Welcome to Normandy!
Normandy Heritage & Lifestyle is a 3-day Gourmet and Cultural original Tour departing from Paris.
Lifestyle Vacations France original program features Claude Monet’s House & Gardens in Giverny, Bayeux and D-Day sites, Pays d’Auge quaint villages and Honfleur.
This all-inclusive tour includes daily breakfasts, lunch and dinners in traditional and Michelin restaurant, luxury Guest House accommodation in Bayeux, Guided visits and entrance to the sites, Transfers and transportation by private SUV car or Van.
The tour is escorted by Corinne Preteur personally and it’s offered for 2 to 6 people.
Le Manoir des Tilleuls luxury Guest House Accommodation
This elegant guesthouse is a 18th-century entirely renovated manor located in the historic quarter, steps to the cathedral, to the tapestry museum and to the lime trees planted square. Le Manoir des Tilleuls offers 5 beautifully decorated rooms, each with its private en-suite bathrooms. Rooms are spacious and furnished with stylish antiques while providing all modern comfort. Although the house is in town, it overlooks a beautifully designed tree shaded garden where you will appreciate to rest after a long day of visits.
Giverny, the village which Claude Monet supreme impressionist master as well as American artists fell in love with.
The painters found a source of inspiration in such a beautiful environment of chalk cliffs, fields, rivers, and light. Claude Monet lived in Giverny for almost 43 years (1883-1926). With an unlimited passion for gardening and colors, the Master designed his flower and water gardens like works of art. In walking through the house and gardens, you feel the atmosphere that reigned at Monet’s home and the marvel at the floral compositions and, his greatest source of inspiration. You will visit his house, gardens and Japanese prints collection. The passion Monet felt for Japan led him to introduce Japanese touches into the completely original universe he had created in Giverny. The inspiration he drew from the Japanese art of gardens is clearly visible in the planning of the pond which he transformed into a spectacular « water garden » (elements of vegetation, water Lily pond, etc).
Bayeux is a charming little town of 15000 inhabitants located 6 miles (10km) from the D-Day sites. During the world War II, Bayeux was extremely fortunate to avoid most of the destruction and tragedy following D-Day that other Normandy towns such as Caen suffered. By chance, visitors can today enjoy a beautifully preserved town with typical streets, medieval houses, water mills, and cathedral. But the attraction is linked to the middle-ages with the world-famous Unesco-listed tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066. This exceptionally ambitious piece of craftsmanship, measuring over 230ft (70m) in length, was most likely ordered by William the Conqueror’s half-brother, the warring Bishop Odo of Bayeux.
D-Day Sites ∼ Via large or small screen, we all think we know the Normandy landing beaches, stretching from Utah Beach to Sword Beach west to east, But nothing quite prepares you for a walk on the sites. All of them have significant museums in which to discover their riveting stories. The fifty-four miles of coast are littered with WWII museums, monuments, cemeteries and battle remains left in tribute to the courage of British, Canadian and American armies that successfully carried out the largest military operation in history: D-Day. On these serene beaches, at the crack dawn on June 6, 1944, the Allies finally gained a foothold in France. From this moment, Nazi Europe was destined to crumble. Pointe du Hoc is a D-Day tale of courage and resilience, a site where US Rangers scaled the sheer cliff-face (using rope ladders) to seize the German fortification here, four miles west of Omaha beach. You will visit Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc and the WWII Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, the resting place for nearly 10,000 Americans who died on the nearby beaches.
Pays d’Auge with its stunning countryside villages are well known for stud farms, cheeses and apple groves, brandy distilleries, and quaint villages with half-timbered houses. The itinerary follows a part of the Cider Route through Beuvron-en-Auge, Cambremer, Bonnebosq, etc. All along winding roads, you will enjoy the charm of the countryside, pastures, orchards, chateaux and manor houses.
Honfleur is as historic as artistic. One of the major port at the 17th century, this little seaside town features remarkable architectural heritage still today with its inland harbor lined with slate-covered frontage houses, an impressing former salt storage building “Grenier à Sel”, narrow cobble-stone streets with antique and designer shops, art galleries, and very good restaurants. Honfleur is the birth place of Eugene Boudin, 19-year older than Monet, one of the most influencing impressionist master who was the first one to take his easel outside and paint the landscapes live.
Day 1 – Welcome to Paris & Transfer to Giverny
Eearly morning pick-up at your hotel in Paris.
One-hour private transfer to Giverny.
Morning guided visit to Monet’s House and Gardens and walk through the village
Lunch in Giverny gourmet restaurant.
Transfer to Bayeux after lunch (it takes +/- 2h30).
Check-in at Le Manoir des Tilleuls in Bayeux.
Walk through Bayeux and time free at your leisure.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Day 2 – D-Day Sites (Utah, Pointe du Hoc, Colleville)
After breakfast, transfer to Utah Beach.
Guided visit to Utah Beach (4th US Division) Museum.
We’ll stop in Sainte-Mère-Église (82nd US Airborne) on the way to Sainte-Marie-du Mont.
Lunch in a Crêperie.
Afternoon tour to La Pointe du Hoc (2nd US Rangers) and to Colleville s/Mer American Cemetery then.
Transfer to Bayeux end afternoon.
Time free at your leisure.
Gourmet dinner in a Michelin restaurant.
Day 3 – Bayeux, Honfleur, Transfer to Paris
Check-out after breakfast.
Morning visit to Bayeux legendary Tapestry Museum, featuring the epic adventure of William the Conqueror in 1066.
Transfer to Honfleur through the Pays d’Auge.
Gourmet lunch in Honfleur Michelin restaurant.
Afternoon guided walking tour through this historic quaint little town including the visit to Eugene Boudin (Claude Monet’s master teacher) Museum.
Late afternoon transfer to your hotel in Paris.
End of the tour.
US$ 2,280.00 per person (DBL occupancy)
Single supplement: US$190
All taxes & VAT included.
Paris round-trip transfer and transportation by private van,
2-night Le Manoir des Tilleuls luxury Guest House accommodation,
Daily breakfasts, lunch and dinners,
3-day guided tour departing from Paris as detailed in the itinerary above.
Not included: Wine in restaurants, Personal expenses, Personal insurance, and all which is not mentioned in “price includes”.
2022 Tour Dates
May 11-13 (Wednesday-Friday) / 2 spots available
Other dates can be added upon request. Please contact us.
Tour is limited to 6 participants. Reservation in advance is strongly recommended.