France: Brittany and Normandy
May 13 - 20, 2020
$4,500 (double occupancy); $750 single supplement
Arrive St. Malo, Depart Paris
Historic, scenic, and unforgettably delicious…just a few words to describe this route, which will excite more than Francophiles.
We'll start in the flatlands bordering Brittany and Normandy along the estuary where the green of the ocean merges with the blue of the sky. Shortly after, we'll tour one of the marvels of the western world: Mont St. Michel Abbey– fortress and pilgrimage site for centuries. Cradled by the sea, the abbey is still as hypnotizing as it was in medieval times .
We'll then cut through the landscape to the coastal areas of northern Normandy. The second half of the trip holds the remnants of World War II: Utah and Omaha beach, Ponte du Hoc, and the American Cemetery and Bayeux (a wonderful historical town).
Easy to moderate riding, average 25 to 35 miles per day.
This price include 10 days/9 nights, 6 dinners and all breakfasts included, accommodations in 4 star hotels in St Malo, Pontorson, Coutances, near Ste Marie du Mont, and Crepon; 4 two-night stays and 1 one-night stay.
Arrival and Departure
The trip starts in St Malo and ends at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Day by Day
St Malo (2 nights): Visit St. Malo, an old pirate's nest sticking into the ocean like the head of a lion. Cycle in the flatlands bordering Brittany and Normandy along the estuary with a tremendous tide difference.
Pontorson (2 nights): Admire one of the marvels of the western world: Mont St. Michel Abbey, fortress, site of pilgrimage for centuries.
Coutances (1 night): Cycle through the “bocage” lanscape and taste camembert as it should taste.
Ste Marie-du-Mont (2 nights): Visit Utah Beach, enjoy the Airborne Museum in famous Ste. Mere Eglise. Sample the excellent food at your small and lovely countryside hotel.
Crepon (2 nights): Ride past more of D-Day’s touching memories, see Ponte du Hoc, Omaha beach and the American Cemetery. Visit Bayeux to see "Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde". Enjoy a great farewell dinner.