From its picturesque farms and pastures, to the simultaneously modern and ancient urban centers, there is a strong respect for the past in Normandy. Bound to Britain both in geographical proximity and a shared past, Normandy is different from the rest of France. One can still feel the distinctly English sense of elegance and propriety throughout the region. Nobody will miss the opportunity to remind you that William the Conqueror, leader of the force that defeated the English and arguably altered Medieval life forever, was born in Normandy.
Mont Saint-Michel is one of the best known French marvels after the Tour Eiffel and the Château de Versailles.
We shall be leaving Paris at the end of the afternoon to arrive just before dinner at a private castle. The owners have gradually but magnificently restored the quality of the house up to the level of the habitués who have signed the visitors book impressive.
After a light and refined candle-lit dinner, you go to sleep in one of the magnificent bedrooms of the castle.
The next morning after a delicious breakfast then on to Mont Saint-Michel. After having climbed up the hill we shall visit the cloister and the impressive maze of rooms.
D-Day Omaha beach, the cliffs and the American cemetery are amongst the most moving sites in France. We suggest a short trip where could stop off in magical places such as Giverny and the Château de Champs de Bataille.
About 150km northwest of Paris, Rouen is the capital city Normandy. Its central location in the upper region makes it an ideal place for the second leg of a Normandy-surveying itinerary before heading back to Charles de Gaulle or Orly.
Giverny, home to Monet’s house and garden, makes a great day trip from Paris, as it is less than an hour by train or car. Like Mont St. Michel, it is a landmark that represents the symbolic boundary, beginning or end, for Normandy. Giverny can provide the perfect entry-way to this region that inspired the world famous Impressionist painters or an ideal final snapshot.