On your first day, arrive in Bayeux at the time of your choice. We recommend an early arrival so you have the opportunity to explore Bayeux, which survived World War II bombings that destroyed much of the region.
While you’re here, you can see the intricate Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the 1066 invasion of England by William the Conqueror and is nearly as ancient as the invasion itself. You may also check out the medieval cathedral and the Museum of the Battle of Normandy. Bayeux has plenty of restaurants where you can sample Normandy’s regional beverages: Cider; Calvados, which is made from cider; and Pommeau, which is a mixture of Calvados and Cider!
Rest up for tomorrow at your lodgings in the center of town.
Your biking adventure commences today! Now you can begin cycling eastwards on the south bank of the Seulles River, aiming to reach its estuary and Courseulles, a small town on Juno Beach. On this easy and pleasant ride, you will pass numerous pretty churches, chateaux, and the friendly village of Creully. As you are free to pause and take in the views as you wish, you may stop to visit the Chateau de Creully, which dates from the 11th century and briefly housed BBC war correspondents.
Next on the itinerary is the peaceful Canadian cemetery, where you may stop and pay your respects before reaching the port of Courseulles. Known for its high-quality seafood, Courseulles would be the perfect place to stop for a tasty lunch. From Courseulles, ride westward along the coast (Gold Beach) in order to visit Arromanches with its impressive artificial “Mulberry Harbour” and its museum of Operation Overload. When you feel like heading back to Bayeux, you can take a westward route along the pleasant Aure River. Tonight you’ll be back in time to enjoy some “R&R”.
Today’s cycling itinerary was designed to bring you through important sites, so you can plan your schedule according to your personal interests. First up is the British Cemetery and memorial right in Bayeux. From the British cemetery, you can ride along the Drôme River valley until you reach Port-en-Bessin. The whole population here is dedicated to fishing, which makes Port-en-Bessin the largest fishing hub in Normandy. While sipping a cup of café on a terrace, you can drink in the local atmosphere and prepare for the westward ride to Omaha Beach.
The main site of the D-Day invasion, Omaha Beach offers visitors a chance to reflect on the atrocities of war and to wander through the rows of the impressive American cemetery.
To fully understand the magnitude of the invasion, visit Pointe du Hoc, the former seat of the German defensive — it still bears the scars of war. A quiet road will take you to the German cemetery at La Cambe.
Before heading to your hotel in the center of Carentan, you can cycle through Bessin Natural Park to conclude your day in peaceful surroundings.
Today you’ll have a chance to view pastures in Isigny and Carentan, both towns with a reputation of producing top-quality butter and camembert cheese. The flat landscape of Normandy, covered with many canals, makes for a very pleasant cycling experience. If you head back towards the coast, you will reach Utah Beach, another D-Day landing site separated from Omaha Beach by the Douve River.
Afterwards, you can visit the village of Sainte-Mère-Église, where a dummy paratrooper hangs from the church spire (to commemorate John Steele, who landed there) and local shops sell World War II-related memorabilia. At the end of the day, make your way back to Carentan for a night at the same property.
Enjoy your breakfast and depart Carentan at your leisure.