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Normandy & The Mont St-Michel


8 days / 7 nights Shared Tour 

 

US Package :

Price per person from: 1122 €
Based on a minimum of two participants

 

Canadian Package :

Price per person from: 1078 €
Based on a minimum of two participants

 

Included in the price :

• Private transfers on Day 1 & Day 4
• Transport in air-conditional minivan (8 participants maximum) with the services of a qualified English-speaking driver-guide according to the above program
• Entrance & private guided visit of Monnet’s House & Gardens in Giverny
• Entrances according to the above program: Juno Beach Museum (Day 2 Canadian Sector) or Airborne Museum (US Sector)

• Full Day Shared Tour Normandy Landing Beaches US Sector or Half Day Shared Tour  Normany Landing Beaches Canadian Sector
• Full Day Shared Tour Mont Saint-Michel.

 

• 3 nights B&B in the 3-star Hotel d’Argouges in Bayeux

 

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How it works

 

This Normandy tour takes the form of a shared tour, available at precise hours and every day. During the full day and half day tours on day 2 & 3 you will be sharing the comfortable air - conditioned minivan with other people (8 participants maximum). You will enjoy the services of a qualified English-speaking driver-guide throughout the tour.

The transfers on day 1 & 4 are private.

 

Crédit Photo : G. Wait - OT Bayeux


 

Highlights

 

This tour takes you on a trip through American or Canadian history, inviting you to discover the major heritage sites in the US and Canadian sector and the Normandy Museums. Magnificient monuments and beautiful gardens will be part of the tour, as well as a full day visit of the famous Mont-Saint-Michel.


Day 1: Paris, Giverny, Bayeux

Pick up by a private minibus & your driver-guide at your hotel or airport/ train station in Paris.
Transfer to Giverny for a guided visit of Monet’s house and gardens. Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926; with a passion for gardening as well as for colors, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned in the home of the Master of Impressionism and marvel at the floral compositions and nymphéas, his greatest sources of Inspiration.
Transfer to Bayeux.
Settle in & overnight at your hotel in Bayeux.


Day 2: Normandy Beaches - US Package

Breakfast at your hotel.
Pick up at your hotel by your driver-guide.

Today you will discover a large interesting area, stopping to visit all major sites in the U.S sector:
Visit of St Mére-Eglise
Strategically situated on the main N13 highway to Cherbourg and only a few miles away from the coast, this farming community became the very center of the huge airborne operation (with 15.000 U.S paratroopers) that started during the night before D-day.
-Airborne Museum
Built at the location where stood a house that was on fire during the night before D-day, this museum has been gathering an amazing collection of memorabilia, in particular in the form of donations from the veterans themselves.
-Utah beach
Closest to the Germans around Cherbourg and quite separated from the other beaches, it could have been a disaster. Utah was rather lightly defended and had the great privilege to be protected by the American paratroopers (who had been in the area for several hours already).
A quick stop at German cemetery that was originally started as an American cemetery in 1944 (for both Americans and Germans), after the war this cemetery became the largest German one in Normandy with over 21.000 buried here.
-Pointe du Hoc
One of the largest German coastal batteries with six guns. Being of 6-inch caliber and of a range of about 10 miles, these cannons would be a threat to both Omaha and Utah beaches. Thanks to the first help of a group of locals to make this incredible site a place of memory, it has been well preserved since, with its monuments and a number of bunkers and also bomb craters all over this 30-acre battlefield.

-Omaha Beach
The most famous and most difficult of the five D-day beaches. It took the highest casualties, due in particular to its topography: it was the only beach with high ground just beyond.
-US cemetery
The Normandy American Cemetery is the final resting place for 9.387 Americans. It covers 172 acres and is an actual battleground as it overlooks the “Easy Red” sector of Omaha Beach. Soldiers of all ranks honored here were buried after the war was over on their families’ request.
Your guide will give you time on your own at the end, to either stay longer in the cemetery or save time for the Visitor Center that was opened in 2007 by the American Battle Monuments Commission and was designed to put the D-Day invasion of June 1944.

Back to your hotel in Bayeux.
Overnight  in Bayeux.


Day 2: Normandy Beaches - Canadian Package

Breakfast at your hotel.
Pick up at your hotel by your driver-guide.

Today, you will discover the places where the principal events and battles made up the Battle of Normandy, in particular all major sites in the Canadian sector.
Visit of the Juno Center
This museum, the only Canadian one in Normandy, commemorates the contributions and sacrifices of Canadian soldiers during the liberation of Europe in WW2. Divided in seven parts, it explains what Canada was before the war started, how the country turned completely toward the war effort, the different Canadian campaigns in Europe and the total human cost.
- Graye/Courseulles-Sur-Mer
Western part of the assault on Juno Beach, three sectors were given to different regiments to attack: Canadian Scottish/ Royal Winnipeg Rifles/ Regina Rifles. The troops landed on either side of the Seulles river and the small fishing village of Courseulles-Sur-Mer was liberated in the afternoon.
- Bernieres/St-Aubin
On this eastern side of Juno Beach, two other infantry regiments attacked: the Queen’s Own Rifles and the North Shore. At Bernières, where La Chaudière Regiment later landed, is located the main monument close to the famous big Norman house that is in so many D-day pictures, and which still permanently flies a Canadian flag.
- Canadian Cemetery
Located between Bény and Reviers, inland from Juno Beach on top of the little hill that overlooks the coast, this cemetery is beautifully maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Enjoy a visit of the Abbaye d’Ardenne, beautiful Norman Abbey from the 12th century. A number of Canadian prisoners were brought here and executed on June 7th and 8th.

Back to your hotel in Bayeux.
Overnight  in Bayeux.


Day 3: Full Day Tour Mont Saint-Michel

Breakfast at your hotel.
Pick up at your hotel by your driver-guide and departure to  Le Mont Saint-Michel.
Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Britain stand the “Wonder of the West”. Visit this exceptional site formed by a granite island with its village houses huddled close together and encircled by walls. On top lies the Abbey of the Mont-Saint-Michel, a Gothic and Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael.

The breath-taking view from the top that is worth the number of steps you have to come up!
Transfer back to your hotel in Bayeux.
Overnight at your hotel.


Day 4: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.
Pick up at your hotel by a private taxi and  transfer to Bayeux train station.