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.
Some popular Normandy & Northwest France Packages
The beautiful Anjodi cruises along the Canal du Midi, a 330-year-old canal with UNESCO World Heritage status. Your cruise includes private wine tasting and tour of Carcassone.
Enchante is an elegant, two-level luxury hotel barge that cruises along the Canal du Midi from Trebes to Salleles d'Aude. She was built in 1958 as a trading barge and converted as a hotel barge in 2009.
Hotel Barge Rosa takes you on a breathtaking odyssey along the calmer canals of southwest France. This premier class cruise includes tour and wine tasting in Saint Emilion and visit to the impressive Château de Duras.
Experience the light and airy features of the 12-passenger barge L'Impressionniste as you cruise the stunning landscapes of Burgundy. Your cruising holiday includes castle visits and wine tastings in the cellars of renowned Burgundy Domaines.
Bespoke Small Groups of 12-16 guests means bigger experiences. Explore the sun-drenched region of southern France on this 9-day, small group tour from Bordeaux to Sain-Remy-de-Provence. Visit the wine regions of Bordeaux and Provence, relax on the beaches of Biarritz, discover some of the most picturesque villages of Dordogne and marvel at the walled city of Carcassonne.
La Belle Epoque was built in Netherlands in 1930 carrying timber from Burgundy to Paris. She was renovated and converted to a luxury hotel barge in 1995. She now cruises from Veneray-les-Laumes to Tanlay through the lovely Burgundy Canal.
Treat yourself to a wonderful experience on board Athos, a first-class hotel barge cruising through the Canal du Midi. Savour delicious wines and gourmet dishes prepared by an expert chef. Venture to the spectacular towns and villages of Carcassonne, Minerve, Capestang, Narbonne, Portiragnes, and Marseillan.
Discover the charm and beauty of Upper Loire and Western Burgundy as you cruise along Canal de Briare and the Loire River aboard Renaissance. Both regions are stepped in history, culture and picturesque scenery that will surely charm first-time and returning visitors.