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  • HISTORIC NORMANDY + BRITTANY + MONT SAINT MICHEL (3 DAYS) Description

    DAY 1

    The first stop on your journey will be ROUEN, the capital of Upper Normandy that has been developing since the Romans. You will start with a stroll through the old town where you will have a close look at the house of the Exchequer, the 15 C Archbishop Palace, the splendid Renaissance Palace of Justice, the "Grosse Horloge", Rouen's most popular monument, a clock from 1527 with its superb belfry topped by a dom. You will stop at the Place du Vieux Marche (Old Market Square) where Joan of Arc was burnt on a stake, before having a private guided visit of the cathedral Notre Dame de Rouen, one of the most beautiful examples of French Gothic, immortalized over 20 Times by Claude.

    After the discovery of Rouen, you will continue your journey driving to the lovely, romantic town of HONFLEUR, located on the Seine estuary, that has a holiday feeling all year around. Its character and ambiance have inspired painters, writers and musicians for centuries.

    You will delight in walking around the old dock, the narrow winding streets where the fishing fleet unloads fresh fish and shellfish every day, stopping to admire the slate facades of the old houses.

    After enjoying lunch in one of the typical bistros on the picturesque quayside of the old dock, you will have a closer look at the St Catherine's church, a rare example in Western Europe constructed entirely of wood with its narrow massive oak belfry covered in chestnut wood.

    Then onto our 3rd destination: BAYEUX, the first French town to be liberated by the Allies on June 7th 1944, very fortunate not to have been damaged during the War.

    You will visit the beautiful 12C cathedral that still keeps watch over this charming, old fashioned town with its stone and timber framed old houses, nicely restored, its pedestrian precinct through which you will wander before your guide takes you to the Centre Guillaume le Conquerant (William the Conqueror's Center) for your visit of the Tapestry of Bayeux, a jewel of Romanesque (the oldest tapestry in the world 1067 by 203 feet long), that relates in a very realistic account the events of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and that is without doubt one of the most accurate and lively documents to survive from the Middle Ages, providing detailed information of the cloths, ships, arms and general lifestyle of that period.

    (Entrance tickets included).

    Night in Bayeux or Saint­Malo

    DAY 2

    St­ Malo was named after Maclow a monk who came from Wales in the 6th century based on the hermitage settlement tradition and the evangelization of the local population. St­Malo city is one of the greatest examples of the fortifications works made between the 12th and the early 18th centuries. The greatest military engineer Maréchal Vauban and his disciple Simèon Garengeau designed in the 17th century the expansions and reinforcement city walls and the amazing island forts such as la Conchée, le Fort National, Harbour, le Grand Bé where François René de Chateaubriand one of the most famous French Romantic Writer is buried. Walking on the city ramparts you will see and understand that St­Malo was originally an island. You will visit with your private guide the Saint­Vincent Cathedral where some of the most famous people are buried such as the bishop Jean de Chatillon, real founder of St­Malo as we know it today, Jacques Cartier who discovered Canada in the 16th century. Thanks to the Cathedral to have a different point of view you will see what St­Malo had to go through during World War 2. 80% of the city was down until the reconstruction that started in 1947. To really understand the story and the expansion of St­ Malo, your private tour­ guide will take you to Alet area, the original settlement of Maclow where there is still a left over of the Roman city wall, that same area where the German troops established a heavy battery artillery on the Atlantic wall.

    Then you will head to Fort La Latte.
    During a 40 minutes drive to the amazing fortress Fort La Latte whose construction started in the 13th century.

    Located on the cliff over the sea with a gorgeous view of the Emerald Coast from Frehel Cape to Cancale. It is one of the best examples of a medieval defensive fortress in use until the early 1800, very picturesque. Some scenes of the movie “The Vikings” with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis were shot there especially the final fight on the dungeon.

    Then on the way back to Saint­ Malo you will stop at Le Montmarin where you will visit the amazing gardens of la Malouinière le Montmarin listed as national monument and dating from 1760 and the only Malouinière located in the left bank of the Rance river.

    A Malouinière was a large secondary residence where the rich ship­owners could stay because St-Malo was too neural inside the walls. The Montmarin Malouinière is not opened to the visitors because people live inside but the 6 ha gardens are with 2 parks one “à la Française” and one “à l’Anglaise”, an Montmarin is closed on the saturdays

    Night in St­Malo

    DAY 3

    Many writers have tried to define the "Marvel of the Occident", some say that it is to the sea what the pyramid of Keops is to the desert, some describe it as an imaginary manor­house, stupefying as a dream palace, others say that is is not dry land and yet not the sea. Surrounded by the sea with one of the highest tidal ranges in the world the Mont St. Michel is simply unique.

    On the Mont St. Michel, the tour will begin with a guided visit of the Abbey founded by Aubert at the beginning of the 8th Century and that became a major cultural and pilgrimage centre during the middle ages . You will admire the Romanesque Church, the Gothic "Marvel" with the monk's Cloisters and Refectory, the Knights Room, the Guest Room, the Undercroft, the Refectory, as well as various chapels: St. Stephen, St.Martin, etc.

    After lunch, stroll through the steep­sided narrow streets of the town and its ramparts.

    Drive back to Paris.

    (Entrance tickets to the Mont St. Michel Abbey and Bayeux Tapestry included)

    Extra charge for a pick up and/or a drop off outside Paris

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