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From the D-Day landing beaches to Mont-Saint-Michel
From the D-Day landing beaches to Mont-Saint-Michel
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FRSB510
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From the D-Day landing beaches to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Bike Tour: From the D-Day landing beaches to Mont-Saint-Michel - 8 days

Explore the historic and cultural heritage of Normandy, while cycling trough the characteristic landscape of marches, grasslands and hedgerows, the so-called “bocage”. Stops at Utah beach, the wetlands of the Contention peninsula, the viaduct de la Souleuvre and the bay of Mont Saint Michel. Cycling in special cycling paths or very quit roads.

FRSB510 - From the D-Day landing beaches to Mont-Saint-Michel
Route
Day 1: Arrival in Carentan
Day 2: Cycling roundtrip via Utah D-Day beach (Optional)
Day 3: Carentan - Saint-Lô
Day 4: Saint-Lô - Vire
Day 5: Vire - Mortain
Day 6: Mortain - Ducey
Day 7: Ducey - Mont-Saint-Michel
Day 8: Departure from Mont-Saint-Michel

Day 1:    Arrival in Carentan

Arrival in Carentan. Explore, after your check-in the marina and town centre.

 

Day 2:    Cycling roundtrip via Utah D-Day beach (Optional)
39 km

A roundtrip with a visit to the magnificent shoreline that was the theatre of the American landings on Utah Beach. The route then crosses the Contenin and Bessin Marshes natural park.

Challenge: 39km, flat

 

Day 3:    Carentan - Saint-Lô
42 km

Leave Carentan, the former trade centre, and follow the back roads through the marshes of Cotentin to join the green way in saint-Fromond. Continue along the river Vire to reach Saint-Lô and on the way, enjoy life along the river (locks, dams). In Saint-Lô visit the remparts, the national Stud farm, the museums...

Challenge: 42km, 147m ascent, 17m descent

 

Day 4:    Saint-Lô - Vire
66 km

From Saint-Lô, ride along the river Vire on the green way (old towpath) until you reach Pont-Farcy. On the way, admire the breathtaking views of the Valley from the Roches de Ham. Also enjoy life on the river (locks, dams..). From Pont-Farcy, leave the towpath for the narrow lanes of the “ bocage” running along the river Vire. Wind your way through the valleys, which offer contrasting landscapes of wooded hills and stunning views over the gorges of the Vire river. This route leads to the Viaduct de la Souleuvre. From the viaduct, follow La Graverie through almost traf c free sections to continue on the green way leading to Vire, well known for its local charcuterie: the “Andouille de Vire”.

Challenge: 66km, 446m ascent, 297m descent

 

Day 5:    Vire - Mortain
40 km

The green way starts again a few kilometres west of Vire, 8 km heading south, you will  nd a stopover for hikers and cyclists (refurbished station with toilets and picnic facilities). Enjoy the rolling hills as you approach Sourdeval where you will  nd another stopping point equipped with a shelter, picnic tables and toilets. Continue the ride up to Mortain where you can see the town’s heritage sites, the waterfalls and the surrounding countryside. Throughout this trail,  nd out more about local history, traditions and customs with the information provided on site.

Challenge: 40km, 357m ascent, 307m descent

 

Day 6:    Mortain - Ducey
36 km

From Romagny, follow the green way that crosses the Pays de la Baie (or the Mont-Saint-Michel bay county) winding along the river Sélune. The Sée and Sélune rivers cross lush green valleys and unspoilt landscapes. Ride past Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët, Isigny-le-Buat to reach Ducey, a town with traditional architecture.

Challenge: 36km, 65m ascent, 167m descent

 

Day 7:    Ducey - Mont-Saint-Michel
32 km

From Ducey, follow the rivers Sée and Sélune to reach the town of Pontaubault where you leave the green way.Then take quiet country roads, offering unique views of the Bay and the Mont-Saint-Michel, listed UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. Cycle from one world to the other surrounded by a rich diversity of landscapes.Offering a spectacular sight, the Mont-Saint-Michel, this famous rock crowned by a magni cent abbey, originally a church built in the 8th century, dominates the surrounding landscape. Visit : the abbey, the museums.

Challenge: 32km, 135m ascent, 150m descent

 

Day 8:    Departure from Mont-Saint-Michel

End of your trip after breakfast. We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the beautiful area of Mont-Saint-Michel.

accommodation

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.

For this trip you can choose between Comfort and Comfort +. The accommodations for a Comfort+ trip, will be in 3*/4 * hotels wherever possible (supplement applied).

Hotel le Vauban** (Carentan)
Hotel de France*** (Vire)
Hotel Le Petit Poucet** (Saint-Lô)
L'Abbaye Hotel (Mortain)
Hôtel Le Moulin de Ducey*** (Ducey)
Hotel Le Saint-Auber*** (Mont-Saint-Michel)
practical info

7 Nights included

7 Nights included

2/3 Star Hotels or 3/4 Star Hotels (supplement applied)

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional on request

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotels

Parking informations on request

GPS tracks are available on request

Arrival info

The international Paris airports Charles de Gaulle in the north and Orly in the south are served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines.They are connected with Paris by metro and bus services. From Paris you can take a train to Carentan, see below.

Also, possibility of arrival in Nantes Airport or Rennes Airport.

You can get to Carentan by train. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

On the end of your trip you can take a bus or taxi to Pontorson (approx. 20 min) and then a train from Pontorson. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

From Paris to Carentan (approx. 3h25 - 310 km/192 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

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