Many of the scenes that inspired Monet, Turner, Sisley and their fellow impressionists are the same that keep visitors coming back to Normandy. Stunning châteaux are dotted across the verdant landscape around Bayeux, home to the world-famous tapestry.The historic coastline has ancient highlights such as Mont-Saint-Michel and the breathtaking cliffs of Etretat. The coast between Ouistreham and Cherbourg was key to the liberation of France in 1944 and many monuments and museums commemorate events on and after D-Day. Normandy’s regional capitals bristle with history; Rouen, with its Gothic cathedral and 20th century church in tribute to Joan of Arc, and Caen which has the well-preserved remains of the 11th century castle of William the Conqueror as well as the Memorial Museum, dedicated to more recent conflicts.   Recommended Excursions in Normandy Whether admiring the tapestry and cathedral at Bayeux, learning about family history on the D-Day beaches or tracing the lives of France’s impressionist painters, Kirker and our specialist partners can provide the perfect day out. The following are some suggestions and prices are per person based on two people sharing: D-Day British and Canadian Landing Beaches (Private Full Day Tour) Explore the long stretch from the battlefield at Pegasus Bridge toArromanches-sur-Mer and learn about this significant moment inhistory and its influence on the area in the subsequent 75 years.Highlights include the Canadian interactive visitor centre at JunoBeach, the 360° cinema and British memorial at Arromanches andlunch in one of the traditional seafront villages around Sword Beach. The Impressionists in Upper Normandy  (Private Full Day Tour) A full day tour following in the footsteps of the Impressionists who made the most of Normandy’s varying light. As well as the harbour and estuary at Honfleur and the cathedral of Rouen, Monet, Sisley, Boudin, Degas, Renoir et al were inspired by the coastal delights of Étretat, Fécamp and Pourville. Stops here will allow you to compare your view with that seen by the artists. You will also visit the impressionist masterpieces of the Musée des Beaux-Arts Rouen and will conclude with a walking tour of Rouen with its medieval streets and, of course, Monet’s favourite cathedral. D-Day Tour From the Memorial De Caen (Small Group Private Full Day Tour) One of the most well curated museums in France and among the best portrayals of the folly of war, the Mémorial, set in a park just outside Caen, is a must see for anyone interested in World War II. The team here have come up with a new initiative to combine a morning visit and lunch at the Mémorial with a small group tour in the afternoon to some of the key beaches as well as the American cemetery and Arromanches. You will need to make your own way to and from Caen.

Speak to an expert - 020 7593 2288

Our expert reservations team regularly travel to a wide range of destinations to explore new cities, visit hotels and to research museums, galleries and restaurants so that we can offer the most up-to-date advice and recommendations.


Join our mailing list to receive the latest updates and travel inspiration.