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Enjoy shifting views of rural countryside, coastal villages, medieval ruins, and stretches of shimmering sea during this invigorating bike France journey.
Former tour name: Bicycling France: Normandy & Brittany

Guided Biking

  • Duration: 10 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 30|
  • Biking: 2 - 4.5 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
4.9 out of 5 stars.
Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
Airplane
Air Package Available
People
Guided Group Tour

Starting From

Bike Vacation + Air Package

$4,395

Bike Vacation Only

$3,495

(per person, double occupancy)

France: Normandy & Brittany

Fortified seaside villages and historical D-Day beaches go hand-in-hand during this beautiful and educational journey. As you bike France across fertile farmlands, coastal towns, and verdant Norman countryside, you’ll immerse yourself in the modern beauty of bygone decades. You’ll see how the drama of World War II still resounds along the beaches of Normandy and experience the region’s seafaring lifestyle. Hop off your bike to peruse local market stall, get lost in the winding cobblestone streets of fairytale-like cities, or go for a swim in the English Channel. And indulge your taste buds with regional cuisine along the way, sampling succulent oysters, tangy cheeses, and fresh cider.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance. Ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists.

  • Duration: 10 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 30|
  • Biking: 2 - 4.5 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle through rolling pasturelands and picturesque country villages past half-timbered country manors, into rural Normandy.
  • Delve into World War II history as you explore the D-Day Museum at your own pace.
  • Visualize the dramatic events of D-Day as you visit Omaha Beach with a local guide.
  • Ponder the effects of war during a sobering visit to the American Cemetery.
  • Take a dip in the Channel.
  • Learn how cider is made during a visit to a local orchard—and enjoy a taste.
  • Enjoy the beach-side location of your Brittany hotel.
  • Stroll a fairytale setting of ramparts, half-timbered houses and harbor views on a guided tour of Dinan.
  • View granite homes draped with fishing nets in the quaint village of Saint-Suliac.
  • Savor a specialty of Brittany during dinner at an authentic creperie.
  • Taste the delicious oysters that enchanted King Louis XIV.
  • Visit spectacular Mont Saint-Michel, best known for its well-preserved Benedictine abbey.

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Apr54º/43º

May63º/46º

Jun68º/52º

Jul72º/55º

Aug70º/55º

Sep68º/52º

Oct61º/46º

Average
Precipitation:

Apr1.8 in

May2.4 in

Jun1.9 in

Jul1.9 in

Aug2.1 in

Sep2.8 in

Oct2.7 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
Two nights in Paris in conveniently located hotels with breakfasts included Check
6 nights in 3- and 5-star hotels Check Check
11 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Fri, May 8 to Sun, May 17 - 2020

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Depart from home for Paris, France. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Please make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags. This helps the representative identify you.

After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative or driver, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative will welcome you to France and arrange for your transfer via taxi or van to our Paris hotel (approximately 60 minutes, depending on traffic). At this time, please verify with your airport representative the time of your transfer tomorrow to Bayeux. If you are delayed in meeting your VBT representative at the CDG Airport, please call 06 72 07 59 24 or 06 15 15 15 25 from within France. Outside of France, call +33 672 07 59 24 or +33 615 15 15 25. Please note: Your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you may store your luggage with the reception desk. Please note for early morning arrivals in Paris, the hotel may charge an early check-in fee if your room is ready before their normal check-in time and this fee will be at your expense if you decide to check-in early.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations for what to see and do in Paris. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax or to begin exploring the City of Light on your own.

Hotel: Pullman Paris Bercy

After breakfast, meet in the hotel lobby at 8:00 a.m. to join a private coach transfer to Bayeux, departing at 8:30 a.m. If you use your own pedals and saddle, please put them in your carry-on luggage for easy access. Travel time is approximately 3.5 hours, depending on traffic. Meet your VBT trip leaders in Bayeux. They immediately guide you on a short orientation walk through the medieval city to your hotel, where you have a light lunch before a safety and bike-fitting session.

Your bike adventure begins with a simple warm-up ride from your hotel out into the verdant Norman countryside to Longues-sur-Mer, where you view World War II coastal fortifications overlooking the English Channel.

This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a welcome reception, followed by dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Le Lion d’Or
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Warm-Up: 20 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Your warm-up ride follows a bike route to the German batteries of Longues-sur-Mer.

After breakfast this morning, you’ll cycle through rolling farmlands and picturesque country villages. Along the way, you might visit a family-run umbrella workshop. This morning’s destination is the coastal town of Arromanches, which played a vital role in the D-Day landings. Here, Allies built one of their famous Mulberry harbors—a portable, temporary structure that helped transfer troops and supplies. The remains can still be seen at low tide. Learn more about the harbor and the landings at the D-Day Museum, which you’ll have time to explore on your own. Another possible independent discovery in this town is Arromanches 360, a circular theater showing a fascinating film about D-Day and its aftermath using wartime footage and modern images. Enjoy lunch on your own in Arromanches—and perhaps even go for a swim in the Channel!

Afterward, you either cycle or shuttle back to the hotel. This afternoon, you may choose to visit Bayeux’s stunning cathedral, consecrated in 1077 in the presence of William the Conqueror. Tonight, you have the night free to enjoy dinner on your own in town.

Hotel: Le Lion d’Or
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 11 – 45 km (7 – 28 miles)
Morning
Bayeux to Arromanches: 26 km (16 miles)
Afternoon
Arromanches to Bayeux: 11 km (7 miles)
Arromanches to Bayeux Plus: 19 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: This morning’s route takes you through rural countryside with typical Norman farms and along the ocean, with views of the artificial harbor. If you choose to continue cycling in the afternoon, choose from shorter and longer routes back to the hotel.

This morning, bike an invigorating reel through the verdant countryside and past fragrant orchard fields and old stone farmhouses. Arrive in Omaha Beach, perhaps the best-known D-Day landing site. There’ll be free time for lunch here before you join Guillaume Marie, a World War II expert and your local guide. His passion is evident as he leads you along these now-tranquil shores and shares with you the dramatic events that unfolded here. Code-named “Operation Overlord,” the D-Day landings remain the largest military operation in history, and the beaches of Normandy bore the brunt of the invasion. Omaha Beach witnessed the most intense fighting as nearly 7,000 boats hit this coastline, pouring tens of thousands of Allied soldiers onto French shores in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944.

You’ll then cycle the short distance to the American Cemetery, a 170-acre, meticulously landscaped memorial overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. The site contains 9,387 perfectly aligned white crosses and Stars of David marking the graves of the brave American servicemen and women who perished during World War II. Guillaume will again provide insight and answer questions.

After time to ponder these moving sites, you take a shuttle back to Bayeux. Later, you may choose to visit the museum housing the famous 11th-century Bayeux tapestry. One of the most famous tapestries in the Western world, it depicts the Battle of Hastings and the victory of William the Conqueror over King Harold and the English. The embroidery highlights many battle scenes and illustrates other fascinating details about medieval life. You might also wish to visit the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum. Later, join your trip leaders for dinner at an authentic creperie serving the specialty of the region.

Hotel: Le Lion d’Or
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Range: 9 – 39 km (6 – 24 miles)
Morning
Bayeux to Omaha Beach: 30 km (18 miles)
Afternoon
Omaha Beach: 9 km (6 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride takes you through the Normandy countryside to Omaha Beach, then along a coastal road.

Pedal out of Bayeux into rural Normandy today for a close-up look at its celebrated fertile pasturelands, dotted with grazing cows, and half-timbered country manors.

You may choose to briefly explore Bayeux’s small Wednesday market where a variety of local producers bring their fruits, vegetables and wares to sell. Your trip leaders will purchase a few delicacies for a picnic lunch later today.

Your ride continues along country roads banked by neatly trimmed hedgerows to an apple orchard and cider maker. Since the 1600s, Normandy has been known for its exceptional pommes (apples) and the distinctive beverages they produce, including cider and Calvados, the famous apple brandy named for the region. During your visit, your hosts will demonstrate how their organic apples are harvested, pressed and fermented to produce cider. Of course, you can sample some for yourself! A picnic lunch prepared by your trip leaders caps off your visit.

After lunch, you may continue cycling toward the Abbey of Saint-Martin-de-Mondaye. Settled by the Norbertine order from the 13th century, the present abbey and church were entirely rebuilt in the 18th century after the original buildings sustained damage from wars during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The long option continues to the town of Balleroy just in front of the 17th-century Chateau de Balleroy, with gardens by Le Nôtre and owned by the Forbes family.

From here, transfer by coach to Saint-Malo, a beautiful medieval fortified city along Brittany’s coast, the legendary home of French corsairs, or privateers. This is your home for the next three nights, and an ideal sanctuary and reprieve from the haste of everyday life. Your hotel is located directly on the broad sand beach and the wide seaside promenade leading into the walled Old Town of Saint-Malo. During your stay, you can indulge in several spa and therapy rooms, including an indoor, seawater swimming pool. Stroll to a local restaurant for dinner tonight.

Hotel: Grand Hotel des Thermes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 11 – 33 km (7 – 21 miles)
Morning
Bayeux to Les Vergers de Durcy: 11 km (7 miles)
Les Vergers de Durcy to Balleroy: 23 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: Your morning ride follows country roads to the cider-producing farm of the Domaine de la Flaguerie. The afternoon option follows quiet country roads to Saint-Martin-de-Mondaye Abbey and then on to the town of Balleroy, ending in front of the Château de Balleroy.

After breakfast, shuttle approximately 40 minutes to Dinan, a fairytale walled city perched high atop a hill on the edge of Brittany. Here, you’ll walk with a local guide along the narrow cobblestone streets of its medieval center, where a splendid Gothic church greets you.

After free time for lunch, reunite with your bike at the town’s riverside port and enjoy a scenic reel along the River Rance. You’ll pause to explore Saint-Suliac, a charming village known for its quintessential granite homes draped with fishing nets. Later this afternoon you have time to enjoy your hotel’s amenities, swim in the ocean weather permitting, or stroll along the promenade. Your trip leaders will provide suggestions for dinner on your own tonight.

Hotel: Grand Hotel des Thermes
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 19 – 45 km (12 – 28 miles)
Afternoon
Dinan to Saint-Suliac: 26 km (16 miles)
Saint-Suliac to Saint-Malo: 19 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: After a tour and exploration of Dinan’s market, ride from this beautifully preserved Breton town along an easy route to the charming fishing port of Saint-Suliac. On the longer option, you continue cycling from Saint-Suliac to Saint-Malo.

Today’s ride traces the beautifully rugged Brittany coast. Your first stop is the Jacques Cartier Manor House. In 1534, Cartier crossed the Atlantic and sailed up today’s St. Lawrence River as far as modern-day Montreal. After being decorated as the discoverer of Canada, he settled in this house between Saint-Malo and Cancale. Enjoy a visit and short film about this French hero.

Later, you’ll cycle along the coast, admiring sweeping views from Pointe du Grouin before continuing to the tiny fishing port of Cancale, known for its superior huîtres, or oysters. King Louis XIV was reportedly so enamored of these briny bivalves that he had fresh oysters brought daily from Cancale to Versailles. You’ll have the opportunity to taste them for yourself, elbow to elbow with locals, during a visit to an oyster market.

After free time for lunch, return to Saint-Malo on another scenic and splendid ride.

Tonight, gather at your hotel for a special farewell dinner.

Hotel: Grand Hotel des Thermes
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 13 – 35 km (8 – 22 miles)
Morning
Saint-Malo to Cancale: 22 km (14 miles)
Afternoon
Cancale to Saint-Malo: 13 km (8 miles)

What to Expect: Admire sweeping views as you ride along the rugged Brittany coastline to Cancale this morning. Add an afternoon ride, and turn inland through an agricultural area growing many vegetable varieties.

After breakfast, say goodbye to your VBT trip leaders and depart for Paris via one of the most visited monuments in France: Mont Saint-Michel. Upon arrival, meet your local guide at the Tourist Information center. Then, accompany him or her across the causeway to the cone-shaped village in the Gulf of Saint-Malo, resting on an islet like a medieval crown.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the island of Saint-Michel is best known for the spectacular and well-preserved Benedictine abbey that sits at its peak. The abbey is surrounded by the winding streets and architecture characteristic of a medieval town. You’ll walk past small houses, shops and street stalls along its outermost perimeter close to shore. Above these stand the 13th-century monastic buildings, outstanding examples of Gothic architecture. The entire islet is crowned by the abbey church, which soars roughly 240 feet (73 meters) above sea level.

After free time for lunch on your own, rejoin the shuttle and transfer to your hotel, located near Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris (approximately 4.5 hours, depending on traffic). This evening is free for you to dine in the hotel’s restaurant and enjoy its amenities.

Hotel: Hotel Pullman Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast*, transfer by shuttle train to your departure terminal within Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris. The CDGVal Shuttle Train is a complimentary train connecting all terminals and train and bus stations at Charles de Gaulle Airport, running every four minutes (daily between 4:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.). The hotel reception can provide exact instructions to your terminal, but please plan to leave the hotel about three hours before your flight time for the short walk to the Terminal 3-Roissypole train shuttle station and the short shuttle ride to your correct terminal.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times when breakfast is served.

Meals: Breakfast

Sun, May 10 to Sat, May 16 - 2020

Show Itinerary:

Meet your fellow travelers in the lobby of the Hotel Pullman Paris Bercy at 8:00 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. departure by private coach to Bayeux. If you use your own pedals and saddle, please put them in your carry-on luggage for easy access. Travel time is approximately 3.5 hours, depending on traffic. If you prefer to make your own way to Bayeux at your own expense, hotel details are listed in your final documents. You will meet your VBT trip leaders in the hotel. Please contact this hotel to advise of any travel delays or changes that will cause you to miss our 12:30 p.m. lunch and safety and bike-fitting session, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT trip leaders.

Your bike adventure begins with a simple warm-up ride from your hotel out into the verdant Norman countryside to Longues-sur-Mer, where you view World War II coastal fortifications overlooking the English Channel.

This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a welcome reception, followed by dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Le Lion d’Or
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Warm-Up: 20 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Your warm-up ride follows a bike route to the German batteries of Longues-sur-Mer.

After breakfast this morning, you’ll cycle through rolling farmlands and picturesque country villages. Along the way, you might visit a family-run umbrella workshop. This morning’s destination is the coastal town of Arromanches, which played a vital role in the D-Day landings. Here, Allies built one of their famous Mulberry harbors—a portable, temporary structure that helped transfer troops and supplies. The remains can still be seen at low tide. Learn more about the harbor and the landings at the D-Day Museum, which you’ll have time to explore on your own. Another possible independent discovery in this town is Arromanches 360, a circular theater showing a fascinating film about D-Day and its aftermath using wartime footage and modern images. Enjoy lunch on your own in Arromanches—and perhaps even go for a swim in the Channel!

Afterward, you either cycle or shuttle back to the hotel. This afternoon, you may choose to visit Bayeux’s stunning cathedral, consecrated in 1077 in the presence of William the Conqueror. Tonight, you have the night free to enjoy dinner on your own in town.

Hotel: Le Lion d’Or
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 11 – 45 km (7 – 28 miles)
Morning
Bayeux to Arromanches: 26 km (16 miles)
Afternoon
Arromanches to Bayeux: 11 km (7 miles)
Arromanches to Bayeux Plus: 19 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: This morning’s route takes you through rural countryside with typical Norman farms and along the ocean, with views of the artificial harbor. If you choose to continue cycling in the afternoon, choose from shorter and longer routes back to the hotel.

This morning, bike an invigorating reel through the verdant countryside and past fragrant orchard fields and old stone farmhouses. Arrive in Omaha Beach, perhaps the best-known D-Day landing site. There’ll be free time for lunch here before you join Guillaume Marie, a World War II expert and your local guide. His passion is evident as he leads you along these now-tranquil shores and shares with you the dramatic events that unfolded here. Code-named “Operation Overlord,” the D-Day landings remain the largest military operation in history, and the beaches of Normandy bore the brunt of the invasion. Omaha Beach witnessed the most intense fighting as nearly 7,000 boats hit this coastline, pouring tens of thousands of Allied soldiers onto French shores in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944.

You’ll then cycle the short distance to the American Cemetery, a 170-acre, meticulously landscaped memorial overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. The site contains 9,387 perfectly aligned white crosses and Stars of David marking the graves of the brave American servicemen and women who perished during World War II. Guillaume will again provide insight and answer questions.

After time to ponder these moving sites, you take a shuttle back to Bayeux. Later, you may choose to visit the museum housing the famous 11th-century Bayeux tapestry. One of the most famous tapestries in the Western world, it depicts the Battle of Hastings and the victory of William the Conqueror over King Harold and the English. The embroidery highlights many battle scenes and illustrates other fascinating details about medieval life. You might also wish to visit the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum. Later, join your trip leaders for dinner at an authentic creperie serving the specialty of the region.

Hotel: Le Lion d’Or
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Range: 9 – 39 km (6 – 24 miles)
Morning
Bayeux to Omaha Beach: 30 km (18 miles)
Afternoon
Omaha Beach: 9 km (6 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride takes you through the Normandy countryside to Omaha Beach, then along a coastal road.

Pedal out of Bayeux into rural Normandy today for a close-up look at its celebrated fertile pasturelands, dotted with grazing cows, and half-timbered country manors.

You may choose to briefly explore Bayeux’s small Wednesday market where a variety of local producers bring their fruits, vegetables and wares to sell. Your trip leaders will purchase a few delicacies for a picnic lunch later today.

Your ride continues along country roads banked by neatly trimmed hedgerows to an apple orchard and cider maker. Since the 1600s, Normandy has been known for its exceptional pommes (apples) and the distinctive beverages they produce, including cider and Calvados, the famous apple brandy named for the region. During your visit, your hosts will demonstrate how their organic apples are harvested, pressed and fermented to produce cider. Of course, you can sample some for yourself! A picnic lunch prepared by your trip leaders caps off your visit.

After lunch, you may continue cycling toward the Abbey of Saint-Martin-de-Mondaye. Settled by the Norbertine order from the 13th century, the present abbey and church were entirely rebuilt in the 18th century after the original buildings sustained damage from wars during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The long option continues to the town of Balleroy just in front of the 17th-century Chateau de Balleroy, with gardens by Le Nôtre and owned by the Forbes family.

From here, transfer by coach to Saint-Malo, a beautiful medieval fortified city along Brittany’s coast, the legendary home of French corsairs, or privateers. This is your home for the next three nights, and an ideal sanctuary and reprieve from the haste of everyday life. Your hotel is located directly on the broad sand beach and the wide seaside promenade leading into the walled Old Town of Saint-Malo. During your stay, you can indulge in several spa and therapy rooms, including an indoor, seawater swimming pool. Stroll to a local restaurant for dinner tonight.

Hotel: Grand Hotel des Thermes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 11 – 33 km (7 – 21 miles)
Morning
Bayeux to Les Vergers de Durcy: 11 km (7 miles)
Les Vergers de Durcy to Balleroy: 23 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: Your morning ride follows country roads to the cider-producing farm of the Domaine de la Flaguerie. The afternoon option follows quiet country roads to Saint-Martin-de-Mondaye Abbey and then on to the town of Balleroy, ending in front of the Château de Balleroy.

After breakfast, shuttle approximately 40 minutes to Dinan, a fairytale walled city perched high atop a hill on the edge of Brittany. Here, you’ll walk with a local guide along the narrow cobblestone streets of its medieval center, where a splendid Gothic church greets you.

After free time for lunch, reunite with your bike at the town’s riverside port and enjoy a scenic reel along the River Rance. You’ll pause to explore Saint-Suliac, a charming village known for its quintessential granite homes draped with fishing nets. Later this afternoon you have time to enjoy your hotel’s amenities, swim in the ocean weather permitting, or stroll along the promenade. Your trip leaders will provide suggestions for dinner on your own tonight.

Hotel: Grand Hotel des Thermes
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 19 – 45 km (12 – 28 miles)
Afternoon
Dinan to Saint-Suliac: 26 km (16 miles)
Saint-Suliac to Saint-Malo: 19 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: After a tour and exploration of Dinan’s market, ride from this beautifully preserved Breton town along an easy route to the charming fishing port of Saint-Suliac. On the longer option, you continue cycling from Saint-Suliac to Saint-Malo.

Today’s ride traces the beautifully rugged Brittany coast. Your first stop is the Jacques Cartier Manor House. In 1534, Cartier crossed the Atlantic and sailed up today’s St. Lawrence River as far as modern-day Montreal. After being decorated as the discoverer of Canada, he settled in this house between Saint-Malo and Cancale. Enjoy a visit and short film about this French hero.

Later, you’ll cycle along the coast, admiring sweeping views from Pointe du Grouin before continuing to the tiny fishing port of Cancale, known for its superior huîtres, or oysters. King Louis XIV was reportedly so enamored of these briny bivalves that he had fresh oysters brought daily from Cancale to Versailles. You’ll have the opportunity to taste them for yourself, elbow to elbow with locals, during a visit to an oyster market.

After free time for lunch, return to Saint-Malo on another scenic and splendid ride.

Tonight, gather at your hotel for a special farewell dinner.

Hotel: Grand Hotel des Thermes
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 13 – 35 km (8 – 22 miles)
Morning
Saint-Malo to Cancale: 22 km (14 miles)
Afternoon
Cancale to Saint-Malo: 13 km (8 miles)

What to Expect: Admire sweeping views as you ride along the rugged Brittany coastline to Cancale this morning. Add an afternoon ride, and turn inland through an agricultural area growing many vegetable varieties.

You are welcome to join our full-day transfer to the Air Package hotel at Roissy, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris. This transfer includes a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, the spectacular abbey-crowned island that is one of the most coveted destinations in France. You will arrive at the hotel at around 5:30 p.m. Or you may make your arrangements to leave the Grand Hotel des Thermes on your own; checkout time is 11:00 a.m. Trains depart from Saint-Malo to Paris Montparnasse or Paris CDG Airport via Rennes. You are responsible for all transfer arrangements. We recommend you ask your VBT trip leaders or the hotel for assistance in making any travel reservations at least one day in advance.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the island of Saint-Michel is best known for the spectacular and well-preserved Benedictine abbey that sits at its peak. The abbey is surrounded by the winding streets and architecture characteristic of a medieval town. You’ll walk past small houses, shops and street stalls along its outermost perimeter close to shore. Above these stand the 13th-century monastic buildings, outstanding examples of Gothic architecture. The entire islet is crowned by the abbey church, which soars roughly 240 feet (73 meters) above sea level.

After free time for lunch on your own, rejoin the shuttle and transfer to your hotel, located near Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris (approximately 4.5 hours, depending on traffic). This evening is free for you to dine in the hotel’s restaurant and enjoy its amenities.

Meals: Breakfast

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  • 2 nights at the Hotel Pullman Paris Centre Bercy
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

Depart from home for France. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Please make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags. This helps the representative identify you.

After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative or driver, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative will welcome you to France and arrange for your transfer via taxi or van to our Paris hotel (approximately 60 minutes, depending on traffic). At this time, please verify with your airport representative the time of your transfer to Bayeux, where you will begin your main trip. If you are delayed in meeting your VBT representative at the CDG Airport, please call 06 72 07 59 24 or 06 15 15 15 25 from within France. Outside of France, call +33 672 07 59 24 or +33 615 15 15 25. Your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you may store your luggage with the reception desk. Please note: for early morning arrivals in Paris, the hotel may charge an early check-in fee if your room is ready before their normal check-in time and this fee will be at your expense if you decide to check-in early.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations for what to see and do in Paris. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax or to begin exploring the City of Light on your own.

Hotel: Pullman Paris Bercy

Today, see for yourself why Paris has inspired poets, lovers, emperors, and artists for centuries. Start with a stroll through Bercy Village, which largely consists of small wine warehouses from the late 19th century converted into shops and restaurants. Continue into the adjacent Parc de Bercy, which stretches from the Metro station all the way to the Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy. This large, neatly planned park offers small lakes and plenty of hidden pathways to explore.

Then, hop on Metro line 14 from Metro station Cour Saint-Emilion; within a few minutes you can alight at Chatelet, Pyramides or Madeleine Metro to continue your exploration of Paris.

Hotel: Pullman Paris Bercy
Meals: Breakfast

Take another day to discover Paris on your own. VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

Hotel: Pullman Paris Bercy
Meals: Breakfast

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