FRANCE – Taste of Normandy & Monet’s Garden
Destination: France, Lisieux
Duration: 5 days
Normandy is not just famous for its cider and calvados, but also for the beautiful landscapes, gardens, coastline and history. Monet’s Garden at Giverny remains a Mecca for art and garden lovers.
The Hotel Mercure Lisieux, 177 Rue Roger Aini, route de Paris 14100, Lisieux. Tel: 00 33 231 611717
This 3 star hotel is situated within easy reach of Deauville and Honfleur and enjoys an enviable position between the Sainte Theresa Basilica and the beaches of the Manche Region. All en suite rooms have TV, tea/coffee tray, WiFi mini fridge, and telephone. There’s an outdoor swimming pool. There is a lift.
Single room £100.00
Monet’s Garden * Honfleur * Rouen
- Luxury air conditioned extra leg room coach
- Return Eurotunnel crossings
- 4 nights buffet dinner, bed & breakfast
- ¼ bottle of wine and water with dinner
- Light lunch and tasting at Manoir d’Apreval
- Entrance to Monet’s Garden
- Door to door service (subject to conditions)
Departs approx 0600 arrives back approx 2030
We depart early and make our way to Folkestone for a midday Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. We then continue to our hotel in Lisieux.
After breakfast we make our way to the fashionable resort of Deauville. Often known as Cannes of the North, the rich and famous flock here each summer and the shops, elegant hotels and the famous boardwalk all bear testimony to this. We visit Manoird’Aprevalo, a family run cider and calvados producer situated in the heart of the Cote de Grace. Here we discover their brewing secrets as we visit the cellars and the cuverie, followed by a light lunch and tasting of cider, pommeau and calvados. We then continue to beautiful Honfleur with plenty of time to explore the ancient cobbled streets and stunning harbour area.
Our first visit today is to Giverny. According to Claude Monet, Giverny was the finest of all his creations. We visit the house and gardens where he spent the last years of his life. We rejoin the coach for the short drive to the pretty village of Vernon situated on the River Seine. We return to Lisieux for free time before dinner this evening in the hotel.
Today we travel to Rouen, Normandy’s cultural, historic, gastronomic and vibrant captital. Monet’s canvases of the cathedral have made it one of the best loved buildings in town, but many other glories stand out, including fine museums and the church dedicated to Joan of Arc.
After breakfast we retrace our journey to Calais for a mid afternoon Eurotunnel crossing to Folkestone.