Normandy and Brittany

Tour two regions of France with Froggy Travel on our Normandy and Brittany Luxury Trip. Discover prehistoric sites, explore Mont Saint Michel, see Norman and Gothic architecture and landscapes captured by the Impressionists as well WWII sites and more.

Normandy and Brittany Trip

 

Tour WWII sites, Calvados and rough SEAS,

On our Normandy and Brittany trip you will tour two distinct regions of France that boast larger-than-life personalities, legacies of conquests and conquerors and stunning land and seascapes. In Brittany, discover megalithic sites and Celtic origins, as well as a culture influenced by the sea. In Normandy, explore Mont Saint Michel, Norman and Gothic architecture, and landscapes captured by the Impressionists, as well as Normandy's connections to the liberation of Europe in World War II.

feb. 28 - Mar. 5, 2019 / 6 NIGHTS-6 full days/COST: $2,295 per person

double occupancy - 8 seats ONLY for thIS superb tRIP.

info@froggytravel.com

301 364 5050

B=breakfast / L= lunch / D=dinner

 

Day 1 | thursday PARIS TO honfleur AND bayeux

L / D

After a day or two visiting the SIMA in Paris, your tour director will pick you up at your hotel in the morning to head west.

You will have lunch after walking the cobbled streets of the charming port of Honfleur. A stroll in the meandering lanes will allow you to admire medieval and traditional Normand houses, the 15th-century Sainte-Catherine church, with a bell tower separated from the principal building is the largest church made of wood in France; the Saint Etienne church built in the 14th-century, the two remaining “Grenier a Sel” (salt barns) which were used to store 10 metric tons each of the precious preservative for the fishing industry. This picturesque old port, characterized by its slate-covered frontage houses, is where artists including Courbet, Boudin, Claude Monet, and Jongkind, were inspired to paint. These artists founded École de Honfleur which contributed to the birth of the Impressionist movement. Samuel de Champlain left his home town to found Quebec city.

Still driving west toward Bayeux, we will stop by a distillery for a tasting of the local beverages, hard cider, and the famous Calvados, you will be able to buy some bottles directly. If time permit we could stop by a cheese farm to discover the “three kings” of Normandy: Camembert, Pont L’eveque and Livarot cheese.

Convivial group dinner and night in Bayeux.

L / D

day 2 | friday

D-DAY TOUR

B / L

We will spend the full day exploring some of the most important sites of this pivotal point in the war. A historian will guide us from the cliff of Pointe du Hoc to Arromanches, via Omaha beach and the American cemetery, to help us better understand this special moment in history.

Lunch on the road.

Dinner on your own and second night in Bayeux.

B - L

Day 3 | SATURDAY

bAYEUX AND

THE mONT sAINT mICHEL

B / L / D

After breakfast, we will spend time at the city museum for the Queen Mathilde Tapestry, the first historical “comic strip” (dated 1077). The tapestry is more than 200 feet long and describes the invasion of England by the Normand of Guillaume le Conquerant in great details. Hint: an easy way to figure out who is who is to look at the men; the Englishmen wear a mustache while the Normand have their face and neck shaved.

Mid morning drive to the Mont Saint Michel.

Aubert, bishop of Avranches built the first church on the island, consecrated October 16 of the year 709. Then in 966 to the request of the Duke of Normandy a Benedictine community was established building the pre-romanesque church before the year 1000. Lunch on the island before an afternoon visit guided by a historian.
Group Dinner in Cancale. Night in Saint Malo.

B / L / D

Day 4 | SUNDAY

tHE CITIES OF SAINT MALO, DINARD AND DINAN

B / L / D

A full day to leisurely visit three very different and charming towns.

The walled city of Saint-Malo at the mouth of the Rance River was a fortified island in the medieval times. Later it became the home of corsairs (privateers) and pirates. The corsairs were forcing English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute; controlling all trade they brought great wealth to the town. Jacques Cartier, the discoverer of Canada, lived in and sailed from Saint-Malo.

Dinard, a XIX century resort and finally Dinan known for its Breton medieval ramparts, cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Dinan Castle has a 14th-century keep and the Tour du Coëtquen, a 15th-century artillery tower.

Group dinner and second night in Saint Malo.

B - L - D

day 5 | Monday

Brittany Coast

B / L / D

Driving along the jagged Northern Brittany coast we will stop by the Fort de La Latte for an interesting visit of this spectacular site. The harbors of Tregastel, Ploumanech, Perros-Guirec are on the way to the town of Morlaix for dinner and the night

B - L - D

day 6 | tuesday

MORLAIX AND CARANTEC

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Bretagne has a very strong identity, it is a region of traditions, with a specific culture and dark legends. It’s ancient Gaelic tongue is still spoken and taught in school. Let’s discover this wonderful region by driving along the “Emerald” taking us to the bay of Morlaix, a superb road following the river eponymous all the way to the harbor of Carantec facing the Fort du Taureau.

A little bit of history about this fort: In 1520, after the failure of the “Camp du Drap d’Or” meeting, England made an alliance with Charles Quint of Spain against France. Two years later, the English attacked Cherbourg and sailed towards Morlaix. The date chosen for the aggression was the annual fair of Guingamp where all the population, soldiers and nobles will be, leaving Morlaix defenseless. A fleet of 60 ships approached the coast after disembarking hundreds of soldiers disguised in merchants who entered Morlaix at night; not encountering any resistance, they sacked, burned, plundered, ate and drank everything they could find. In the meantime, the warships were blocked by cut trees thrown in the river’s bed. The next morning, alerted by fleeing inhabitants, the army or Guy XVI de Laval arrived to massacre the entire troop of English soldiers, still drunk and sleeping. A fort built at the river’s mouth to prevent another invasion was completed in 1544.

We will be in Saint Brieuc train station to catch a 3:30pm TGV train direct to CDG airport where you will spend the night (cost included) allowing a stress free morning departure.

B - L

day 7 |Wednesday

Arrival home same day in the afternoon.


NORMANDY AND BRITTANY TRIP

RATES + Dates + REGISTRATION

feb. 28 - Mar. 5, 2019 / 6 NIGHTS-6 full days/COST: $2,295 per person

double occupancy - 8 seats ONLY for thIS superb tRIP.

6 NIGHTS (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY) / LUNCHES AND DINNERS AS DESCRIBED ABOVE / TRAIN / TRANSFERS / ALL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES

info@froggytravel.com

301 364 5050