Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Saint Malo. The town is easily accessible from Paris by TGV. You stay in a charming hotel in Saint Malo. Orientation in the evening and dinner on your own. We suggest visiting the walled city (La Ville Intra-Muros) and the chateau of Saint-Malo with the Solidor tower of Saint-Servan.
Overnight in Saint Malo
Day 2: St Malo – Mont St Michel (option: 34 miles/54 km or 40 miles/65 km)
Cycle from Saint Malo in the direction of Cancale where you reach the coast after Cancale and can see all the oyster farms that make Cancale famous. You ride through the fisherman village of St Benoit des Ondes, as well as the Mont Dol, from where there is a beautiful view.
On a clear day from here you can also start to see the Mont St Michel - Unesco World Heritage site and architectural marvel. Upon reaching this historical site, you have a lovely hotel waiting to take you in. Leave time to explore the Mont and walk its tiny streets!
Overnight in Mont St Michel
Day 3: Ride along Coast to Granville (38 miles/61 km)
A good part of this ride is coastal with a trip around the Bay of Mont St Michel to Avranches where there are several worthwhile stops in this town that dates to the Roman era. Continue on the coast to Granville and a nice 3 hotel overlooking the beach.
Overnight in Granville
Day 4: Granville – St Lo (39 miles/62 km)
The tour turns inland today to cut across Normandy to reach the Landing Beaches of D-Day. You will stop today at St Lo. Along the way you will pass the town of Coutances where you must stop to visit the Cathedral of Coutances, which is visible for many kilometers as it stands 80m (295 ft).
At St Lo you have a very charming chateau hotel. In St Lo you will find a virtually newly rebuilt city. The town near totally destroyed during the Battle of Normandy as St Lo lies on an important crossroads and was a regional German stronghold. The city is however rich in history and war has been part of the long history of St Lo.
Overnight in St. Lo
Day 5: St Lo – St Mere Eglise/St Marie du Mont (37 miles/59 km)
This ride is mostly a flat to rolling ride coming up to the coast of Normandy where the D-Day landings took place. St Mere Eglise is an old settlement dating to the 12th century but is most famous for its role in the Allied Landing.
Paratroopers famously landed here and fought some decisive battles that made this town the first, or among the first liberated. The movie "The Longest Day" depicts many events in St Mere Eglise. Your hotel is nearby in the town of St Marie du Mont. Dinner is included tonight.
Overnight in St. Marie du Mont
Day 6: Loop ride day to Utah Beach (option: 32 miles/52 km or 40 miles/65 km)
A loop tour from your hotel will first focus on the Utah Beach landings close to your hotel, then move north toward the point on the coast at St Vaast. Return inland or by the same route; you can ride more or less today or take more time to visit in St Mere Eglise. Same hotel and dinner again tonight.
Overnight in St. Marie du Mont
Day 7: Ride to Bayeux (44 miles/70 km)
A slightly longer route, you need to leave early to leave time for the important stops today. We suggest you cycle all the way to Point du Hoc, immortalized in "The Longest Day," and then leave more time for the most famous WWII sites in the area: Colleville-sur-Mer and Omaha beach. In Colleville take some time to visit the US Military Cemetery (172.5 acres). Continue to Bayeux and your excellent hotel.
Overnight in Bayeux
Day 8: Departure
You can take your time with breakfast before departing.