Normandy Beaches Tour

Normandy, France, Europe

Normandy Beaches Tour

If you are new to motorcycling and are keen to develop your motorcycling skills on the fantastic French roads then this could be the ideal tour.  Similarly, if you have been riding bikes for a number of years but have never ventured abroad then this is the ideal introduction to riding a motorcycle in Europe.

We will ensure that you experience the best of what France has to offer.  In addition, you will be accompanied by ROSPA Gold and ROSPA Diploma tour leaders who have a wealth of motorcycling experience.  During the tour and only if you wish, we will give you riding tips and advice.  This is done in a very relaxed manner and is optional.  We do have two way radios which you are welcome to use.

Organised by British Bike Tours

Normandy Beaches Tour


Itinerary

Day 1: Calais to Honfleur (Approx 170 miles)
Arrival day in France.  We can offer a number of ferry options.  The Dover - Calais crossing is included in the price; alternatively for a little bit extra we can organise a Portsmouth - Caen, Newhaven - Le Havre crossing etc.
After a short spell on the motorway to get us out of Northern France, we head towards the coastal road.  Our first overnight stop will be the lovely coastal town of Honfleur.  This beautiful town is a superb place to stay.  A really picturesque harbour and a favourite haunt of the artist, Monet.

Day 2: Honfleur to Cherbourg (Approx 125 miles)
After a traditional French breakfast and short safety briefing we will begin our journey along the beautiful Normandy coast. The first days ride will take us along twisty rural roads through delightful villages and beautiful scenery.  There will be plenty of opportunities for photos, coffee and snacks.  The pace will be gentle, though some of the roads are challenging.
The route to our hotel will take us past our first D-Day sites, including the famous Pegasus Bridge which was taken by the 6th British Airborne Division on the night of the 5th June and the Merville battery.  These airborne troops were the first to land in Normandy. After a long but interesting day we will arrive at our hotel in Cherbourg for a well earned beer, glass of wine and evening meal.

Day 3: Cherbourg to Fougeres (Approx 140 miles)
Again up bright and early.  After a traditional French breakfast, our first destination will be the British Cemetery in Bayeux; time for a quiet reflective moment. Then its on to the coast road and past the beaches of Sword, Juno and Gold and up the cliffs overlooking Arromanches and the remains of the famous Mulberry harbour.  Here we will stop for a short while for a snack, coffee and to visit the 360 degree cinema.  The latter is highly recommended.

From Arromanches it is only a short distance to the infamous Omaha beach and the poignant American cemetery.  Then onto Pointe Du Hoc where one of the most strenuous, dangerous, and demanding missions took place.   Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder's was ordered to take his Second Ranger Battalion of roughly 200 men and land on a shingled shelf, scale the imposing 100-foot-high cliff while under hostile fire, and then destroy the six enemy guns.  Pointe Du Hoc is now a memorial to these men and has remained untouched since D-Day.
From Pointe Du Hoc is off to our final beach, Utah and then onto St Mere Eglise and the airborne museum.  St Mere Eglise is famous for being the centre of US airborne operations on 6th June 1944.  It was in this region that many of the 82nd and 101st US Airborne units (Band of Brothers) landed.

Day 4: Fougeres to Bagnoles de L'Ornes ( Approx 120 miles)
Today, is a pure biking day.  We will take you on little used country roads through the beautiful countrside of Britanny, Normandy and Pays De Loire.  We will pass by Mont St Michel and usually take the time to enjoy a splendid and cheap ‘Plat du Jour' lunchtime meal.  Our overnight stop will be in the lovely Spa town of Bagnoles De L'Ornes.  This beautiful Spa town has a very Alpine feel to it with lots of hotels, restaurants located around a magnificent lake.

Day 5: Bagnoles to Calais (Approx 250 miles)
Hopefully the hangovers are not too bad and we are all healthy enough to partake in breakfast.  Then it is time for people to say farewell and head home.

Traditionally, on the way back to the ferry port, we always visit beautiful Mortain.  Mortain is built on a hillside where the Cance river cuts through rock-strewn gorges to the vast wooded basin of the Sélune river. These gorges offer splendid walks alongside the two spectacular sets of waterfalls. "La Grande Cascade" is the largest waterfall in the north and west of France.  The town itself was almost entirely rebuilt after 1944, having been the centre of a ferocious battle when the Germans counter-attacked after the allied breakout at Avranches. There is a memorial to the defenders of Hill 314 at "La Petite Chapelle" on the edge of the town.  A viewing platform offers views as far as Mont St.Michel, some 25+ miles away.

Of course, if you want to stay on and visit other areas of Normandy or Pays De Loire then that's fine by us.

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