• $3,555
  • $600
  • AHI
  • Moderate
  • Land Only

The June trip is sold out; a second departure has been added! Tour dates are July 2 – 10, 2022.  

BONUS – NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Immerse yourself in Normandy’s remarkable history and breathtaking beauty on a wonderful exploration of this captivating region! You’ll set out to Omaha Beach and other famed D-Day sites, plus admire some of France’s greatest treasures including majestic Mont-Saint-Michel, the finely stitched Bayeux Tapestry and fabulous impressionist art. Savor an impeccably prepared lunch at a stately, 10th-century castle and sip Normandy’s acclaimed Calvados apple brandy on an estate. Throughout your travels, experts share illuminating insights to enrich your experience.

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Itinerary:

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.

Day 2 | Paris, France | Honfleur
Mercure Honfleur Hotel
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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.

Day 3 | Honfleur
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Discovery: Historic Honfleur. 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. (Moderate)

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!

This evening, dine in a quaint restaurant in Honfleur.

Day 4 | Arromanches | Omaha Beach | Normandy American Cemetery | Pointe du Hoc
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Enrichment: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. During an insightful talk, discover the pivotal role that Normandy played during this crucial period of the Allied war effort.

Discovery: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. 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 memorial, 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 examine a German defensive emplacement. (Active)

Day 5 | Château du Bec | Le Havre
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Free Time: Enjoy the morning at leisure in Honfleur.

Discovery: Château du Bec and the Musée Malraux of Modern Art. Cross the elegant cable-stayed Pont de Normandie that spans the Seine on your way to Château du Bec, a beautiful, privately owned, 10th-century castle. Meet one of the owners as you walk through the lovely grounds in a wooded park. Then learn about regional cooking traditions from the chef, who will prepare a special lunch for you inspired by the recipe books of Claude Monet. After lunch, journey to Le Havre to visit the Musée Malraux of Modern Art, or MuMa. In its bright, airy galleries, admire one of France’s largest collections of impressionist paintings, featuring works by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Boudin and other masters. (Moderate)

Day 6 | Le Mont-Saint-Michel
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Discovery: Mont-Saint-Michel. 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. (Active)

Day 7 | Caen | Bayeux
Mercure Honfleur Hotel
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Discovery: Le Mémorial de Caen. 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. (Moderate)

Discovery: Calvados. Normandy’s apple cider brandy is among the world’s finest brandies. Visit a traditional Norman estate, Les Vergers de Ducy, that distills Calvados from the apples grown on its 42 acres of orchards and learn about the process. Relax over lunch at the estate and enjoy a glass of smooth Calvados. (Mild)

Discovery: Bayeux. 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. (Moderate)

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.

Day 8 | Honfleur
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Free Time: Spend the day exploring on your own. Visit the markets, 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.

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.

Day 9 | Depart for home
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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.


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