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Discover the charm of Normandy, a picturesque region steeped in history and natural beauty. From the iconic landmarks like William the Conqueror’s legacy and the D-Day beaches to the atmospheric towns of Honfleur and Rouen, immortalized by Monet, and the delightful Bayeux, Normandy offers a microcosm of France’s allure. Lush green landscapes, quaint half-timbered buildings, and a rich cultural heritage await, making it a truly unspoiled gem of Europe. Whether exploring medieval wonders or indulging in the region’s famed cider and cream delights, Normandy promises a short break like no other.
Day 1: Arrive in Rouen
Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris. A coach will then take you to Rouen where you’ll check in to your hotel
Day 2: Walking tour of Rouen
This morning, embark on a captivating walking tour of the city center, where history comes to life amidst the magnificent cathedral, celebrated by Claude Monet. Here, you’ll find the tombs of Richard the Lionheart and William the Conqueror’s grandfather.
In the afternoon, take a brief drive to Fécamp, renowned for the iconic Bénédictine liqueur, originally crafted in an ancient monastery from a blend of 27 botanicals. Explore the treasures of the Bénédictine Palace, showcasing exquisite alabaster carvings, medieval chests, precious metalware, Flemish paintings, and more. After a delightful tasting, journey through the picturesque countryside beloved by Impressionist artists, en route back to Rouen.
Day 3: Honfleur
Today, venture to the enchanting Honfleur, renowned as one of the most picturesque spots along the northern French coast. Spend the day exploring independently before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Bayeux
Today, embark on a full-day excursion to iconic sites in Normandy. Your first stop is Bayeux, renowned for the world-famous tapestry depicting the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066, a pivotal event leading to the Battle of Hastings and William’s ascension as King of England. After lunch, visit Gold Beach, a historic site of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944. At Arromanches, explore a top-notch museum showcasing remnants of the Mulberry Harbour. Optional excursions allow for further exploration of Rouen, renowned for its ceramic art museum, Fine Arts museum featuring works by renowned artists, picturesque streets, and magnificent cathedral. Return to the hotel afterward.
Day 5: Monet’s Garden & Return home
Visit Claude Monet’s house and garden at Giverny before continuing on to Paris for your return Eurostar journey to London
Mercure Rouen Champ de Mars
The four-star Mercure Rouen Champ De Mars offers spacious ensuite bedrooms equipped with amenities such as air conditioning, TV, hairdryer, and tea/coffee facilities. The hotel features a restaurant and bar. Located a convenient ten-minute walk from Rouen’s old quarter, it provides modern comfort in a prime location.
*All transfer times listed here are approximate and dependent on traffic.
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