From Viking conquest to Roman towns, Normandy, situated in the northwest corner of France, has literally been at the heart of French and European history for centuries. Our journey through Normandy and the Loire Valley combines guided cultural walks with moderate hikes to some of the most picturesque areas of France. Sights include the famed fortress of Mont Saint Michel, the majestic spires of Rouen’s cathedral, and the dramatic D-Day beaches. Our meticulously chosen accommodation in both luxury chateaux to quaint sea-side inns bring home the meaning of Old World charm.
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
From Rouen to Anjou
10 Days, 8 Days of Walking & Exploring
Price per person: CAD $5030
Single supplement: CAD $450
Day 1: Arrival Day
Rouen, the capital of Normandy is our meeting point. Welcome dinner and evening on the town.
Day 2: Rouen and its surroundings.
Today is dedicated to visiting this medieval jewel, its cathedral, the Norman market and various other points of interests. An afternoon hike is planned in the forest high above the city. Dinner in a typical Norman restaurant.
Day 3: Etretat
Etretat is a small fishing village on the English Channel where we will spend the night. Our walk allows us to hike back to Etretat starting in Fecamp and stopping for lunch in the tiny summer resort of Yport. A coastal walk which meanders along the white, chalk cliffs, will give us ample opportunity to enjoy the lush Norman countryside, its small farms, numerous churches and little-know culinary gems. A visit of the Benedictine Distillery is also planned.
Day 4: Honfleur
From Etretat, we leave the coast and head south to the hamlet of Pont L’Eveque where its famous, soft cheese is made. Time-permitting, we will have a tour of one of several cheese factories in the area. An afternoon hike is planned in the countryside taking in the rich Norman ‘Terroire” before heading back to the coast and the ancient town of Honfleur, with its minuscule harbour, small fleet of fishing boats and chic restaurants. Our 16th century hotel combines modern amenities with charm only the French can offer.
Day 5: Arromanches
The day begins with a guided visit of Honfleur and its many hidden secrets. After a seafood feast, we make our way to Caen, and the Peace Museum dedicated in part to D-Day. A self-guided visit of the museum is planned before driving to the summer resort and fishing village or Arromanches, the epicentre of the D-Day landings.
Day 6: St. Malo
Arromanches, Utah Beach and the Allied Landings are on the menu for today. Our morning will be taken up by a guided visit of the main American landing beaches and the German defensive positions. We will also visit the very moving American War Cemetery. After lunch, a 3-hour drive will bring us to the fortified city of St Malo, and the nearby Mont St Michel.
Day 7: Mont St. Michel
A guided visit of the Mont St Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be followed by a guided hike across the glistening bay, taking in the spectacular natural beauty of this magical place joining the thousands of pilgrims who make this journey.
Day 8-10: Extension: Loire Valley, or Departure Day
The remainder of our trip will take us to the Loire Valley where Chateaux country will be our primary objective. Two nights will be spent in a stunningly restored 16th Century manor, transformed into a B&B allowing us to taste wine by day and luxuriate in medieval splendour by night. Trip end after breakfast on day 10.
– All accommodation
– Certified walking guide
– Dedicated van and driver for luggage transports and all local transfers
– All breakfasts
– City tour of Rouen and Honfleur
– Guided visits of D-day Beaches, the war museum in Caen, and Mont St. Michel
– All entrance fees for museums etc.
– Detailed information package