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  • Location: Bayeux, France
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
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 famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting the invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066; admire the colorful harbor in Honfleur that inspired the Impressionist painters; and taste the region’s key gourmet treats of Camembert, Calvados and cider.

Highlights

  • Private tour of Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d'Auge from Bayeux
  • Visit Bayeux Cathedral and see the city’s diverse architecture
  • See the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings
  • View the picturesque port of Honfleur
  • Stop in Pays d’ Auge for tastings of Camembert, Calvados and cider
  • Small-group tour, with a maximum of eight passengers, ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

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

Discover the port town of Honfleur during your private tour of the area

Departing in a minivan from Bayeux, your full-day tour of the best of Normandy starts with the magnificent Bayeux Cathedral, which dates from 1077 and was built in both Roman and Gothic styles. Bayeux was the first town to be liberated by the Allies at the end of World War Two and survived intact; it boasts an impressive array of architecture dating from antiquity to the Renaissance to the modern day.

Also in Bayeux, you will see the famous Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidered cloth more than 200 feet (60 meters) long. This cloth, which was originally housed in the Bayeux Cathedral, tells the story of William the Conqueror, from the build-up to the invasion of England to the Battle of Hastings in 1066, when William defeated King Harold to become King of England. The tapestry is now located in the purpose-built Bayeux Tapestry Museum.

Continue your tour to the port town of Honfleur, with its picturesque and colorful harbor located on an estuary of the Seine River. The colors of the timber-framed houses and the quaint backstreets have inspired famous painters such as Monet and Courbet. It is no wonder that for many years, Honfleur was regarded as the cradle of Impressionism. See also the Saint Catherine church, the largest church constructed from wood in France.

Finally, make your way to Pays d'Auge, where you will feast your senses on the range of culinary delights the region has to offer. Apple-based drinks are ubiquitous in the region – Calvados, an apple brandy, is a firm favorite, while cider, made from fermented apple juice, was for a long time the second-most popular beverage in France after wine. Also famous from the region is Camembert, the soft, creamy cow’s cheese, first made in the 18th century in Normandy.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

Our tour guide was brilliant and combined his extensive local knowledge with a friendly style. Thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the real provincial France.

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2013

I was surprised when the guide showed up and asked me what we were going to do. I thought thatn was what you did.
The guide was knowledgeable and very personable, but had no instructions on the tour itinerary..

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