The Best of Normandy’s History, Heritage & Culture

Wednesday April 10th 2024

This region covering France’s north-western corner is blessed with a stunning natural beauty that once inspired Maupassant and Monet. As well as the spectacular countryside, 2024 will mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy. During this holiday we will see some of the most iconic attractions in the area, such as the D-Day landing beaches along the Normandy coastline, as well as the Caen Museum. Aside from its links with the war, Normandy is bursting with history, tradition and culture, and we will also be visiting some local chateaux as well as the Bayeux Tapestry, a UNESCO Memory of the World. We will visit the idyllic seaside resort of Deauville and enjoy a tour and tasting at a local distillery and cheese-makers. The tour also includes the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont St. Michel.

Your Holiday Itinerary

Day 1
Board your coach and we travel to Cork to board our overnight ferry crossing to mainland France. Passengers will have a cabin for the sailing.

Day 2
We arrive to France early and make our way along the north coastline to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont St Michel, a Benedictine abbey located just 1km from the shore. From there the group will continue to the medieval town of Bayeux, most famous for its links with the Battle of Hastings invasion of 1066, as told within the Bayeux Tapestry. Later we will travel to Lisieux, where we will be based for the next 4 nights.

Day 3
Today we begin with a visit to the Caen Memorial Museum, which commemorates WW2 and the Battle for Caen. In the afternoon we travel to the largest British Commonwealth War Cemetery where nearly 5000 soldiers are buried before taking a walk on one of Normandy’s landing beaches.

Day 4
Normandy is recognised for its local produce, and we travel to Fromagerie Graindorge / Livarot, a cheese dairy that specializes in the production of the four Norman Protected Designations of Origin or PDO cheeses, Livarot, Pont-l’Eveque, Camembert de Normandie, Neufchatel. After a tour and tasting, we will journey on to Chateau de Vendeuvre, a beautiful 18th century castle still inhabited by the Vendeuvre family. The chateau is surrounded by magnificent gardens, especially known for its fountains and water features.

Day 5
This morning the group will have time at leisure to explore in Lisieux, one of the oldest towns in Normandy. Known all over the world, St Thérese of Lisieux makes the city the second most popular pilgrimage site in France, with the Basilica of St Thérese welcoming thousands of visitors each year. In the afternoon we take a short drive to Chateau Du Breuil, a castle and distillery in Paye d’Auge that specialises in calvados, rum and whisky. We will have a tour of the Distillery before tasting some of their traditional apple brandy.

Day 6
We depart our hotel this morning and travel to the lovely coastal city of Deauville, famous for its Film and Horse Racing Festivals. Later in the day we travel to the Port for our return sailing to Ireland.

Day 7
Arrive back in Ireland and journey back to your original pick up location.

Your 7-Day Holiday includes

  • Return Luxury Coach Transport
  • Return Ferry Sailing from Ireland to France
  • Professional Driver & Guide who will act as Tour Managers for the group
  • 4 Nights Hotel Accommodation & Ferry Cabin on 2 Nights
  • Evening Meal on 6 evenings
  • Breakfast on 6 mornings
  • Caen Memorial Museum
  • D-Day Landing Beaches
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • WW2 Cemetery
  • Fromagerie Graindorge Cheesemakers with Tasting
  • Chateau Du Breuil Estate Tour & Wine Tasting
  • Chateau de Vendeuvre Guided Tour
  • Mont St. Michel Benedictine Abbey
  • Lisieux

*€€250 Single Supplement

**Valid passport will be required to travel

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