NORMANDY BRITTANY: BREATHE, LEARN, MARVEL
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FROM € 4400 PP
Our luxury holidays in Normandy take you to the heart of this historic Normandy through its architecture, its monuments, its places steeped in history and will also make you discover the Normandy of today, the culture and the know-how of those who live there.
You will go to the gates of Brittany, a region with an exceptional natural heritage, placed under the sign of water with a coastline that extends over 2700 km. As you will have understood, no one can stay in Brittany without knowing its coasts and its sea which punctuate the life of the Bretons.
LEARN AND MARVEL IN GIVERNY
Historic Normandy is your next stopover and a private transfer from Paris will take you to the birthplace of the Impressionist art movement, to the small village of Giverny made world famous by the painter Claude Monet who lived in his home, the Clos Normand for over forty years, until his death in 1926. You will marvel, touring his house and gardens, surrounded by flowerbeds and the Water Garden, planted with oriental plants and weeping willows, with its Japanese bridge painted in green and its water lilies, a floral masterpiece, which inspired many of its greatest masterpieces, including the “Water Lilies” series, exhibited in Paris at the Musée de l’Orangerie, in the Tuileries Garden.
You will put your suitcases in the heart of a gourmet and generous Normandy, at the luxury hotel La Ferme Saint-Simeon, located at the gates of the magnificent Honfleur. It is in this place that painters such as Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin met and gave birth to the famous School of Impressionism of Honfleur, known as Saint Siméon. The wonderful 17th century cottage, painted by Monet, still dominates its ‘Estuary of seven colors’ which you can admire during your stay as well as ‘the repeated setting suns’ while tasting ‘the beautiful apple brandy’.
We will then give you the opportunity to fall for the very picturesque little medieval port of Honfleur, the “Artists’ town” since the 19th century, as Monet or Turner did, by walking through its narrow streets lined with half-timbered houses and slates which seem to have hardly changed since the Impressionist era, with our art historian. He will take you on a journey through this flourishing period of the arts, to the very places where the painters set up their easels, ending in Le Havre, which nurtured artists like Boudin, Monet, Dubuffet, Dufy and Braque, at the MuMa Museum, a pillar of the city’s art history.
ETRETAT STUNNING CLIFFS EXPLORATION
Today you will explore Etretat majestic cliffs on your stand up paddle board, kayak or catamaran until the foot of the cliffs, passing the famous Aval Cliff and the impressive Hollow Needle to the monumental Manneporte arch where a beach, only accessible by the sea at high tide, will be just for you. Admire the view of the cliffs at the exact place where Monet painted “The Cliffs at Etretat” in 1885. You may also choose to set sail for a day in a postcard-perfect setting, trying your hand at sailing to the bay of Etretat, savoring a chic picnic while admiring the arches in the cliffs and perhap’s finding the treasure hidden in the “Aiguille Creuse” by Arsène Lupin of author Maurice Leblanc before sailing back. This work shows the Porte d’Aval, a naturally formed arch, and a freestanding needle-like rock that attracted tourists and artists alike to the town of Étretat. Thrills and dramatic views guaranteed!
FAMOUS APPLE TREE & NORMAN CHEESES IN PAYS D’AUGE
Normandy is history, architecture and the country of apples in the heart of a green countryside. You will visit one of the oldest distilleries in private and will be invited to follow the life of an apple, from the tree to the distillery before discovering the secrets of the manufacture of cider, calvados and pommeau. Famous for its apple trees, the Pays d’Auge is also renowned for its three cheeses… including Camembert and its legendary box made of poplar wood, which is much more than a cheese but a true symbol of France. From milk production to cheese ripening, you will discover all the secrets of camembert and children will even be able to bottle-feed calves and milk a cow on the farm.
Today, embark on an old rig to discover the archipelago of Chausey and its lace of 365 islets whose granite was used, among other things, to build the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, to rebuild Saint-Malo. Along the way, you will surely come across schools of bottlenose dolphins and sea calves before getting to know the hilly island, during your walks on the sandy paths, before landing on one of its white sand beaches and savor a delicious seafood platter, facing the sea.
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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Contact us on +33 545 833 652 to start planning your holiday.
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The 7 Islands archipelago: a Nature Site since 1912 and a unique place
Classified as a nature reserve in 1976, it concentrates almost all of the gannets, Atlantic puffins, English shearwaters and torda penguins, threatened, in mainland France. It is the country’s number one birthplace for gray seals.
Rouzig Island, the kingdom of gannets, is lined with the nests of tens of thousands of gannets forming an immense white spot, the only colony in mainland France and one of 54 in the world.
Bay of Saint-Brieuc: the largest natural deposit of scallops
Taste the scallop shell, both the emblem of St-Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage and the bay of Saint-Brieuc which has the largest natural deposit of scallop shells in France, spread over 150,000 hectares. But here in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, they have no coral !
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