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Christmas in Normandy

7 days from £629*
Departing: December 2017
* Price shown: 22 December 2017 from -
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A history-packed festive getaway

Picturesque Normandy, with its historic towns, time-forgotten villages and lovely old ports, is the perfect choice for a Christmas away from home. Our wonderful four-star hotel is situated five miles from the centre of Rouen, and is an ideal base from which to explore the area. Highlights include visits to the historic Bayeux Tapestry, Joan of Arc's Rouen and delightful Honfleur, and the opportunity to explore iconic Mont St Michel on an optional excursion.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Half-day visits to Rouen, Honfleur and Caen
  • A visit to Bayeux, including entry to the Bayeux Tapestry museum
  • A visit to Chateau du Breuil Calvados distillery and E Graindourge cheese dairy
  • Six nights' dinner, bed and buffet breakfast accommodation at the four-star Qualys Hotel - La Berteliere, Rouen
  • A two-course dinner on Christmas Day
  • A four-course Christmas Day lunch with half a bottle of wine per person, plus mineral water and coffee
  • Evening entertainment
  • Channel crossings
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Travelling by comfortable coach from your local area, this morning, you'll make your way to the port for your Channel crossing to France. You'll arrive at your Christmas hotel by the early evening, and be able to settle in and relax with a welcome drink while getting to know your travelling companions, before dinner is served.

Day Two

Today we'll explore Rouen, the lovingly restored capital of Upper Normandy, on a guided coach tour. See the Place du Vieux-Marche, site of Joan of Arc's martyrdom; the one-handed mechanical clock, the Gros Horloge; and the chalets and stalls of Rouen's Christmas Market by the stunning Gothic cathedral.

We'll also visit the exquisite fishing port of Honfleur, a favourite retreat of the French Impressionists. Its 17th-century harbour surrounded by quaint, gabled houses is unforgettable at Christmastime, and around the marina of the Quai Sainte-Catherine you'll find an elegant little Christmas market.

Day Three (Christmas Eve)

Today's visits include Bayeux, where you'll head to the museum housing the UNESCO-listed tapestry depicting the 1066 invasion of England by William the Conqueror. A Norman-Gothic cathedral dominates the town, and you'll have time to wander the cobbled streets past half-timbered medieval houses before re-boarding the coach to continue to Caen.

A cosmopolitan Christmas market takes centre stage in Caen's 18th-century Place Saint-Sauveur, surrounded by beautiful buildings. See its magnificent tree, covered in 16,000 lights, and watch the spectacular Illumination Show at the Town Hall before we return to the hotel for dinner.

Day Four (Christmas Day)

Enjoy a Christmas Day to remember, full of rest, relaxation and fun, as well as a leisurely four-course Christmas lunch, a light dinner and evening entertainment.

Day Five (Boxing Day)

Rest and relax in the hotel, or join our optional excursion to UNESCO-listed Mont Saint-Michel, one of France's most stunning sights. Connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, and at times cut off by high tide, the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine abbey (entry not included) dominates the island. Weather-permitting, you'll be able to climb to the top of the mount, through narrow streets lined with half-timbered houses, and take in the spectacular views.

Day Six

Today, you'll enjoy a 'Taste of Normandy', first visiting the historic, 100-year-old E Graindorge cheese dairy, where you'll see the production process and discover the secrets of three generations of cheesemakers, before tasting some delicious Normandy cheese yourself. This afternoon, you'll visit the ageing cellar of the prestigious Chateau du Breuil Calvados distillery for a guided tour and a double tasting, of Pommeau and 15-year-old Calvados, before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day Seven

Bid farewell to your hosts, and depart during the late morning for you return journey home after a wonderful Christmas holiday.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Dover Port, Hull Port, Newcastle North Shields Port
Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire Bedford, Luton, Toddington Services M1
Berkshire
Berkshire Bracknell, Chieveley Services M4, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Wokingham
Bristol
Bristol Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire Amersham, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Peterborough, St Neots, Wisbech
Cheshire
Cheshire Altrincham, Chester, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Knutsford Services M6, Macclesfield, Northwich, Poplar 2000 Services M6 M56, Runcorn, Sale, Stockport, Warrington, Wilmslow
Clwyd
Clwyd Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Mold, Queensferry, Rhyl, Wrexham
Cornwall
Cornwall Bodmin, Launceston, Liskeard, Penzance, Redruth, Saltash, St Austell, Truro
Cumbria
Cumbria Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith
Derbyshire
Derbyshire Chesterfield, Derby, Ilkeston
Devon
Devon Barnstaple, Bideford, Dawlish, Exeter, Exeter Services M5, Exmouth, Honiton, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Paignton, Plymouth, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay, Totnes
Dorset
Dorset Blandford Forum, Bournemouth, Bridport, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ferndown, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
County Durham
County Durham Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Durham, Stockton On Tees
Dyfed
Dyfed Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli
East Sussex
East Sussex Bexhill On Sea, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Newhaven
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Beverley, Hessle, Hull
Essex
Essex Barking, Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Chalkwell, Chelmsford, Clacton On Sea, Colchester, Hadleigh, Harlow, Romford, Saffron Walden, Southend On Sea, The Elms, Thorpe Bay, Thurrock Services M25, Westcliff On Sea, Witham
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Gwent
Gwent Abergavenny, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Magor Services M4, Newport
Gwynedd
Gwynedd Bangor
Hampshire
Hampshire Aldershot, Andover, Basingstoke, Cosham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet Services M3, Havant, Portsmouth, Ringwood, Southampton, Totton And Eling, Waterlooville, Winchester, Winchester Services M3
Herefordshire
Herefordshire Hereford
Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Birchanger Green Services M11, Bishops Stortford, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Letchworth, South Mimms Services A1 M, St Albans, Stevenage, Waltham Cross, Watford, Welwyn Garden City
Kent
Kent Ashford, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Maidstone Services M20, Margate, Orpington, Ramsgate, Rochester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood, Swanley, Tonbridge
Lancashire
Lancashire Accrington, Ashton Under Lyne, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Chorley, Eccles, Lancaster, Leigh, Manchester, Middleton, Oldham, Preston, Prestwich, Rawtenstall, Rochdale, Wigan
Leicestershire
Leicestershire Coalville, Donington Park Services M1, Hinckley, Leicester, Leicester Forest Services M1, Loughborough, Market Harborough
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Boston, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Grantham, Grantham Services A1, Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Stamford
London
London Camberwell, Ealing, Eltham, Lewisham, Streatham, Wimbledon
Merseyside
Merseyside Birkenhead, Liverpool, Southport, St Helens
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Sarn Services M4, Swansea
Middlesex
Middlesex Enfield, Feltham, Harrow, Hendon, Hounslow, Ruislip, Uxbridge
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Harrogate, Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Redcar, Ripon, Selby, Skipton, Thirsk, York
Norfolk
Norfolk Dereham, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Norwich, Thetford, Wymondham
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
Northumberland
Northumberland Morpeth
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Hucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Retford, Sutton In Ashfield, Worksop
Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff, Cardiff West Services M4
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Woodall Services M1
Shropshire
Shropshire Shrewsbury, Telford
Somerset
Somerset Bath, Bridgwater, Bridgwater Services M5, Clevedon, Frome, Glastonbury, Gordano Services M5, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Cannock, Keele Services M6, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stafford, Stoke On Trent, Tamworth, Uttoxeter
Suffolk
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury
Surrey
Surrey Camberley, Croydon, Epsom, Guildford, Kingston Upon Thames, Leatherhead, Redhill, Reigate, Staines, Sutton, Walton On Thames, Weybridge, Woking, Worcester Park
Tyne & Wear
Tyne & Wear Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Sunderland, Washington Services A1 M, Whitley Bay
West Midlands
West Midlands Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Halesowen, Solihull, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton
West Sussex
West Sussex Burgess Hill, Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham, Pease Pottage Services A23 M23, Worthing
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Bradford, Dewsbury, Ferrybridge Services A1 M62, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Pontefract, Shipley, Wakefield, Woolley Edge Services M1
Warwickshire
Warwickshire Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Warwick
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea City
Wiltshire
Wiltshire Amesbury, Chippenham, Leigh Delamere Services M4, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge
Worcestershire
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester
Date Price From
22 December 2017
22 December 2017 £629

Qualys Hotel ★★★★

This elegant hotel is set in the beautiful Normandy countryside and is typical of a traditional Normandy-style country house.

Further Information

Flexible travel options

To give you greater flexibility and allow you to travel on the date that suits you best, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover. If you wish to do this, please select the county 'Kent' and the pick-up point 'Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood' when booking. You will be notified of the exact pick-up location in your Final Travel Details, which you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Further information and car parking charges can be found at www.stop24.co.uk

Meals

Please note that some of the meals during this break may be buffet style.

European Christmas closing times

Shops in Europe will generally be closed from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December.

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Your journey

Depending on your departure point, you may leave your pick-up point very early in the morning and return very late at the end of the holiday, in order to meet your scheduled Channel crossing. There will also be a stop to transfer you from a feeder coach to your main coach, on both the outward and return journeys.

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.