Visiting Bayeux by bike: D-Day Landing beaches and Normandy countryside

from 220 € / pers.

Reference : NM2
3 days / 3 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Star tour
From March to November
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour

Staying in Bayeux you are at the centre of history! You’ll find one of the most famous Romanesque artefacts [the famous Bayeux Tapestry] in this ancient medieval town with its rich architectural heritage. Close by are the World War II D-Day landing beaches Omaha and Gold.

 Take a weekend to discover this small corner of Normandy and let yourself be guided on your bike ride by the charms of the small lanes which wind through the “bocage” countryside (small fields enclosed by hedges).

Day 1 : Arrival in Bayeux + Excursion à Arromanches and Gold Beach | 45 km


Wander through the narrow streets of Bayeux and admire the stately merchant houses. Visit the cathedral of Notre Dame, a jewel of Romanesque architecture. The town houses one of the most impressive Norman/Romanesque historical treasures: the Bayeux Tapestry.  This long-embroidered linen cloth was stitched in the 11th century to recount the events of the Norman conquest of England in 1066 by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy.

 

For your first bike excursion, ride towards Longues-sur-Mer and its impressive German defensive battery, 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. Come back to Bayeux riding through the Normandy countryside, biking down little lanes between the pretty hedged fields – the “bocage” !

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 2 : Excursion to Omaha Beach | 50 km + option 15 km


Bike to Vierville-sur-Mer and Omaha Beach, often called ‘bloody Omaha’ as the heaviest allied losses were suffered here. At the top of the cliff the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer dominates the beach. Row upon row of headstones surrounded by emerald green grass and the ever-present sea create a sense of peace and serenity. Return to Bayeux after an optional visit to the Overlord Museum.

You can extend the circuit by visiting La Pointe du Hoc cliffs [30 meters high]. Today one can still easily see traces of the damage caused to the fields by shell fire from the allied ships in the channel.

OptionVisit of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum (Included in the "Visit Package")

bayeux museum

This is the most famous Tapestry in the world! You can discover it in 3 times. At the beginning of the visit, listen the audio-guided explanations as watching the Tapestry. Follow the visit in the exhibition room, giving information on the creation and the conservation of the Tapestry. End the visit by watching a movie about England conquest.

Day 3 : Excursion between Seulles Valley and Norman “bocage” | 50 km


Your final bike tour takes you along beautiful country lanes typical of the Bessin to see the Abbey of Juaye Mondaye. Founded in 1202 by the Premonstratensians, who are still in residence, the existing buildings are in the 18th century classical style. Continue on exploring the lovely views of the Seulles valley with its small lanes which criss-cross this appealing livestock farming country.
Departure at the end of the excursion.

Possibility to book an extra night in Bayeux.

OptionVisit of a farm and tasting of cider and Calvados (Included in the "Visit Package")

Vergers-Ducy

Welcome to the farm! Follow the visit of the orchards, the cider caves, from the cellar to the Pommeau and Calvados aging. Follow the discovery of the cider’s production with a short movie. Before leaving, taste some products made at the estate with apples.

The little extra with Biking France:


Our “Visit package”, with entrance fees to

. Arromanches 360 circular cinema
. Bayeux Tapestry Museum
. Familial farm with tasting of cidre & Calvados

Select your category

standard category
Reference: NM2 STD
superior category
Reference: NM2 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: NM2 LU
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 30th
    from November 1st to 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
220 € / pers.
90 € / pers.*
305 € / pers.
160 € / pers.*
715 € / pers.
500 € / pers.*
High season
  • from May 1st to October 31st
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
250 € / pers.
90 € / pers.*
325 € / pers.
160 € / pers.*
740 € / pers.
500 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 2 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 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 (2 nights included)

Including :

• 2 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 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 (2 nights included)

Including :

• 2 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 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 (2 nights included)

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: NM2 STD
superior category
Reference: NM2 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: NM2 LU
Extra night in Bayeux
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 55 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 110 € / pers.
+ 90 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 270 € / pers.
+ 225 € / 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.
-50 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 60 € / pers.
• "Visit Package"

. Arromanches 360 circular cinema
. Bayeux Tapestry Museum
. Familial farm with tasting of cidre & Calvados

(for children: a discount will be applied according to ages – after booking)

+ 30 € / pers.

Your accommodation


standard category


Located in the heart of the historic center of Bayeux (less than 5 minutes from Notre Dame Cathedral and the Queen Mathilde Tapestry), hotel completely renovated in a contemporary style, offering all the comfort and well-earned rest after a cycling day (private bathroom).
superior category


Located in front of a pretty 19th-century house, your bed and breakfast is a real island of calm and conviviality in the heart of Bayeux. Refined room, beautiful garden furnished with taste and breakfast on the terrace ... just enjoy!
deluxe category


Stay in a small luxury hotel with period furniture. Ideally located in the heart of the historic and medieval center of Bayeux, opposite the Cathedral, it is a short walk from the famous tapestry!
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 Bayeux
> 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 Bayeux

By train:
Paris Saint-Lazare train station >> Bayeux train station (about 2h15 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 >> Bayeux 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 >> Bayeux 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 >> Bayeux 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’ >> Bayeux 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’ >> Bayeux 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’ >> Bayeux train station (by train).
    www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/acces-et-transports/navettes/
  • From Caen airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Caen train station >> Bayeux train station (by train).

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

Return

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)
    – Bayeux (train station) >> Paris Saint-Lazare train station (by train)
    – Bayeux (train station) >> Le Mans train station (by train) >> Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station (by TGV train)

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