- Full-day private tour of Bayeux and Caen
- Learn about Normandy’s significant history from your expert private guide
- Enter Bayeux Cathedral and see the Bayeux Tapestry at Bayeux Tapestry Museum
- Follow the footsteps of William the Conqueror on a tour of Caen
- Admire the notable Romanesque architecture of Abbey of St-Etienne
- See William's palace remains at Château de Caen overlooking the city
- Customize your private tour to suit your preferences
What You Can Expect
Your first stop is Bayeux Cathedral, built in the 11th century at the request of the unpopular Earl of Kent, Odo, who was also the Bishop of Bayeux and William the Conqueror’s half-brother. Next, visit Bayeux Tapestry Museum to view the impressive Bayeux Tapestry, a famous art piece that depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England.
Set out on foot through Bayeux’s medieval streets, flanked with centuries-old half-timbered houses. Depending on your interests, your guide will give you the option of a visit to the Conservatoire de la Dentelle to see lace makers at work or a visit to Baron Gérard Fine Arts Museum. Stop at Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest World War II cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France, before breaking for lunch on your own.
Then it’s off to Caen for your comprehensive tour of the city of William the Conqueror, the most famous of the dukes of Normandy. Listen to your guide revealing Caen’s long and complicated, yet significant, history while pointing out buildings erected during his reign. Hear the story behind the controversial marriage of William and Mathilda of Flanders as you visit the Abbey of St-Etienne (also known as Men's Abbey or Abbaye aux Hommes), a former monastery that is considered one of Normandy’s most remarkable Romanesque buildings.
Continue to Château de Caen (Caen Castle), situated on a rocky outcrop with wonderful views over the city. Here you’ll see the archaeological remains of Vieux Palais (Old Palace), William's former palace.
Your last stop is the Abbey of Ste-Trinité (Women’s Abbey, or Abbaye aux Dames), the counterpart of the Men’s Abbey, where Queen Mathilda is buried. Your tour then finishes in the evening with a drop-off at your Bayeux hotel.