Chateaux and Crêpes – Normandy and Brittany
We have combined two of our previous French tours because of exceptional customer requests to return to two of the hotels – the Chateau d’Audrieu in Audrieu together with the wonderful ambience of the Grand Hotel des Bains in Locquirec on the North Brittany coast. These are our two favourite French hotels and together will offer a unique experience
Amongst some of the many places we will travel through on our runs in Normandy we will visit Deauville, Trouville, Honfleur, St Vaast de la Hougue and Barfleur. In Brittany we shall explore the beautiful coastline and travel through interesting towns and villages experiencing the unique Breton architecture and quiet roads.
Visit Bayeux and the famous Tapestry.
The tour starts at the Normandy location and finishes in Brittany. both near Channel ferry ports.
WW2 Normandy Landings
An ‘Extra Day’ option
We are adding an extra day at the beginning of our tour at the Chateau d’Audrieu. There is so much to see in the area and to get the most from it we’re giving you the option of an escorted coach tour in the hands of a specialist guide which will take you to particular WW2 places of interest including Pointe du Hoc (the cliffs where the American troops landed), Arromanches where the British troops landed (a nice town to wander around) with its Mulberry Harbour, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery with it’s moving scene of rows of white headstones. It is quite beautiful there and a place of quiet reflection rather than deep sorrow.
Château d’Audrieu This the first location near Bayeux.
Quintessentially French, this elegant 18th Century Chateau, set among exquisite formal gardens and rolling parkland, recalls the carefree gaiety of an earlier era. Listed as a historical monument since 1967, the Chateau is now an incomparably beautiful hotel offering the mouth-watering French cuisine, impeccable service and exceptionally friendly and helpful staff.
During the Second World War, the German army set up their headquarters here. The château has been listed as a historical monument since the 27th of December 1967.
Grand Hotel des Bains This the second location near Locquirec.
Set in lovely seafront gardens the style and atmosphere of a clapboard New England inn at Locquirec. The hotel has wonderful views, best enjoyed from the tables set along the seafront avenue of trees in its formal gardens. The décor is superb. The sea before you is the only horizon with a terrace overlooking the sea, direct access onto the beach.
Is one of the country’s most distinctive regions. With it’s natural coastal beauty, old villages, long history and traditions and its own Breton language it is a unique area to explore. You’ll find delicious regional dishes, unique architecture and the array of quirky and intriguing cultural attractions across the different towns of Brittany.