Normandy ~ France



From rolling, green hills to the beautiful sea, discover the essence of Normandy on this engaging, seven night journey. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel, where a medieval monastery seemingly rises out of the sea, and study the Bayeux Tapestry, the embroidered story of William the Conqueror’s Battle of Hastings victory. Sip Calvados, the region’s renowned cider brandy, in an apple orchard. Spend two full days visiting the D-Day beaches, Normandy American Cemetery and other related sites. Delight in the proud traditions and alluring scenery of Normandy, Caen, Bayeux, Giverny & Honfleur!

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Sep 30, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023


Set in the heart of historic Honfleur, the Mercure Honfleur Hotel is close to the picturesque harbor that has been immortalized in paintings by artists like Monet and Boudin. From this convenient location, explore the fascinating history and culture of Normandy. Walkable dining venues are moments away. After a lively day of sightseeing, relax in the Bar Lounge with a glass of the local cider, a calvados-based cocktail or a fine regional vintage. Wi-Fi is complimentary.



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  • day 1

    In Transit

    Depart for Paris, France.

  • day 2

    Paris, France | Honfleur

    Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

    Transfer to Mercure Honfleur Hotel. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

    Tonight, at the hotel, get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception, and then share a Welcome Dinner together at one of Honfleur’s outstanding restaurants.

  • day 3


    Get to know your home base, the quintessential French port town that has captivated artists for centuries, including Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet and native son Eugène Boudin. Soak up the maritime ambience of its picture-perfect, 17th-century Vieux Bassin, or old harbor, located where the Seine River meets the English Channel. From the 16th to 18th centuries, Honfleur became an important trading seaport and a launching point for exploration. In 1608, French explorer Samuel de Champlain departed from Honfleur on an expedition to the New World and founded the colony that became Quebec City. Stroll through the colorful harbor and along the narrow side streets to see Honfleur’s landmarks. The wooden Church of Sainte-Cathérine, crafted by 15th-century shipbuilders, is a special stand-out with ceilings over its two naves that resemble upturned hulls.

    Relax over a group lunch.

    Free Time: Explore on your own this afternoon in Honfleur. Indulging in Normandy’s delectable culinary treats should be high on your to-do list! The region has an enduring tradition of producing specialty cheeses that are among France’s best with the rich milk of the Normande cows. Sample its four world-class cheeses, Camembert de Normandie, Livarot, Neufchâtel and Pont-l’Evêque, which are all AOC-certified for origin and production methods. Pair them with some fresh crusty bread and a glass of the crisp, local apple cider!

  • day 4

    Arromanches | Omaha Beach | Normandy American Cemetery | Pointe du Hoc

    Enrichment: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. During an insightful talk, discover the pivotal role that Normandy and its citizens played during this crucial period of the Allied war effort.

    Discovery: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
    Activity level: Active 

    Journey to the coast to begin your D-Day explorations. See Arromanches, site of one of the offshore mulberry harbors, and visit the museum. A feat of engineering, these artificial, floating harbors were a clever solution to the problem of how to funnel enormous resources into France to wage war against Hitler. Components, including hollow concrete blocks and floating steel roadways, were constructed in England and towed across the English Channel. Within days of Arromanches’ liberation, construction teams created a breakwater with the concrete blocks and sunken ship hulls and began assembling the pier roadways. When completed, these harbors could move 7,000 tons of vehicles and supplies per day from transport ships onto the shore.

    Break for lunch at a restaurant in Arromanches.

    Then, as you walk along Omaha Beach and see the memorials, contemplate the extraordinary bravery of the Allied landing forces, who advanced under devastating fire across the heavily fortified shoreline to overcome German troops.

    In Colleville-sur-Mer, pay a poignant visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, set on a beautiful bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, which contains 9,385 graves of Americans who died in the invasion and subsequent battles, as well as a serene memorial garden honoring those missing in action.

    Finally, visit Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Rangers courageously scaled 100-foot cliffs to destroy German artillery emplacements that posed a threat to troops landing on Omaha and Utah beaches. With your guide, learn more about this treacherous mission and go inside the German defensive emplacement.

  • day 5

    Château du Bec | Le Havre

    Visit lovely Château du Bec, a 10th-century castle, where you’ll meet one of the owners and stroll through the grounds. Learn about regional cooking traditions from the chef, who’ll prepare a special lunch inspired by the recipe books of Claude Monet. Afterward, journey to the Musée Malraux of Modern Art, or MuMa, in Le Havre. In MuMa’s bright, airy galleries, view one of France’s largest collections of impressionist paintings, featuring works by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Boudin and other masters.

  • day 6

    Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    You won’t soon forget your first glimpse of spectacular Mont-Saint-Michel rising like an astounding mirage over the surrounding flat white sands. Pilgrims flocked to its lofty abbey for centuries, and later this tiny tidal island served as a fortress and prison. Take a guided tour and if you’d like, walk along the ramparts to watch the tides and admire the panoramic coastal views.

  • day 7

    Caen | Bayeux

    Today, expand your knowledge of D-Day, the Battle of Normandy and more at the fascinating Caen Memorial Museum. Then visit an estate where Calvados is distilled from homegrown apple varieties. Enjoy lunch and a tasting of this smooth apple brandy. Afterward, follow the epic tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England embroidered into the 229-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry, and visit Bayeux’s cathedral. This evening, delve into the Resistance and the heroic efforts of French patriots who fought to liberate their country.



  • day 8


    Enjoy a free day on your own! Visit the markets, take a pleasant walk along the sea walls or delight in the local color at a waterfront café. Tonight, celebrate your time in Normandy at a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

  • day 9

    Depart for home city

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers. Depart for the airport in Paris and head home.

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