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This Normandy cycling tour includes 5 days of
riding including a short orientation ride. Guests who
do not wish to cycle have the option to ride in the
vehicle that accompanies the riders or do other
activities as they wish. They can still participate in
all aspects of the tour. Also, for those who wish,
additional biking opportunities can be developed for
days without group biking. For questions, including
child discounts, call 1-877-362-0045
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Price: 2795 euros per person double
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The charm of the old port of Honfleur which inspired impressionists; the glitz and chic of Deauville with its
casino, boardwalk, and yearly American film festival; the sobering landing beaches of D-Day and the
American cemetery; the magnificent Bayeaux Tapestry and the story of William the Conqueror; the
breathtaking Mont St. Michel and its encroaching tides-

This high-end Normandy bike tour provides an unsurpassed array of sights, pleasures, and historical
reflections. And then one must add the superb hotels and local cuisine, such as moules-frites (mussels and
fries) and other abundant seafood, creamy veal dishes, camembert cheese, apple cider and calvados, and
your memories of a week in Normandy will be indelibly fixed!
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                    Honfleur- Old Port
Arrival and Orientation Ride

Arrive Caen by train from Paris (about 2 hr. train ride). Transfer to Honfleur, a gorgeous
little port and fishing village that inspired impressionist painters. In fact this area was a
favorite retreat of Monet, Sisley, Courbet, Boudin, and others. The Impressionists had
some of their first meetings here. Bike orientation ride or stroll around the village. See the
stylish Pont de Normandie (Normandy bridge) on the orientation ride, one of the longest
cable-stayed bridges in the world. A stroll through the cobbled streets to observe the
shops and galleries is an excellent way to work up an appetite for a great dinner. Fresh
seafood anyone?
Hotel- Les Maisons de Lea

Bike to Deauville and Trouville

Bike to Deauville and Trouville. Deauville is very chic and fashionable. Deauville hosts the
annual American Film Festival and has been a favorite of movie stars for decades. It is
also famous for many prestigious sporting events such as horse races, regattas, the
world polo championships and the international yearling fair. Walk the famous boardwalk
on the beach, visit the world-renown casino, etc. Bike back to Honfleur through Trouville,
a quaint fishing village and seaside vacation spot. Before arriving back in Honfleur and
the hotel, we'll stop at a family owned cider/calvados producer (calvados is a cognac type
liqueur but made from apples). A cool sip of cider made from apples or even pears is a
refreshing end to the day's cycling adventures.
Hotel- Les Maisons de Lea
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                       Caen Memorial

Bus from Honfleur to Caen, called the city of William the Conqueror (was 80% destroyed
in WWII). Visit the Caen Memorial museum. This is probably the best of all the WWII
museums in the region. The film is particularly interesting, showing the D-Day landings
from both the Allied and German perspectives. After lunch we will bike from our hotel to
Arromanches, site of the huge artificial port erected after D-Day. Another good museum
and excellent films at both the museum itself and the 360 degree theater on the hill
nearby. The latter is particularly moving and contrasts scenes during combat in WWII with
those same locations today. Dinner at a local restaurant in Bayeux.
Hotel- Chateau de Bellefontaine
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                                                                        Arromanches- Site of Artifical Port
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Above and right- American Cemetery at Collville s/ Mer
Bike To American Cemetery/Omaha Beach/Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral

Bike to the American Cemetery with views overlooking Omaha Beach. Stroll through the
cemetery and the thousands of immaculate white headstone crosses. Like several of the
WWII memorial sites, this property is owned and maintained by the U.S. government. Bike
into Bayeux (first city liberated in France on June 7, 1944- interestingly not badly damaged)
to visit the world famous Bayeux Tapestry. This tapestry was made in the 11th century (looks
                            Section of Bayeux Tapestry
Day 5
Pointe du Hoc/Ste. Mere Eglise/Airborne
Museum/Utah Beach

Today we will be accompanied by a renown WWII
historian, Col. Oliver Warman, British Army Retired.
Col. Warman has lived in Normandy and led
historical tours there for many years. He will offer
us his provocative perspective of the Battle of
Normandy, and he’ll answer all questions from the
group throughout the day. Col. Warman's time with
us will be one of the highlights of the entire tour.

Bus to Pointe du Hoc, which was a heavily
defended German battery overlooking Omaha
Beach. This overlook was captured the morning of
D-Day by the 2nd Ranger Battalion which scaled
the cliffs but incurred heavy losses. All the bomb
and shell craters are still there, along with many of
the German bunkers. Drive to Ste. Mere Eglise to
see the church (an airborne soldier got his
parachute caught on the steeple and played dead
so the Germans wouldn’t shoot him- a mannequin
is left hanging in the same spot to depict the event-
see photo) and the Airborne museum across the
street. This is the area where the U.S. Airborne
troops dropped on the night of June 5, 1944. Drive
to Utah beach to see the museum and memorials
Hotel- Chateau de Bellefontaine
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Ste. Mere Eglise -
Parachute Stuck on Church

Day 6
Le Mont St. Michel

Bus to the fascinating island village of Le Mont St. Michel, which at certain
times of the year at high tide is completely surrounded by the sea. One of the
top attractions in France and all of Europe. We’ll have a half-day guided tour
with the balance of the time left for exploring. The view from the top at the
cathedral is remarkable. We believe it’s best to spend the night on the island,
as most of the tourists leave each evening, so after that and in the early
morning it feels like you have the whole place to yourself.
Hotel- La Mere Poulard (famous for omelets cooked the ancient way over an
open fire)

Day 7

Transfer to Rennes train station after breakfast.
Le Mont St. Michel
- Hotels (based on double occupancy- single supplement $400)
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Bicycles, helmets, bike locks, day bags, etc.
- Daily bike routes led by experienced tour guides
- "Sag wagon" for those who don’t wish to cycle
- Refreshments daily along routes
- Entrance fees to museums and attractions specified in itinerary
- Gratuities for hotels and included meals
- All transfers from Caen to Rennes
- Intimate small group atmosphere

Not Included:
- Lunches
- Alcoholic and other bottled beverages at meals
- Orders off supplemental menus
- Flights from U.S. to Europe and return
- Train tickets to Caen from Paris and to Paris from Rennes

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like it was done about a month ago it’s in such good condition). It is over 200 ft. long and
about 19 inches high, and it depicts the entire story of the conquest of England by William
the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The tapestry was meant to be displayed
in the Bayeux cathedral. An excellent film describes the story and how one is to interpret the
meaning and significance of the work.
Hotel- Chateau de Bellefontaine
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