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Mont Saint Michel: Walking Tour & Optional Abbey Ticket

1. Mont Saint Michel: Walking Tour & Optional Abbey Ticket

Explore the village of Mont Saint Michel, located on a picturesque tidal island, with a licensed local tour guide. First, meet your guide and take the shuttle bus to the village, where you will learn more about its history during a 2-hour walking tour. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets of the village along the Grande Rue on the way up to the Abbey. See the parish church of Saint-Pierre, surrounded by a cemetery, housing a silver statue dedicated to Saint-Michel. Stroll along the ramparts and enjoy the beautiful views of the coast and a stunning panorama over the bay. Choose to include an entrance ticket to the Abbey, to explore it at your own pace.

Giverny: Monet's House and Gardens Guided Tour

2. Giverny: Monet's House and Gardens Guided Tour

Escape the busy city and visit the enchanting home and gardens of the famous impressionist painter Claude Monet. Stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens with your knowledgeable guide and learn more about the flora as well as the importance of the gardens in Monet's paintings.  Meet with your small group (max. 9 people) and your guide before entering the gardens. First, visit the water garden with the water lilies that inspired many of his paintings and then the 'Clos Normand'. Your guide will point out different species of flowers and features of the garden. As you wander through the gardens and visit Monet's house also learn more about Claude Monet's life, and why he became the master of impressionism.  At the end of the tour, you can stay longer to stroll on your own or take a look in the big gift shop before you exit. From early spring till the first days of November, Monet's gardens are a fairy of colors and fragrances. Feel free to ask your guide about the picturesque village of Giverny and what more there is to see.

Giverny: Monet’s House and Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

3. Giverny: Monet’s House and Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

Stroll the streets of the charming village of Giverny and discover the grave of Claude Monet in the churchyard. Then, skip the long lines to Monet's house and gardens to hear the story of the artist's life and how he led the Impressionist movement from the village between 1883 and 1926. Learn how artists such as John Singer Sargent, Paul Cézanne and Mary Cassatt joined him in the sleepy village to form an unofficial artists’ colony. Be enchanted by the ponds and gardens that inspired his paintings, and see the Japanese bridge and lilies of the Oriental water garden Savor the scent of flowers in season, such as wild roses, hollyhocks, poppies and honeysuckle. Admire the water lilies and weeping willows, instantly recognizable from his classic paintings and look inside the thatched roof house to find the cheerful kitchen and his collection of 18th and 19th century Japanese prints.

Bayeux: American D-Day Sites in Normandy Tour

4. Bayeux: American D-Day Sites in Normandy Tour

Meet your guide at Place de Québec and then begin your D-Day exploration adventure, retracing history as you uncover the day of June 6, 1944. The first stop of the tour is Omaha beach, where the deadliest landings of the day took place. From your guide, learn about the landings here and the soldiers who risked their lives. After Omaha, visit Utah beach, the second location where American troops landed on D-Day. Next, visit the US military cemetery and for the chance to pay respect and honor the soldiers of World War ll. The tour continues to Point du Hoc next, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes and a magnificent viewpoint over the English Channel. The site was built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall by the Germans because it was the highest point between the Omaha and Utah beaches and provided a great observation spot to notice any arrivals from the sea. Your D-Day sightseeing tour of Normandy ends with a visit to the village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the heart of the jump zone for the 82nd Airborne U.S. forces. Listen to stories of how paratroopers rained on the village, and how one of them famously got caught in the tower of the church. With options for both half- and full-day tours, tailor your experience to your meet interest and schedule.

Honfleur: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour

5. Honfleur: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour

Walk through Honfleur’s picturesque city blocks on a 1.5-hour walking tour with an expert guide by your side. See important historical sites and famous monuments and discover hidden gems loved by locals.  Meet your guide at the old-washhouse (Le Lavoir), next to the tourist office where and begin your walking tour with an introduction to the origins of Honfleur. Next head towards "L'Enclos", where Charles V built fortifications to protect the town against England during the Hundred Years' War. Continue towards the Old Harbour (Vieux Bassin) and stop at the salt warehouses, the butcher shops district, and the prison of Honfleur. Afterward, discover the Lieutenancy and end the tour at St. Catherine’s Church made famous by the shape of its roof and being built solely out of wood.

From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Guided Tour

6. From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Guided Tour

On this full-day tour from Paris, you will discover Mont Saint-Michel, a traditional Norman village. On the drive through Normandy, your guide will recount the rich history of the region marked by invasions, first by the Romans and then the Barbarians, before the region was fought over in the Hundred Years’ War. You will tour the famous Abbey and admire the Gothic buildings built on top of each other over the centuries, such as the Cloister and the Monks’ dining hall. You will then be free to stroll around the village and let yourself be taken back to the medieval atmosphere in its narrow paved streets.

Honfleur Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

7. Honfleur Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

With totally customized tours, skip the usual historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Embark on a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6-hour tour that will transform the way you travel, making it as much about the people you meet, as the places you see. Your local guide is passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since these locals are not professional guides and only tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with that neighborhood; find out the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Through conversations with your guide, learn about cultural differences, local events, and what it’s like to be a true local of Honfleur. The more notice you give, the better, as these tours are organized on demand and are completely personalized. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll become part of it.

From Bayeux: Normandy D-Day Half-Day Tour by Vintage Sidecar

8. From Bayeux: Normandy D-Day Half-Day Tour by Vintage Sidecar

Spend the day visiting four locations over three and a half hours. Visit the Longue-sur-mer battery, typical of German coastal defense batteries. Built in September 1943 and comprising 4 casmates and a fire direction post. Arrive at Omaha Beach, known for by its code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. Visit Gold Beach located between Port-en-Bessin on the west and La Rivière on the east. High cliffs at the western end of the zone meant that the landings took place on the flat section between Le Hamel and La Rivière, in the sectors code-named Jig and King.

Welcome to Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local

9. Welcome to Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Experience Rouen like a resident on a private walking tour with a local host. Get tips on what to see and do, learn the best ways to get around and much more. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Hear where to buy groceries or where the best places to eat can be found. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Venture beyond the usual tourist sites and discover places you would never read about in the guidebooks. Avail of an itinerary that can be tailored to your interests and specific needs. Ride on the public transportation system, at your own expense, if you prefer. Chat with your guide about life in the city and its many traditions. Feel more confident that you can get around and explore on your own for the rest of your stay in the city.

From Bayeux: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Tour

10. From Bayeux: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Tour

The Mont Saint Michel is an island off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel, and sees some of the biggest tides in Europe. The first church was built on the mount in 709 at the request of Archange Michael. The construction of the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey as we know it today was finished in the 13th and 14th centuries. Those hundreds of years of architectural prowesses have left us with a magnificent monument, now referred as the “Wonder of the Western World” and deemed a UNESCO world heritage site. Travel with a friendly driver and professional English-speaking guide from Bayeux to the Mont Saint Michel, which you will access via shuttle across the bridge in accordance with local requirements. Head to the very top of the mount and enter the abbey. The history of its construction will be explained in detail, while you marvel at stunning views of the surrounding bay. After visiting the abbey, explore the town at your own pace and pick up some souvenirs for friends and family. Your guide will suggest some great restaurants for lunch, suitable for all budgets. At the end of the tour, your chauffeur will take you back to your original meeting point in Bayeux.

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What people are saying about Normandy

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 90 reviews

We had phenomenal guides! Francois and Claire were friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and entertaining. The abbey is magnificent - just don't be like us (the out of shape tourists with a baby stroller! LOL. Here's a tip: if you are traveling with a baby, be sure to bring a wearable carrier)

Our guide Steven was great. Very knowledgeable about the place. Answered all of our questions. Was on time for pick up and dropped off. As for Mont St. Michel, it was marvelous. A very historic place. The high tide low tide was also spectacular. We enjoyed our day trip.

A very pleasant moment shared with a local person who will come out of the classic visits and will be able to adapt to you and give anecdotes that you would not have had with a lambda tourist guide. I highly recommend this formula!

Florence was an excellent guide. Due to the weather, she made a couple adjustments to our schedule that made the trip! Give yourself about an hour to have lunch.

Amazing trip! Beautiful views and informative tour guide!