Join us in visiting key locations and attractions including; Le Touquet, Entrance to Castle Vendeuvre & Gardens, Bayeux with entrance to Tapestry, Tour of the Normandy Beaches, Honfleur & Bruges.
Local departure points.
A modern hotel with comfortable rooms, our three star hotel offers tea/coffee making facilities, a mini fridge, terrace, air conditioning and buffet dinners.
We leave from our local departure points and travel south to Hull where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Rotterdam. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.
We travel to the French border following the Opal Coast between Calais and Boulogne before making a brief stop in Le Touquet, one of the most elegant holiday resorts of northern France. It attracts rich Parisians, but British nobility of the aristocratic, political and showbiz kind arrived in the roaring 1920s when the town reached its peak. We continue south to Normandy and our hotel for four nights in Lisieux. Hotel Mercure.
Normandy, is famed for its lush meadows, bucolic farmland and half-timbered houses, and we tour this pastoral area visiting Honfleur, a picturesque Norman Port, where glorious historic houses jostle for position on the quays, as do the galleries and restaurants. We visit charming Bayeux and include a visit to the world-famous tapestry, depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066 and tour the poignant Normandy Beaches, scene of the D-day landings. An afternoon will be spent visiting the Chateau de Vendeuvre, where we marvel at more than 30,000 bulbs of tulips and narcissus.
The 18th century castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Normandy and we relax and soak up the atmosphere of the landscaped gardens. We allow ample time to explore Lisieux, the second most important pilgrimage town in France and famed for the Basilica of St. Therese. Why not sample the tasty cider, crepes, cheeses and of course the local Calvados?!
We bid au revoir to Lisieux and return to the Belgian border. This afternoon we visit medieval Bruges. Famed for its chocolates and lace-making, Bruges makes and ideal stop before we continue to Zeebrugge where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Hull. Twin low-berth cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.
We return to Scotland late afternoon after a wonderful short holiday.