7 Day Normandy Tour
Daily Itinerary

Day 1- Welcome to France!

Today is the arrival day and we welcome you to France! You will make your own way to downtown Paris to the hotel listed on your tour and you will have a room for the night included in your tour package. There are no tour activities today as we are allowing everyone to come in and get settled in France. The hotel will have your name so you can check-in on your own and then you are free to enjoy Paris for the day. The hotel is located right downtown so it is easy to get to by public transportation, taxi, or Uber, and you can make the most of your time here. The following morning we will meet as a group and start the tour with breakfast and then head off to Normandy!

Arrival, Check in to hotel in Paris, Free day

View of Rouen Cathedral

Day 2- Off to Normandy! 

Today the tour officially starts off as we meet as a group and get to know each other over breakfast. Next we will all check out of the hotel and get on the bus to head to Normandy.

Our first stop will be in Rouen, capital of Normandy, for lunch by the magnificent Rouen Cathedral, and a walking tour to see the Gros Horloge (one of the oldest clocks in Europe), Place du Vieux Marche (the old market square and where Joan of Arc was burned), and the Cathedral which was painted famously by Monet and is the resting place of 3 Dukes of Normandy.

Then we will get back on the bus to head to Bayeux, a beautiful medieval town, where you will stay for 5 nights and be able to relax at the comfortable hotel Domaine de Bayeux each night and enjoy free time around town. After checking in, you will have time to settle in and then we will enjoy our first group dinner.

Departure, Lunch and walking tour in Rouen, Check in to hotel in Bayeux, Group Dinner

View of Rouen Cathedral

Day 3- WW2 tour part 1

Today we will start to learn about WW2 history. We start with the location of Sainte Mere Eglise, a key objective late in the night on June 5th. The battle was famously memorialized in the film "The Longest Day" and including the true story of paratrooper John Steele whose parachute got stuck on the church and left him hanging until a German soldier cut him free and took him prisoner.

Next we will continue to Utah Beach, one of the 2 landing sites for the Americans, the other being Omaha. Here you will learn why the Allied forces landed here, why they were able to take it so easily from the Germans, and how it fits in with the full picture of Operation Overlord.

After a quick lunch, we continue on to the site of Pointe du Hoc, where one of the most heroic battles of D-Day took place when Colonel James Rudder led a group of Army Rangers up a cliff to seize the ground and take out a German artillery site that was firing at Omaha Beach. There is now a monument honoring the Rangers among the battery site, still covered in craters from Allied bombing. 

Sainte Mere Eglise, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Group Dinner

Sainte Mere Eglise St Mere

Day 4- WW2 tour part 2

We start our day visiting Arromanches-les-Bains to see the remnants of the Mulberry Harbor built by the British forces after the D-Day battle to establish a port for bringing in ships full of supplies and troops. This harbor was a key part of the supply chain that enabled the Allied forces to push onward to fight the Nazis and liberate France. Next we will head to Longues-sur-Mer, a German Artillery battery which is the only one to retain its original guns intact in the bunkers, making it one of the most well-preserved WW2 sites in France. This visit provides an up close learning experience and magnifies the challenge the Allies faced of breaking through the German coastline defenses.

After a break for lunch, we will head to Omaha Beach where the American forces landed in France and endured one of the bloodiest battles of WW2. Above the beach, we will visit the American Cemetery which is dedicated to the thousands of American troops who lost their lives on that fateful day, a site that is truly one of the most moving experiences. After returning back to the hotel, you will have the evening free to enjoy as you wish.

Arromanches-les-Bains, Longues-sur-Mer, Bayeux, Omaha Beach, American Cemetery, Free evening

Normandy small group tour

Day 5- Bayeux, Cathedral, Tapestry, Calvados 

We will start our day in Bayeux discovering the medieval town and it's treasures. Our first stop will be the Bayeux Tapestry, Finished around 1077, the Bayeux Tapestry is displayed in a special museum in Bayeux. It is 1.6 feet high and a whopping 224.3 feet long and reads like panels from a graphic novel complete with Latin descriptions of the events of 1064 to 1066, beginning with King Edward the Confessor sending Harold to Normandy and culminating in Duke William’s invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings. The tapestry is encased in a long glass display in the museum and you can walk the length of it while an audioguide explains the story.

Then we will visit the Bayeux Cathedral. The present cathedral was finished in 1077 by William the Conqueror, however it is built on an ancient religious site, where it may have been that William forced Harold Godwinson to pledge an oath to support him in a bid to become King of England. We will finish the morning with a short walk through town to see the medieval buildings and become more acquainted with Bayeux and its history.

Next we will hop on the bus to visit a local apple farm where a magnificent French lunch buffet awaits us. After lunch, we will learn a little bit about how apple cider is produced and also distilled into the famous Calvados liquor of Normandy and of course have a tasting! We will then return back to the Bayeux where you will have the afternoon to explore Bayeux's town and enjoy a free evening.

Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux Cathedral, Farm visit with Buffet lunch and Calvados tasting, Free evening

Bayeux France Normandy Tour

Day 6- Mont St Michel

We will leave early morning to visit one of the world's most stunning attractions, Mont St Michel. This city on a rock dramatically soars into the sky just off the coast of Normandy in a shallow bay. We will start by making our way to the top of the hill to tour the Abbey. At the top we are rewarded for our climb with spectacular views and Gothic architecture dating back to the 11th-century, definitely the highlight of the trip. On our way down we will stop at a wonderful restaurant for lunch serving regional food. You will have a bit of free time to explore the village and pick up some souvenirs. Then we will head back to Bayeux where you will have a free evening to relax and enjoy the town.

Mont St Michel, Free evening

 

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Day 7- Honfleur, Giverny, Farewell dinner

Early morning we will check out and depart Bayeux to go back towards Paris, but the tour is not over yet! First you will discover Honfleur, where for more than a thousand years sailors have enjoyed the ideal location of Seine River meeting the English Channel. Also called "The city of the artists", Honfleur had a long relationship with impressionist painters, including Monet and Boudin.

An added bonus is that today is a market day! Artisans and various vendors will be all around Honfleur and it is the perfect time to pick up some souvenirs and presents to bring home. You will have plenty of free time to explore the port and market on your own. Another monument to see is the oldest wooden church still standing today: St Catherine's Church. You will meet back with the group after exploring the historic port area on your own and we will get back on the bus to go to lunch.

Next we will head to Giverny to visit the House and Gardens of Claude Monet, the legendary painter and father of the Impressionist art movement. You will be able to see the property as it was when he was alive and see reproductions of his works in his studio and home. We will also walk through the gardens to see lillies, dahlias, irises and hundreds of other flowers blooming.

After our visit we will then drive to the hotel to check in, relax, and then have our farewell dinner: the time for us to remember all the marvelous places and fun times that we had together. In the morning you will check out on your own and use the hotel shuttle to take you to CDG airport to return home or continue your travels.

Honfleur, Market, Giverny, Fondation Claude Monet,  Farewell dinner

 

 

View of dock in Honfleur

Day 8- Depart from the CDG area hotel

(This day is the end date listed for the tour you booked.) The tour ends with you checking out of the hotel after breakfast  It is time to return home with new friends, great memories, and plenty of stories! We hope we will have succeeded our mission of sharing our culture and region for a trip full of good times and smiles and that you will join us again on one of our other tours! We will coordinate your hotel shuttle to drop you off at CDG airport before 12:00 pm.

Check out of hotel, Breakfast, Shuttle back to CDG airport

 

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