Normandy Super stay comfort, 3 days tours and 2 nights in 3*hotel in Bayeux
Built in 1791, the Domaine de Bayeux is a charming hotel located in the heart of Bayeux. 5 minutes walking away from the magnificent cathedral, the famous Tapestry and the lively historic city center full of canals, restaurants, shops and old mills, you will be pleased to have rest in the beautiful park surrounding the hotel. The 11 rooms, elegant, modern and newly restored, provide air conditioning and Wi-Fi access, a private bathroom, a balcony or a terrace, a refrigerator and a safe box. Breakfast will be served in the cozy living room, with local and fresh products.
Mont Saint Michel and scenic views – Monday to Sunday
Pick up: 8.30 am, meet your English-speaking guide at Place du Québec, in Bayeux. Your luggage will be put in the trunk for the all day.
Scenic road from Bayeux to Mont Saint-Michel
Normandy is known all across the world to be the cradle of Impressionism. Discovering the coastline, you will understand why! The light is unique, sometimes heavy, sometimes pallid. And above all stressing on details of a cliff or caressing endless beaches. The colors of the English Channel add to this dramatic scenery: an infinite shade of blue, grey and green! Just open your eyes and admire the seagulls, the waves and the foam !
Lunch at your leisure
Discover the Mont St-Michel, UNESCO World Heritage
Laid on a small island approximately 1 km away from the coast, the Mont St-Michel is just a dream: a deep sandy bay, a medieval fortified village and a hilltop abbey. Founded in 709 by bishop Aubert to honor the Archangel Michael, protecting the island from the top of the sharp steeple, you will discover over 1300 years of history. You will start by the Porte Royale, massive piece of defensive architecture, with its draw bridge, its portcullis and its machicolations. In the village, the main road, full of narrow half-timbered houses, brings you zigzagging to the entrance of the abbey. A huge shock! The abbey consists in a granite vertical construction. Numerous gigantic staircases will lead you to the abbey church, a Romanesque style nave with a bright gothic choir. Then, it’s time to stroll through the monastic buildings, known as the Merveille (wonder, in English). The cloister, at first, the work of art of the abbey, with its fine columns and refined sculpted capitals and above all its breathtaking view on the sea! Continue your discovery with the chapter room, the refectory with its incredible stained-glass windows, the guestroom and its huge fireplaces, the koom covered by amazing rib vaults and a succession of small chapels and crypts. A huge labyrinth! Finish your day wandering on the mighty fortified walls to observe the infinite bay and take your most beautiful pictures…
4.30 pm : Drop off at Place du Québec, in Bayeux. Transfer by taxi cab to your hotel. End of the tour.
Gourmet Full Day Tour : camembert, cider and calvados tasting – Monday to Saturday
Pick up at 9.30 am, meet your guide at Place du Québec, in Bayeux.
Normandy: an agricultural land
Land of William the Conqueror, inspiration of the Impressionists, home of the D-Day beaches, Normandy is also one of the biggest farming area in France. The famous bocage is the sap of Norman specialties. Humidity, temperate climate and sunny weather give good lands, with two main productions: cows and apples. Not surprising so if Normandy is the home of French dairy and apples-based beverage! Discover the huge cheese variety (pont-l’évêque, livarot, neufchâtel or camembert) and alcoholic beverage (cider and calvados), known all around the world. Strolling in the deep and bucolic countryside on backroads will be the occasion to learn all the secrets of those local specialties
Marie Harel : thank you for the camembert !
Already known in the Middle Ages in this area, of cheese from the Camembert village existed. Raw and fresh cow milk from the surroundings is the base of this very smelly wonder! Marie Harel, a local farmer, is know to contribute to the popularity of the creamy and delightfully smelly cheese, above all having the idea to sell it in individual small wood boxes. Easy to transport an to sell…on the train leading to the brand-new seaside resorts of the Norman coast! An immediate success never denied until today. Discover the secret of camembert making process in one of the last 100% manual and traditional farm. Tasting included, of course!
Lunch at leisure or optional gourmet meal
Norman apple trees: thank you for cider and calvados!
Impossible to imagine Normandy without its numerous and cute apple trees. Introduced in the region in the Middle Ages, the sweetest varieties were the most successful. Very resistant, prolific and delightful, they became a must of any local bocage. Thanks to their specificities, it quickly became easy to produce good fermented apple juice: cider, ideal for aperitive or with an apple tart. The same apple juice, if distilled and age in a long and sophisticated process, becomes calvados, worldwide famous as a digestive or as a huge source a flavors when flamed on veal or crêpes! Tasting included…
17.30 pm : Drop off at Place du Québec, in Bayeux. End of the tour
D-Day beaches (Omaha / Utah), Pointe du Hoc and us cemetary – Monday to Sunday
Pick up at 8.45 am at your hotel with your luggage, for a transfer on a taxi cab. 9.00 am, meet your guideat Place du Québec, in Bayeux.
Omaha and Utah Beaches
These two names sound like tragic memories. Heart of the American sector, discovering Omaha and Utah will take you back to this glorious and scary 6th of June 1944. Try to imagine the thunderous bombings on the beach contrasting today with the peaceful and bucolic atmosphere. “Bloody Omaha”, called after the numerous corpses left on the beach, is a great example of human bravery whereas Utah offers a picturesque view of the famous parachutist hung at the bell tower of Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
30 m high cliffs overlooking the sea, Pointe-du-Hoc is a dramatic historic site. Imagine hundreds of craters showing the massive bombings prior the landing. US Rangers had to climb the cliff to neutralize German canons…and found there a huge surprise. Unforgettable moment.
Lunch at leisure
A piece of America in Normandy. After the end of the war, in 1956, France gave a plot of land dominating Omaha Beach. The cemetery consists into infinite lines of marble and several monuments rending homage to the US Nation. Over 9000 US soldiers are resting for eternity here. Don’t miss the chapel, the visitor’s center and above all the Garden of the Missings, with the names of 1557 soldiers that were never found.
05.00 pm: Drop off at Place du Québec, in Bayeux.. End of the tour.
These tours include
Taxi transfers to/from your hotel on day 1 and day 3. Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan for the day including free Wi-Fi on board and bottled water, English speaking escort guide, entrance fees for monuments and museums. Maximum 8 passengers per vehicle.
These tours do not include
Personal expenses, extras, meals & drinks, hotel pick up/drop off, gratuities (optional)