Normandy

Wednesday 12 Jun 2019 - Thursday 20 Jun 2019St. Malo, Brittany390km (250 miles approx.)
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Come with us over the sea to France on this fantastic seven-day cycling holiday, following the coastline of Brittany and Normandy. Arriving by overnight ferry at the historic town of St. Malo, we'll visit the iconic island citadel of Mont St. Michel, the 'Oyster Capital' of Cancale, visit Bayeux where we can view the famous tapestry and end our ride at the beaches of Ouistreham, where a more recent history played out, and which will see, this June, 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
The cost of this fully-supported trip covers return overnight ferry crossings (including cabins), signed route and luggage transfers and accommodation with half-board at hotels and hostels en route. Please note there will be twin and shared 4-bed rooms at the hostels visited.

The tour will proceed with a minimum of 15 people taking part. To register your interest please contact us by email or by telephone on 0117 989 7080

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Ride Details

Basic Trip Cost

£845

Includes

Ferry crossings, ferry cabins, bikes on the ferry, luggage carried, hotel accommodation, breakfast each day, evening meals on cycling days, route maps and guide, support van, cycle mechanic, courier

Start

St. Malo, Brittany
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Finish

Ouistreham, Normandy
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Distance

390km (250 miles approx.)

Challenge Rating

Start Times

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Route Details

DAY 1 St Malo to Dinan - 58km Dinan is one of the most picturesque towns in Brittany with narrow cobbled streets lined with half-timbered buildings, many now housing craft shops, boutiques, galleries and bars. Boat trip or shopping!

DAY 2 Dinan to Pontorson via Mont St Michel - 57km Construction of the monastery began in the 8th century and continued for 1,000 years. The surrounding village grew to become one of the most iconic settlements in France.

DAY 3 Mont St Michel to Granville - 52km Granville is a sea port with swimming beaches, a sailing school and club, museums, galleries, and theatre. The town describes itself as "A great summer alternative to Provence"!

DAY 4 Granville to Barneville Carteret - 81km Arriving in Barneville, you'll find a pretty town, with sandy beaches warmed by the Gulf Stream and a wealth of attractions including good restaurants, especially for fish and shellfish - oysters, mussels, shrimps, prawns, scallops and lobster galore!

DAY 5 Barneville Carteret to Carentan - 70km A day cycling from sea to sea across a now peaceful rural landscape and a town which saw fierce fighting immediately after D Day, featured in the film Band of brothers and commemorated by local museums.

DAY 6 Carentan to Bayeux - 56km A diverse history includes the nearby D-Day beaches nearby and, of course, the famous tapestry featuring Halley's Comet!

DAY 7 Bayeux to Ouistreham - 43km The final leg of our journey follows the seemingly endless expanses of the Normandy coast to Juno Beach with its landmark visitor centre and the long sweep of sea facing north towards England and ride's end at Ouistreham. The night ferry to Portsmouth docks Thursday morning.

Other Info

Ride Gradings

Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).

Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).

For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).

These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

Getting here by car

Off M275

Getting here by train

Portsmouth and Southsea Station then 1.7 miles (ie taxi) to Continental Ferry Terminal

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