Normandy (Cherbourg), France
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Marvel at relics from wars and dynasties and explore a fairy-tale island commune in this verdant part of northern France.
Normandy is known for weathered white cliffs and the D-Day landings of World War II. The vast region has a rich military history including the 1066 Norman invasion of England. Learn about the district’s traditions and history as you peruse quaint villages.
One scenic highlight is the island village of le Mont-Saint-Michel, with a fairy-tale aesthetic. Visit quaint shops and restaurants and make your way to the elevated part of the island to see its Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel.
Travel northeast to Bayeux, which has an enchanting historic center with the Cathédrale Notre-Dame Bayeux near the Aure River. Visit the Museum of the Bayeux Tapestry to inspect segments of the cloth portraying events of the 11th-century Norman invasion. It stretches 230 feet (70 meters) long. Travel east for 19 miles (30 kilometers) to reach the city of Caen. See its fascinating Memorial of Caen and wander through the Caen Botanical Gardens. Marvel at the glorious Abbaye-aux-Hommes, founded by William the Conqueror in 1063.
Spend time in Rouen for its old-world historic center and see the splendid Rouen Cathedral. Stroll through the 17th-century marina of Honfleur, just outside the beach city of Le Havre.
Learn about the D-Day landings at various museums and monuments spread along Sword Beach, Gold Beach and elsewhere in northern Normandy. Consider the poignancy among more than 200,000 crosses and other religious symbols marking graves in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
Try local culinary dishes rich in dairy products and savor the acclaimed apples. Have tastings at Camembert cheese farms and eat seafood dishes in oceanfront restaurants.
The region overlooks the British Channel in the northern part of France and stands between the regions of Brittany and Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Travel northwest from Paris for about 120 miles (190 kilometers) to reach the heart of the region. The weather here is fairly wet year-round but surprisingly mild in winter, with pleasant temperatures in summer.
NORMANDY REGION / PARIS – Cherbourg
- Cherbourg is the main cruise port for the Normandy Region - it is approximately 55-65 miles from our hotels in Bayeux. Travel Time: Approximately one hour depending on traffic.
- Paris-Charles DeGaulle Airport (CDG) is the main international airport for the Normandy Region. It is approximately 175 miles from the Bayeux hotel area with travel time of approximately 2-hours, 45-minutes, depending on traffic.
- Distance from the Paris-Charles DeGaulle Airport (CDG) to Cherbourg is approximately 240 miles with a travel time of approximately 4 hours depending on traffic.
We can arrange a variety of transportation options throughout Europe to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. Whether you simply need transportation between the airport and hotel, or you want to charter a private yacht or jet, we offer you choice and will manage the important details.
While traveling in France we recommend :
- Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.
- To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
- It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.
- The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.
- Restaurants: The usual is 10 - 15%
- Porters: $1
- Taxi's: Round Up
- France is GMT + 2 hours
Europe spans three time zones:
- Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
- Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
- Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.