Normandy Tours from Paris
By Viator, March 2014
One of the region’s premier sights is the breathtaking tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel. The island is connected to the coastline via a causeway, ringed with a defensive wall and dominated by the soaring spire of its abbey which dates back to the 8th century. The town of Saint Malo, although in neighboring Brittany, offers a similarly well-preserved center within forbidding walls.
The charming town of Honfleur, with its unique wooden church and jumble of houses surrounding a peaceful harbor, was passed back and forth between the English and the French in the Middle Ages. More recent history is remembered in the sands of Normandy’s beaches, where the tides of the Channel brought Allied troops to the European mainland on D-Day and the tide of history turned against tyranny.
But Normandy has more to offer than its coastline. The regional capital Rouen is a lively center with rich historical and artistic associations. Joan of Arc met her fiery fate here, while the intricate, asymmetrical façade of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral was a favorite subject of Claude Monet. The Impressionist painter also made much of a scene closer to home, his exquisite garden at Giverny. Here you can still see the graceful willows and serene water-lilies which filled his enormous late canvasses, among the world’s best-loved works of art.
Just looking at a map of Normandy can get the taste buds working, abounding as it is with place names like Camembert, Pont-l'Évêque and Calvados. Apples are big around here, served up in delicious tarts and poured out as cider or brandy. Whatever your fancy, make sure your visit allows time to indulge in Normandy’s renowned cuisine.
Tours & Tickets
Take a private tour from Bayeux to Normandy, where you’ll relive the events of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944 – more famously known as D-Day. You can ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Take a poignant, memorable day trip from Paris to visit the Normandy battlefields and landing beaches of World War II. You'll visit famous wartime sites and ... Read more
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
Begin your Normandy Battlefields Tour with a visit to the Juno Beach Center, the only museum in the Canadian sector. The Center retraces the implementation of ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Retrace the main assaults undertaken by the British forces during the first days of the Battle of Normandy on a poignant battlefields tour you'll never forget. ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
On this Normandy Battlefields Tour, you will visit the famous site of Pegasus Bridge, captured just after midnight on D-Day by elements of the 6th Airborne ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)