachutists who dropped onto French soil. Bike to Utah Beach with its beautiful white sands so evocative of D-Day and its D-Day Landings museum. Return to Carentan at the end of the day.

OptionVisit of the Airborne museum (Included in the "Visit Package")

Airborne-Museum

Get it the museum and take an HistoPad to take part to the striking events of the History. The museum, facing the bell tower where the parachutist John Steele kept hooked, will help you to understand how the D-Day landings took place from the preparation in England to France’s Freedom. The scenography, the sets, the animations make you leave these events, like transported in time.

Day 3 : Carentan – Omaha Beach – Port en Bessin | 59 km


Head for Isigny-sur-Mer, a small fishing village renowned for its butter and cheeses as well as its caramels. Carry on to La Pointe du Hoc and explore the fields still pitted and pockmarked by D-Day shells fired from allied ships in the Channel. Striking! Bike on towards Omaha Beach, dominated by the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer. The serried ranks of the 9,387 headstones set in immaculate green grass with, in the background, the ever present sea, project a feeling of serenity and peace. Continue on along the coast to the pretty fishing port of Port-en-Bessin.

OptionVisit of the Overlord Museum (Included in the "Visit Package")

musée overloard

The museum presents a unique collection of reconnaissance aircrafts, flying bombs, tanks, vehicles and canons, hundreds of personal belongings, posters and documents combats’ witnesses. The 6 armies who took parts into the Normandy battles are represented through full-size scenes, recreated with a breathtaking realism.

Day 4 : Port en Bessin – Courseulles sur Mer | 35 km


Ride towards the impressive German defensive battery of Longues-sur-Mer then continue on towards Gold Beach and, of course, Arromanches, Here you’ll be able to see the remains of the enormous artificial port constructed on the orders of Winston Churchill. Don’t forget to visit Arromanches 360°, a circular cinema which graphically illustrates the complete history of the Battle for Normandy. Continue your ride through the Normandy countryside, biking down little lanes between the pretty hedged fields – the “bocage”- until you reach Courseulles-sur-Mer. Take time to stroll round the picturesque fishing harbour.

OptionVisit of the Arromanches 360 circular cinema (Included in the "Visit Package")

arromanches360

The Arromanches 360 circular cinema presents a movie showing, in High Definition on 9 screens, amazing images from the archives, of the ‘100 days of the Normandie battle’. This movie honors the soldiers from different countries who took part into the Liberation and the thousands of civils killed during this battle. It gathers several unreleased images.

Day 5 : Courseulles sur Mer – Cabourg | 40 km


Bike the length of Juno Beach and then Sword Beach all the way to Ouistreham passing through seaside villages and along fine sandy beaches. Take the time to visit the museum of No. 4 Commando or follow the bike path which runs along the Caen canal to Pegasus Bridge where the British army achieved a significant victory in 1944. After stopping briefly, if you wish, at the Pegasus Memorial it’s time to explore the “Cote Fleurie,” one of the most beautiful coastlines in France. Follow the edge of the sea to Cabourg, with its seaside promenades. It’s been a very popular seaside resort since the start of the 20th century.

OptionVisit of the Memorial Pegasus (Included in the "Visit Package")

Mémorial Pegasus

Discover what happened the day before the D-Day! The Pegasus memorial presents the 6th Airborne Division missions which consisted in the D-Day landings preparation. Numerous objects, photos, historical and moving memories from the Normandy’s region Liberation are exhibited. A Bailey bridge, the Bénouvile bridge (now called Pegasus bridge), the Horsa glider’s replica and numerous war vehicles are exhibited in the museum’s park.

Day 6 : Cabourg – Honfleur | 50 km


Briefly side-track into the Auge countryside to the village of Beaumont-en-Auge with its colourful timber framed houses before returning to the coast and heading for Deauville, a beautiful seaside resort full of elegant half-timbered houses. Follow the coastline dotted with apple trees to Honfleur with its pretty marina. Take the time to explore the delights of this lovely medieval port: its small harbour, its typical tall, narrow-fronted colourful houses and its timeless narrow streets and alleys. You’ll see why Honfleur inspired the Impressionist painters.

OptionVisit of the Satie houses in Honfleur

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The Satie houses invite you to discover the Erik Satie’s world. He is a composer and pianist born in Honfleur at the end on the 19th century. Follow the audio-guided musical and scenography display. You will be guided through a series of paintings in a fantasist and humorous, as Satie was.

OptionVisit of the Eugène Boudin Museum in Honfleur

Musée Eugène Boudin

The Eugène Boudin museum, suggest different themes along the visit: An ethnographic collection (costumes, accessories, lace from Normandy), some contemporary artists, and other artists who lived or worked in Honfleur and in Normandy. And of course, works from the impressionist (and impressive!) Eugène Boudin and his friends (Monet, Mozin Courbet).

Option"Museum Pass" in Honfleur

Musée Eugène Boudin

The “Museum Pass” gives you access to the various museums in the town of Honfleur, including the Eugène Boudin Museum, the Satie Houses and the Navy Museum.

Day 7 : Honfleur – Trouville | 50 km


Leave Honfleur for a new route exploring the Auge countryside. This classic landscape, so emblematic of Normandy, offers the most beautiful vistas. The “Pays de Auge” is synonymous with apples and, of course, cider and Calvados. However, let’s not forget the dairy cows and the cheese they produce, which is why Pont-l’Eveque is an unmissable stop in your tour. Take the time to explore its brightly coloured half-timbered and carved houses before heading back to Deauville. Continue on to Trouville where the fish market will make your mouth water, while the Belle Epoque ambiance of this seaside town will charm you.

OptionVisit of the "Calvados Experience" farm-museum (Included in the "Visit Package")

Calvados Experience

One of the oldest Calvados house is welcoming you for an unique experience! We offer you a travel in time from the Vikings to nowadays. Follow the transformation from the apple to the Calvados, from the Norman orchards to the bottling and the international success of the Norman spirit. At the end of the visit, it is time for a tasting!

Day 8 : Departure during the day


The little extra with Biking France:


Our “Visit package”, with entrance fees to

. Airborne museum
. Overlord Museum
. Arromanches 360 circular cinema
. Memorial Pegasus
. Visit of the “Calvados Experience” farm-museum (with tasting)

Select your category

standard category
Reference: NM3 STD
superior category
Reference: NM3 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to 31st
    from November 1st to 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
995 € / pers.
415 € / pers.*
1 235 € / pers.
550 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 1st to June 30th
    from September 1st to October 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 050 € / pers.
415 € / pers.*
1 285 € / pers.
550 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 085 € / pers.
415 € / pers.*
1 335 € / pers.
550 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 7 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 6 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (7 nights included)
• Transfer from Trouville to Carentan and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 7 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 6 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (7 nights included)
• Transfer from Trouville to Carentan and personal bike repatriation

Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : free
from 3 to 11 years old : - 50%
from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%

(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum)

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: NM3 STD
superior category
Reference: NM3 SUP
Half board supplement
(including 7 dinners – excluding drinks)
+ 265 € / pers.
+ 295 € / pers.
Extra night in Carentan
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom & breakfast)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 45 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.*
Extra night in Trouville
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom & breakfast)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 105 € / pers.
+ 85 € / pers.*
Children discount :
from 0 to 2 years old : free / from 3 to 11 years old : - 50% / from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%
(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum)

Extras

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-90 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 110 € / pers.
• Visit of the Satie houses in Honfleur
+ 10 € / pers.
• Visit of the Eugène Boudin Museum in Honfleur
+ 8 € / pers.
• "Museum Pass" in Honfleur
+ 15 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 235 € / pers.

Your accommodation


standard category


These hotels offer all the comfort and well-earned rest after a cycling day (private bathroom). A perfect place to enjoy all the centres of interest around.
superior category


These hotels provide charming services on high quality as well as a great location.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

HYBRID BIKE SPECIALIZED

Man or Lady frame

  • Double rear panniers
  • 1 life jacket
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 front bag with a map holder
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 counter
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :
GIANT e-bike
E-bike

Man or Lady frame

  • Double rear panniers
  • 1 life jacket
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 front bag with a map holder
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 counter
Practical details
  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at your hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Carentan
> Return

Your journey

Tour description

Mainly small traffic roads and some cycling paths.

GPX files

Besides the maps and detailed itinerary, we also provide the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application (if you do not have a bike touring GPS).

How to arrive in Carentan

By train:
Paris Saint-Lazare train station >> Carentan train station (about 2h45 by train).
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

  • From Roissy CDG airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Saint-Lazare train station >> Carentan train station (by train).

– Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport 1 or 2  >> Paris centre – stop  ‘Chatelet Les Halles  >> Metro line 14 >> St Lazare train station >> Carentan train station (by train).
www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport
www.transilien.com/en
www.ratp.fr/en/plans-lignes

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Saint-Lazare train station >> Carentan train station (by train).

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus) : from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 6 – station ‘Bercy’ + line 14 station ‘Gare St Lazare’ >> Carentan train station (by train).
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlybus.php

– Orly Val (automatic metro): from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Paris – stop ‘Antony’ >> RER B – station ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 6 – station ‘Bercy’ + line 14 station ‘Gare St Lazare’ >> Carentan train station (by train).
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlyval.php

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Saint-Lazare train station OR Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 – station ‘Champs Elysées-Clemenceau’ + line 13 – station ‘Gare St Lazare’ >> Carentan train station (by train).
    www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/acces-et-transports/navettes/
  • From Caen airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Caen train station >> Carentan train station (by train).

– Bus shuttle: ‘Aéroport de Caen-Carpiquet’ – Line 3 direction ‘St Clair’ >> stop ‘Gare SNCF’ >> Carentan train station (by train).
http://caen-airport.com/taxi-shuttle
www.twisto.fr

Return

If you have to come back to the start point:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France: please contact us!
  • A return transfer by bus + train is possible and organised on your own : www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage.
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility)

– Trouville-Deauville (train station) >> Lisieux train station (by train) >> Caen train station >> Carentan train station (between 1h45 and 2h45 by train).

– Trouville >> Carentan (by taxi).

If you have to return to Paris (city centre) / Paris Airports :

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France: please contact us!
  • A return transfer by bus + train is possible and organised on your own : www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage.
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility)

– Trouville-Deauville (train station) >> Paris Saint-Lazare train station (about 2h by train).

Nearby Airports:
– Caen airport : http://caen-airport.com
– Rouen airport : www.rouen.aeroport.fr
– Deauville airport : https://en.deauville.aeroport.fr