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A private one day trip from Paris to discover the charms of the Normandy region
Price: $395 per person with 2nd class round trip rail from Paris to Bayeux included.
Minimum 4 people per booking. Parties of over 8 people, please call for a quote, as the vehicle will exceed the usual touring limit. For parties of 2 or 3 people, ask for pricing. Add $80 per person for 1st class rail.
Normandy is a fascinating 300-mile-long region stretching from Belgium to Brittany. With a coastline facing Britain, Normandy inevitably has a shared history with the U.K., from William the Conqueror’s successful seizing of the British throne in 1066, to quirks of local dialect in Normandy that echo the Celtic language. Unlike almost any other French region, the locals don’t grow grapes. Instead, Normandy is a place of apple orchards, coastal oyster farms, and cultivated cheeses.
After arriving in Rouen via TGV train, you will be met at the station. Enjoy a walking tour of the medieval section of Rouen (no cars allowed.) Learn the story of this prosperous medieval city and see where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake by the British, a key point in the Hundred Years War. A visit of the cathedral, famously painted over and over by Claude Monet, is next, and then a stop in the Musee des Beaux Arts to see his art, and that of other Impressionists, in person.
Lunch at Brasserie Paul, a beloved local brasserie dating to 1898, with a menu featuring a clever blend of classics and modern tastes.
After lunch, it’s a pleasant countryside drive to the apple farm of Pierre Houet, makers of Calvados and cider since 1865. Enjoy a cider tour and tasting, plus samples of local Normandy goods like apple tarts and AOC Normandy cheeses.
You’ll finish in Bayeux and a tour of this wonderfully-preserved canal town. Visit the Bayeux Tapestry museum and learn the story of William the Conqueror, and enjoy a short walking tour before boarding your direct evening train to Paris.
Note. Instead of Bayeux, a visit to the Shrine of St. Teresa in Lisieux is also an option. Second only to Lourdes as a French pilgrimage destination, this lovely city is must-see for Catholics.
- Rouen train station pickup/Bayeux station dropoff
- Guide services
- All admissions
- Guide per diem
- Brasserie prix fixe lunch