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Join this predominantly a sightseeing tour with some good roads. You will have plenty of time to visit the sites and spend a free evening in La Rochelle. This tour is suitable for riders and pillions who don’t want high-mileage days. This will be a fully escorted bike trip from the moment you arrive and will be run at a moderate pace. This extended tour has been offered to you to let you get the opportunity to learn more about the world war 2 (WW2) history.
During this tour, you will stay mainly in small and independent hotels. Your luggage will be transported in the backup van for your comfort. The van will follow the same route and will be available to deposit helmets, jackets, etc. during the stops.
On your first day, you will start with a visit to the Grand Bunker at Ouistreham before riding to Pegasus Bridge, at Benouville, arriving at the first house to be liberated during the last hour of 5th June 1944, now it is the Café Gondrée. Entry to the Pegasus Memorial museum with an English-speaking guide is included. There you can see the original Pegasus Bridge that was replaced by the current bridge in 1994, a replica Horsa Glider as flown by Major Howard, and other military equipment.
You will then continue on to Gold Beach at Arromanches, where impressive remains of the Mulberry B floating harbor can be seen. There is an informative museum in the town center and also a 360-degree surround sound cinema on the outskirts of the town.
A short ride will bring you to the German gun battery at Longues sur Mer, the only artillery battery to have Listed Building status. You will move on to the American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer, which stands overlooking Omaha Beach. This immaculate site contains the graves of 9387 soldiers with a further 1557 names listed on the Walls of the Missing. You will have plenty of time for this visit. Your hotel for 2 nights from this day will be at Bayeux where dinner on the first night is included.
You will ride to the German Cemetery at La Cambe, where 21,222 soldiers are commemorated. You will continue to St. Mere Eglise where you will visit the Airborne Museum, and then on to La Pointe du Hoc, the cliff-face between Utah and Omaha beaches. A late afternoon return to Bayeux allows those who wish to visit the British Cemetery to do so. This evening is at your leisure, there are plenty of restaurants close to your hotel.
There will be the option to visit the Bayeux Tapestry before you travel towards St Nazaire, the base for the German “U-Boats” during the war. Your hotel is situated a short ride from the town and dinner is again included this evening.
In the morning, you will visit the original “sous-marin” pens and entry is included in boarding the floating French attack submarine, L'Espadon which is the only submarine open to the public in France. You will then ride on to your hotel at La Rochelle, where the evening will be spent at your leisure. This popular French resort has a maze of cobbled back streets to explore and numerous restaurants to choose from.
You will move on to Oradour sur-Glane, the “martyr village”, whose 642 inhabitants were massacred on 10 June 1944. The men-folk were rounded up and shot, the women and children herded into the church and burned alive. The village has been left untouched, providing a poignant reminder of the atrocities of the war. Entry to the Memorial Centre is included. This night will be spent at a hotel in a town nearby where there are several restaurants to choose from.
You will ride to Le Mans stopping to visit the Saumur Tank Museum. Your dinner in a nearby restaurant is included this evening.
On your final day, you will head back to Ouistreham, stopping off at the museum at Montormel which overlooks the “Falaise Gap” (“La Chambois – Falaise Poche”). The museum outlines the final battles of Normandy, which took place on the doorstep of Bike Normandy. Your accommodation in BN European Tours’ home that has stunning views over the Falaise Gap, which saw 100,000 Germans encircled in August 1944.
This tour will visit or pass Arromanches, Benouville, Bayeux, Colleville-sur-Mer, La Cambe, La Rochelle, Le Mans, Longues-sur-Mer, Normandy, St. Mere Eglise, St. Nazaire, Oradour-sur-Glane, and Ouistreham. You will also get the opportunity to visit these following attractions:
In addition to your daily breakfast, you will have 3 dinners with wine.