Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels and B&Bs
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1750USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: NOF

Trip highlights


  • Exploring Honfleur with its pretty harbour and array of sights
  • Discovering the Normandy countryside on foot
  • Tasting calvados, cider, delectable cheeses, pastries etc.
  • Visiting the D-Day sights and viewing the incredible tapestry at Bayeux
  • Experiencing the boardwalk in Deauville

The rolling hills of Normandy, where pretty villages of half timbered houses are interspersed with apple orchards and fields of grazing cows, provides an inspiring backdrop to this food focused walking holiday through the Pays d'Auge of Lower Normandy. The journey begins in Deauville, the holiday playground of wealthy Parisians from the 1800's and heads through the calvados heartland where tastings of calvados and cider are an essential part of the local experience, as are visits to the cellars and pressing sheds. The walking route continues north west to the Seine estuary and the historic town of Honfleur with its impressive harbour and art traditions. Continuing to the coast the walking route takes in the historic sites of World War II, including the German Battery of Longues-sur-Mer and Omaha Beach where the Allied Invasion took place, and the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur Mer. Bayeux, with its impressive cathedral, historic buildings and the famous tapestry of William the Conqueror, is a fitting end point to this walking journey in Normandy. At night soak up the atmosphere in specially chosen hotels and B&Bs where your hosts will offer further insights into this fascinating region.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

Arrive in Deauville, a 2 hour direct train ride from Paris. The complimenting towns of Trouville, an old fishing village and Deauville, a modern town, are separated by the Touques River. While Trouville has a strong fishing industry and traditions together with a lively atmosphere in the evening with lots of restaurants, Deauville is a new town built in the middle of the 19th Century by very wealthy Parisians who arrived with the first train link between Paris and the Normandy Coast. The town boasts two horse race courses, a polo ground, hundreds of stunning villas and the well-known board walk along the 4km long beach. Overnight Deauville or Trouville.

Meals:  Nil

An easy start to your walking holiday in Normandy with the choice of walking loop. This can be curated according to your interests. Overnight Deauville or Trouville. Distance walked: 3-12km/2-7.5mi

Meals:  B

After breakfast at 9am you will have a personal orientation meeting with our representative. The route this morning heads northwest towards the Seine Estuary. Ambling through the coastal villages of Villerville and Criqueboeuf, there is plenty of opportunity to visit beaches and take in the coastal scenes. On the way, you have the opportunity to do a tasting in a local brewery in the village of Pennedepie, famous for their cider and apple brandy (Calvados). Later you arrive Honfleur, a small medieval town, revealing her riches to all those who take the time to look. The history of the town is evident. The Old Dock surrounded by picturesque narrow houses, the churches of St Catherine, St Etienne, St Leonard, the Lieutenance, the old Salt Stores, and medieval cobbled streets are all highlights. Honfleur is also recognised as one of the cradles of Impressionism and a favourite place of many artists. Overnight Honfleur. Note: There is the option to walk less today with a transfer at the beginning of the day to either Villerville or Criqueboeuf. Distance walked: 13 or 18km/8 or 11mi

Meals:  B

Todays walk is all about discovering Honfleur. A visit of the old town is highly recommended and we suggest a 2 hour walk to take in its many attractions. Discover Impressionist museum and art galleries revealing the towns strong traditions in art and history. Honfleur was a strategic port before becoming an important trading harbour in the XVIth. During the XVIIth century, Honfleur was the starting point for many navigators for the new world; to Brazil, and Quebec… From that rich past, almost everything is preserved; Churches, the old port, bell-tower, ware-houses, 4 and 5 hundred years old buildings, cobblestone streets far too small for cars! Overnight Honfleur Distance walked: 4-8km/2.5-5mi

Meals:  B

This morning you will be transferred to the Caen plain and the landing beaches. You can choose to be dropped off at a village near Creully for a longer walk or at the famous artificial harbour of Arromanches. The longer walk takes you to Gold Beach where you have an excellent view from the cliff over the harbour at Arromanches. It was in Arromanches that the Allies set up a harbour using sunken barges to supply the D-Day troops. Today the barges are still visible on the beach and in the sea, and there is an excellent museum to visit. Nearby, is the main German Battery of Longues-sur-Mer which you reach as you walk past Mulberry harbour and along the cliff. After visiting this strategic position with its tanks and bunkers, continue on to the fishing village of Port en Bessin and your hotel on the harbour. Distance walked: 12 or 21km/7.5mi or 13mi

Meals:  B

Today's loop takes you further west to Colleville-sur-mer and the impressive American War cemetery. From here you can walk down to Omaha Beach and then follow the trail back through farming land. If you don't feel like doing the walk back, you can order a taxi for about 30 euros. Overnight Port en Bessin. Distance walked: 12 or 21km/7.5 or 13mi

Meals:  B

Today's walk takes you through the heart of the Bessin area with orchards, green pastures and great granite mansions and manors. Arriving at the British War cemetery of Bayeux and the Commonwealth memorial the last stage takes you through the beautiful centre of Bayeux with its impressive cathedral, historic houses and the fabulous tapestry of William the Conquerer. Overnight Bayeux. The local cuisine is superb - a local favourite is the galette, a savoury crepe made with buckwheat and filled with a range of different ingredients, or the tubs of mussels which are full of flavour. Distance walked: 17km/10.5mi

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts - breakfast is continental style with bread, croissant, cheese, spreads, tea, coffee and juice. Some hotels will have a wider selection of food items.
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (discount available for 2 to 3 star hotels)
  • Information pack per room booked, including maps & route notes with details of cider and calvados tasting opportunities
  • Private transfers on day 3 and day 5
  • Luggage transfers
  • Emergency hotline
  • Orientation meeting on day 3 at the hotel - 9am

  • Transport to Deauville and depart from Bayeux
  • Lunches, dinners, and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry and phone calls
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided walk
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Entrance fees

Grading

moderate  

This trip involves 6 days walking between 4km and 21km per day over undulating terrain. The route travels along quiet trails through the countryside. At times you will need to walk on small roads. We recommend that you undertake some pre trip training to ensure you get the most out of your walk. Most stages can be shortened. During the walk you need only carry your mobile phone and water bottle etc. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 1 Jun to 31 Aug - supplement applies.
DN2
A discount applies for departures on Mondays

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Total Priceper person from

$1750USD

Options & Supplements*
  • discount for 2-3 star hotelsUSD$-185
  • discount for Monday startUSD$-51
  • Single Supplement - 2-3 star hotelsUSD$380
  • Single SupplementUSD$550
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - 2-3 star hotelsUSD$640
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$810
*Prices listed are per person

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