From May to October discover the D-Day Landing Beaches by bike with a guide. Departing, every Monday or Saturday at 9.30 from the Bayeux tourist office, for a ride of 41 km.
We will begin with a tour of Arromanches. This pleasant seaside town was in the forefront of the landings as its beach was selected to receive the man-made landing harbours. You will see the last visible remnants of this Mulberry “B” Harbor.
After a coffee break, we go back on the bike and follow the coast to the German battery of Longues-sur-Mer, part of Germany’s Atlantic Wall coastal fortifications.
Next stop is Port-en-Bessin, a pretty Normandy fishing village where the most magnificent British military exploits of the Second World War took place. Only 420 green berets (aged mostly between 18 and 22) had been given the near-impossible task of capturing this heavily-fortified town. Stand on the harbour wall, with your back to the sea, to understand what a challenge it was!
After a typical French lunch at a local restaurant, we go back on our bikes.
We will visit Omaha Beach, American Cemetery and Visitor Center. The largest American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, looking directly over Omaha Beach, is for Americans, hallowed ground. You will see the fabulous white marble headstones and the meticulously kept grounds (owned and maintained by the U.S. government). You will understand the ultimate sacrifice that U.S. countrymen gave, and why French people will never forget.
Transfer back on private vehicle from Omaha Beach (the end of the ride) to Bayeux.