Group Tour Operator for holidays to Normandy, France
Mont Saint Michel & The Gems of Normandy
History and Beauty; from Mont Saint Michel to Bayeux
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, Normandy played an a massive role in European history. In this short break we visit the spectacular island monastery of Mont Saint-Michel, one of France’s most iconic sights. The slender spires of the island abbey rise dramatically from the sea. Furthermore, with your coach parking and shuttle included, see it up close. In the town of Bayeux, visit the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry Museum. here, 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 the 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 Touques. What’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 2023
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.
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.
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.
Return to the UK
It’s time to leave Normandy and take the early sailing back to Portsmouth.
Suggested hotels – All inspected by Greatdays November 2019
Hotel ibis Caen Porte de Bretagne***
Based on the outskirts of Caen, close to the Périphérique and only 15 mins drive from the centre. The hotel has 80 air-conditioned rooms, 3 of which are adapted for guests with reduced mobility, a 24-hour bar with terrace and a Courtepaille restaurant, free secure car park for cars and buses. Free WIFI access throughout the hotel.
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
Looking for alternative tours to Normandy? See some of suggestions below:
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Prices by air or by train are available on request.