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Bayeux & Beaches of Normandy

From a tumultuous past to an ever-intriguing present
 
Scenes of World War II landings and battles are central to this self-guided cycling holiday, on which your luggage is transported. Enjoy easy cycling through lush countryside and along a picturesque coast; delicious cuisine; and the option to visit iconic Mont Saint-Michel.
Bayeux & Beaches of Normandy. 6 nights
Bayeux & Beaches of Normandy. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in Normandy

Lower Normandy, a beguiling land of apple orchards, dovecotes, half-timbered farms and famous cheeses, has also played a major role in the unfolding of a rich and, at times, brutal European history. From the Norman invasion of England in 1066, exquisitely chronicled in Bayeux’s tapestry, to the D-Day landings of 1944, there is so much to reflect upon. Yet a visit to this beautiful area of northern France is about more than just looking to the past.
The archetypal scenery – lush green meadows and shady valleys offering up half-hidden architectural gems – makes for perfect cycling country, and the picture-book towns and villages are a joy to explore. The delicious cuisine, featuring creamy sauces laced with cider or calvados, and fresh fish from the sea, completes a tempting picture.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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  • Arrival in Crépon
    Night 1: at La Rançonnière (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Circular route from Crépon via Courseulles-sur-Mer: 20.5km
    Your holiday begins with an introduction to the famous coastline of the Normandy landings. Setting out from Crépon, you head through open countryside to reach Ver-sur-Mer, at the eastern end of Gold Beach. The site where the British 50th Infantry Division once landed is today commemorated in the village’s compact but intriguing Musée America. From here, cycle on to the fishing port of Courseulles-sur-Mer, where thousands of invading Canadian soldiers stormed the now notorious Juno Beach. Now a charming seaside resort known for its excellent scallops, Courseulles is an ideal place to pause for lunch. Make sure you also take time to explore the Juno Beach Centre – a major Canadian WWII museum – before returning to your hotel.
    Circular route from Crépon via Courseulles-sur-Mer: 20.5km
    WWII bunkers on the circular route via Courseulles-sur-Mer
  • Circular route from Crépon via Creully: 28km
    Today’s slightly more challenging cycle is a complete contrast from yesterday – leaving the coast behind, you head deep into rural Normandy, passing through three lovely river valleys. On the initial stretch of the cycle, it is well worth detouring to Château de Brécy and its splendidly laid out gardens, though we recommend checking the opening times in advance. Continue to the small market town of Creully, whose fortified château acted as the BBC’s radio headquarters during the Battle of Normandy, before pedalling onwards through several pretty backwater villages, passing ancient churches, fortified farms and restored water mills.
    Circular route from Crépon via Creully: 28km
    Priory of St. Gabriel on the circular route via Creully
  • Crépon to Bayeux: 22km
    This delightfully varied route takes you to Arromanches, perhaps the most famous WWII beach-head of all. It was here that a huge artificial port was assembled, to facilitate the unloading of supplies required by the invading troops. Learn more about this remarkable maritime achievement in Arromanches’ two excellent museums, and perhaps enjoy a dip in the sea (Arromanches-les-Bains is a pleasant seaside resort) before veering inland to Bayeux – busy, but with a charming, timeless allure. Your final three nights are spent at the Hotel Le Lion d’Or.
    Crépon to Bayeux: 22km
    The route from Crépon to Bayeux
  • Walking tour around Bayeux
    Bayeux is a fascinating town, and so we suggest that you spend today out of the saddle exploring its rich history. Our self-guided tour takes in the cathedral, consecrated in 1077 in the presence of William, Duke of Normandy and King of England; plus, of course, the monumental tapestry in La Musée de la Tapisserie. Other highlights include a visit to the British Military Cemetery, the largest in France, and to the Museum Baron Gérard, housed in the former episcopal palace.
    Le Musée de la Tapisserie's courtyard
  • Circular route via Colleville-sur-Mer: 48km; shorter option: 38km
    A final circuit winds down to the coast at Port-en-Bessin, Calvados’ main fishing community with an unusual ‘double harbour’ and attractive cobbled quayside. To complete your exploration of the area’s wartime history, continue west to Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Both are poignant reminders of the destructive past events that have, in their own way, contributed to the multi-layered appeal of this supremely evocative corner of France.
    Omaha Beach
    Circular route via Colleville-sur-Mer: 48km
    Circular route via Colleville-sur-Mer shorter option: 38km
  • Cycle to Mont Saint-Michel
    The sight of this tiny rock island rising up from the sea is one of the most unforgettable in Europe. For a chance to visit its medieval town and 11th-century abbey, why not add an extra night at either hotel and join a full-day, small-group e-bike excursion to the famous island? After a minibus transfer south from your hotel, English-speaking Hugo Guillochin or one of his friendly team will guide you as you cycle the remaining 20km to the edge of mainland France. Cross over to Mont Saint-Michel on foot or by shuttle bus (the island is reachable at all times – and tides – via a low, curving bridge), where you will have several hours' free time for lunch and to explore this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the hotel is by minibus transfer. Minimum two people.
    On the route to Mont Saint-Michel
 

Accommodation

You stay at two high-quality historic hotels, both offering excellent regional cuisine and a friendly welcome.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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  • 6 nights: 01 May 2019 - 30 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 23 May 2019 £945 £580
    24 May - 24 Sep 2019 £995 £595
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70
    Single traveller supplement £70

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £80 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights: 01 May 2019 - 30 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 23 May 2019 £1175 £580
    24 May - 24 Sep 2019 £1225 £595
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70
    Single traveller supplement £70

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Electric bikes available: add £80 per person
    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Bayeux (regional rail), approx duration out 6h (plus taxi, 0h20), home 7h (walk to Bayeux station, 0h15).

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

    6 nights: 01 May 2019 - 30 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 23 May 2019 £1020 £580
    24 May - 24 Sep 2019 £1070 £595
    3rd & 4th person discount -£125
    Single traveller supplement £125

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    Electric bikes available: add £80 per person

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    La Rançonnière, Crépon
    Junior suite: 01 May - 30 Sep 2019 £25
    Hotel Le Lion d'Or, Bayeux
    Superior: 01 May - 30 Sep 2019 £10

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £19pp per day. Add an extra £190pp for an optional e-bike excursion to Mont St-Michel (£160pp if already hiring an e-bike)
    La Rançonnière, Crépon (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 May - 30 Sep 2019 £145 £225
    Hotel Le Lion d'Or, Bayeux (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 30 Sep 2019 £120 £215
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Caen, Deauville-Trouville, Paris CDG

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast City - Paris CDG Flybe 
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    Belfast Intl. - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Paris CDG Air France,  Flybe 
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    Bristol - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
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    Cardiff - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Paris CDG easyJet 
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    Leeds Bradford - Paris CDG jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Paris CDG easyJet 
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    London City - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Paris CDG British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Caen Flybe 
    London Southend - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Deauville Trouville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Caen

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Caen airport to hotel (0h35) £32 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Caen airport (0h30) £32 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Deauville

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Deauville Trouville airport to hotel (1h15) £65 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Deauville Trouville airport (1h20) £60 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Paris

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    RER/metro Paris CDG airport to Paris St Lazare (1h), rail - Paris St Lazare to Bayeux SNCF (2h25), taxi Bayeux SNCF to hotel (0h20) £59 1300
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk or taxi (pay locally) to Bayeux SNCF, rail Bayeux SNCF to Paris St Lazare (2h25), RER/metro Paris St Lazare to Paris CDG airport (1h) £19 1600
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 4 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a hybrid bike with 21 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; pannier/saddlebag; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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