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FranceBeaches, history and cuisine of Normandy

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For a unique journey across Normandy, we propose an intriguing mix of history and culinary discovery. Tour the D-Day landing beaches, and pay your respects to the courageous soldiers who fought here to liberate France. Explore the rolling hills, quaint villages, and seaside of Pays d’Auge that inspired a generation of Impressionist painters. Learn about William the Conqueror in medieval Bayeux, wh...

For a unique journey across Normandy, we propose an intriguing mix of history and culinary discovery. Tour the D-Day landing beaches, and pay your respects to the courageous soldiers who fought here to liberate France. Explore the rolling hills, quaint villages, and seaside of Pays d’Auge that inspired a generation of Impressionist painters. Learn about William the Conqueror in medieval Bayeux, whose invasion of England forever changed the English language. You'll work up an appetite during these visits, which you'll satiate during a culinary workshop of traditional Norman food. Finish with a visit to an artisan cheese factory and Calvados apple brandy distillery!

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Trip highlights
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • City
    City
  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine
  • Wine tasting
    Wine tasting

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Day 1: Paris to Bayeux

 • You will be picked up by a chauffeur for a private transfer to your lodging in Bayeux (275 km)

• Check into your château-hôtel in Bayeux

Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure

Included: transportation, room & breakfast

Visited:
Paris, Bayeux
Accommodation
Hotel Belle Fontaine (Bayeux)

Day 2: Tour of the "Pays d'Auge"

• Set off on a full day, private guided tour of "Pays d'Auge", one of the most traditional areas of Normandy (8h30)

• Driving through beautiful countryside with rolling hills and picturesque villages

 Visit a local producer for a cheese, apple cider & calvados brandy tasting!

• Explore the "Côte Fleurie" coast, including beach communities of Deauville and Trouville

• Marvel at gorgeous villas overlooking the fine beach in an area known for horse racing, golf coursescasinos & art galleries

• Visit Honfleur, where time seems to have stopped several centuries ago

• Stop for lunch (not included) in one of the many restaurants or check out some great boutique shops

•​ Stop in the most picturesque village of Beuvron-en-Auge

Included: chauffeur/guide, excursion, transportation, room & breakfast

Visited:
Bayeux, Honfleur
Accommodation
Hotel Belle Fontaine (Bayeux)

Day 3: D-Day landing beaches

• Embark on a private, full day guided tour of all the major sites in the U.S sector (9h)

• Begin with a somber stop at the German Cemetery, the largest one in Normandy with over 21,000 graves

• Head to Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the farming community at the center of the huge airborne operation

• Observe an amazing collection of memorabilia at the Airborne Museum

• Visit Utah Beach, closest to the German line. On D-Day, 23,000 landed here

• Stop at Pointe du Hoc, the site of the largest German coastal battery

• Arrive at infamous Omaha Beach. You will understand why it took 3,800 casualties to make this battle a victory

• The last stop, the Normandy American Cemetery is the final resting place for 9.387 Americans

Included: chauffeur/guide, excursion, transportation, room & breakfast

Visited:
Bayeux
Accommodation
Hotel Belle Fontaine (Bayeux)

Day 4: Flavors and traditions of Normandy

• Set off on a private full day tour of Normandy (8h)

• Enjoy a culinary workshop in a traditional farmhouse (1h30)

Learn how to prepare traditional specialities: chicken supreme "flambé" with Calvados (an apple brandy), scallops in all their forms, desserts (crème à la Normande, Calvados soufflé and traditional tarts)

• After the session, enjoy the meal you prepared around the table in a convivial and warm atmosphere (1h)

• Next up, a workshop & tasting in a Calvados distillery (popular French liqueur enjoyed after a meal) (1h30)

• Situated in Pont l'Evêque, in the heart of Normandy, the family-owned distillery was founded in 1821

• This experience is a world-class multi-sensory journey through the centuries, from Vikings to the present day

• Enjoy an exquisite tasting in the presence of an expert guide, who will teach you the art of tasting in three stages: the eye, the nose, the palate

Included: driver/guide, transportation, cooking class, lunch, excursion, bedroom & breakfast

Visited:
Bayeux, Saint-Étienne-la-Thillaye
Accommodation
Hotel Belle Fontaine (Bayeux)

Day 5: Bayeux walking tour

• At 9 am you will be picked up at your hotel in Bayeux for a private walking tour of Bayeux (4h)

• Begin with Bayeux Cathedral, a well-preserved Romanesque gem

• Continue to MAHB (Musée d'Art at d'Histoire Baron Gérard) for a journey through the history of European art containing archaeological and ethnographic pieces, paintings, sculptures, engravings, drawings, and photographs

• Finish at Bayeux Tapestry, where you’ll learn about William the Conqueror, who changed world history and the English-speaking world when he invaded and conquered England in 1066

Included: guide, transportation, room & breakfast

Visited:
Bayeux
Accommodation
Hotel Belle Fontaine (Bayeux)

Day 6: Cheese factory experience

Visit a family dairy farm located in the heart of Normandy (1h30)

• Your guide and cheese-maker Anne-Sophie will welcome you to her cheese factory for a private guided tour

• From the arrival of the milk to the cheese factory, through the drying rooms, until the canning of the cheeses: all the secrets of cheese-making will be revealed to you!

• Your visit will end with an exclusive tasting of 4 A.O.P. Normandy cheeses, accompanied by bread and local cider. A souvenir gift will be offered upon departure

Visited:
, Bayeux, Paris

ParisBayeuxHonfleurSaint-Étienne-la-Thillaye

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
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Not included in the price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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