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Join Hooked on Walking on a historic journey on a self guided walking holiday exploring the region of Normandy famous for its Cheese and Cider production. After which you shall walk exploring the beaches of Normandy made famous with the World War 2 Landings. You can easily reach the region by train from Paris or by ferries from the UK.
Arrival to the coastal town of Honfleur, if you have time explore this pretty town. Honfleur is a Gem and brimming with art and history, on the south bank of the estuary of the Seine river, Honfleur was a strategic port before becoming an important trading harbour in the 16th century. During the 17th century, Honfleur was the starting point for many navigators for journeys to the new world, Brazil, Newfoundland and Quebec. From that rich past, almost everything is preserved, churches, the old port, its bell-tower, warehouses, 500 hundred years old buildings and cobblestone streets which are all a real treasure.
Today’s loop walk takes you through the old part of Honfleur and the “Côte de Grace Hill” for a stunning view over the Seine estuary. On top of that hill stands the old chapel “Notre dame de grace” which is said to protect all sailors and fishermen! Once a year, locals walk up the hill for a celebration in the chapel. This hundreds years tradition still takes place today. Further west you walk through oak and beech woods before reaching the Village of Pennedepie . The trail takes you to a farm specializing in Cider production, Calvados (Apple brandy), of course tasting is recommended but not too much! Then past the village of Barneville la Bertran you go through farmed land before walking down Honfleur again.
At around 9am you will be picked you up for a private transfer. On the way, we will stop to the market town of Pont-l’Evèque so you can buy your picnic lunch, with local products of course! In fact today’s walk in the heart of the “Pays d’Auge” you won’t find any restaurants or cafés for lunch. This is a land of apple orchards, cows, isolated farms and hamlets. Your destination is Beuvron-en-Auge one of the prettiest villages in Normandy where you will be staying for 2 nights.
Your transfer takes you to the village of Bourgeauville, the entire walk is 21km. If you don’t feel like doing that much, you will dropped off in the next village for a 11km walk.
Today’s loop is the real experience of rural Normandy to its best. Horse breeding areas with endless stud farms are along the way and the village of Cambremer is halfway. This pretty and authentic village is still involved in cheese and cider production. It is a well recommended to sample the produce!
First there is a private transfer after breakfast of around 1 hour to Arromanches which is also known as Port Wilson. You have plenty of time to visit the amazing Mulberry Harbor and the museum. In Arromanches you will find all sort of places for lunch, we’ll give you some recommendations for the best sea-food restaurants. After that, you start walking along Gold Beach on top of the cliff, through Longue-sur-mer and the big German battery which is there. Today’s walk ends up to the fishing village of Port en Bessin where you will be staying 2 nights.
Today’s loop takes you further west to Colleville-sur-mer and the impressive American War Cemetery. From there you can walk down to Omaha Beach. The trail back is through farm land
You walk inland through the heart of the Bessin area with orchards, green pastures and great granite mansions and manors. Arriving Bayeux, our route takes you through the British War cemetery and Commonwealth memorial. On the way to your hotel, in the centre of town, you will pass the great cathedral. We also recommend the visit of the famous tapestry relating the battle of Hastings. It is an unbelievable peace of art.
End of the tour after breakfast. A direct train to Paris take just over 2 hours.
Days 4 & 6 can be shortened if walks are too long. The taxis can be booked by yourselves and must be paid locally.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
By train from Paris to Lisieux (1 hour 40mins minutes approx.) then bus to Honfleur (50 minutes approx.)
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