Make a tour of Normandy part of your deluxe vacation in France. We can design a luxury tour of Normandy that offers something unique for every traveler. From the breathtaking beauty of the dramatic coastline to the glamour of Deauville; from the bravery shown on the WWII landing beaches to the bustling market towns bursting with gastronomic delights, let us create a luxury travel package in Normandy that includes everything you want to see and do. Normandy welcomes you. Bienvenue!
Day 1: Paris-Giverny-Rouen
Depart Paris for the charming town of Giverny and the home of the Impressionist painter, Claude Monet. Explore his house and stunning gardens, filled with some of the most brilliant blooms in France. Not to be missed are the Japanese Gardens, which were the inspiration for his famous “Waterlilies”. Continue on to Rouen, an historic Norman city, where you will have time to explore the city and its gothic Notre Dame Cathedral. Marvel at the half-timbered houses and be sure to visit Place du Vieux Marché with the cross marking the spot where the brave Joan of Arc was burned at stake in 1431. The Saint-Ouen Abbey with its stained-glass windows and Gothic architecture and the Musée des Beaux Arts await your visit. Stroll along the bustling rue du Gros Horloge, making sure to stop in one of the many restaurants to indulge in some of the local cheeses and perhaps even some Calvados. Climb to the top of the clock tower for a unique view. Continue on to your luxury hotel in either Deauville or Port en Bessin Overnight in Deauville or Port en Bessin.
Day 2: Honfleur-Deauville
After a delicious breakfast, depart for the colorful town of Honfleur and its famous inner port. Wander the winding cobblestone streets as you imagine the sailors and adventurers of times past departing this port town for the New World so many centuries ago. Honfleur is known as the birthplace of Impressionist painting, with artists such as Monet spending time painting here. Your next stop is one of the “grande dames” of the Normandy seaside, glamorous Deauville. With Belle Époque opulence, Deauville invites you to partake in and enjoy its racecourses, polo matches, palaces, casino, gardens and luxurious shops. The haute boardwalk known as the Promenade des Planches, which stretches along the sea, is the place to relax in a cabana, sip a drink and forget all of your cares. You may even spot some celebrities here! Overnight in Deauville or Port en Bessin.
Day 3: Normandy Beaches of D-Day and Bayeaux
Start the day in the medieval town of Bayeux with its famous 9th century tapestry, which depicts the Battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror. This is one of the rare towns in this area that was not destroyed during World War II. Continue on to visit the Coleville Military Cemetery and the Peace Museum and War Memorial in Caen before spending your afternoon at the D Day landing beaches, including Omaha Beach. Overnight in Deauville or Port en Bessin.
Day 4: Mont-Saint-Michel
Today you explore one of the most awe-inspiring wonders of France, the incomparable Mont-Saint-Michel, with its Benedictine abbey perched precariously on a high rocky islet. A journey to the island and a climb to the top of the abbey will reward you with stunning views of the bay. Mont-Saint-Michel has an illustrious history- it was designed to be a fortress as well as a shrine, first protecting Brittany from the Normans and then the French from the British over the years. During the French Revolution, the abbey was used as a prison. After exploring the abbey, wander the island and partake in a meal in one of the restaurants that are tucked into the Mont. Return to Paris or perhaps continue on to the Loire Valley late this afternoon.