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Normandy

Leave ❱ Sun 13 Sep 2020

❰ Return Sun 20 Sep 2020

Half Board

Tour Price: £729.00
Single Supplement: £140.00

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Normandy

Normandy is dotted with lush meadows and bucolic farmland, and famed for its cheese and apples.  Rather than locked in an endless tussle with a wild ocean, its coastline consists for the most part of long low dunes, lapped by the Channel.  Combine cultural heritage with gastronomic indulgence makes for a winning formula.  The remarkable legacy of the Normans is everywhere apparent, with showpiece sights including the thousand-year-old embroidery of the Bayeux Tapestry and the cathedral of Rouen.  Lovely old ports line the coast, ranging from medieval treasures like Honfleur while the Seine too holds gems like Monet’s waterlily-filled garden at Giverny.

Sunday - Day 1

We will will pick you up from your home address via Feeder Coach and transport you to the main tour coach where you will meet up with your fellow passengers.  From here we then travel to the Portsmouth ferry terminal for the 14:45 hrs crossing to Caen.  Your evening meal will be served aboard the boat as we are not due to arrive in Caen until 21:30 hrs.  We then disembark the boat and by road make our way to Lisieux and the Mercure Hotel, our base for 6 nights.  The journey from port to hotel is roughly one hour.

Monday - Day 2

A relaxing day spent at leisure in our host resort the cathedral city of Lisieux.  It is also the capital of the cheese- and cider-producing Pays d’Auge region.  Set in lush, rolling, orchard-dotted hills, Lisieux lies in the shadow of the vast Basilica of Saint Therese, and is centred around its more restrained cathedral. Lisieux boasts a host of traditional cafes and restaurants serving Pays d’Auge specialities.  Dine in the town or in the hotel’s poolside restaurant at your leisure.

Tuesday - Day 3

A day at two of the seaside resorts of the Normandy Riviera, first to Honfleur, home to one of the best preserved old ports of Normandy and has a charming harbour.  The old town and harbour have the cosy atmosphere of a fishing village and the slate fronted houses make it one of the prettiest spots in Normandy. Honfleur boasts France’s only wooden church, St Catherine.  Then, to Deauville, a glamorous seaside resort regarded as the ‘queen of the Norman beaches’.  Take a stroll through the Calouste Gulbenkian Park or along the planches, Deauville’s signature boardwalk.  

Wednesday - Day 4

This morning we will visit the Fromagerie Graindorge for an audio guided tour of the cheese factory to discover the unique way the Livarot and Pont l’Eveque cheeses are produced. The tour is followed by a tasting of some of the delicious cheeses. We will then travel to the beautiful themed Jardins du Pays d’Auge, which cover 4 acres set around picturesque half-timbered farm buildings dating back to the 16th century.  Afterwards, we visit Chateau du Breuil Calvados distillery for a guided tour where we will discover the slow process of transforming apples into calvados. 

Thursday - Day 5

We head to Caen, the largest city of the Basse Normandy region.  Although heavily bombed during World War II, the town has nonetheless retained some of its famous buildings, including a number of castles and the Abbaye-aux-Hommes built by William the Conqueror.  Caen is also home to the Memorial Peace Museum, regarded as the best World War II museum in France.  Then it is onto Bayeux, famous for its tapestry, which is over 70 metres long and tells the story of the events leading up to and including the Battle of Hastings. This historic town is also home to a perfectly preserved medieval quarter and a magnificent cathedral. 

Friday - Day 6

This morning we travel to the pretty village of Giverny to visit the home of Claude Monet. The artist lived here from 1883 until his death in 1926, and today his house and in particular the gardens, made famous by his painting of the water lilies, have been restored to Monet’s original designs.  His gardens, stretching from his house down to the river, provided the inspiration for many of his famous paintings, such as the series of ‘Nympheas’ or Water Lilies and his ‘Pont Japonais’ or Japanese Bridge, which has also been rebuilt for visitors to enjoy.

Saurday - Day 7

Today we take a full day to the town of Rouen which really does defy description – it is one of the most beautifully preserved medieval towns in Europe despite its often turbulent past. This morning we will have a walking tour around the centre of this superb city and although it is not very long in distance, in time however, history will come alive. In the cathedral, immortalised by Claude Monet, you can see the tombs of Richard the Lionheart and William the Conqueror’s grandfather.  Afterwards you will have time at leisure to explore the town at your leisure.

Sunday - Day 8

An early start today as we load the coach up and make the journey back to the ferry terminal in Caen for the 08:00 hrs sailing back across the Channel to Portsmouth.  Please note owing to our early start vouchers will be provided for you to have your breakfast in one of the restaurants on board of the ship.  We disembark in Portsmouth early afternoon, and then make our way directly back to meet the feeder coaches who will then conclude your journey back home.

Hotel Information

Your Hotels

We stay at the modern 3 star Mercure hotel located on the outskirts of the charming town of Lisieux, but within easy reach of a host of attractions.  Each of the 70 en-suite bedrooms is decorated in a modern, cosy style with facilities including television, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The good sized, open plan restaurant and informal bar are located on the ground floor, with both having a pleasant ambience overlooking the outdoor swimming pool. The hotel has a lift and leisure facilities available to be used.

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Additional Information

  • Home Pick up and Drop off
  • 7 nights half board accommodation at The Mercure Hotel Lisieux
  • Return ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Caen
  • Visit to Honfleur and Deauville
  • Visit to Fromagerie Graindorge
  • Visit to Jardins du Pays d’Auge
  • Visit to Chateau du Breuil Calvados distillery
  • Visit to Caen
  • Visit to Bayeux
  • Visit to Monets Garden
  • Visit to Rouen
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We have been operating tours and mini breaks around the U.K. and abroad for a number of years, and by far the most popular innovation that we have introduced in recent years, is to offer a virtually door to door service. Picking up as near as practically possible to your home in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire means you don’t have to worry about getting your luggage to the coach, and avoids the additional cost of having to use taxis.

By using our small fleet of mini-buses, we are able to keep the pick-up time to a minimum and get you on your tour coach and on your way as soon as possible. This way your holiday starts on the first morning. Once your holiday is over we will collect you again from the coach park and return you home.

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