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Normandy

Day 1: Calais to Honfleur (Approx 170 miles)

Arrival day in France.  We can offer a number of ferry options and depending on time of year and availability we may use the ‘EuroTunnel’.  The Dover - Calais or Eurotunnel 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 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 1: Honfleur to Arromanches (Approx 70 miles)

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 PegasusBridge 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.

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.

Day 2:

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.

Day 3: ( Approx 228 miles)

We will take you on little used country roads through the beautiful countryside of Britanny, Normandy and Pays De Loire.  We will pass by Mont St Michel as we return towards Arromanches.

We always visit beautiful Dinan.  The medieval town on the hilltop has many fine old buildings, some of which date from the 13th century. The town retains a large section of the city walls, part of which can be walked round.

Major historical attractions include the Jacobins Theatre dating from 1224, the flamboyant Gothic St Malo's Church, the Romanesque St Saviour's BasilicaDuchess Anne's Tower and the Château de Dinan.

Day 4 will be spent mainly visiting th