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Guided Walking : Europe

France: Normandy & Brittany

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 3-6 miles daily

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France’s enchanting and austere northern coast offers a landscape beloved by the Impressionists, with its white coastal cliffs, towering cathedrals, shimmering tidal flats, and fragrant apple orchards. In this scenic country, worn trails lead to seaside headlands, where you look out at “la Manche”—the English Channel—and the imposing cliffs of Étretat, a favorite subject of Monet. Trace the remarkable history of D-day along the shores of Normandy during a walk from Omaha Beach to the hulking ruins of German bunkers, as your guide recounts how events unfolded that fateful morning. The unspoiled Cotentin Peninsula is reminiscent of Ireland with its granite coastline, soaring seabirds, and views of the Isle of Alderney, the closest British island to the French coast. This being France, the cuisine is exquisite: a medley of Norman cheeses, Calvados liqueur, fresh mussels, sweet and savory crêpes, and delicious tarte tatin. It’s a feast that pairs perfectly with a panorama that is sure to inspire you for years to come.


Tour Highlights:
  • Walk the wet sands leading out to the tidal island of Mont St. Michel and its iconic pyramid-shaped monastery, enjoying views of protected nesting grounds for seabirds along the way.
  • Stay in the historic departure ports of French explorers Samuel de Champlain and Jacques Cartier.
  • Enjoy coastal walks every day from scenery beloved by French Impressionists, to D-Day Beaches, to the rugged Breton coast.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $5,898 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extension available
Paris
2 nights $448*

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7 days, 6 nights

FROM $4,898 USD

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Your Tour Includes:

  • All meals except one lunch and two dinners
  • Local wine and/or beer with dinner
  • Exceptional boutique accommodations
  • Local Guide(s) with you 24/7

Flight + Tour Combo Includes:

  • All tour inclusions
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Pre- and post-tour night accommodations
  • Overseas airport transfers
  • Breakfasts
  • Business-class upgrades available

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join your Country Walkers France: Normandy & Brittany tour

3-4 miles, easy to moderate

Enjoy lunch at lovely Manoir d’Apreval, a family-owned apple estate specializing in cider and Calvados liqueur, before paralleling the Seine estuary on a walk toward Honfleur.

Accommodation: Les Maisons de Léa, Honfleur

This charming hotel in the heart of Honfleur, just opposite Saint Catherine’s church, is a restored complex made up of a salt warehouse and three 16th-century houses. It features plush, individually decorated rooms and inviting common rooms with warm colors and antiques, including a gourmet restaurant. Also onsite is a hammam-type steam room.

Day 2

Cliffs of Étretat

4 miles, easy to moderate

Today’s destination is the town of Étretat and its towering cliffs, immortalized in numerous Monet paintings. From the cliff-top trail, enjoy superb views of the English Channel and the coastline’s famous rock formations.

Accommodation: Les Maisons de Léa, Honfleur

This charming hotel in the heart of Honfleur, just opposite Saint Catherine’s church, is a restored complex made up of a salt warehouse and three 16th-century houses. It features plush, individually decorated rooms and inviting common rooms with warm colors and antiques, including a gourmet restaurant. Also onsite is a hammam-type steam room.

Day 3

Arromanches to cliff top

2.5 miles, easy

Today’s focus is D-Day’s historic landmarks. Begin the day at Arromanches, where Winston Churchill famously built a floating harbor to store supplies for the Battle of Normandy. Continue to a German bunker site and walk along the sands of Omaha Beach to the American Military Cemetery. This afternoon, transfer to your seaside hotel on the remote Cotentin Peninsula, an enchanting area of unspoiled coastline and quaint villages.

Accommodation: Hôtel-Restaurant les Ormes, Barneville-Carteret

An intimate, family-run hotel on the waterfront in the small harbor town of Barneville-Carteret, the Hôtel-Restaurat les Ormes has light-filled guestrooms individually decorated with warm furnishings and fabrics. A welcoming lounge, luxuriant terrace garden, bar, and fine-dining restaurant are on site, and the quaint town center and waterfront are just steps away.

Day 4

La Hague Coastal Trail

5 miles, easy to moderate

Wake to the sound of seabirds and the smell of salt air, then set off to explore the peninsula’s granite cliffs and tranquil coves, following a wildflower-fringed coastal trail near a lighthouse. Enjoy dinner on your own in the charming port town of Barneville-Carteret.

Accommodation: Hôtel-Restaurant les Ormes, Barneville-Carteret

An intimate, family-run hotel on the waterfront in the small harbor town of Barneville-Carteret, the Hôtel-Restaurat les Ormes has light-filled guestrooms individually decorated with warm furnishings and fabrics. A welcoming lounge, luxuriant terrace garden, bar, and fine-dining restaurant are on site, and the quaint town center and waterfront are just steps away.

Day 5

Coastal walk and guided visit of Mont St. Michel

4 miles, easy to moderate

Set off on a short coastal walk this morning followed by a guided visit of Mont St. Michel, the extraordinarily preserved Benedictine Abbey, learning from your guide about medieval monastic life. Later, transfer to the Breton port of Saint Malo.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Nouveau Monde, Saint Malo

This stylish and welcoming 4-star hotel on the oceanfront promenade of Saint Malo has plush, light-filled guest rooms in soft tones with high-quality fabrics throughout. The hotel’s décor is tastefully inspired by the city’s seafaring history. On site are a fine-dining, sea-view restaurant, bar and tea room, pool, spa with two treatment rooms (available upon request), pool with underwater jets, steam room, and solarium.

Day 6

Pointe du Grouin

5 miles, easy to moderate

Walk the westernmost tip of the Bay of Mont Saint Michel along a windswept headland with expansive views. Tonight, savor a celebratory farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Nouveau Monde, Saint Malo

This stylish and welcoming 4-star hotel on the oceanfront promenade of Saint Malo has plush, light-filled guest rooms in soft tones with high-quality fabrics throughout. The hotel’s décor is tastefully inspired by the city’s seafaring history. On site are a fine-dining, sea-view restaurant, bar and tea room, pool, spa with two treatment rooms (available upon request), pool with underwater jets, steam room, and solarium.

Day 7

Your Country Walkers France: Normandy & Brittany tour concludes (with a visit of the Bayeux Tapestry and transfer to Paris)

Today, you visit the celebrated Bayeux Tapestry, a historic treasure that depicts the Battle of Hastings.. After lunch in charming Bayeux, you continue to Paris.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Paris, France

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Paris, France

Upon your arrival at Charles de Gaulle International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small group transfer is provided to your hotel in the heart of Paris. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel Splendid Etoile, Paris

Set in the 17th arrondissement, in a perfect location literally steps away from the Arc de Triomphe, the Hotel Splendid Etoile offers classic décor and 4-star comfort in a quintessentially Parisian 19th-century building. An elegant, wood-paneled bar and fine-dining restaurant are on site. The Champs Élysées, major subway lines, and other Paris sites are within easy walking distance.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers France: Normandy & Brittany tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your Country Walkers representative meets you at the Hotel Splendid Etoile at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby. The tour begins with a two-hour transfer to Normandy.

Enjoy lunch at lovely Manoir d’Apreval, a family-owned apple estate specializing in cider and Calvados liqueur, before paralleling the Seine estuary on a walk toward Honfleur.

Accommodation: Les Maisons de Léa, Honfleur

This charming hotel in the heart of Honfleur, just opposite Saint Catherine’s church, is a restored complex made up of a salt warehouse and three 16th-century houses. It features plush, individually decorated rooms and inviting common rooms with warm colors and antiques, including a gourmet restaurant. Also onsite is a hammam-type steam room.

Day 2

Cliffs of Étretat

4 miles, easy to moderate

Today’s destination is the town of Étretat and its towering cliffs, immortalized in numerous Monet paintings. From the cliff-top trail, enjoy superb views of the English Channel and the coastline’s famous rock formations.

Accommodation: Les Maisons de Léa, Honfleur

This charming hotel in the heart of Honfleur, just opposite Saint Catherine’s church, is a restored complex made up of a salt warehouse and three 16th-century houses. It features plush, individually decorated rooms and inviting common rooms with warm colors and antiques, including a gourmet restaurant. Also onsite is a hammam-type steam room.

Day 3

Arromanches to cliff top

2.5 miles, easy

Today’s focus is D-Day’s historic landmarks. Begin the day at Arromanches, where Winston Churchill famously built a floating harbor to store supplies for the Battle of Normandy. Continue to a German bunker site and walk along the sands of Omaha Beach to the American Military Cemetery. This afternoon, transfer to your seaside hotel on the remote Cotentin Peninsula, an enchanting area of unspoiled coastline and quaint villages.

Accommodation: Hôtel-Restaurant les Ormes, Barneville-Carteret

An intimate, family-run hotel on the waterfront in the small harbor town of Barneville-Carteret, the Hôtel-Restaurat les Ormes has light-filled guestrooms individually decorated with warm furnishings and fabrics. A welcoming lounge, luxuriant terrace garden, bar, and fine-dining restaurant are on site, and the quaint town center and waterfront are just steps away.

Day 4

La Hague Coastal Trail

5 miles, easy to moderate

Wake to the sound of seabirds and the smell of salt air, then set off to explore the peninsula’s granite cliffs and tranquil coves, following a wildflower-fringed coastal trail near a lighthouse. Enjoy dinner on your own in the charming port town of Barneville-Carteret.

Accommodation: Hôtel-Restaurant les Ormes, Barneville-Carteret

An intimate, family-run hotel on the waterfront in the small harbor town of Barneville-Carteret, the Hôtel-Restaurat les Ormes has light-filled guestrooms individually decorated with warm furnishings and fabrics. A welcoming lounge, luxuriant terrace garden, bar, and fine-dining restaurant are on site, and the quaint town center and waterfront are just steps away.

Day 5

Coastal walk and guided visit of Mont St. Michel

4 miles, easy to moderate

Set off on a short coastal walk this morning followed by a guided visit of Mont St. Michel, the extraordinarily preserved Benedictine Abbey, learning from your guide about medieval monastic life. Later, transfer to the Breton port of Saint Malo.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Nouveau Monde, Saint Malo

This stylish and welcoming 4-star hotel on the oceanfront promenade of Saint Malo has plush, light-filled guest rooms in soft tones with high-quality fabrics throughout. The hotel’s décor is tastefully inspired by the city’s seafaring history. On site are a fine-dining, sea-view restaurant, bar and tea room, pool, spa with two treatment rooms (available upon request), pool with underwater jets, steam room, and solarium.

Day 6

Pointe du Grouin

5 miles, easy to moderate

Walk the westernmost tip of the Bay of Mont Saint Michel along a windswept headland with expansive views. Tonight, savor a celebratory farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Nouveau Monde, Saint Malo

This stylish and welcoming 4-star hotel on the oceanfront promenade of Saint Malo has plush, light-filled guest rooms in soft tones with high-quality fabrics throughout. The hotel’s décor is tastefully inspired by the city’s seafaring history. On site are a fine-dining, sea-view restaurant, bar and tea room, pool, spa with two treatment rooms (available upon request), pool with underwater jets, steam room, and solarium.

Day 7

Your Country Walkers France: Normandy & Brittany tour concludes (with a visit of the Bayeux Tapestry and transfer to Paris)

Today, you visit the celebrated Bayeux Tapestry, a historic treasure that depicts the Battle of Hastings. After lunch in charming Bayeux, you continue to Paris. (Dinner is on your own.)

Accommodation: Hotel Splendid Etoile, Paris

Set in the 17th arrondissement, in a perfect location literally steps away from the Arc de Triomphe, the Hotel Splendid Etoile offers classic décor and 4-star comfort in a quintessentially Parisian 19th-century building. An elegant, wood-paneled bar and fine-dining restaurant are on site. The Champs Élysées, major subway lines, and other Paris sites are within easy walking distance.

Departure

Au revoir! This morning, a small-group complimentary transfer is provided to Charles de Gaulle International Airport based on your departure time. Your guides will confirm the transfer time while on tour.

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Post-Tour Extension: Paris

2 nights from only $448*

  • Two nights at the Hotel Splendid Etoile*
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in France and explore independently with an additional two nights in Paris. The city that Hemingway called a “moveable feast” is home to iconic landmarks, intimate neighborhoods, and world-renowned cuisine. From a four-star boutique hotel steps away from the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, you’re perfectly positioned to explore this magical city from the Left Bank to the Right. Help yourself to Paris’s many pleasures while strolling along the Seine, people watching in the Tuileries Garden, or exploring the Louvre’s unsurpassed art collection. Feast in legendary restaurants in the Marais district, browse ephemera shops in Montmartre, picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower, or tour Notre Dame cathedral. The City of Lights belongs on everyone’s bucket list, and once you’ve gone you’ll always desire to return.

Single Supplement: $398

*Some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Paris
2 nights from only $448*

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Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2019 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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May 19 - May 25 $4,998 $848
Jun 2 - Jun 8 $4,998 $848
Jun 23 - Jun 29 $4,998 $848
Sep 8 - Sep 14 $4,998 $848
Sep 22 - Sep 28 $4,998 $848
Oct 6 - Oct 12 $4,898 $848

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May 17 - May 26 $5,998
$1,198
May 31 - Jun 9 $5,998 $1,198
Jun 21 - Jun 30 $5,998 $1,198
Sep 6 - Sep 15 $5,998 $1,198
Sep 20 - Sep 29 $5,998 $1,198
Oct 4 - Oct 13 $5,898 $1,198
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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

lucie - normandy brittany walking tour guide
Lucie Hoffmann

Lucie Hoffmann is a qualified French National Guide of Culture and readily shares her expertise of both the history and culture of Normandy and Brittany. Living in Bayeux, Normandy, she searches flea markets for antiques and pottery in her spare time. She is also a prolific gardener.

Corinne Mt. Blanc Walking Tour Guide
Corinne Jouin

Born in Rouen, Corinne Jouin has been working as a guide since 1994, including being certified as a hiking guide in the Chamonix Valley. In addition to fulfilling her career goal of working with people outdoors, she has traveled and lived abroad for part of her life, and especially enjoys returning to her roots to visit her family in Normandy & Brittany, where she boats along the Baie de Somme, bikes along the coast of Brittany, and hikes in Arromanches Bay with her husband and children. Originally trained as a graphic designer, she applies her creativity to the Swiss folk art of silhouette paper cutting, and also enjoys exploring the Alps and visiting historical sites throughout France with her family.

Bruno Latulippe is a Normandy Brittany Guide
Bruno Latulippe

Bruno Latulippe grew in Canada and travelled the world after earning a degree in marketing and before settling down in France and marrying his wife, Sophie Josse, a fellow Country Walkers guide and native of Brittany. With over 20 years’ experience working in tourism, Bruno loves sharing his passion for history and culture with guests from around the world. When not on tour, you’ll usually find Bruno catching up on his reading, skiing, or riding his bike through the French countryside (with Sophie, of course!).

Normandy walking tour guide
Sophie Josse

Born and raised between Brittany and the Loire Valley. Sophie Josse attended university in Angers where she studied languages. With a goal of seeing the world, she has spent her adult life working in the travel industry in various capacities, including as a guide to English-speaking guests from around the world! When not leading trips, Sophie enjoys running, biking, and skiing with her husband.

Walking Guide for Mt. Blanc, Claire
Claire Thiolière

A native of the world-renowned alpine resort of Chamonix, Claire Thiolière spent months during her youth vacationing in Normandy thanks to her parents’ passion for the local history of Honfleur, Mont Saint-Michel, and the Cotentin Peninsula. She also traveled extensively in her youth throughout Africa before returning to France where she received a Master’s degree in Geography and Geomorphology. She is a certified guide who has been leading people throughout the Alps for more than 25 years and has also led groups along the Norman coast when not sailing that same coast herself! An avid hiker and skier, Claire’s enthusiasm extends to the impressionist painters whose artistic movement was born in Le Havre, as well as French literature, architecture, and gastronomy.

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