It would take a lot longer than 8 days to discover just a few of Normandy’s charms but we’ve done our best to create an interesting and extremely comprehensive but essentially unhurried tour of this fascinating Province. You’ll observe from the coast and inland some of the attractions it has to offer. Our inland location is Mortain where we used to visit frequently many years ago when the legendary Mr Eveillard was the owner. The hotel has been renovated and the terrace spruced up and a small swimming pool added. Its cuisine was the big feature! From here we travel to Bayeux and will make some easy excursions to the Landing Beaches and coast.
Saturday - We pick up as shown below and travel to Portsmouth where we catch the overnight sailing to St Malo at 2015. A 2-berth cabin is provided (but upgrades are possible at extra cost).
Sunday - On arrival in France at 0815 we head eastwards and inland to the spa town of Bagnoles de la l’Orne. Here we’ll pause for sightseeing and take a stroll around the lake and have refreshment. We resume our drive to the small town of Mortain and check into the modest 2* Hotel de la Poste. We stay for two nights with buffet breakfast and dinner with wine each evening.
Monday - This morning we return to the coast to visit Mont St Michel, one of France’s most treasured historical sites. We return to Mortain in the mid-afternoon making this quite a leisurely day .
Tuesday - This morning we leave Mortain and head northwards to the Villedieu-les-Poëles, a famous copper town, where we stop for sightseeing. In the early afternoon we continue our drive northwards and eventually reach Bayeux and check into the 3* Hotel Campanile just off the town centre for three nights.
Wednesday - This morning we are heading back to the coast to visit Arromanches. In the early afternoon we drive the short distance to the small fishing port of Port en Bessin. We return to Bayeux for dinner and overnight.
Thursday - After breakfast we’ll drive east and our first stop will be at a Calvados/Cider maker Pere Magliore, the oldest distillery in France. From here we drive into the charming port and resort of Honfleur where we spend the rest of the day.
Friday - We leave the hotel after breakfast and drive along the coast past the Landing Beaches of June 1944 to the centre of Caen where we spend the rest of our time in Normandy.
Finally we continue to Ouistreham to have dinner and then catch the 2300 sailing to England.
Saturday - This arrives in Portsmouth at 0645 and after disembarkation, the coach carries on to the original pick up points.
The cost includes: all travel by executive coach; ferry crossing twice with cabin on overnight sailing; five nights 2* and 3* hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast and dinner with wine; final dinner; all excursions as described.
Single supplement £160
Pick up points: Plymouth - Newton Abbot - Exeter - Bridport - Portsmouth