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Peace and War Memorials: From Bayeux to Caen

Cycle along the D-Day landing beaches and next to German guns in Longues-sur-Mer 6
The american cemetery and the memorial in Colleville sur Mer Cycle up to the Pegasus Bridge next to Caen This tour allows you to cycle along the D-Day beaches Cycle along the D-Day landing beaches and next to German guns in Longues-sur-Mer Cycle through Bayeux, Arromanches, and Caen to discover their local market View of the coast of Normandy from Arromanches sur Mer
Cycle along the D-Day landing beaches and next to German guns in Longues-sur-Mer

Peace and War Memorials: From Bayeux to Caen

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  • DAY3 nights / 4 days

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Description

If the sand and sea could talk, imagine the stories you’d hear in Normandy. We arranged a short bicycle tour in honor of D-Day’s 70th anniversary, and it was so well received, we’re keeping it to honor every anniversary to come. Beginning in Bayeux and ending in Caen, this 4-day bicycle tour allows you to visit all of the major sites that influenced D-Day’s outcome: Juno BeachOmaha BeachArromanches, and Pegasus Bridge

You’ll also see all of the major monuments — the guns of Longues-sur-Mer, the Juno Beach MuseumNormandy American Cemetery, and Memorial — that document D-Day’s history. Along the way, you’ll lodge in historical towns and dine on local fare, allowing you to experience Normandy at its best. This is the perfect bicycle tour if you’re limited for time but want to experience the full impact of the D-Day landing.

Note that we offer a longer 4-night/5-day or 5-night/6-day tour of Normandy's Landing Sites or D-Day sites from Juno to Utah. This longer tour will take you all the way to Utah Beach and the site of Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

 

For travel and cycling tips to Normandy, visit our "travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrive in Bayeux (optional loop around Bayeux)

 

Commence your tour in historic Bayeux, the first town to be liberated by Allied troops. Your hotel, located in the center of town, will give you quick access to some of Bayeux’s most noted attractions: the Bayeux Tapestry, the Bayeux Cathedral (a national monument), and the Commonwealth War Museum, which is designed in the form of a bunker and details the D-Day invasion through exhibits and films.

If you arrive in the morning, you can do our suggested short loop (approx. 25km) south of Bayeux, via the Aure Valley and the Abbey Juaye Mondaye.

D2Bayeux - Arromanches Short Option: 33 km/21 miles, 285 meters/935 ft of climbing; Medium Option: 56 km/35 miles, 464 meters/1,522 ft of climbing; Long Option: 78 km/48 miles, 568 meters/1,864 ft of climbing

 

Begin your ride toward the sea this morning! First on your agenda is Omaha Beach and the nearby Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Perched atop a bluff, overlooking Omaha Beach, this park-like cemetery is simultaneously beautiful and sobering. Continuing east, you’ll reach Port-en-Bessin, a scenic fishing village that was also the site of a dramatic British commando raid. Next, you’ll pedal eastward again to Longues-sur-Mer and visit one of the German army’s most formidable battery placements. It’s the only coastal battery to be classified as a historical monument and the only one to still retain its original guns.


Arromanches-les-Bains, the site of one of the greatest engineering feats ever, will be your destination for the night. Within days of the June 6th landing, allied troops had constructed two artificial temporary ports, or what were called Mulberry Harbors. The harbor at Arromanches, which survived for 10 months, was responsible for unloading 2.5 million troops, 500,000 vehicles and 4 tons of supplies. Remnants of the harbor can still be seen during low tide.

D3Arromanches - Caen Short Option: 44 km/28 miles, 328 meters/1,047 ft of climbing; Long Option: 58 km/36 miles, 376 meters/1,234 ft of climbing

 

Spend some time enjoying the serenity of the seaside and reflect on the incredible work undertaken by the soldiers at Arromanches. Then, pedal 15 km east along the coast to the Juno Beach Centre, an incredible museum detailing the efforts of the Canadian troops who landed here on D-Day. Relish the last of the coastal views over lunch in Courseulles-sur-Mer, which is home to some spectacular seafood restaurants. You’ll begin pedaling through Normandy’s scenic countryside, along the Mue River.


Eventually, you will reach the Orne Canal and the famous Pegasus Bridge. The first shots of D-Day were fired here just after midnight on the morning of June 6th when a small regiment of British troops landed in gliders and captured the bridge. Following a quiet towpath along the canal, you’ll enter the city of Caen, your final destination. Some of Caen’s most noted attractions will be mere steps from your hotel, including the Château de Caen. Built in 1060 by William the Conqueror, this imposing structure is one of Western Europe’s largest castles and enjoys status as a National Heritage site.
Though much of Caen was damaged by heavy allied bombings during World War II, its castle remained untouched. Be sure to also visit the Peace Memorial to conclude your journey.

D4Departure

 

After breakfast, you may depart at the time of your choice.

Booking & Pricing

  • Option A
  • 2 nights in 3-star properties (1 night facing the sea) and 1 night in a 2-star property

  • 465 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 160 euros
  • 490 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 165 euros
  • 505 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 170 euros
  • Option A+
  • 1 night in a 4-star hotel and 2 nights in 3-star properties (1 night facing the sea)

  • 585 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 225 euros
  • 635 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 230 euros
  • 645 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 235 euros

These prices include:

  • 3 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature$
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 80 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the price of 165 euros per bike. These prices include the drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Bayeux.

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