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Gems of Normandy

  • Abbey of Saint-Étienne, Caen

    Abbey of Saint-Étienne, Caen
  • Batterie de Longue Sur Mer ©Bischoff, Andrea

    Batterie de Longue Sur Mer, Normandy
  • American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy © Atout France / Franck Charel

    d-day American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy (C) Atout France Franck Charel
  • Close up of the bow of the Pont Aven at sea ©Brittany Ferries

    Close up of the bow of the Pont Aven at sea
4 day tour
From £269 per person

From the time of William the Conqueror to the D-Day landings of 1944, Normandy is a region full of contrasts. With its rich and often brutal past, this region played an outsized role in European history. In this short break we visit the spectacular island monastery of Mont Saint-Michel as well as the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry Museum. Mont St Michel is one of France’s most iconic sights. The slender spires of the island abbey rise dramatically from the sea. In the town of Bayeux, you’ll learn about the dramatic story of the Norman invasion of England in 1066. With 58 vivid scenes, the famed Bayeux Tapestry was embroidered for the opening of city’s cathedral in 1077.

We also explore the dramatic coastal landscapes and pebbly beaches of this beautiful region of France. Visit the sister towns of Trouville and Deauville, situated along the Norman Riviera”, separated by nothing more than the River TouquesWhat’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to find out more about Calvados, with a tasting of the region’s famous apple brandy.

Peaceful and unspoilt, Normandy’s wonderful lands certainly offer an incredibly diverse landscape. Discover Normandy’s gems hidden away in the quaint seaside towns and the historic cities.


Dates throughout 2019 & 2020

Suggested Itinerary by Coach

Day 1

Arrive in Normandy

Afternoon sailing from Portsmouth with optional dinner on-board. Arrive in Caen during the evening for the short transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Coast of Flowers and a Taste of Calvados

This morning we drive along the beautiful Normandy coast to the stylish and chic seaside resort of Deauville, the playground of well-heeled Parisians. Take a stroll along the promenade overlooking the sandy beach or perhaps window shop in the many designer boutiques. We then visit neighbouring Trouville, with its little shops and working fishing harbour. The area if famous for Calvados apple brandy and we visit a distillery for a tour and a tasting.

Day 3

Mont Saint-Michel and Bayeux

Today we set off early for Mont Saint-Michel, a gravity-defying medieval monastery atop an island. A shuttle takes us along the causeway to the ‘Mont’ where we climb the shop-lined cobbled street as it winds its way up to the monastery. Then, we continue to the historic town of Bayeux. The town’s splendid Norman Notre-Dame cathedral welcomes you to this historic town, and is well worth a visit. However, there’s really only one key attraction to see: the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry. 70 metres long, it tells the story of the conquest of England from 1064 to 1066 by William, Duke of Normandy, better known as William the Conqueror.

Day 4

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave Normandy and take the early sailing back to Portsmouth.

Suggested hotels

Ibis Caen Hérouville Savary ***

The Ibis Caen Hérouville Savary is a 3* hotel located just 15km from Caen’s port at Ouistreham and 10mins drive from the centre of Caen. The hotel’s 91 rooms are en-suite and contain a TV, telephone and desk. The hotel offers a 24 hour reception, restaurant for dinner and a bar and free on-site coach parking. Free WiFi is also available.

Mercure Caen Côte de Nacre Hérouville St Clair ****

The Mercure Caen Côte de Nacre Hérouville St Clair is a 4* hotel located 14km from Caen’s port at Ouistreham and 10km from the D-Day landing beaches. There is a tram stop located close to the hotel for easy access into the centre of Caen. The hotel’s 88 air conditioned rooms are en-suite and contain a TV, telephone, desk, tea/coffee making facilities and a bottle of mineral water. The hotel offers a 24 hour reception, restaurant for dinner, a bar, meeting rooms and free on-site coach parking. Free WiFi is also available.

Alternative day excursions could include:

  • Historic Caen
  • The Abbaye Aux Dames and Abbaye Aux Hommes
  • Monet’s Garden at Giverny
  • Rouen and the banks of the Seine
  • Honfleur

Looking for alternative tours to France, then please click the link to a selection of itineraries covering France’s varying regions. All tours can be tailored to suit your requirements:


 4 days by Land and Sea Half Twin Single Supplement
2019 dates From £269.00 per person From £75.00 per person
2020 dates On request On request

Prices by air or by train are available on request.


Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.13. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with coach driver's free place in a single room both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited are a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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