Picture Perfect Normandy + the Channel Islands

  • July 15th – 22nd, 2021
  • France
  • France
  • July 15th – 22nd, 2021
  • 8 Days/7 Nights
  • 7-12 Guests

Overview

Full of contrasts, Normandy enchants and inspires with every bend in its country roads. From the rolling hills dotted with cows to its impressive rugged coastline; from its fairy-tale villages to its glorious cathedrals; it is a place that literally embraces you and transports you. No wonder the impressionists saw it as a canvas full of inspiration.

Highlights:

  • Visiting the beautiful cliffs of Étretat and its glorious gardens
  • Exploring the Channel Islands and the bay of Mont Saint Michel by boat
  • Optional trip to visit the D-Day beaches
  • Dine at two different Michelin Starred restaurants, one in France the other in the UK
  • Visiting magnificent Mont St. Michel
  • Viewing the 900-year-old Bayeux Tapestry
  • Discovering an imposing medieval castle, birthplace of William the Conqueror
  • Tasting briny locally grown oysters from the producer
  • Wandering through fairytale, off the beaten track, villages
  • Visiting Dior’s childhood home
  • Creamy cheese, Cider & Calvados tastings
  • Wandering through Honfleur, the seaside harbor which inspired so manyartists
  • Dining at the restaurant where Julia Child had her first meal in France

Just a short drive from Paris, we’ll explore the secrets and lore of this place that has charmed authors, painters, as well as movie stars and Michelin starred chefs. Its strategic position, hugging the southern Coast of the English Channel, has garnered it with a colorful and complex history, far before the D-Day invasion. We will walk in Monet’s footsteps through picture perfect villages, dine on delicious freshly caught seafood, and indulge in soft cheeses and sip cider and calvados. (While the rest of France focuses on the grape, Normandy is all about the apple). We will climb to the top of iconic Mont-Saint Michel, view the sunset from neighboring Saint-Malo and even make a day trip to the Channel Island of Jersey, a mere 9 miles from France.

It will be a memorable trip for all the senses. Come and savor with us all that Normandy has to offer. This trip will be led by GG2P colleague Katrin Hodapp, a 20-year resident of Paris and former literary agent.

Itinerary

Day 1 – July 15th , Thursday

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 16th, Friday

This morning wewe’llll 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 theinnovative 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 PetiteAubergeSurMer in nearby Trouville-sur-Mer.

Hotel: La Maisonde Lucie

Day 3 – July 17th, Saturday

This morning we’ll head to the colorful fish market on the coast in Port enBessin-Huppainbefore visiting the D-Day Landing Beaches and Cemeteries.

For Lunch we’ll head to the nearby town of Bayeux which is home to theincredible, world-famous BayeuxTapestry which dates back to the 11th century and depicts the events leading to the Norman Conquest of England.

We’ll have a light lunch before 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 and calvados tasting.

We will celebrate our last night in Honfleur with a convivial meal on the port.

Hotel: La Maison de Lucie

Day 4 – July 18th, Sunday

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 BeurreBordierowned by the famous butter company!

Hotel: Le Grand Be

Day 5 – July 19th, Monday 

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 20th, Tuesday 

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 repaswe’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 21st, Wednesday

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 Couronnewhich 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.

**Not to worry – Vegetarians will be well cared for in all cafés and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood. Options are plentiful.

Trip Cost

Price: $4,395*

* All our trips are organized and priced based on single occupancy at all the places we stay. If you’re traveling with a friend/relative, or would prefer to save some money by sharing a room, we can usually organize double occupancy and a reduction in cost.

Whats Included?

  • Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals and teas plus beer or wine with dinner.
  • All guides
  • Museum or other entry fees
  • All transport including transfers to and from the airport.

Whats Not Included?

  • Roundtrip airfare to France
  • Any additional spa treatments desired beyond what is described
  • Any personal souvenirs or purchases
  • Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals
  • Travel insurance (very highly recommended) and trip medical coverage (required for travelers over 50 years of age).

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