Cider, Calvados brandy and Cheeses with cheeses named after the villages that produce them – Camembert, Liverot, and Pont l’Eveque
Departure Points: Paris
Calvados Villages Tour Includes: Private transportation, guide service, taxes, tolls, parking; cost of tasting cheese, cider and calvados brandy.
Your Normandy private tour of the Calvados villages begins with a visit to the seaside resort Cabourg, known for its long sandy beach, casino and racetrack. Author Marcel Proust was a frequent guest in the town’s Grand Hotel when it opened in the early 1900s. You’ll have a brief tour of the city center here before continuing on to Beuvron-en-Auge. Beuvron’s villagers take pride in keeping up their architectural heritage: multi-colored, half-timbered homes best exemplified by the 16th century Vieux Manoir in the village’s oval shaped square. Your Normandy tour guide will take you on a short walking tour of the town center.
The next stop of your Normandy tour will be Lisieux, home to a Carmel monastery where St. Therese spent many years in pious retreat. Lisieux and its gorgeous basilica, which you will visit, receives more than two million pilgrims a year.
The last stop of your Normandy tour will be to Liverot, a cheese- and brandy-making village famous for its namesake cheese. The soft, pungent cheese is nicknamed the Colonel as it has five stripes around it. You will enjoy a cheese-making demonstration and tasting here. Your final stop will be to a Calvados distillery, where you will learn how the region’s famous apple brandy is made, and sample the spirits of Calvados.
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