Wessex Continental Travel

Jazz in Normandy 5 days

On this holiday to Normandy we’ll be based at the 3*Novotel just off the centre of Bayeux, the first city in Normandy to be liberated in 1944 and briefly the capital of France. Our excursions will give you a rare insight to the culture and history of the region and we’ve tried to strike a balance between the ancient and the modern so that there’s something for everyone in addition to their appreciation of jazz.

On the first day, Saturday, we’ll drive to Portsmouth where we catch the overnight sailing to St Malo. The ship sails at 2015 and this affords us a nice relaxing cruise to France. A 2-berth cabin is provided but if you’d prefer a larger cabin they are available at a supplement.
On arrival in France at 0815 on Sunday we head along the coast past Mont St Michel and Avranches before continuing northwards to the little town of Villedieu-les-Poëles, famous for its copper industry. We’ll stop for a little sightseeing and refreshment and then resume our journey to Bayeux. After checking in, there’s time for relaxation before dinner and afterwards the Band will play for your enjoyment.
On Monday we travel to park in the centre of Bayeux where we’ll stay for a while in this historic city. In the afternoon we continue to the coast and Arromanches, setting for the famous Mulberry Harbour in WWII. We stop for refreshment and then drive along the coast road to the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach before turning inland and thus back to the hotel for dinner and entertainment.
On Tuesday we will drive north eastwards to Honfleur where we spend the morning in this charming port and resort. In the early afternoon we have a visit to an important Calvados maker. We’ll get back to the hotel in the late afternoon. After dinner, the Band will play for your pleasure.
On Wednesday we leave the hotel and travel to Bénouville where the famous Pegasus Bridge was located. We carry on to Ouistreham and the 1400 sailing to Portsmouth and we anticipate that the Band will play a session during the crossing. The ship arrives in England at 1915 and after disembarkation the coach will return to the original pick up points, meaning for a late arrival at Plymouth.

The cost includes: travel by executive coach; ferry sailing with cabin on overnight crossing(cabin upgrades available); three nights 3* hotel accommodation; breakfast and dinner with wine; excursions as described; music by the Roger Marks Cornish Armada Jazz Band; Tour Escort.

Departure date

October 7th £489

Single supplement £110
4-berth cabin £25 (Per Cabin)
4-berth outside cabin £35 (Per cabin)

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Pick ups: Liskeard-Saltash-Plymouth-Newton Abbot-Exeter-Bridport-Portsmouth

Listen and watch the Band