Wednesday, September 19
Sightseeing en route to Normandy
Visit Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, a wonderful promenade in the flower paradise of the impressionist master. The house, made of pink crushed brick, is where Claude Monet lived from 1883 to 1926 and once again has its colourful décor. Visitors can admire the collection of Japanese prints of the master as well as the huge Nymphéas studio which contains the Foundation’s shop. The gardens have been replanted as they once were: the rectangular Clos Normand offers from Spring to Autumn the palette of varying colours of the painter-gardener who was “ecstatic about flowers”. Lastly the water garden with its famous Japanese Bridge, its azaleas and its pond has once again become that basket of sky and water which inspired the pictorial universe of the water lilies.
Thursday, September 20
Sightseeing - Visit and shopping in Deauville
Deauville, lady of the French coast and its most glamorous seaside resort, symbolizes elegance, prestige and sophistication. This sea side town of 5,000 people has been a fashionable place since the first century. Its lovely harbor has become an international meeting centre for all sorts of pleasure boats. In addition to being a terrific place for shopping, Deauville is also famous for its beaches, casino and magnificent racetrack.
Tasting Visit of a Calvados Liquor distillery - Château de Breuil
Nestled in a verdant setting in the heart of the Pays d'Auge, the Château de Breuil is one of the finest examples of the region's architectural heritage. The Château de Breuil stands proud amidst a vast parkland with hundred-year-old trees. Built in the 16th-17th centuries, many a noble family has resided there, such as the Bouquetots, the Montgomerys and the Bences. Today, the Château de Breuil is also one of the region's most prestigious Calvados distilleries (established in 1954). It offers visitors guided tours and vintage Calvados tasting sessions every day of the year.
Friday, September 21
Full day guided Tour of the Normandy Beaches
Visit the D-Day Beaches including Omaha Beach, one of the bloodiest beaches on June 6, 1944, Pointe du Hoc, symbol of courage of Colonel Rudder’s 225 rangers, the American cemetery, Sainte-Mère Eglise and its hanging paratrooper, as well as Utah Beach.
Sainte Mère Eglise
On 18th June 1940 the Germans entered Sainte-Mère. Then, on June 5, 1944 811 C47 planes dropped 14,238 men onto the shores establishing a bridgehead at Sainte-Mère. The town was liberated that same day just before midnight. At 4:30 the following morning the landing began at the Madeleine in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. 22,000 men and 1,800 vehicules swarmed onto the beach and established a liaison between Utah and Sainte-Mère. The Church square was made famous by the film "The Longest Day" and its hanging paratrooper. It also was the first town to be liberated. You can visit the monuments commemorating the parachutists of the 82nd and 101st Airborne and the site of "La Fière" memorial to the parachutists.
This 172.5 acre cemetery overlooks Omaha Beach. It contains the graves of 9,387 soldiers killed during the Normandy Campaign. A chapel, a memorial and a Garden of the Missing pays tribute to their memory. The Visitor Centre pays homage to the courage and competence shown during Operation Overlord and the liberation of Europe, as well as to the sacrifice of those who are now resting in this place.
Saturday, September 22
Sightseeing - Etretat and Honfleur
Located 40 miles from Deauville, this romantic beach village is known worldwide for its white cliffs, its roman and gothic church and its market place. It was also a cultural area where artists such as Monet, Manet, writer Guy de Maupassant and composer Offenba spent time.
Sightseeing in Honfleur and its famous painters’ port, with its colourful fishing boats and timber-beamed houses, which has been a haven for artists since the beginning of the Impressionist period, will also occur.
Sunday, September 23
Monte Saint Michel & Cancale
Guided visit of Mont Saint Michel with its impressive Romanesque and Gothic abbey and the abbey church, as well as the Merveille, a 13th century three-story collection of rooms and passageways, built around and on top of the Monastery. Also visit the Museum about the “Birth of the Bay” situated close to Mont Saint Michel. The “Maison de la Baie” explains the history of the Bay on an audiovisual tour. It helps you understand the astonishing natural phenomena which have given the Bay its unique character.
City of "Flat Oysters", Cancale faces the Mont Saint Michel. It is a small, picturesque fishing port renowed for its oyster farming and beautiful landscape. Enjoy a walk on the beach, sea activities and savor the most delicate French flat oysters.
Monday, September 24
Sightseeing - Dinard & Malo
Not only are there walks along the seafront amid superb scenery, sports and leisure activities, entertainment, sea trips and trips along the River Rance to enjoy, but also the simple pleasures of the beach and bathing in the summer, and bracing walks when the air grows cooler. After a good walk to work up your appetite, why not make yourself comfortable in one of the many restaurants or crêperies.
Saint Malo is a fortified city built in granite rock known for its castle, the cathedral of Saint Vincent, its 14th century ramparts which overlook the sea, and famous corsairs.
Tuesday, September 25
Sightseeing - Cap Fréhel
At the very end of 300 acres of wild land is one of Brittany’s most impressive sites. 70 metres above the sea, Cap Fréhel offers a breathtaking panorama from the “Pointe du Cotentin to the “Ile de Béhat”.