Normandy & Northwest France
Mention NORMANDY and what comes to mind is a rugged coastline with chalk-white cliffs, medieval harbours and seaside villages. Normandy is a name that practically leaps out of history books, and its brutal yet rich and fascinating past make it an enriching and sublime destination for visitors today.
Head to Étretat and let its alabaster cliffs blow your mind. You will be amazed by the colossal L'Arche et L'Aiguille (The Arch and the Needle), the most iconic natural formations of Étretat and a striking sight immortalised by Gustave Courbet and Monet.
Revisit the past at the D-Day Landing Beaches, stroll around Honfleur a charming coastal town and explore the thousand-year-old town of Bayeux with the legendary Bayeux Tapestry.
Wander the historic centre of Rouen and visit the city's magnificent Norman Gothic cathedral, peek into the life of Claude Monet by visiting the elegant house in Giverny where he lived from 1883 to 1926 and dont' forget to feast on Livarot and Camembert cheeses!
BRITTANY, France’s northwestern most region, is a peninsula extending out toward the Atlantic Ocean. Travel to Brittany and feast your eyes on its dramatic coastline, imposing walled cities and the vast Brocéliande forest believed in medieval times to be a place of mystery and magic.
This picturesque coastline is dotted with charming fishing villages, marinas and chic beach resorts. From the Pink Granite Coast in the north, the Crozon peninsula to the Gulf of Morbihan in the South, you will experience something totally different.
Circle the tall granite walls of the famous Saint Malo, the most attractive port city of Brittany. Get lost in the cobblestone streets medieval ramparts and half-timbered houses of the ancient riverfront city of Dinan. Head to the charming fishing village of Cancale and enjoy its famous mouth-watering oysters that are so good legend has it Louis XIV even had them taken to Versailles.
Head South Brittany via Josselin. Re-imagine fairytales as you tour around the elegant gardens, enormous libraries and flamboyant halls of Château de Josselin, a beautiful yet imposing fortress built in the 11th century.
Explore Vannes and wander around the well-preserved medieval streets before enjoying a harbour-side lunch then taking a boat trip around the gulf. Discover charming little harbour of St Goustan in Auray and see the megalithic sites of Carnac which predate Stonehenge by a century and number no less than 3,000 and relax on one of the beautiful sandy beaches South Brittany has to offer.
Indulge your taste buds in seafood, homemade cider and delicious crêpes; all the while listening to fantastic tales of fairies, wizards and even King Arthur himself.