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France
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 05, 2015
  • From $3,198 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,558 to $2,878

France Family Vacations

Bike into history on our Normandy bike tour. Gently ride along the rolling Normandy coast through sandy beaches, D-Day sites, and seaside ports. Visit historic sites, memorials, museums, and dig for fresh oysters. Experience the region of France that offers a look at traditional France in early times, during WWII, and the present with your family.

  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

From Barfleur to Bayeux, soak up six days of sweeping coastline, rolling woodlands and charming ports while reliving a pivotal chapter in American history on this six-day family-friendly Normandy adventure.

  • 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 cliff-top 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 crêpes, and Camembert cheese before unwinding in the comfort of the majestic 16th century Château 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 Bryant Austin. TX

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Paris, France (CDG or ORY)

Day 1: St-Vaast
St-Vaast
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
St-Vaast
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
Bayeux
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 Quinéville en route to WWII sights at Ste-Mère Église and Utah Beach.

There's ample time to visit memorials, museums and D-Day beaches before heading to Isigny, made famous by its creamy sweet butter.

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
Bayeux
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Chateau de Sully

On Day 4, a short transfer will take you from Bayeux to La Cambe where you will begin your ride. Today's loop stops at the military cemetery at Omaha Beach and the German military battery at Pointe du Hoc.

Stop for a delicious meal at Omaha Beach before finishing the rest of your beautiful ride, and end the day visiting the colorful Bayeux tapestry, over 90 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-timber houses and fine shops before we dine on pizza, pasta and salad.

Day 5: Bayeux
Bayeux
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
Paris
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

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 05, 2015
  • From $3,198 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,558 to $2,878

Departure Dates

  • Jul 05, 2015
  • Jul 12, 2015
  • Aug 09, 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • 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).
Activities

Cycling:

  • Day 1 bicycle mileage options: 5
  • Day 2 bicycle mileage options: 25 /34 / 47
  • Day 3 bicycle mileage options: 32 / 45 / 53
  • Day 4 bicycle mileage options: 26 / 33 /40
  • Day 5 bicycle mileage options: 19 / 29 / 38
Meals

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.
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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 museums.
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