If you have three days to devote to a tour of Normandy, Paris Luxury Tours proposes a three day Normandy itinerary that takes you to many of its most appealing sites. We begin by collecting you in Paris and driving to Giverny, where Claude Monet lived the last 43 years of his prolific life. You will visit his home and what the master considered his finest creation, his gardens. The pleasure of seeing this source of endless inspiration to him is immense.
Your next stop in our three day tour of Normandy is Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy. Few cities offer as much history as it does, and a walk through its Old Town is one steeped in events of the Middle Ages and the Hundred Years War; and it takes you to the spot where the life of Joan of Arc was brought to a cruel end. You will also visit the Cathedral which Monet painted countless times, and we will stop for lunch in the historic Place du Vieux Marche, the Old Market Plaza.
Our tour of Normandy continues on to Honfleur, one of the loveliest fisherman’s ports in the world, as well as one of the most picturesque. You will enjoy a promenade around the Old Port and be charmed by the quaint Ste. Catherine church, built to celebrate the end of the Hundred Year’s War in the 15th century. You may also wish to visit the Eugene Boudin Museum.
For your overnight stay in Normandy, Paris Luxury Tours has many favorites to propose: the four star Chateau La Cheneviere, situated in the countryside in an arboretum near Port en Bessin Huppain, is one of our favorite hotels in all of France. Another four star that is more modest is the beautiful Chateau de Bellefontaine on the edge of Bayeux. For something simple but practical, consider the three star Churchill Hotel in Bayeux.
Your second day of this tour of Normandy is devoted to seeing the Normandy Landing Beaches. Clients can choose between the US sector of the Normandy D Day sites, or the British and Canadian sectors. For the former, we start with a drive to Ste. Mere Eglise (where Private John Steele’s parachute caught on the town church belfry) and we visit its Airborne Museum, which is devoted to the role of US paratroopers in the landings. We then proceed to visit Utah Beach, the Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the Coleville Cemetery, the only US cemetery in Normandy.
For the British and Canadian sectors, options include the German long-range artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer (which retains its original guns), Port Winston (the Mulberry Port at Arromanches les bains), the Canadian cemetery at Reviers, the Juno Beach Center at Courseulles sur mer, the Great Bunker (a German fire control tower) in Ouistreham, and Pegasus Bridge, with its Pegasus Memorial Museum, devoted to the accomplishments of British paratroopers in Operation Overlord.
The third day of our tour of Normandy includes a tour of Mont Saint Michel Abbey, which is one of the most dramatic and unforgettable spots in the world, a combination of improbable nature matched by an astonishing history of Christian Evangelism, Vikings, and the endless struggle between the monarchs of Britain and France, and the barons of Normandy and Brittany, in the second millennium. Our three day Normandy tour proceeds first to Mont Saint Michel and takes you on a commented tour of the Abbey and Island, including their natural, human and spiritual history, as well as its architecture.
The second half of the third day of our tour of Normandy is devoted to Bayeux, sometimes called the Venice of the North, thanks to its network of canals. Home of the famous tapestry, which details the Norman conquest of England, you will also be delighted by Bayeux’s lovely Old Town and its impressive Notre Dame Cathedral, parts of which date from the 11th century. The first city to be liberated in the Battle of Normandy, Bayeux will seduce you with its charm.
Our three day tour of Normandy concludes with a drive back to Paris, where we will drop you at the end of the day.