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Normandy Heritage

Shortest Day - 50 km / 31 miles
Longest Day - 77 km / 48 miles
Total: 6 days total / 6 days cycling; 404 km / 252 miles

What you can expect

An in-depth look at this pastoral region, showcasing all the highlights including Mont St Michel, whilst passing through the idyllic unspoilt countryside of the Pays d’Auge, Calvados and the Suisse Normande. Visit a local cheese factory and see how the world famous Camembert, Pont l‘Eveque and Livarot are made, and then taste them! During the May departure the apple blossom should be at its height, and is a wonderful sight. 6 Days cycling, 5 Day’s half board with wine.

More detail

FULLY SUPPORTED OR SELF GUIDED OPTIONS

Day 1: For those not arriving on the overnight ferry from Portsmouth we assemble in St. Malo, which, whilst in neighbouring Brittany, is not far from the regional boundary, before setting off eastwards following the coast road to Cancale, famed for its oyster production. We then continue to Mont St Michel, approaching over the salt marshes and watching the magnificent monument grow ever larger. We should arrive there in time for an early lunch and we will look after your bicycles whilst you visit it. There’s no hurry as there is plenty of time to get to Avranches, a hilltop town where you can watch the sun go down over the Bay of the Mont St Michel, and where we spend the night. This is a predominantly flat day. (77km / 48 miles).

Day 2: From Avranches we hug the coastline to Granville, a genteel and pretty resort, passing little coves and small fishing villages along the way, with fine views of the seascape to our left. Granville is a perfect stop for a morning coffee or early lunch, before turning inland to Villedieu les Poeles. This is an historic town famed for its copper foundries which made anything from bells to saucepans (‘Poeles’ means ‘frying pans’). On the way we pass the ruins of the Abbaye de Hambye, a 12th century Benedictine abbey. (76km / 47 miles).

Day 3: Soon after departing Villedieu we enter the ‘bocage’ where small fields and hedgerows make up the landscape. The route to Clecy, in the Suisse Normand, is a pretty one and typical Normandy. Small villages and apple orchards abound, and as we use very quiet lanes there is nothing to distract other than the local wildlife. A shorter day, but the essence of the region! Clecy lies next to the river Orne. (63km / 40 miles).

Day 4: A morning passing through the rural idyll of the Suisse Normande offers fine views and a few hills, but nothing insurmountable. The quiet lanes take us to Falaise in time for lunch, where William the Conqueror’s castle still stands with its curtain walls and ancient gateways. From Falaise back lanes passing through tiny hamlets take us to Trun and our nearby hotel. (66 km / 41 miles).

Day 5: The country we passed through yesterday afternoon was the Falaise plain and our first hill of the day takes us up onto a ridge overlooking this, with panoramic views. We continue along this ridge, passing several memorials of the battle of Normandy for those interested, to arrive at the tiny village with a big name: Camembert. The king of Normandy cheeses is world-renowned and there is a little museum here dedicated to it. Half timbered houses abound and once more we are in a truly unspoilt area with hardly any other traffic. Next stop after Camembert is Livarot, home to another famous Norman cheese, where the family factory of Monsieur Graindorge welcomes visitors and has an interesting walk-through tour and shop. It’s worth a visit just to see the storage room with its mountains of cheese piled high. From here it’s not too far to our overnight stop in Lisieux, where our hotel has a fine restaurant with today’s cheeses on the menu. (72 km / 45 miles).

Day 6: From Lisieux it is a gentle ride to Ouistreham for the late afternoon or evening ferry to Portsmouth, or transfer to Caen railway station for onward connections. On the way we pass through more tiny villages such as Beuvron-en-Auge. The Pays d’Auge is wonderful country, and during our May departure, conditions permitting, the apple blossom should be in full flower. This in itself is reason enough to visit Normandy! We also pass the Abbaye de Troarn and Pegasus Bridge on the way. (50 km / 31 miles).

If you are taking the afternoon sailing we recommend the above itinerary. If taking the overnight sailing we can also recommend a route for the last day that visits Honfleur (80 km / 50 miles).

Transfers from (start): St Malo ferry and train station. Day before we also collect from Dinan and Rennes airports.

Transfers to (end):  Caen train station, Ouistreham ferry terminal.

Requested Single Supplement (see our FAQ page): £265

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Current dates for this tour:

Starts:
17.06.17
Ends:
22.06.17
Rating:
Moderate
Price:
£895

Travel Information

Start: St Malo
Finish: Ouistreham / Caen

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