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Self-guided Cycling in Normandy tour

Self-guided Cycling in Normandy

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Mont Saint-Michel- the magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery
  • Beautiful countryside - Coastlines, marshes, bird sanctuaries and ancient woodlands
  • War History - Visit significant battle fields from WWII including Utah Beach
  • Local delicacies - Enjoy delicious crepes, cider and andouille (smoked sausage)

Short Description

On this self-guided holiday in northern France you cycle from the great beaches and cliffs of Normandy to the fairy tale setting of Mont Saint-Michel. The route is mostly on peaceful cycle paths as you traverse the Cotentin Peninsula through beautiful countryside, forests and marshes home to many bird species. Journey through history, from the Middle Ages to present day, with the chance to visit significant World War II battlefields and strategic towns.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Pontorson

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Destinations

France

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Cycling Independent

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Trip Includes

Included Bike

8 gear Specialized Albi hybrid bike or similar

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Trip starts in Carentan, Normandy

Description

Your cycling holiday starts in the town of Carentan, a beautiful marina at the heart of the Nature Park of the Cotentin.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Circular ride through nature reserve to Utah Beach and museum

Description

Today you cycle out of Carentan heading north to Utah Beach. Utah beach was the main site of the D-Day landings in World War II, where the first Americans landed and started a significant operation to remove landmines and secure the beachhead. The ride is beautiful; you cycle up the coast and through the Beaugillot Nature Reserve, home to many species of bird. At Utah Beach you can visit the D-day Museum before riding back Carentan.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 45km.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Cycle through woods and along Vire Canal to Saint Lô

Description

Today you leave behind the marshes of Cotentin and its canals to cycle through Normandy's wooded countryside. The region is dotted with many stud farms. By following the Vire canal you will arrive in Saint Lô; destroyed in WWII the city is now rebuilt and ramparts restored. You spend the night here and if time allows you may wish to visit the fine art museum.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 46km.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Cycle in Norman wooded countryside to Vire

Description

Today's cycle ride takes you through woodlands and the Vire valley passing sheep pastures, flow-filled hedgerows, not to mention the famous creperies where you can taste local produce. Along the way, discover the dizzying Ham Rocks (over-hanging rock faces, popular with climbers), and Pont Farcy - a village dating back to the Gallo- Roman times which has always been an important crossing point due to its bridge over the River Vire. Arrive at Souleuvre Viaduct; a spot known for bungee jumping and designed by Gustave Eiffel. You continue south to end the ride in Vire - the unofficial capital of smoked pork sausage 'andouille'. Despite the reconstruction of part of the city after a bombing in 1944, you will discover the remains of fortifications erected under Henry I, King of England and Normandy.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 65km

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Ride from Vire to Mortain

Description

A few kilometres after cycling away from Vire, we suggest a break at the lake of Dathée, a bird sanctuary, 86 different bird species including ducks, coots, grebes, snipes have been observed here. Then cycle on past the heritage villages of Brouains and Vengeons. Finally, you reach waterfalls at the confluence of the Cance and the Cançon rivers; a refreshing stop before arriving in Mortain where you spend the night. We suggest a visit to the white abbey, the little chapel of St Michel, the collegiate of St Evroult and the American Memorial.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 43km

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Cycle west from Mortain to Ducey

Description

From Mortain your route winds west along hilly terrain in the valleys of Sée and Sélune. Cycle through Saint Hilaire du Harcouët, a city founded by William the Conqueror and known locally for its bustling weekly cattle market, held on a Wednesday. Arrive in Ducey, gateway to the bay of Mont Saint-Michel and former trading harbour. Discover Montgoméry's Castle and the old port, both from the 17th century. Overnight in Ducey or the surrounding area.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 34km.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Cycle to Pontorson with views of Mont Saint-Michel

Description

Today is a wonderful stage between land and sea, through polders (low-lying land reclaimed from the sea) along the Cousenon River to the extraordinary bay of Mont St Michel and its abbey. Then continue to the charming town of Pontorson where you spend the night. You may wish to explore Mont Saint Michel tonight; you can take a shuttle bus or horse-drawn carriage to the island, view the medieval monastery and dine in one for the islands' restaurants.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 43km

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Trip ends Pontorson

Description

After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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We have travelled all over the world with explore on their family adventure holidays. We have an only child and she benefited so much with instant friendships, and has some wonderful holiday memories. Explore has always been very helpful with the booking process, and we have found most of the tour leaders they use to be professional, committed, really good at their jobs.
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Danijela, our tour guide, was wonderful. She shared plenty of facts about Croatia with us and managed all the arrangements really well. One of our group had a birthday while we were away and Danijela gave her a present and we celebrated. Transfers to and from the airport went well. Prior to going, the staff on the phones were really helpful with any questions.
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Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

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On this tour we cycle 276km over six days (an average of 46km per day). We ride generally on cycle paths and have small sections on quiet tarmac country roads with little or no traffic. We have graded the route as moderate.

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