• $3,455
  • $600
  • AHI
  • Moderate
  • Land Only

BONUS ~ NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Immerse yourself in historic Normandy—from the Middle Ages to modern times—on this 7-night adventure through the coastal region. Set foot on Omaha Beach and visit the Normandy American Cemetery, contemplating the impact of D-Day and World War II. Admire the tranquil beauty of Monet’s garden in Giverny that inspired many of his paintings and delight in Rouen’s medieval cityscape. Marvel at stunning Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as it rises above tidal waters, and study the delicate embroidery of the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry. Each evening, relax at your first-class hotel in the picturesque harbor town, Honfleur. You’ll taste the region’s renowned Calvados apple brandy while enjoying lunch at a farm, in addition to your extensive meal plan including wine with dinner. Expert guides share insights into local culture and history to enhance your journey. No single supplement!

Day 1

Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Paris, France. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: CDG.

Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 2

Paris, France | Honfleur

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

Transfer to Mercure Honfleur Hotel. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Tonight, at the hotel, get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception, and then share a Welcome Dinner together at one of Honfleur’s outstanding restaurants.

Accommodations – Mercure Honfleur Hotel
Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner

A Note About Activity Levels

We want you to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. That’s why we have rated all of our excursions with activity levels to help you assess this program’s physical expectations. Activity Level ratings indicate each excursion’s physical expectations. To make the best personal choice, please evaluate each excursion’s rating and your ability to meet the tour’s physical demands. Please note excursions on this program require you to: walk on cobblestones, unpaved paths or uneven surfaces; and get on/off motor coaches, boats and trains.
1–Mild:  walk under 1 mile on mainly flat terrain; navigate under 50 stairs; stand under 1 hour
2–Moderate:  walk 1-3 miles on flat/uneven terrain; navigate 50-100 stairs; stand 1-2 hours
3–Active:  walk 2+ miles on flat/uneven terrain, including up and down inclines; navigate 100+ stairs; stand 3+ hours
Depending on the excursion, more leisurely alternatives may be available.

Day 3

Honfleur

Discovery: Historic Honfleur.
Activity level: Moderate

Get to know your home base, the quintessential French port town that has captivated artists for centuries, including Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet and native son Eugène Boudin. Soak up the maritime ambience of its picture-perfect, 17th-century Vieux Bassin, or old harbor, located where the Seine River meets the English Channel. From the 16th to 18th centuries, Honfleur became an important trading seaport and a launching point for exploration. In 1608, French explorer Samuel de Champlain departed from Honfleur on an expedition to the New World and founded the colony that became Quebec City. Stroll through the colorful harbor and along the narrow side streets to see Honfleur’s landmarks. The wooden Church of Sainte-Cathérine, crafted by 15th-century shipbuilders, is a special stand-out with ceilings over its two naves that resemble upturned hulls.

Relax over a group lunch.

Free Time: Explore on your own this afternoon in Honfleur. Indulging in Normandy’s delectable culinary treats should be high on your to-do list! The region has an enduring tradition of producing specialty cheeses that are among France’s best with the rich milk of the Normande cows. Sample its four world-class cheeses, Camembert de Normandie, Livarot, Neufchâtel and Pont-l’Evêque, which are all AOC-certified for origin and production methods. Pair them with some fresh crusty bread and a glass of the crisp, local apple cider!

Accommodations – Mercure Honfleur Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 4

Arromanches | Omaha Beach | Normandy American Cemetery | Pointe du Hoc

Enrichment: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. During an insightful talk, discover the pivotal role that Normandy and its citizens played during this crucial period of the Allied war effort.

Discovery: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Activity level: Active

Journey to the coast to begin your D-Day explorations. See Arromanches, site of one of the offshore mulberry harbors, and visit the museum. A feat of engineering, these artificial, floating harbors were a clever solution to the problem of how to funnel enormous resources into France to wage war against Hitler. When completed, they were used to move 7,000 tons of vehicles and supplies per day from transport ships onto the shore.
Break for lunch at a restaurant in Arromanches.
Then, as you walk along Omaha Beach and see the memorials, contemplate the extraordinary bravery of the Allied landing forces, who advanced under devastating fire across the heavily fortified shoreline to overcome German troops.
In Colleville-sur-Mer, pay a poignant visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, set on a beautiful bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, which contains 9,385 graves of Americans who died in the invasion and subsequent battles, as well as a serene memorial garden honoring those missing in action.
Finally, visit Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Rangers courageously scaled 100-foot cliffs to destroy German artillery emplacements that posed a threat to troops landing on Omaha and Utah beaches. With your guide, learn more about this treacherous mission and go inside a German defensive emplacement.

Accommodations – Mercure Honfleur Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 5

Giverny | Rouen

Discovery: Giverny and Rouen.
Activity level: Moderate

Delve into Monet’s life and work at his home in Giverny. Raised in Normandy, Monet lived in this charming, pink-washed house with green shutters from 1883 to 1926. Admire the tranquil beauty of the gardens that inspired many of his paintings and visit the studio where he painted his “Water Lilies” series. Continue to the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, dedicated to the history of impressionism and its influence on a colony of American artists in the town. Enjoy lunch on your own in Giverny. Depart Giverny for Rouen, renowned for its medieval architecture. See the magnificent Rouen Cathedral famously captured by Monet and the beautifully ornate astronomical clock known as Le Gros Horloge. Hear the haunting story of Joan of Arc, who was martyred in the town square.

This evening, dine in a quaint restaurant in Honfleur.

Accommodations – Mercure Honfleur Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Day 6

Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Discovery: Mont-Saint-Michel.
Activity level: Active

For centuries, pilgrims have made their way to the spectacular abbey perched atop Le Mont Saint-Michel, a tiny, granite tidal island off the Normandy coast. Today, make your own pilgrimage to this UNESCO World Heritage site that towers over the surrounding flat white sands like an astounding mirage. On a guided tour, explore this singular island that has served as a fortress, monastery and prison, and step inside the tranquil abbey church, a blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. If you’d like, walk along the ramparts to watch the tides and admire the panoramic vistas.

Accommodations – Mercure Honfleur Hotel
Meals – Breakfast

Day 7

Honfleur

Free Time: Spend the day exploring on your own. Visit the local museums, take a leisurely walk along the sea walls or relax at a waterfront café with a tasty bowl of moules marinières. Your Travel Director will be on hand to offer suggestions and assist you with arrangements.

Enrichment: The French Resistance. Delve into the origins of the Resistance, its leaders and the heroic efforts of the French patriots who fought to liberate their country.

Accommodations – Mercure Honfleur Hotel
Meals – Breakfast

Day 8

Caen | Bayeux

Discovery: Le Mémorial de Caen.
Activity level: Moderate

Visit the award-winning Caen Memorial Museum and learn about World War II, the D-Day landings, the Battle of Normandy and the Cold War through an array of informative exhibits, photos and video footage.

Discovery: Calvados.
Activity level: Mild

Savor lunch at a traditional Norman farm, Les Vergers de Ducy, nestled in 42 acres of apple orchards. Calvados, the region’s renowned apple cider brandy, is among the world’s finest brandies. After a delicious meal of local specialties, enjoy a tasting of smooth Calvados.

Discovery: Bayeux.
Activity level: Moderate

Travel to Bayeux and view the 229-foot-long, embroidered Bayeux Tapestry, which vividly depicts more than 50 scenes surrounding William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The elaborate piece was commissioned in 1077 for Bayeux’s Nôtre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Norman Gothic architecture, which you will visit today.

Tonight, share stories of your time in Normandy at a Farewell Reception at the hotel, then gather for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodations – Mercure Honfleur Hotel
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9

Depart for gateway city

After breakfast, bid farewell to Normandy.

AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

NOTE:  Itinerary may change due to local conditions.


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