Would you like to experience a special VIP treatment during your Historic Normandy tour?
VIP Tours will give you full satisfaction taking you on this unforgettable journey of 2 days in Normandy that will introduce you to the most important and beautiful cities of Normandy: Rouen, Honfleur, Deauville and Bayeux.
Your private, licensed driver-guide who is a specialist of Normandy will pick you up at your hotel in a luxurious Mercedes minivan or car and tailor your tour to your specific wishes and needs.
On the way to Normandy (the drive lasts about 1 hour), your private driver-guide will give you an introduction to the history of Normandy.
Your first destination will be the impressive fortress of Château Gaillard, built by the King of England Richard Lion Heart in 1196 to bar the way to Rouen to the King of France.
During the visit of the castle you will have an outstanding view over the Seine Valley.
Then onto the Abbey of Jumièges that occupies a splendid site on the Lower Seine and that is without doubt one of the most impressive ruins in France. The galleries, the South Aisle, the nave, the transept crossing, the chancel and the roofless cloisters become alive before your eyes with the well-informed imagination of your private guide.
After the visit, we will book lunch for you in a very nice, typical French restaurant or brasserie (not included in the price).
After lunch, your private guide will drive you to Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy that has been developing since the Romans. You will start with a stroll through the old town where you will have a close look at the house of the Exchequer, the 15 C Archbishop Palace, the splendid Renaissance Palace of Justice, the “Grosse Horloge”, Rouen’s most popular monument, a clock from 1527 with its superb belfry topped by a dom. You will stop at the Place du Vieux Marche (Old Market Square) where Joan of Arc was burnt on a stake, before having a private guided visit of the cathedral Notre Dame de Rouen, one of the most beautiful examples of French Gothic, immortalized over 20 Times by Claude Monet…
You will finish the day by making a break in a French “patisserie” enjoying one of their delicious pastries.
You will spend the night in Rouen where, if you need, we could book your dinner in a restaurant or brasserie.
After breakfast, you will start your day driving to your first destination: Honfleur, located on the Seine estuary that has a holiday feeling all year around. Its character and ambiance have inspired painters, writers and musicians since centuries.
You will delight in walking around the old dock, the narrow winding streets where the fishing fleet unloads fresh fish and shellfish every day, stopping to admire the slate facades of the old houses.
After, we will book lunch for you in a very nice, typical French restaurant or brasserie (not included in the price) on the picturesque quayside of the old dock, you will have a closer look at the St Catherine’s church, a rare example in Western Europe constructed entirely of wood with its narrow massive oak belfry covered in chestnut wood.
Then, your private guide will drive you to Deauville, the very elegant seaside resort that owes its worldwide fame as much to the luxury and refinement of its establishments as its festive events such as the racing Grand Prix, the Polo World Championship and the prestigious American Film Festival.
You will walk along the “Planches”, a dark brown wood from Equatorial Africa, have a look at the impressive Casino de Deauville, the suspended gardens and fountains of the Centre International, the Yacht marina where you will enjoy a tea or coffee before leaving for your last destination: Bayeux, the first French town to be liberated by the Allies on June 7th 1944, very fortunate not to have been damaged during the War.
You will visit the Centre Guillaume le Conquerant (William the Conqueror’s Center) to give you a private guided visit of the Tapestry of Bayeux, a jewel of Romanesque (the oldest tapestry in the world 1067 by 203 feet long), that relates in a very realistic account the events of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and that is without doubt one of the most accurate and lively documents to survive from the Middle Ages, providing detailed information of the cloths, ships, arms and general lifestyle of that period.
Then, your private guide will drive you back to your hotel in Paris.
This tour due to the VIP treatment that we provide will leave you without doubt outstanding memories.
(Entrance tickets included).