A luxury tour of Normandy and Brittany

Written by on May 11, 2018 in Tours in France

A luxury tour of two very distinct regions of France, neighbours Brittany and Normandy have stunning seascapes, historic sites and fabulous gastronomy.

In Normandy, explore Mont Saint Michel, Normand and Gothic architecture, landscapes captured by the Impressionists including Monet’s garden at Giverny. You’ll also see the main sites connected to the liberation of Europe in World War II.

In Brittany, discover prehistoric megalithic sites and Celtic origins, as well as a culture influenced by the sea.

The best of Normandy

Walking through Monet’s garden in Giverny is like being at the heart of one of his iconic paintings – a stunning sight that you’ll never forget.

Strolling through the cobbled streets of nearby Honfleur, a charming port town, you can’t help but fall in love with the traditional houses and cobbled streets. Taking a break at a café round the old harbour, people watching and simply enjoying the moment is truly uplifting.

At Bayeux, you’ll get a chance to take the local cider and Calvados, an apple brandy. You’ll also taste the most delectable regional cheeses – Camembert, Pont L’evêque, and Livarot and visit a cheese farm. You can’t go to this pretty town and not visit the almost 1000-year-old Bayeux tapestry.  At more than 200 feet long it describes the invasion of England by the French William the Conqueror and is a spectacular artwork.

 

The charming villages of Beuvron and Cambremer and the seaside towns of swish Deauville and slightly more rustic neighbour Trouville are also in the itinerary. You’ll visit Cancale, Dinard, and the walled city of Saint-Malo from where Jacques Cartier, the discoverer of Canada, sailed in 1534.

You’ll be joined by a historian for a guided tour of some of the most important sites that mark the events that took place at a pivotal point in WWII. From the cliff of Pointe du Hoc to Arromanches, via Omaha beach and the American cemetery, you’ll definitely get an understanding of the history and relevance of the area.

To go to Normandy and not see Mont Saint Michel would be a sin. The 11th century abbey on an island is one of the wonders of the world and with a guide to help you discover its secrets and history you’ll have a fascinating visit.

The best of Brittany

Crossing into neighbouring Brittany you’ll get a very different taste of France. Bretagne has a very strong identity, it is a region of traditions, with a specific culture and dark legends. It’s ancient Gaelic tongue still is spoken and taught in schools.

You’ll enjoy a fishing expedition, visits to historic and picturesque villages, like lovely pickled-in-the-past Locronan with its 17th and 18th century architecture and stunning Vannes. There’s also a trip to the “Monts d’Arré”, remnants of the world oldest mountains. After 600 million years not much is left of the original 40,000 ft. high mass but it is a very distinctive landscape. Talking of ancient things, you’ll also get to see the famous “Carnac stones” a collection of megalithic sites and more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones.

The renowned salt marshes of the peninsula and the town of Guérande and the charming resort town of La Baule are also on the itinerary.

Luxury all the way

Throughout the small group tour you will be accompanied by a tour host who will ensure the smooth running of every aspect from travel to accommodation and meals. You’ll stay in the finest, historic hotels and enjoy the best gastronomy the regions can offer including Michelin star level dining.

This fabulous tour takes place August 31-September 10, 2018, a great time to visit as you’ll enjoy the last of the summer sun without the crowds.

Details: www.froggytravel.com

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