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Tour de Normandie

A Glaudax cycle tour

  • 6 days of cycling

  • 615 kilometres

  • 5,000 metres of climbing

  • 2 fluent French-speaking tour guides

  • Free luggage transfer from Portsmouth


Are you ready for the challenge?

2023 tour dates starting from and returning to Ouistreham (Caen) ferry terminal:

  • Sunday 21 – Friday 26 May

  • Sunday 10 – Friday 15 September

 

Tour price: £

Single room supplement: £

Deposit: £200

Payable by bank transfer or credit/debit card.

 

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Set off on Sunday morning from the ferry terminal at Ouistreham (Caen) for six days of gloriously scenic riding on the quiet lanes of Normandy, pan-flat in parts and less so in others! You will finish back where you started on Friday afternoon, in plenty of time for dinner before the overnight ferry back to Portsmouth, or if you need to get home sooner you can take the 16:30 sailing instead (sailing time subject to confirmation).

 

In total you'll cover some 615 km (375 miles) with around 5,000 m of climbing.  You will need a good level of cycle fitness to enjoy this tour.

The maximum group size is just 12 riders, assuring you of a highly personalised service from the moment you first contact us right through your Glaudax experience.

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The 6-day schedule

Stage 1, Sunday: Ouistreham to Etretat

distance 123 km; climb 1,000 m

We will meet you off the overnight ferry in the ferry terminal at Ouistreham, where we will take your luggage, give you some breakfast and a briefing and set you off when you are ready. You will be following our GPS-mapped recommended route heading east via the popular seaside resorts of Cabourg, Deauville and Honfleur to the spectacular Pont de Normandie to cross the River Seine. A well-engineered cycle route will steer you safely through the major port of Le Havre, after which you'll climb to a plateau and continue northwards to our hotel in Etretat, famed for its picturesque

white cliffs which attracted many impressionist painters, and is also the setting for Maurice Leblanc’s popular French children’s book about Arsène Lupin, the gentleman burglar, recently adapted for Netflix and filmed here.

Night 1: Hôtel des Falaises

 

Stage 2, Monday: Etretat to Dieppe

distance 105 km; 1,100 climb  m

Another coastal day spent largely on the high quality EuroVelo 4 cycle route, we'll be recommending stops at Fécamp for coffee, St Valery for lunch and perhaps Quiberville for a cheeky early beer before the descent into Dieppe, France’s first ever seaside resort, for an evening of fine seafood dining and a chance to lose all your money at the famous casino.

Night 2: Hôtel Aguado

Stage 3, Tuesday: Dieppe to Rouen

distance 120 km; climb 1,000 m

As you leave Dieppe you'll join the Avenue Verte London-Paris cycle route for 35 km of gloriously car-free and carefree riding on a flat and super-smooth cycle track to Neufchâtel-en-Bray, a great place for coffee and croissants. The remainder of the day is spent on quiet undulating lanes through sleepy villages like Forges-les-Eaux, Beauvoir-en-Lyons and Lyons-la-Forêt, all proudly featuring colourful bistros with tempting lunch menu boards to lure you off your bike. Thence you'll roll into Rouen, Normandy’s vibrant, historic and cultural capital. Monet’s famous depictions of Rouen Cathedral have made this vast edifice many visitors’ favourite building in the city, but there are also many fine museums to explore, not to mention the Gros Horloge clock tower, France’s oldest inn La Couronne and the beautiful modern church dedicated to Joan of Arc.

Night 3: Hôtel de l'Europe

Stage 4, Wednesday: Rouen to Pont-Audemer

distance 98 km; climb 600 m

Today we spend the first 60 km meandering along the serene river banks and flat lands of the Parc Naturel Régional des Boucles de la Seine. Pause for a coffee at La Bouille after the first of three free ferry crossings, and take lunch after visiting the impressive ruins of Jumièges Abbey which date back to 654 AD. Most of the day's climbing comes towards the end of the ride before dropping down into Pont-Audemer, a former tanning town also known as the Venice of Normandy.

Night 4: Hôtel Acadine

Stage 5, Thursday: Pont-Audemer to Bayeux

distance 122 km; climb 1,100 m

La route du Cidre! Normandy is famed for its apples, cider and Calvados, and today we'll thread our way between the best orchards and visit a producer for tasting and an opportunity to buy a few bottles to take home. We also visit Pont-l'Évêque of cheese fame at coffee time and the less well-known but beautiful Beuvron-en-Auge where you might have trouble choosing between the boulangerie, creperie, bistro or restaurant for lunch. We'll skirt round the northern suburbs of Caen via two or three further grazing opportunities before hitting our fabulous final destination, Bayeux, which boasts a stunning historic centre as well as its world-famous, UNESCO-listed tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The city was the first to be liberated following the allied D-Day landings in June 1944, but its war museum and British cemetery testify to the terrible sacrifices made.

Night 5: Hôtel de Brunville

Stage 6, Friday: Bayeux to Ouistreham

distance 51 km; climb 250 m

Today's short stage allows time for sightseeing both in Bayeux before you leave, and en route to visit some of the landing beaches, museums and war cemeteries commemorating the momentous events of June 1944. We rejoin the EuroVelo 4 cycle route at Arromanches, and suggest a lunch break at either Courseulles or Saint-Aubin. A well-earned finishers meal will be ready for you back at the ferry terminal from 5pm – congratulations, you've completed Glaudax Internationale!

We acknowledge https://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/ for some of the information above.