• 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 09, 2017
  • From $3,398 / person
  • ($680 single supplement) Children: $2,718 to $3,058

France Family Vacations

Bike into history on our action-packed, family-friendly Normandy bike tour. This all-inclusive, custom France vacation package is the perfect blend of adventure, education and relaxation, complemented by the best in regional lodging and cuisine and of course Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. Whether you’re pedaling along gently-rolling Normandy coast or racing the kids past seaside ports, discover the fascinating stories behind these historic, sandy beaches, D-Day sites, memorials and museums. Dig for fresh oysters, walk in the footsteps of Allied World War II victors and experience this traditional region of France that offers insights into bygone days, World War II and the progressive modern times of today. All the while, enjoy moments with the kids, creating unforgettable memories through once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are sure to bring smiles to the oldest and youngest adventurers in your family.

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  • Family Vacations
  • Multi-Sport
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

This Tour

From Barfleur to Bayeux, soak up a week of sweeping coastline, rolling woodlands and charming ports while reliving a pivotal chapter in American history on this six-day, family-friendly Normandy adventure. Our expert guides can't wait to share the remarkable stories of this fascinating region as you bike, hike and explore the mystery and history of France's northern regions. Enjoy the comforts of tasty, local fare and cozy accommodations at days end as you prepare for even more adventures-of-a-lifetime tomorrow.

  • Climb to the top of an iconic 233-foot tall lighthouse in Barfleur, a quiet coastal fishing town where charming granite homes date back to the 17th-century
  • Learn the D-Day story of an American paratrooper whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church in Sainte-Mère-Églises
  • Walk in the footsteps of Allied World War II victors in Carentan and on Utah Beach
  • Bike the beautiful clifftop roads of Pointe du Hoc, overlooking Omaha Beach and cemetery
  • Relive William the Conqueror's conquest of England as you walk along the colorful 230-foot Bayeux Tapestry
  • Feast on fresh seafood, savory crepes, and Camembert cheese before unwinding in the comfort of the majestic 16th-century Chateau de Sully
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We've never done a 'package' trip before -it was great! The entire family was included and catered to. We loved it! We're planning our next trip already.

Jean B Austin. TX

We enjoyed everything with the trip, from making friends to the awesome guides to the wonderful experience.

Clement L Manalapan, NJ

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Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Paris, France (CDG or ORY)

Day 1: St-Vaast
France Bike Tour
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Hotel la Granitière

We meet in Paris in the morning and begin the day with a transfer to the picturesque harbor town of St-Vaast.

After enjoying a lunch, join your guide on your first bike ride! This short afternoon ride gives you the opportunity to try out the bikes as you cycle through the flat countryside and to the sea.

Tonight, join your guides and fellow travelers for a grand welcome dinner at Restaurant France et Fuchsia.

About Hotel la Granitière
Located in the center of a small fishing port, Hotel La Granitière is a delightful hotel surrounded by the lush Normandy countryside. The local oysters are reputed to be some of the finest in France, and the sheltered location encourages almost tropical vegetation.

The hotel has a friendly owner, charming bedrooms, a garden terrace, plenty of attractions, and nearby sightseeing.

Day 2: St-Vaast
Bike Tours in France
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Hotel la Granitière

Today's loop takes us to Barfleur, a charming fishing port with granite houses dating back to the 17th century.

Earn some great views by climbing 233 feet to the top of the lighthouse at Pointe de Barfleur, it's one of the tallest in France.

Make your way back to St-Vaast on a spectacular route through rolling woodlands and pastures.

Spend the night strolling around St-Vaast and dining at one of the many amazing restaurants.

Day 3: Bayeux
Biking in France
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Chateau de Sully

Fuel up with a warm breakfast before saddling up for another breathtaking ride.

Visit the seaside resort at Quinville en route to WWII locations in Ste-Mère Église.

Once we reach the coast again, we proceed on foot along the sandy beaches until the Utah Beach Museum and memorials, where there's ample time to take in the sights.

About Chateau de Sully
Step back in time as you enter the gates of this historic French chateau. The beautiful gardens and classic architecture are a perfect complement to the luxurious and relaxing rooms overlooking the beautiful property.

Soak in the Jacuzzi, pamper yourself with a massage, indulge in some of the exquisite cuisine, or enjoy one of the many other amenities that Chateau de Sully offers.

Day 4: Bayeux
France bike tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Chateau de Sully

On Day 4, short transfer will take you from Bayeux to the German military battery at Pointe du Hoc.

At Omaha Beach we will begin our walk along the coast. Stop for a delicious meal near Omaha Beach before finishing the rest of your hike at the American military cemetery.

End the day visiting the colorful Bayeux tapestry, over 76 yards in length, embroidered with vivid illustrations of William the Conqueror's conquest of England.

Tonight stroll in the lovely old town of Bayeux, with its half-timbered houses and fine shops before we dine informally on pizza, pasta and salad with its half-timber houses and fine shops before we dine on pizza, pasta and salad.

Day 5: Bayeux
France vacations
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Chateau de Sully

Get ready for a day of rich history as you head out for a loop ride to nearby WWII sights and experience a 360 degree war documentary. The route includes Gold Beach, the "artificial invasion harbor" at Arromanches, and the German observation post at Longues sur Mer.

Later, spend more time in Bayeux and visit the many interesting shops and museums. Enjoy a marvelous farewell dinner, indulging in the region's fine "surf & turf" specialties.

Day 6: Paris
France Tours
Meals Included:  B

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paris for your departure home.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 09, 2017
  • From $3,398 / person
  • ($680 single supplement) Children: $2,718 to $3,058

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 9, 2017
  • Jul 30, 2017

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

  • Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Paris.
  • On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Grand Hotel Bedford (8th arrondissement) in Paris at 8:30 a.m.
  • After a transfer to St-Vaast, lunch and briefing, the intro bike ride begins.
  • After breakfast on Day 6, we take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in Paris (three hour transfer).

Cycling & hiking:
Day 1 mileage options: cycling 5 / 10 + walking 3
Day 2 mileage options: cycling 12 / 25 + hiking 3 / 5
Day 3 mileage options: cycling 20 / 28 + hiking 3
Day 4 mileage options: hiking 5
Day 5 mileage options: cycling 19 / 29 / 38


The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as listed by day. Snacks along the route.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

We had a wonderful biking adventure- packed with history and great food and wonderful accomodations!

Richard L, Billings, MT

Felt very well taken care of. Loved the extras cultural insights provided by having a French guide especially regarding cuisine.

Cynthia P, Bremerton, WA

Like seeing a movie that leaves you thinking; I have made a few connections to the past (WWII) & want to dig deeper now.

Mary A, Orleans, ON

We thought the trip was great and exceeded our expectations.

Mike S, Shoreview, MN

A trip of a lifetime! Awesome from beginning to end. And yes, the hardest part was coming home.

Callie C, Covington, GA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The scenery: Normandy has beautiful beaches, incredible cliffs, and pastoral farm land.
  • 2. The seafood: With its vast coastline, Normandy offers superb seafood.
  • 3. The battlefields: You'll see the D-Day landing beaches, the inland battlefields, some of the cemeteries of the principal armies, and plenty of fascinating museums.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With lodgings like Hotel la Granitiere, explore by day and relax at night over a steaming bowl of fresh oysters.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From getting your kids excited about history to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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