The best tours of Normandy | Visit like a local not a tourist

Written by on September 12, 2019 in Normandy, Tours in France

Mont-Saint-Michel, an abbey built on an island and one of the best tours of Normandy

Normandy is a land of lush meadows, gorgeous beaches, bucolic countryside, picturesque villages, grand monuments and historic sites. It’s famous for its apples and cheese, delicious gastronomy and friendly people. It is the perfect place to get to know real, authentic France and there’s no better way to do that than with a local guide who will share the best tours of Normandy with you and help you feel like a temporary local rather than a tourist.

The best tours of Normandy

Honfleur in Normany, small port lined with medieval houses

TripUSAFrance is a father and daughter team. Stephane was born in Normandy and lives in France. Julia lives in the US part year and France part year. When it comes to getting to know the best of Normandy, the most beautiful sites to visit the history and fabulous handpicked restaurants, Stephane’s contacts and local know-how ensure you make memories to cherish forever.

Photo of tour guides who run the best tours of NormandyMont St-Michel, Bayeux Tapestry, Monet’s house and gardens, the D Day sites, heavenly Honfleur and ravishing Rouen are all on a week-long itinerary. There’s also a visit to a distillery of Calvados (an apple brandy special to Normandy). And of course, a visit to a cheese factory. You’ll explore lavish French chateaux, enjoy a horse racing event and meals in the best, most authentic restaurants. It includes “La Couronne” (the oldest inn in France founded in 1345). It’s here that Julia Child in 1948 had her first French meal that she qualified as “the most exciting meal of my life!”

You’ll also be invited to have dinner in Stephane’s home where you will have a homemade French meal cooked by his mother. On this trip you’ll make friends. You won’t be rushed on and off a bus, ticking the list as you go. Group numbers are kept low so that there’s time to do everything you want in comfort and really enjoy it. You’ll discover the iconic sites of Normandy but also its hidden gems. You’ll explore the places that most visitors miss because they’re maybe a little off the beaten track – or are the locals’ secrets.

Travel as a Local

Roses and plants growing in the garden of artist Claude Monet's house in Giverny, Normandy

When it comes to the culture heritage and lip-smacking gastronomy of Normandy – there’s a lot of choice. It’s easy to miss something even when you plan meticulously. Stephane’s know-how of the area is unbeatable and with this tour you’ll get to experience the region in a way that’s relaxed, fun and informative.

A tour the way you want it to be

14th century clock tower in Rouen, Normandy, in a street lined with medieval buildings

There’s nothing average about this tour. You’ll feel like you’re visiting French friends who want to share with you the best of Normandy.

Hotels, meals, snacks, admission fees and all activities are covered from wine tastings to a cell phone you can use in France. Everything is taken care of for you.

If you’re interested to learn or practice your French, that’s something TripUSAFrance can certainly help with. Whatever level of French you’re at, Stephane and Julia can help you start your learning or improve your French. Of course, if that’s not for you, it’s not a problem and your tour will be conducted in English.

France is famous for its food. In fact, French gastronomy has UNESCO status, but not everyone likes the same thing. All the restaurants chosen for this tour can accommodate guests with food allergies. And vegetarians and vegans will be offered delicious alternatives. Whatever your preference, you don’t miss out on the best of famous Norman produce.

A true vacation

Every day on this tour is full of amazing sites and unforgettable visits. But, there’s also time for breaks to relax and feel the ambiance whether that’s being wowed by the old-fashioned cobblestone streets of Mont St Michel or sipping something chilled at the edge of Honfleur’s gorgeous harbour built to accommodate the ships of Louis XIV or walking by the picturesque pond and water lilies that Monet loved so much.

After this tour, you’ll go home feeling that you really got to know Normandy, not just its history and beauty but also its traditions and culture specific to the region. It’s more than just a visit, you experience the very best this enchanting northern region of France has to offer.

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