Day 1 – July 12th , Tuesday
We’ll meet up at Porte Maillot to leave Paris around 9:30 am to head out for our first stop – Monet‘s incomparable gardens that inspired his iconic water lily paintings. In July they’ll be in full bloom! After a leisurely trip of the house and gardens, we’ll have a lovely lunch on the terrace at the historic Hotel Baudy. You’ll want to checkout the little workshop in the back where Monet once painted his nude models. It looks like he just left yesterday.
After a scenic drive through the Norman countryside we’ll arrive in the enchanting port village of Honfleur. Historically it was an inspiration for artists and the town still hosts a myriad of art galleries. Upon arrival, you can either take time to rest in your room, or join a little trip of the town.
We will meet for champagne at the our charming and romantic hotel La Maison de Lucie before heading out to dinner at the lovely Restaurant La Chaumiere with breathtaking views of the sea.
Hotel: La Maisonde Lucie
Day 2 – July 13th, Wednesday
This morning we we’ll visit what is undoubtedly the most extraordinary sight of theNormandy coast: Étretat. The imposing cliffs and the impressive villas all speak to the glamorous transformation of this small fishing port into a fashionable seaside resort. It has beguiled artists and writers such as Monet, Courbet and De Maupassant, and was loved by Marie Antoinette.
We will visit the village, the pebbled beach and the innovative Gardens of Étretat.
For lunch we’ll enjoy local fare with panoramic views over the cliffs at the Dormy House.
In the afternoon we’ll explore the thatched roof houses characteristic of Normandy. Depending on time and weather we’ll wander through the storybook town of Veules-les-Roses or follow the thatched cottage route.
Before dinner we’ll stroll along the boardwalk in Deauville, famous as a playground for Paris’ rich and famous before having a cozy seafood dinner at La Petite Auberge Sur Mer in nearby Trouville-sur-Mer.
Hotel: La Maisonde Lucie
Day 3 – July 14th, Thursday
This morning we’ll head to the colorful fish market on the coast in Port enBessin-Huppain before visiting the D-Day Landing Beaches and Cemeteries.
For lunch we’ll head to the nearby town of Bayeux which is home to the incredible, world-famous Bayeux Tapestry which dates back to the 11th century and depicts the events leading to the Norman Conquest of England. We’ll view the Tapestry at its dedicated museum and then enjoy a light lunch.
We’ll continue on by visiting the beautiful villages of Beauvron-En-Auge with its half-timbered houses and Pont L’Eveque, renowned for cheese and Calvados production. We will enjoy a cider, cheese and calvados tasting.
We will celebrate our last night in Honfleur with a convivial meal along the port.
Hotel: La Maison de Lucie
Day 4 – July 15th, Friday
This morning we check-out of our hotel and head to the western coast of Normandy. The port town of Granville was the childhood home of Christian Dior. His home has recently been renovated into a charming museum.
After lunch in a local bistro we’ll head next door to Brittany to visit the quaint town of Dinan which has cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses.
In the early evening we’ll arrive to the walled city of Saint Malo where we’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset before dining at Le Beurre Bordier owned by the famous butter company!
Hotel: Le Grand Be
Day 5 – July 16th, Saturday
Today we head out by boat to the Channel Island of Jersey. It’s only a short 1 and half hour ferry ride from Saint-Malo to arrive in merry old England.
We’ll leave in the morning, explore the capital city of St. Helier as well as the Elizabeth Castle.
Lunch today will be at Callum Graham’s Bohemia, a one Michelin restaurant considered one of the UK’s best.
In the afternoon we’ll stroll and explore the island before heading back to Saint Malo.
In the evening we’ll enjoy a light dinner at our hotel.
Hotel: Le Grand Be
Day 6 – July 17th, Sunday
In the morning we’ll visit magical Mont Saint Michel with an expert guide. After strolling about the winding streets and visiting the Abbey we’ll enjoy a rustic lunch at Ferme Saint Michel.
After our repas we’ll follow the beautiful coastline in time to enjoy a trip of the oyster farms in Cancale.
Tonight for a change of culinary pace, we’ll savor a special dinner at the La Table Breizh Cafe in Cancale, which is a Michelin-Starred Japanese restaurant.
Day 7 – July 18th, Monday
In the morning we’ll check out of the hotel and head to Rouen. On the way we’ll stop at Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conqueror and his imposing castle.
We’ll stop for lunch and some yummy cheese in Camembert.In the afternoon we’ll arrive in Rouen and visit the majestic gothic cathedral to which Monet dedicated numerous paintings.
In the evening we’ll culminate our trip where Julia Child had her first life-altering meal in France : La Couronne which is the oldest auberge in France dating back to 1345.
Hotel: Hotel de Bourgtheroulde
Day 8 – July 22nd, Thursday
This morning, after a leisurely breakfast we’ll head back to Paris where we’ll arrive before noon.
GG2P always reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!
NOTE -> Not to worry – Vegetarians will be well fed in all cafés and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood or gluten. Options are plentiful.