2016 - NORMANDYOURS - 2016
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MONT SAINT MICHEL + BAYEUX

MONT SAINT-MICHEL:(09.00 am to 6.00 pm)
(I recommend visiting Mt St Michel in the morning before the bus loads of tourists arrive from Paris)

Be aware it is a long drive then lots of walking and over 400 difficult stairs
to go up to the abbey...as well as very crowdy on week-ends & holidays
I recommend this tour only to people in good health with no walking problems

I cannot climb the stairs to the abbey anymore but of course,
will give you all necessary information before getting there
and you can rent earphones
(in English) or simply go from room to room
at your own pace or supply a local guide (+150)

St Michael inside church Vue from causeway
Mont Saint-Michel

Lunch will be "on your own" or I can reserve the Mere Poulard restaurant for you
(famous omelette)

Then we can drive to picturesque village of Villedieu-les-PoŽles
(copper center of Normandy)

Copper artisanal workshop


Copper workshop
Visit of artisanal copper-workshop to see how pots & pens are made

(a chance for quality shopping !)
or
possibility to take a quick look at interesting German ossuary cemetery of Huisnes
(over 11.000 soldiers who died in regions near Normandy)

BAYEUX:you can visit this small town on your own easily !

In late afternoon we are back in Bayeux and you have time to see
the world famous 11th c. Tapestry and the Cathedral, a mix of roman & gothic architecture
(not to be missed, the interesting crypt & a Light & sound show
projected on the sides of the cathedral in summer time)

: and if time visit the MAHB: Museum of Art, History Baron Gerard
now open after extensive renovation:
a fabulous museum !
http://bayeuxmuseum.fr/en/mahb.html

Bayeux cathedral

An other possibility if you have already visited Bayeux is to drive
to Granville and visit couturier Christian Dior' s house

CAEN - PAYS d'AUGE - HONFLEUR

(09.00 am to 6.00 pm*)
CAEN
In Caen, capital of lower Normandy we will see the castle built under
William the Conqueror as well as the Men's abbey where his tombstone is.
Queen Mathilda, his wife is buried in the Ladies abbey on the other side of town.
Caen was very damaged in June & July 1944 during the carpet-bombing
necessary for the Allies to capture it.
It has been well rebuilt with large avenues and the famous Caen limestone
is visible everywhere, lots of greenery as well.

Men'abbey also townhall
Men's abbey in Caen

Picturesque sea & river port on the Seine estuary
Honfleur

Beuvron, typical Normandy village
Beuvron-en-Auge

CABOURG - BEUVRON - DEAUVILLE - TROUVILLE

Then along the "flowered coast": see "turn of the century" resort of Cabourg
and drive through beautiful countryside called "Pays d'Auge"
Visit of Beuvron-en-Auge, "heritage" village
(just like a movie-set)
and sample the delicious shortbread cookies at the only bakery.
Lunch in Trouville
Quick tour of Deauville then we stay along the coastline to Honfleur:
HONFLEUR
- Short guided tour and time to browse through the cobblestones streets, lots of painting galleries,antique shops...
This charming sea & river port is located right across from the major commercial port of Le Havre.
It is truly unique and a MUST to see on any trip to Normandy

We leave Honfleur with the hope of coming back some day

Native cows - CDT14 Normandie bridge across the estuary
Normand cow / Normandie bridge

Back to Bayeux or Caen*

see PRICES

UPPER NORMANDY

(Etretat + Fecamp + Le Havre ) or (Along the Seine valley to Rouen)
Itinerary will be supplied upon request !
Prices upon request


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