Normandy Highlights in a week
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Day 1: Honfleur for 2 nights
Meet & greet private transfer from Paris airport to Normandy with a 2 hour stop in Giverny with entrance fees included
Stop in Giverny, made famous by Claude Monet. The painter settled in the house with his lady-friend and their combined children of 8 until his death in 1926. Tour Monet’s Flower Garden, the Water Lily Garden and the wisteria-covered Japanese bridge.
Then drive to Honfleur, a charming port town. At the heart of Honfleur, the old dock is full of character, from its old slate-fronted houses to the art galleries and cafes located in converted salt stores. Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet were among the famous impressionist painters who drew inspiration from Honfleur’s port.
Visit St. Catherine’s Church, which is the largest wooden church in France, built by the town’s shipbuilders in the late 15th century
The Eugene Boudin Museum, set in a 19th century chapel, is also of interest. Honfleur’s farmer and flea markets are also fun places to stroll and shop
1 double deluxe room, breakfast & taxes included at La Ferme St Simeon*****
The Saint Simeon is located just outside Honfleur, 657 feet from the Normandy coast. It has an indoor swimming pool and a spa offering a hot tub, sauna, hammam.
La Ferme Saint Simeon has individually decorated guest rooms, each with a mini-bar, an LCD TV with a DVD player and free Wi-Fi access. The private bathrooms include a hairdryer and slippers.
The Saint Simeon’s spa offers various relaxation and beauty treatments. Guests can relax in the hotel’s floral garden and enjoy a drink or dinner on the terrace.
The Ferme Saint Simeon’s restaurant serves gourmet cuisine in the dining room or terrace. Guests can enjoy the breakfast in the comfort of their room or in the restaurant.
Full day private guided tour of Normandy Seaside Resorts
Your private Normandy tour guide will take you to the seaside resort of Trouville which has been a favorite resort of artists and intellectuals since the reign of Louis-Philippe in the 1800s, its charms painted into perpetuity by painters like Eugène Boudin. You may stop to see Trouville’s old fishing harbor, still in use today.
Then, you will cross the bridge to Deauville with your Normandy tour guide. This town was built up after Trouville, as aristocrats such as the Duc of Mornay, Napoleon III’s half brother, began constructing their villas on the other side of the river. The town today is still a favored haunt of movie stars and royalty, who flock to the town’s beach and its upscale shops and casino. You will have a final stroll on Deauville’s boardwalk, Promenade des Planches — an elegant seafront boardwalk lined with bars, cabanas, hotels, and half-timber Norman-style villas.
Beuvron-en-Auge, a truly “picture perfect” village. Beuvron’s villagers take pride in keeping up their architectural heritage: multi-colored, half-timbered homes with window flower boxes.
Visit the 16th century Vieux Manoir in the village’s oval shaped square, and perhaps to stop for a glass of locally made calvados (apple brandy) while you’re here.
Full day Route du Cidre” and “Route du Fromage” in the Pays d’Auge area of Calvados. Starting in Cambremer considered the Capitol of cider and Calvados you will drive through rolling hills passing harras (horse breading farms), apple orchards. You see the quaint villages of Beuvron de Auge, Beaufour, Bonnebosq, Grandouet, Druval and Crevecoeur en Auge and Pont l’Eveque and Camembert to possibly visit a cheese producer.
Day 3 Bayeux for 3 nights
Private transfer from Honfleur to Bayeux with a stop at The Caen Memorial Museum
1 double executive room, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel Villa Lara****
Villa Lara is a 4-star boutique hotel in the historic centre of Bayeux. It faces the 11th-century cathedral is is just a 2-minute walk from the Bayeux Tapestry.
The luxury accommodation features period-style furniture, a flat-screen TV and a minibar. They have an individual colour theme using neutral tones and printed fabrics. Each has a private bathroom with a marble floor, bathrobes and slippers.
A buffet breakfast of fresh pastries and hot coffee is offered every morning in the dining room. Guests can also relax in the empire-style bar before dining in the nearby restaurants.
Private parking is free on site and Omaha Beach is 6.2 miles from the hotel. It can be accessed from Bayeux SNCF Train Station, which is 2,789 feet away. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Full day private guided tour of Normandy with drop off at the train station
No doubt our best American tour ! We will cover a large area, stopping to visit all major sites in the U.S sector. We will discover the extraordinary actions of the paratroopers in Ste Mère-Eglise and the Airborne Museum. We will also go to Utah beach where landed the U.S 4th Division.
During the day we can discuss a lot of subjects about the war (from German occupation to French Resistance) and speak about so many different soldiers’ war stories. After a quick stop at the German Cemetery, we will visit Pointe du Hoc. This German battery attacked by the U.S Rangers will put you right in the atmosphere: the beach, the cliff, the bunkers, the bomb craters… The best-known Bloody Omaha deserves two stops, one at each end.
Four miles long, no picture or movie has yet made it a justice. A third stop for Omaha is the heart-breaking U.S cemetery, for yet another perspective of the beach from the high ground. Your guide will give you time on your own at the end, to either stay longer in the cemetery or save time for the Visitor Center.
Day at leisure to explore Bayeux and see the tapestry of seventy meters tells the story of William the Conquerors Norman Conquest of England.
Day 6: Mt St Michel for 1 night
Private transfer from Bayeux to Mt St Michel
3 hour private walking guided tour of St Michel entrance fees included (meet the guide at Mt St Michel)
On an isolated rock at the border between Brittany and Normandy sits one of the most extraordinary place to visit, the Mont Saint Michel. A medieval rampart protects a small village capped by a benedictine abbey from the X century, dedicated to the Archangel Saint Michael.
The abbey but also the bay are listed by the UNESCO as a world heritage site, with the highest tides of Europe. The difference between low tide and high tide can be slightly more than 14 metres (almost 46 foot)!
The Mont Saint Michel used to be the fourth place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. Benedictines monks left the monastery at the French Revolution in 1789 but 11 years ago, a new community came to leave on the rock, the Monastic Brotherhood of Jerusalem. They are part of the 25 inhabitants who still live in the village.
1 prestige suite, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel La Mere Poulard***
Housed in a historical building, this hotel is ideally located in the heart of Mont Saint-Michel. The classic-style rooms overlook the bay, the abbey or the medieval city.
All rooms at the La Mère Poulard are equipped with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. The private bathrooms are fitted with a bathtub.
Guests are invited to sample La Mère Poulard’s recipes, including the worldwide-famous omelette, in the prestigious restaurant. A drink can be enjoyed in the piano bar, overlooking the Bay of the Mont Saint Michel.
The hotel has a shop selling regional gourmet products. The front desk is open 24 hours a day.
Activities include cycling and hiking and visiting the Mont Saint-Michel. Avranches is a 23-minute drive away. Saint-Malo is 45 minutes from La Mère Poulard.
Day 7: Paris for 1 night
Private transfer from Mt St Michel to Rennes train station
1st class train from Rennes to Paris with seat reservations
Departure at 10:35 am, arrival at 12:58 pm
Meet & greet private transfer from train station to hotel
1 double prestige room, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel Le Regina*****
The luxurious hotel Regina is located in the heart of Paris in the fashion, shopping and museum district, overlooking the Louvre. It first opened in 1900 for the world’s fair and is located opposite Tuileries Gardens.
Designed in an elegant style with period furniture, the air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, telephone and safe. Some rooms have views of Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre. Free WiFi access is available throughout the hotel and facilities for making coffee and tea can be found in each room.
Both continental and buffet breakfasts are prepared every day. Children from 6 until 12 years old can enjoy the buffet breakfast at a reduced cost. Guests can enjoy French, seasonal cuisine at the restaurant Salon Rivoli and dine on the terrace on sunny days. You can relax with a refreshing drink in the lounge bar, which has a typical British decor or indulge with luxurious teas and pastries.
Private transfer from hotel to CDG airport
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