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Normandy Discovery

Shortest Day - 53 km / 33 miles
Longest Day - 97 km / 60 miles
Total: 4 days total / 4 days cycling; 325 km / 203 miles

What you can expect

Cider apple orchards with cows grazing under the trees. Historic castles and towns. Lush countryside. Quiet lanes. Rich food from local producers. It is impossible to do justice to Normandy in a mere 4 days but this tour gives a taste of what the region has to offer, from the world famous Mont St Michel to the pretty hills of the Suisse Normande. Above all, it is a ride through beautiful countryside, with the evenings spent sampling the fruits of the labour of the region. The daily distances and terrain are not overly strenuous and are within the capability of most leisure cyclists. 4 days cycling; 3 nights half board with wine; luggage transport, full back-up and assistance throughout the day.

More detail

Fully Supported and Self Guided options

If travelling from the UK we recommend taking the evening ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo. Portsmouth is easily accessible by road and rail and there is parking at the ferry port. The ferry from Ouistreham on the way back comes into Portsmouth so it is easy to leave a car there. There is time for a meal on board (not included in price) and a drink in the bar before turning in ready for the morning arrival in France. We meet the ferry on arrival. This tour can be combined with our 5 day Brittany Explorer tour to make Brittany and Normandy Combined.

Day 1: We join up with other guests and have a quick meeting and issue you with your tour notes. Whilst St Malo is in the region of Brittany, it is a short ride into Normandy and not long before we are crossing the salt marshes with the evocative sight of Mont St Michel in the distance. Our tour guide will look after your bikes as you take time for lunch here and have a wander around this incredible place. Our evening destination is a little further on in a small village outside Avranches where the hosts are very welcoming and attentive. (82.7 km / 52 miles; 532m ascent).

Day 2: Continue inland into the heart of Normandy and everywhere it becomes apparent that apples and cows play an important part in the life of this region. More quiet roads today with scarcely any traffic as we ride east to Domfront and the spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne. This is unspoilt countryside and for much of the day we follow a pretty river along its gorge, with old bridges and fine views as we meander across the landscape. There is a stop in Domfront at the mediaeval city with its cobbled streets and alleyways and the ruins of an ancient castle from where there are magnificent views over the ‘bocage’ of small fields. Cycling through the network of small fields and shady forests is a pleasure. (93 km / 58 miles; 1213m ascent).

Day 3: From Bagnoles we start off through a forest and then head north to Falaise, with its ancient castle which was reputedly where William the Conqueror was born. The run up to here is beautiful, along quiet roads and through pretty villages. Falaise is a pleasant town in which to lunch, before turning west into the ‘Suisse Normande’ a hillier region of river valleys and pretty lanes, some of which go over the hills and some of which go round them. On the approach to the Suisse Normande is perhaps the finest view of the whole tour, as you have reached a point where the whole of the region is spread out before you. We stop for the night in Clecy and there is an optional visit to a local cider and calvados producer. (97.2 km / 60 miles; 1200m ascent).

Day 4: From Clecy there are a few more hills before the landscape gets gentler as we approach Caen. This ancient city was all but destroyed during the second world war yet miraculously the cathedral survived almost unscathed. There is a pretty port in the centre of the city from which we take the bike path back to Ouistreham, passing Pegasus Bridge on the way. Depending which ferry you have booked for the return (afternoon or overnight) we can easily advise on a further loop or point you in the direction of some of the museums relating to D-Day. If not returning back to the UK via the ferry from Ouistreham we recommend a circuit up to Pegasus Bridge and back. (53 km / 33 miles; 583m ascent).

Transfers from: St Malo, Dinard

Transfers to: Caen, Ouistreham

Requested Single Supplement (see our FAQ page): £155

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Current dates for this tour:

Starts:
12.07.18
Ends:
16.07.18
Rating:
Moderate
Price:
£495

Travel Information

Start: St Malo
Finish: Ouistreham

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