2021 Normandy Highlights
Blessed with a stunning natural beauty, Normandy begs to be explored. You can expect dramatic coastal landscapes, quaint pastoral villages, picturesque ports, classic half-timbered buildings and fabulous food, from Camembert to Calvados, from cider to seafood. The legacy of the region's epic history, from the Norman invasion of England in 1066 to the D-Day Landings of 1944, has left its mark. This tour takes you on a discovery of the very best of Normandy and with a beautifully authentic Normandy hotel in the heart of the pretty pilgrimage town of Lisieux, you can start exploring as soon as you arrive. There is a special departure this year for the Tulip Festival in April.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
DAY 1 - After joining your holiday coach, you will travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais and then onto Lisieux to check in to your centrally located hotel. Welcome drink on arrival. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
DAY 2 - 4 - At leisure in Lisieux with three included excursions as stated. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Deauville & Honfleur
With its fine sandy beaches, Deauville is renowned for its glamorous reputation and symbolises elegance, prestige and sophistication. Time to soak up the atmosphere here before taking the coastal road to the picturesque old port of Honfleur, a favourite haunt of numerous celebrated artists including Claude Monet. Situated on the Seine estuary, medieval Honfleur exudes maritime charm around the Vieux Bassin with its narrow houses and lively café scene but there is much more to see in the alluring cobbled streets of the old town.
Bayeux & Caen
Virtually unscathed by WWII, the historic centre of Bayeux is brimming with wonderful Norman architecture, the centrepiece of which, is the Cathedral. One of the highlights of the day will be an included visit to the unique masterpiece of the Middle Ages, the Bayeux Tapestry. Following the announcement that the tapestry was heading to the UK on loan, the famous treasure is still on display in Bayeux until at least 2022 when the museum will be closed for a total overhaul and re-construction. You will behold over 70m of embroidered linen recount the epic tale of William of Normandy and the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. After time at leisure, continue to Caen, largely rebuilt after WWII, and perhaps a visit to the cutting edge Caen Memorial Museum to war and peace (entrance not included).
Chateau de Vendeuvre and Gardens
Vendeuvre is one of the most beautiful chateaux in Normandy with its beautifully decorated 18th century interiors, original kitchens and the Museum of Miniature Furniture with 700 pieces. It is, however, the truly remarkable gardens that are the stars of the show. They are the inspiration of the Count of Vendeuvre who has been influenced by the renaissance gardens of Italy and their use of water. Discover the different gardens - utility garden, topiary garden, surprise water garden, romantic garden, mazes and the exotic garden! (There are a few steps up to the Chateau).
The April departure features a special visit to the Tulip Festival at Chateau de Vendeuvre when the extensive Chateau gardens become a riot of colour with at least 30,000 spring bulbs of tulip, narcissus, crocus and hyacinths.
DAY 5 - After breakfast, travel back to Calais for the return Channel crossing and the journey home.
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Grand Hotel de l'Esperance, Lisieux
This 3* landmark hotel in the centre of Lisieux, set in a typical Norman half-timbered building, offers a warm welcome and plentiful charm and atmosphere. The upscale restaurant serves regional Normandy cuisine and there is also a bar. The 90 spacious and comfortable bedrooms with TV and safe have recently been refurbished.