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In the Footsteps of William the Conqueror

By Viator, May 2014

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For every visitor who equates Normandy with WWII, there is another for whom the region is synonymous with William the Conqueror. With a life story worthy of a Game of Thrones plot and told in what is arguably the world's first embroidered graphic novel, his reign is a part of both French and British history that has forever connected these two nations on opposite sides of the Channel.

Today, William the Conqueror's legacy can be experienced in several locations around Normandy. From the place of his birth at Falaise Castle to the abbeys built in Caen by him and his wife, Matilda to the story of his battles told through the Bayeux tapestry to his final resting place in one of those abbeys, Abbey of Saint-Étienne, one can follow in the trail of William's reign and learn about his contribution to Normandy's unique culture.

In addition, history is still being made – or, rather, discovered – at Caen Castle, also known as Ducal Castle. A don’t-miss site in the city of Caen, this fortress that dates back to William's reign is currently the location of exciting excavations by archaeologists, who are finding more clues of how life was lived during Medieval Normandy. A walk along the ramparts gives visitors a bird's-eye view of the work being performed.

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Private Tour to Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d' Auge from Bayeux

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the history, culture and food of the Normandy region on this private tour of Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d'Auge departing from central Bayeux. See the ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.71

Private Tour: Caen Sightseeing and Bayeux Day Trip from Caen

Delve into the history of Normandy on a full-day private tour of Bayeux and Caen. Enter Bayeux Cathedral, see the famous Bayeux Tapestry at Bayeux Tapestry ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.93

Private Tour: Rouen and Giverny Day Trip from Caen

While in Caen, discover Normandy’s medieval past and visit the sites that inspired Impressionist painter Claude Monet on a Rouen and Giverny day trip! Be wowed ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.93

Private Tour: Bayeux Sightseeing and Caen Day Trip from Bayeux

Let a private guide introduce you to Normandy’s fascinating history on a full-day private tour of Bayeux and Caen. Start by exploring Bayeux's medieval ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.71

Private Tour to Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d' Auge from Caen

Discover the history, culture and food of Normandy on this private tour from Caen to Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d’Auge. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.93

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