A tailored journey in northern France that combines two regions globally renowned for their historical treasures, housing several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll start in the charming port of Honfleur, boasting a picturesque old harbour and vibrant artist scene, before moving on to the historic tapestries of Bayeux. Next, step back in time in Saint-Malo, the walled port city with its cobbled streets and grand fortifications, offering tales of pirates and seafaring adventures. The visit to Mont Saint-Michel will undoubtedly stand out as a highlight of your trip before you conclude your coastal journey in Vannes, a medieval gem nestled in the heart of Brittany's Gulf of Morbihan, with its half-timbered houses and stunning marina.

Highlights

Day By day

Welcome to Normandy

Welcome to France! After you arrive in Paris, pick up your rental car and begin your 3-hour drive to Normandy (this trip can also be adapted for train travel!). Welcome to Honfleur! Start your morning by strolling through the cobbled streets of the Vieux Bassin (Old Harbour). Delve into the stories of Honfleur's maritime heritage at the Musée de la Marine. Then around midday, engage in a fun-filled family activity: a sketching contest! Find a picturesque spot, perhaps overlooking Sainte-Catherine's Church with its wooden architecture and let your inner artist shine. In the afternoon, visit the Maison Erik Satie for a delightful and slightly quirky musical experience. Wrap up your day with an al fresco dinner at one of the authentic seafood restaurants lining the harbour. Overnight: Honfleur

Cycling Through Normandy's Gastronomic Delights

Next on your French adventure, you're off to Bayeux to enjoy a late breakfast at L'Épicerie du Drakkar. This isn't just your regular café! Nestled in the heart of Bayeux, it offers an amazing ambiance with its retro and vintage decor. The place has a cozy charm, and their coffee, coupled with homemade pastries, is simply delightful. Then, gear up for a fantastic family adventure: a private food & drinks bike tour through Bayeux. Begin your journey near the iconic Bayeux Cathedral, cycle through the surrounding apple orchards, and pedal on to a traditional fromagerie. Normandy's Camembert is legendary! Overnight: Bayeux

A Tribute to the WWII soldiers

From Bayeux, our expert local guide will drive you through Normandy's picturesque landscapes to Omaha Beach, a pivotal World War II D-Day landing site. At the Visitor Center, exhibits vividly recount the poignant tales of D-Day, while nearby, the Normandy American Cemetery offers a solemn tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. With our knowledgeable guide, this visit will be informative and respectful, leaving you with a deeper understanding of those dark days. Overnight: Bayeux

An Historic Wonder

It's a special day on your coastal getaway in northern France and to make the most of your time we recommend waking up at dawn when you can enjoy the magnificent morning light reflecting on the still waters. Mont Saint-Michel, nestled between Normandy and Brittany is more than just a picturesque location, it was once an important pilgrim destination. Recent renovations have revived its beachy charm, and the site is spectacular from the moment you catch a glimpse of it until you reach the very top of the Abbey. Meet our guide Samuel for outstanding insights. As you wander through its narrow medieval alleys and steps, ancient stories come alive. Don't leave Mont Saint-Michel without trying the famous omelette at "La Mère Poulard". At the end of the day, a short drive will take you to the wonderful historic walled town of Saint-Malo. Overnight: Saint-Malo

Enter the Realm of Corsairs

In the late 17th century, the renowned French engineer Vauban fortified Saint-Malo by constructing and enhancing defensive walls, ramparts, and bastions. His efforts significantly bolstered the city's defenses along the Brittany coast, crucially safeguarding Saint-Malo's maritime importance against potential threats at that time. Nowadays, walking through Saint-Malo's charming maze of alleyways, brimming with cute shops and cafes, is a delight. From mussels to oysters, it's a foodie's paradise. In a nutshell, Saint-Malo is a mix of history, beach fun, and lip-smacking eateries. Take your time to rest and embark on an independent exploration of Brittany's coastal treasures, including Dinard, a seaside resort town dating from the “Belle-epoque” and the medieval fortified estuary town of Dinan. For an enchanting evening, delight in a night cruise in Saint-Malo and savor a scrumptious dinner with your loved ones. Overnight: Saint-Malo

Coastal Treasures

Your coastal adventure in northern France takes you on a 2-hour drive, passing through Rennes, the beautiful "capital of Brittany," to arrive at Vannes. Adorned with medieval walls and a vibrant marina, Vannes offers a treasure trove of experiences. Families can delve into the city's history by wandering its cobbled streets and admiring its timber-framed houses. Enjoy guided visits to The Vannes Aquarium and Butterfly Garden led by our trusted guide, Matteo, for an immersive experience in nature and wonder. As evening falls by the harbour, the atmosphere becomes enchanting! Treat yourself to a romantic dinner indulging in delicious local seafood. Overnight: Vannes

Wonders of Gulf of Morbihan

On your final day on Brittany's coast, enjoy a peaceful retreat before your journey home by visiting the stunning Gulf of Morbihan This natural harbour boasts numerous small islands and picturesque waterscapes. Embark on a family boat tour of the gulf, making stops at islands for picnics, nature walks, and beach activities. The breathtaking scenery and serene atmosphere create a memorable experience for families while offering insights into the distinctive ecosystem and history of this beautiful Brittany gem.  Overnight: Vannes

Au revoir Brittany and Normandy's Splendours

Enjoy your final French breakfast before heading to the airport! Reflect on the incredible places you've explored along France's coastline of Brittany and Normandy and how you've immersed yourself in this captivating country. Until next time, it's just a "see you later" or, as we say, "À la prochaine!"

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“The best way to experience the French regions of Normandy and Brittany is probably by car; the beaches and the cities aren’t always well connected, but we can consider booking taxis for transfers if you don’t want to drive. I highly recommend visiting this part of France from spring to autumn, but as the weather can change quickly, think to pack a waterproof jacket as well as a swimsuit! But if it does rain, it's the perfect excuse to go to a crêperie, a restaurant specialized in sweet and savory pancakes. The locals always eat them with a glass of local apple cider. And if you want to extend your trip, consider Deauville; it is a beautiful seaside resort known for its giant beach and its casinos.”

Marianna, Local Expert

Testimonials

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Karolina was a delightful guide for the Eiffel Tower and Ann Isabelle for our visit to Mont St Michel and Cancale. Gwen was excellent Guide St Lo and Dinan. He even took us to the Bayeux Cathedral and tapestry in the morning as we had not seen it yet. Guillaume gave so much information and passionate stories as we visited the D-day battlefields and learned also about the older history of this area. Helen was a very enthusiastic guide for Montmartre, especially about French culture. The service and accommodations at all the hotels were very enjoyable. The staff of the hotel in Paris especially was absolutely outstanding. Just top shelf service and friendliness. All in all High Point Holidays helped us plan an interesting and fun exploration of Paris, Normandy and Brittany.
Patti S.

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Before meeting and working with the High Point Holidays team, I had originally planned on spending all of my time in Paris and doing day trips out to Normandy to see Mont St Michel and the WW II sites. Instead, I began working with and iterating on a using those days for a stay in Normandy. The actual trip exceeded all expectations. The lodging, the trains, day excursions, were all exceptional. They picked the place in Bayeux which was fantastic. The town wasn't even on my radar and appreciate them having me stay there as it was so enjoyable. My wife and I felt special and knowing they were there and genuinely cared about us and wanted to ensure our trip was the best it could be. That is simply awesome! Thanks to the entire team.
Mark S.

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