Normandy & Honfleur

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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 & Honfleur!

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$3,295

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Trip Type
Individual Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 20, 2020

HOTELS

– 7 nights in Deauville, France, at the first-class Mercure Deauville Centre Hotel.

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    In Transit

    Depart for Paris, France.

  • day 2

    Paris, France | Deauville

    Transfer to the Mercure Deauville Centre Hotel. Get acquainted at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

  • day 3

    Honfleur

    Discovery: Historic Honfleur. Get to know this quintessential French port town that has captivated artists for centuries. Soak up the maritime ambience of its picture-perfect, 17th-century Vieux Bassin, or old harbor. Stroll along the narrow side streets to see landmarks like the wooden Church of Sainte-Cathérine, crafted by 15th-century shipbuilders. Free Time: Explore on your own in Honfleur.

  • 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

    Giverny | Rouen

    Discovery: Giverny and Rouen.
    Activity level: Moderate 

    Delve into Monet’s life and work at his home in Giverny. Raised in Normandy, Monet lived in this charming, pink-washed house with green shutters from 1883 to 1926. Admire the tranquil beauty of the garden that inspired many of his paintings and visit the studio where he painted his “Water Lilies” series. Continue to the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, dedicated to the history of impressionism and its influence on a colony of American artists in the town. Enjoy lunch on your own in Giverny. Depart Giverny for Rouen, renowned for its medieval architecture. See the magnificent Rouen Cathedral famously captured by Monet in a series of paintings and the beautifully ornate astronomical clock known as Le Gros Horloge. Hear the haunting story of Joan of Arc, who was martyred in the town square.

    This evening, in a “Dine Around” experience, gather into small groups and explore some of Honfleur’s quaint restaurants.

  • day 6

    Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    Discovery: Mont-Saint-Michel.
    Activity level: Active 

    For centuries, pilgrims have made their way to the spectacular abbey perched atop Le Mont Saint-Michel, a tiny, granite tidal island off the Normandy coast. Today, make your own pilgrimage to this UNESCO World Heritage site that towers over the surrounding flat white sands like an astounding mirage. On a guided tour, explore this singular island that has served as a fortress, monastery and prison, and step inside the tranquil abbey church, a blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. If you’d like, walk along the ramparts to watch the tides and admire the panoramic vistas.

  • day 7

    Honfleur

    Enrichment: The French Resistance. This morning, delve into the origins of the Resistance, its leaders and the heroic efforts of the French patriots who fought to liberate their country.

    Free Time: Spend the day exploring on your own. Visit the local museums, take a leisurely walk along the sea walls or relax at a waterfront café with a tasty bowl of moules marinières. Your Travel Director will be on hand to offer suggestions and assist you with arrangements.

     

  • day 8

    Caen | Bayeux

    Discovery: Le Mémorial de Caen.
    Activity level: Moderate 

    Visit the award-winning Caen Memorial Museum and learn about World War II, the D-Day landings, the Battle of Normandy and the Cold War through an array of informative exhibits, photos and video footage.

    Discovery: Calvados.
    Activity level: Mild 

    Savor lunch at a traditional Norman Calvados distillery, Les Vergers du Ducy, nestled in 42 acres of apple orchards. Calvados, the region’s renowned apple cider brandy, is among the world’s finest brandies. After a delicious meal of local specialties, head to the cellar for a tasting of smooth Calvados. (Mild)

    Discovery: Bayeux.
    Activity level: Moderate 

    Travel to Bayeux and view the 200-foot-long embroidered Bayeux Tapestry, which vividly depicts more than 50 scenes surrounding William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The elaborate piece was commissioned in 1077 for Bayeux’s Nôtre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Norman Gothic architecture, which you will visit today.

    Tonight, share stories of your time in Normandy at a Farewell Reception at the hotel, then gather for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

  • day 9

    In Transit

    After breakfast, transfer to the Paris airport for the return flight to your gateway city

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