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Its untamed coastline, charming towns, and the memory of World War II make Normandy a must-see.

Our Favorite Normandy Tours

A Road Trip Through Normandy for Foodies

7 days | Premium | From 4,299 pp
Spend seven days driving and eating your way through Normandy. This is a perfect mix of gastronomy and sightseeing. A car means you’ll have the freedom to explore important sites like Impressionist ...
Self-Drive Trips & Tours, Wine & Food

A Short Trip to Normandy from Flower Coast to Etretat Cliffs

4 days | Luxury | From $4,699 pp
This short private tour offers the perfect experience for those captivated by architecture and famous beaches. Fly along the coast in a helicopter and appreciate the beautiful natural panoramas that ...
History & Culture

A Short Trip to Normandy from the D-day Beaches to the Mont Saint-Michel

4 days | Luxury | From $5,099 pp
Explore the ins and outs of Normandy with this short  yet fantastic 4 day trip. Tour the beaches of Normandy such as Omaha Beach and the various cemetaries, a historic and quiet moment for fallen ...
History & Culture

A Historic Trip to Normandy

4 days | Premium | From $2,199 pp
Digest Normandy for exactly what it is, as you dive in to the stories of one of the most historic regions in France. Explore the various beaches used in World war II, take private guided tours of the ...
History & Culture

Exclusive Trip to Normandy

4 days | Excellence | From $9,199 pp
Enjoy the experience of an exclusive 4 day trip to Normandy. Through visiting various towns, a helicopter ride over some of Frances most famous beaches, a private after hour tour of the fabulous ...
History & Culture

Highlights, History, and Culture of Paris, Normandy, and Loire Valley

12 days | Luxury| From $12,699 pp
This trip offers the perfect blend of Paris and the Normandy region. You'll see the highlights of the City of Light including a full-day private guided tour of the city with the Louvre Museum, take a ...
History & Culture, Wine & Food

Luxury Trip to Paris, Normandy, and Loire Valley

12 days | Luxury | From $14,899 pp
This luxury tour mixes the must-sees with gourmet stops. Visit the simply unmissable Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau. Visit the royal town of Amboise, and taste Loire Valley wines ...
History & Culture, Honeymoons & Romance, Wine & Food

The Splendor of the City of Light and Discovery of Normandy

10 days | Premium | From $6,299 pp
This trip offers the perfect blend of Paris and the Normandy region. You'll see the highlights of the City of Light including a full-day private guided tour of the city with the Louvre Museum, take a ...
History & Culture, Wine & Food

The Best of Normandy in Luxury

6 days | Luxury | From $7,799 pp
5-star hotels and private chauffeur-guides ensure that you don’t miss a thing. Begin in charming Deauville and the Côte Fleurie to see the stunning Cliffs of Etretat, Honfleur, and the spots the ...
History & Culture, Honeymoons & Romance

Normandy in Depth

Get to know the Normandy

From the Norman conquest of England to the monumental allied victories on the D-Day beaches, this region has hosted some of Europe’s most significant events. The frigid waters produce wonderful seafood while the fertile green pastures of the interior Pays d’Auge yield delicious creamy cheeses, crisp ciders, and fiery Calvados apple brandy. The natural beauty of the dramatic cliffs and wild seaside, specifically the striking Etretat, inspired impressionists like Monet. Picture-perfect villages, like romantic Honfleur, and imposing castles, like the Château de Caen, dot the landscape. Claude Monet’s Gardens in Giverny are a favorite. 

Beautiful garden in Normandy, France

History

Normandy has a compelling history from Viking invasion, to Joan of Arc, and WWII. William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, invaded England from here in 1066 to become the King of England. He forever changed England’s history and language. The legendary Battle of Hastings is immortalized on the intricate, well-preserved and 68-foot long (20-meter) Bayeux Tapestry. Throughout the Hundred Years War, the region shifted between English and French control leaving behind numerous medieval castles. On D-Day, July 6th, 1944, over 45,000 allied troops landed on the Norman beaches, a key victory in the liberation of Nazi-controlled Europe. The Memorial Museum in Caen offers an immersive and comprehensive dive into the Battle of Normandy and wider WWII history. 

Memorial Museum in Normandy, France

Food

Cream and apples are a huge part of Norman cooking, along with memorable local seafood. Try the moules à la crème Normande to have all three in one dish. Seafood fans should be sure to try the local specialties including Coquille Saint-Jacques, giant scallops served from the shell alongside shrimp and mussels with a gratin and the Marmite Dieppoise, a seafood stew with butter, cider, and crème fraîche.

Typical food from Normandy

When to go

When to go: April, September, and October offer comfortable temperatures without the summer crowds. 

The maritime climate can mean that the weather is hard to predict. A rainy, windy day may be followed by a lovely one. It rains throughout the year. Summers are generally cool. Winters are mild. Important sites can be crowded in the summer. 

By Train: There are daily trains from Paris’ Gare Saint-Lazare to multiple locations in Normandy. Trains to Rouen take around an hour and around two to Caen or Le Havre.

By Car: The western coast of Normandy is around a two and a half-hour drive from Paris.

What to eat and drink:

Cheese: Creamy Camembert is one of the world’s great cheeses. It is often imitated elsewhere, but make it a point to try the real one, Camembert de Normandie, while you’re here. Make an effort to try the raw milk versions of these cheeses. They are a delight and unavailable in many countries. Creamy Pont l’Eveque and Neufchâtel,  a heart-shaped soft cheese, are other fantastic choices.

Camembert cheese of Normandy, France

Cider and Calvados: Normandy’s weather makes it a premier apple-growing region. Try the artisanal cider.

If you’re looking for something stronger, Normandy’s apple brandy, calvados, is a treat.

Cider typical food in Normandy

 

Experience Normandy

Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel is one of France’s emblematic sites. The 10th-century Benedictine abbey seemingly rises out of the sea itself. Connected to the mainland by a tidal causeway, dramatic rising tides turn the rock into an island. The abbey has been ... Show More »Mont-Saint-Michel is one of France’s emblematic sites. The 10th-century Benedictine abbey seemingly rises out of the sea itself. Connected to the mainland by a tidal causeway, dramatic rising tides turn the rock into an island. The abbey has been ...

Mont-Saint-Michel is one of France’s emblematic sites. The 10th-century Benedictine abbey seemingly rises out of the sea itself. Connected to the mainland by a tidal causeway, dramatic rising tides turn the rock into an island. The abbey has been an important pilgrimage site for centuries. Explore the quaint streets that wind uphill lined with charming shops. 

 

D-Day Beaches and Pointe du Hoc

North of Bayeux rest the iconic D-Day beaches where thousands of brave allied troops gave their lives to liberate France, and eventually Europe, from German-occupation during WWII. Whether you’re most interested in the American, Canadian, or ... Show More »North of Bayeux rest the iconic D-Day beaches where thousands of brave allied troops gave their lives to liberate France, and eventually Europe, from German-occupation during WWII. Whether you’re most interested in the American, Canadian, or ...

North of Bayeux rest the iconic D-Day beaches where thousands of brave allied troops gave their lives to liberate France, and eventually Europe, from German-occupation during WWII. Whether you’re most interested in the American, Canadian, or British sites, French Side Travel, can arrange your private guided tour. Explore the moving sites that hosted the pivotal battles and pay your respects to the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting. The moving and solemn American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer is a powerful place of remembrance. On Pointe du Hoc, between the Omaha and Utah beaches, the US rangers heroically captured German artillery. The rugged cliffs are largely untouched, with bomb craters, bunkers and casements still visible. 

 

Rouen

Located only two hours from Paris, Rouen is a handsome French city with an attractive medieval quarter and a deep historical legacy. Explore the winding streets and delightful half-timbered houses. The towering Gothic cathedral, located in the city ... Show More »Located only two hours from Paris, Rouen is a handsome French city with an attractive medieval quarter and a deep historical legacy. Explore the winding streets and delightful half-timbered houses. The towering Gothic cathedral, located in the city ...

Located only two hours from Paris, Rouen is a handsome French city with an attractive medieval quarter and a deep historical legacy. Explore the winding streets and delightful half-timbered houses. The towering Gothic cathedral, located in the city center, was a frequent subject of Monet’s paintings, some of which can be observed in the nearby Musée des Beaux-Arts. The central square was the location of French heroine Saint Joan of Arc’s untimely death. The Historical Jeanne d’Arc is a comprehensive museum detailing her legacy. 

 

Honfleur and the Côte Fleurie

You have already seen Honfleur on canvas. This picturesque Norman port was a favorite of impressionist painters including Monet. The ever-changing light and architecture around the port, Le Vieux Bassin, make it one of France’s most beautiful. ... Show More »You have already seen Honfleur on canvas. This picturesque Norman port was a favorite of impressionist painters including Monet. The ever-changing light and architecture around the port, Le Vieux Bassin, make it one of France’s most beautiful. ...

You have already seen Honfleur on canvas. This picturesque Norman port was a favorite of impressionist painters including Monet. The ever-changing light and architecture around the port, Le Vieux Bassin, make it one of France’s most beautiful. Today it is a very lively place for a café stop or a summer promenade. Although it is the tall houses around the harbor that have made Honfleur famous, the streets here in its old town are also full of charming half-timber medieval buildings. The Church of Sainte-Catherine is not to be missed. It is France’s largest wooden church. The material and large windows gives it a warmer feeling that sets  it apart from France’s typical Gothic churches.

Favorite Hotels

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Hôtel Tardif Noble Guesthouse

4-Star Hotel
Les Villas d'Arromanches | 4-Star Hotel
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Les Villas d'Arromanches

4-Star Hotel
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Hôtel & Spa Les Maisons de Léa

4-Star Hotel
La Ramade | 4-Star Hotel
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La Ramade

4-Star Hotel
La Ferme Saint-Siméon | 5-Star Hotel
Luxury

La Ferme Saint-Siméon

5-Star Hotel
Luxury

L'Ermitage Mont Saint-Michel

5-Star Hotel
Luxury

Chateau La Chenevière

5-Star Hotel
Hotel Villa Lara and Villa Augustine | 5-Star Hotel
Luxury

Hotel Villa Lara and Villa Augustine

5-Star Hotel

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