We’ll start our Normandy, Loire, Champagne tour with a gentle ride through the picturesque French countryside. It offers panoramic views as well as opportunities to visit WW2 memorial sites and museums. Our base for the first two nights is in Honfleur, one of Normandy’s most picture-perfect harbour towns. Honfleur is worthy of its slogan ‘comme nul par ailleurs’ (like no other place).
The self-proclaimed historians amongst us can spend a day exploring the Honfleur city centre. The town has a fascinating history shaped by the Romans, Vikings, and Normans. Honfleur is distinguished by its historic harbour, impressive church, timber-framed houses, and many bars, cafés and restaurants, making it one of Normandy’s most popular biking destinations. The city is also quite renowned for its wooden church and its long-standing relationship with impressionist artist Claude Monet. Claude Monet lived and worked in the nearby village of Giverny, and our day ride can include a visit to his house, gardens and atelier.
We’ll follow the winding country roads to explore the D-Day landing beaches and WW2 memorial sites on our free day. Our ride will take us through the eye-pleasing open countryside and stunning undulating landscapes. We’ll visit the Calvados distillery and the legendary Pegasus Bridge. And we might also stop by Sword Beach, where the British and allied troops fought and won some of the most brutal battles.
Leaving Normandy, once again following the superb traffic-free roads, we’ll make our way to the Valley of Kings. The Loire is a land of majestic châteaux, medieval towns, and bustling markets. And above all, it also produces some of the best wines in the world. Many of the vineyards offer public tours of their estates and cellars as well as tasting.
The Valley of the Kings has been the chosen retreat of the French elite for hundreds of years. The legacy they left behind is the countryside sprinkled with fairy tale châteaux and castles that we can visit. A little bit like Kent in the UK, the Loire Valley is also known as the Garden of France. Therefore if you are a green-fingered biker, this tour might be right up your garden’. From our base hotel in Blois, we’ll be able to visit some of the famous tourist sites. They include meticulously manicured parks, botanical gardens as well as chateaux estates. And of course, in between, we’ll ride some beautiful routes through the tranquil French countryside.
This part of our Normandy, Loire, Champagne tour adds a touch of bubbly class to our holiday. And if you like the finer things in life, it might just be a ‘thing to pop your cork’! A visit to the Champagne region differs from any other wine region globally. It produces what may be considered some of the most renowned as well as recognisable wines in the world.
The three most famous cities in the region are Troyes, Reims and Epernay. This is also where some of the most recognisable champagne houses are located. These include Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Ruinart, and Möet and Chandon. While the region may be small, there is plenty to see and roads to ride. Roaming through this tranquil patchwork of vineyards brings a feeling of contentment and privilege only we bikers can feel.
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Our Normandy, Loire, Champagne tour starts as we cross to France via the Eurotunnel. It is not a huge mileage day, and the ride consists of a mixture of typically French traffic-free motorways and even more typically French traffic-free scenic country roads.
Our first port of call on this tour is the Franco-British Memorial to the Missing and Museum and the 1916 Museum at Thiepval.
In 1916, Thiepval hill, the village, and the now vanished Château were an integral part of the German defence in this part of the WW1 frontline. This absolute natural fortress was protected at its foot by the swamped area of the Ancre River and by many deep tunnels. The Memorial and next door 1916 Museum tell a tragic story of the 58,000 British and many thousands of Allied forces who fought here.
For the next two nights, we’ll be staying in a comfortable hotel in the harbour town of Honfleur. The hotel is just a short walk from the town centre, providing an excellent base to explore Normandy.
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Dorset, UK, 2016