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Well Arranged Travel is a tour operator company based in the United States with solid service partners in Normandy. They offer customized private Normandy tours with expert tour guides. Also offered are private transportation – cars, vans, buses for any size groups interested in touring Normandy. They can create expertly designed tour itinerary that delivers an unforgettable Normandy tour.
Normandy is France at its dreamiest, where the green, cow-dotted countryside meets the chalky white cliffs of the English Channel (La Manche in French). Castles and cathedrals from Normandy’s illustrious past, as well as farms producing world-renown cider and Camembert cheese, grace the picturesque landscape. Located in the northwest corner of France, Normandy makes for an easy day or weekend trip from Paris.
The Normandy region is rich in history, from the arrival of William the Conqueror in 1066 to the D-Day landings in 1944. Normandy has been inhabited since ancient times by peoples including the Celts, Romans, Franks and Vikings. The individualistic province enjoyed a period of independence while run by the powerful dukes of Normandy, later rebelling against its subsequent conquerors and enduring the ravages of two wars.
The region is divided into Upper Normandy, whose capital Rouen, is home to one of France’s most stunning cathedrals, and Lower Normandy, whose capital, Caen, is a favorite port for shore excursions in the region. Normandy offers something for every visitor, whether you are interested in impressionist art, fine cheese, WWII history or cathedrals.
Highlighted Attractions and Sightseeing Destinations in Normandy Include:
- Giverny: Home and and gardens of the great Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, and the Giverny Museum of Impressionism – formerly the Museum of American art.
- Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy since Roman times. Rouen’s most popular monument is the Grosse Horloge, a clock from 1527 with its superb dome-crowned belfry. The Notre Dame de Rouen Cathedral is one of the most beautiful examples of French Gothic, immortalized over 20 times by Claude Monet.
- Caen: This medieval town heavily damaged during WWII, but still boasts several important landmarks. Caen is known for its historical buildings, including its huge medieval fortress, an 11th century castle built by William the Conqueror and the Men’s abbey where William the Conqueror is buried.
- The Normandy Landing Beaches: These beaches, most notably Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, and Utah Beach, were the site of the D-Day landings in World War II. The landings and the thousands of soldiers who gave their lives are commemorated in monuments, museums and mausoleums here.
- Bayeux, home to one of the oldest tapestries in the world. The 230-foot-long medieval cloth depicts the events surrounding the 1066 Norman invasion of England, which began here. Visit the tapestry museum in Bayeux.
- Cabourg, a seaside resort known for its long sandy beach, casino and racetrack.
- Beuvron-en-Auge, known for its unique architectural heritage: multi-colored, half-timbered homes best exemplified by the 16th century Vieux Manoir in the village’s oval shaped square.
- Honfleur: Located on the Seine estuary, this port town has an unforgettable ambiance that has inspired artists, writers and musicians for centuries. St. Catherine’s church is the largest wooden church in France.
- Cheese & Cider Route: A beautiful route through the apple orchards and dairy farms of the Normandy countryside where local delicacies as Camembert and Calvados (apple brandy) are made.
- Mont Saint Michel, whose namesake bay boasts one of the world’s highest tidal ranges. The 8th century Abbey here has been a major cultural and pilgrimage center since the Middle Ages.
- Le Cité de la Mer, Cherbourg: This bustling port town features a museum dedicated to underwater exploration, notably the Redoutable, the world’s biggest visitable submarine.
While Normandy is best most for its Camembert cheese and Calvados apple brandy, the region boasts many other culinary delights visitors will want to try. Its access to the coast makes fresh seafood, including lobster, clams, whelks, scallops, mussels and oysters, a staple of many Normandy dishes, while the abundance of dairy cattle in the area lend itself to dishes, rich with cheese, butter and cream. One interesting hyperlocal dish to look out for is “Pré-Salé” or pre-salted, lamb, made from sheep raised on the salt marshes surrounding Mont St Michel.
Popular Normandy day trips include our D-Day in Normandy Tour, featuring the historic landing beaches and battlefields of Normandy, and the Cheese & Cider Route Tour, where you will sample locally produced Camembert and apple brandy and learn about the history of this craft. Most destinations can be combined to meet your interests, such as coupling a trip to Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny with a stop in the resort town of Honfleur. Our private, custom Normandy day trips and mini-tours from Normandy are conducted by expert tour guides with private transportation.