Welcome to Normandy, a peaceful and verdant region with rolling hills matching pastures and groves, beautiful countryside scattered with farms, half-timbered or granite towns leading to a stretch of coastline, picturesque harbors and fishermen villages with a strong maritime history. Welcome to a region of gastronomy reputed for its cheese (ie: Camembert), cider and Calvados brandy, alive markets displaying flavorful produce, and gourmet restaurants. A haven for foodie travelers!
Best-of Normandy in a 2-day VIP excursion departing from Paris
Normandy Heritage & Lifestyle is an original program designed by Corinne Preteur. Departing from your hotel in Paris, it features Giverny, Honfleur, Pays d'Auge quaint villages, Bayeux and D-Day sites. We have chosen a chic boutique-hotel in Bayeux for the one-night accommodation. You will enjoy the Normandy cuisine paired with cider or French wines in traditional gourmet restaurants. You will travel in a spacious air-conditioned car or van. This tour is private for 2 to 4 people, and it's escorted by Corinne Preteur personally.
Giverny. This is the village which Claude Monet supreme impressionist master fell in love with. The dreamy water-lily ponds and outstanding gardens facing the artist's house provided Monet greatest inspiration. Claude Monet gave this little Seine-side village an international recognition.
Honfleur is as historic as artistic. One of the major port at the 17th century, this little seaside town features remarkable architectural heritage still today with its inland harbor lined with slate-covered frontage houses, an impressing former salt storage building “Grenier à Sel", narrow cobble-stone streets with antique and designer shops, art galleries, and very good restaurants. Honfleur is the birth place of Eugene Boudin, 19-year older than Monet, one of the most influencing impressionist master who was the first one to take his easel outside and paint the landscapes live.
Pays d'Auge or the northern Normandy stunning countryside which is popular for dairy and cider farms, and brandy distilleries, without forgetting its authentic half-timbered villages.
Bayeux is a charming little town of 15000 inhabitants located 6 miles (10km) from the D-Day sites. During the world War II, Bayeux was extremely fortunate to avoid most of the destruction and tragedy following D-Day that other Normandy towns such as Caen suffered. By chance, visitors can today enjoy a beautifully preserved town with typical streets, medieval houses, water mills, and cathedral. But the attraction is linked to the middle-ages with the world-famous Unesco-listed tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066. This exceptionally ambitious piece of craftsmanship, measuring over 230ft (70m) in length, was most likely ordered by William the Conqueror's half-brother, the warring Bishop Odo of Bayeux.
D-Day sites stretches from Utah Beach to Sword Beach west to east. The fifty-four miles of coast are littered with WWII museums, monuments, cemeteries and battle remains left in tribute to the courage of British, Canadian and American armies that successfully carried out the largest military operation in history: D-Day. On these serene beaches, at the crack dawn on June 6, 1944, the Allies finally gained a foothold in France. From this moment, Nazi Europe was destined to crumble. You will visit Arromanches, Omaha Beach and the WWII Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, the resting place for nearly 10,000 Americans who died on the nearby beaches.
Day 1 - Giverny, Rouen & Honfleur
Eearly transfer from Paris by private car or van.
Morning visit to Claude Monet house and gardens in Giverny with a peaceful walk through the village.
Transfer to Rouen (about 50mn).
Lunch at La Couronne restaurant… the one you can see in Julie & Julia film, as it's Julia Child first gourmet experience in Normandy when she and Paul arrived in France!
Transfer to Honfleur (1hr).
Afternoon guided walking tour in Honfleur.
Transfer to Bayeux (1h15)
Check-in at the hotel. Resting time.
Gourmet dinner in Bayeux.
Day 2 - Bayeux & D-Day sites
Check-out after breakfast.
Guided walking tour through Bayeux historic quarter to the museum where you could admire the Unesco listed tapestry medieval heritage. Transfer to Arromanches (20mn).
Lunch break in a creperie.
Visit to Arromanches museum to provide a good understanding about the WWII strategy and battles or visit to the American cemetery nearby Omaha Beach.
Transfer to Paris (3hrs). End of the tour
US$ 1,050 per person (private tour for 2 people)
US$ 790 per person (4 people booked together)
Single occupancy supplement $110.
- Round-trip transfer from Paris
- Transportation by private car or van
- 2 full-day guided tour (entrance to sites included)
- 3-star elegant hotel or guest house accommodation (DBL occupancy)
- Continental breakfast
- 3 gourmet lunches and dinners.
Not included : wine in restaurants, personal expenses, personal insurance.
Normandy Heritage & Lifestyle tour, scheduled Monday through Friday, is available April to October, except on public holidays, upon request.