Rouen, Honfleur and Mont Saint-Michel
Normandy begs to be explored. See quaint medieval villages set amid rolling hills, stroll along beaches of golden sand, and relax by the harbour in picturesque ports to watch the world go by. On this great-value coach break we'll visit picturesque Rouen and Honfleur, and travel to historic, spectacular Mont Saint-Michel, one of France's most stunning sights.
Normandy Holiday Itinerary
Leave your local area early this morning as we head to the Channel. Once in France we'll continue south-west, and should arrive at our hotel in the early evening.
Day One: Travel to Normandy
Rouen, the lovingly restored capital of Upper Normandy, is famed for its connections with Joan of Arc. Spend the morning exploring; stroll the narrow streets past half-timbered houses or perhaps climb to the belfry of the Gros Horloge, the famous 16th-century astronomical clock, to take in the views.
Day Two: Explore Rouen and Honfleur
We'll then continue to Honfleur. Head down to the Old Dock, visit the wooden church of Saint Catherine or the 17th-century hill-top Chapelle de Grace, and perhaps enjoy an early dinner (payable locally) at one of the many restaurants that line the ancient harbour, before returning to our hotel this evening.
Early this morning we'll travel along the coast to one of France's most beautiful and iconic sites - UNESCO-listed Mont Saint-Michel. Connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, this small island is dominated by a magnificent 11th-century Benedictine abbey, which attracts millions of visitors each year. Climb the winding cobbled streets, lined with half-timbered houses and little shops, to the top of the hill and you'll understand why!
Day Three: Marvel at Mont Saint-Michel
Choose to spend your final day relaxing in the peaceful surroundings of your hotel, or join our 'A Taste of Normandy' excursion, on which you'll sample delicious, locally-produced cheese and brandy. We'll begin with a visit to the historic, 100-year-old E. Graindorge cheese dairy, to learn the secrets of three generations of cheesemakers, and then continue to the ageing cellar of the prestigious Chateau du Breuil Calvados distillery, for a guided tour and tasting.
Day Four: Optional 'A Taste of Normandy' excursion
After breakfast, we'll begin our journey home. We'll cross the Channel in the mid-afternoon, and should arrive back at your original pick-up point by mid-to-late evening.
Day Five: Travel home