France
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 02, 2017
  • From $3,289 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

France Bike Tour Through Historical Normandy

Emotions run high on this small group, exclusive visit to Normandy. Join our expert guides as they introduce you to a carefully-crafted, easy-going route that leads to a string of seaside ports and resorts, rich with mariners’ tales and world-famous, local seafood. Take time to wander through picturesque traditional villages, enjoy sweeping coastal views and have fun on the beach. This all-inclusive France vacation package and custom bike tour ventures to historic sites, such as the Bayeux tapestry, the D-Day beaches, and other war memorials and fascinating museums. Pedal your way along sandy beaches as you get a rare glimpse into traditional France, in early times, during WWII and today. All the while, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to soak in the remarkable history, charming towns and best in regional accommodations on this trip-of-a-lifetime that’s sure to enlighten and invigorate travelers of all walks of life. Don’t miss it!

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  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Follow a spectacular shoreline from Barfleur to Bayeux, snaking through fishing harbors, along windswept seaside plateaus, past historic WWII sites, and into a rolling green countryside peppered with sheep, cattle, and ancient stone farmhouses. This six-day, action-packed journey introduces you to some of history's most colorful and poignant moments. Throughout your week, sample classic French fare and of course delicious wines as you unwind, saddle up and fall in love with one of Europe's most classic destinations.

  • Pedal to the backdrop of jagged promontories and sandy beaches, enveloped in the smell of the sea
  • Snack on a plate of sweet oysters farmed off the shores of Cancale
  • Climb to the top of one of France's tallest lighthouses in the fishing port of Barfleur
  • Learn about a momentous chapter in American history on a visit to the cemetery above Omaha Beach
  • Retrace William the Conqueror's conquest of England as you walk along the colorful 230-foot Bayeux Tapestry
  • Feast on fresh seafood, savory crepesCamembert cheese and Calvados apple brandy before relaxing in the comfort of the majestic 16thcentury Chateau de Sully
WWII tank in Arromanches France
Photo: WWII tank in Arromanches France

Every year we say the same thing: 'Best Vacation EVER!' Ron and Luek were amazing as always. They really went above and beyond.

John & Holly S Providence, RI

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

Richard L Billings, MT

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 on a traffic-free bicycle path gives you the opportunity to try out the bikes. We will also walk on the coastal dike and along St-Vaast's lively port. Tonight, join your guides and fellow travelers for a grand welcome dinner at Restaurant France et Fuchsia.

Day 2: St-Vaast
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Hotel la Granitière

Today's bike ride takes us to Barfleur, a charming fishing port with granite houses dating back to the 17th century. Before reaching Barfleur, we proceed on foot along the Grand Randonnée hiking trail to Pointe de Barfleur. We pause en route for a delicious picnic lunch. 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. Those who prefer to stay on their bikes can make their 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
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.

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

A 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.

Day 5: 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
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No overnight

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 02, 2017
  • From $3,289 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 2, 2017
  • Aug 6, 2017
  • Sep 10, 2017

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 & 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
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions, except one dinner on your own,  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 the Trip Price

Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners – except one dinner on own your own - refreshments and receptions.
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 partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in the Trip Price

Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
One dinner on your own.
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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Testimonials
Testimonials

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:

I had an absolutely wonderful trip with great personal service.

Ruth R, Wasilla, AK

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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  • 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.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With lodgings like Hotel la Granitière, explore by day and relax at night over a steaming bowl of fresh-off-the-boat oysters.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From skillfully sharing fascinating regional 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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