From its picturesque farms and pastures, to the simultaneously modern and ancient urban centers, there is a strong respect for the past in Normandy. This collective bond to history is not nostalgic or retroactive, but rather an appreciation for the endurance of previous generations and lives.
Perfect forFamilies | Foodies | Romantics | Ultimate Indulgers | Intellectuals
When to goMarch-May | June-August | September-November
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
5 Days: Essential Normandy
Normandy is huge—both physically and in terms of its historical significance. Your Indagare specialist can craft a customized itinerary that makes the most of your time in the region, with guided touring of the landing beaches and special access classes such as cooking at Stephen Carbone. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Begin your trip by at Mont-St.-Michel, a majestic island named for the monastery perched at its highest point. The next day, visit to the Landing Museum in Arromanches, then walk up to the 360 Museum, where you can enjoy the view from the top before watching the powerful documentary on D-Day. Explore the seaside area before lunch in Barfleur. From here, you may continue to explore D-Day sites like the Ste-Mère-Église church and the Musée Airborne, or you may drive to Bayeux for the Notre-Dame Cathedral and medieval history touring.
Soak in the significance of the humbling American Cemetery and memorial with one of Indagare’s preferred guides, who will then escort you to Pont du Hoc to explore the outdoor bunkers and relive the stories of American Rangers. In the afternoon, Indagare can arrange a private tour of Utah Beach Landing Museum. The next day, visit Eglise St.-Etienne in the morning, and stop at the Normandy Memorial Center for History and Peace on the outskirts of Caen. After lunch, drive to Deauville, the chic coastal resort town. Its Sunset Boulevard is perfect for shopping.
Finish off your tour with a trip to Rouen, the capital of Normandy and the self-proclaimed birthplace of Impressionism. Stroll through the town’s lovely churches and marketplaces, sampling local flavors and picking up last-minute gifts. On your way back to Paris, don’t miss Giverny: the home of Claude Monet.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Château La Chenevière
A Hamptons-meets-secret-garden mansion with French sensibilities, including gastronomic prowess in the kitchen and an incredible backyard.
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Hotel La Ferme St.-Siméon
This idyllic waterfront property exudes charm and elegant sophistication, but is not near the region's major sights.
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