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Normandy Walk from Honfleur to Bayeux

8 days
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£1,369
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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
W07NM
Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
New Walking Holidays
Min group size:
1
Ages:
12+

This holiday is an introduction to the authentic Normandy. Explore this diverse and beautiful region, which was a source of inspiration for so many painters, and which is today the setting for the painful World War II vestiges in Colleville-sur-Mer or Arromanches.

This holiday is an introduction to the authentic Normandy. Explore this diverse and beautiful region, which was a source of inspiration for so many painters, and which is today the setting for the painful World War II vestiges in Colleville-sur-Mer or Arromanches.

Wander through the heart of a landscape full of small enclosed fields called 'bocage'. These beautiful fields and gentle valleys are enclosed by hedges and copses and full of grazing cows. Walk in the scent of cider apples on quiet paths, shaded by the orchards and surrounded by stud farms or half-timbered manor houses.

Highlights

  • Discover the historic houses and colourful harbour of Honfleur
  • Taste the region's cuisine: Camembert, cider, and calvados
  • Facing the sea with feet in the sand, experience the special atmosphere of the D-Day landing beaches.

Key information

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
  • All continental breakfast
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers
  • Transfers between train station / hotel and hotel / train station
  • Countries visited: France

What's included

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
  • All continental breakfast
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers
  • Transfers between train station / hotel and hotel / train station

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, compulsory supplement)
  • Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)
  • Transfers for Land only (available on request at additional cost)
  • Visas and vaccinations
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 2 16.0km/10.0miles
Day 3 22.0km/14.0miles
Day 4 21.0km/13.5miles
Day 5 12.0km/7.5miles
Day 6 21.0km/13.5miles
Day 7 17.0km/11.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

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Honfleur
to
Bayeux
  • Day 1

    Arrival in Honfleur

    Discover Honfleur, the Normandy gem of art and history. Stroll in the narrow streets and along the picturesque harbour which has inspired so many Impressionist artists. Wander around the famous Vieux Basin and up and down the alleys of the picturesque Sainte-Catherine district with the impressive France's largest timber-built church with a separate bell tower.

  • Day 2

    At Honfleur

    Your day starts with a stunning view over the Seine Estuary. Then, walk through woods to reach the Village of Pennedepie. Along your way, you will have the opportunity to explore a farm specialising in Cider and Calvados (apple brandy). In the afternoon, enjoy a visit at the Impressionist museum or other art galleries in Honfleur or relax at the hotel's spa.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Honfleur to Beuvron en Auge

    Today starts with a transfer with the possibility to stop on the way at Pontleveque market to pick up some local delicacies for your picnic lunch. The walk leads you into the heart of the Pays d'Auge. This area offers magnificent picture postcard sights with orchards and half timbered houses. End your walking day at the peaceful 19th century manor House where you are accommodated. This unique place is also a stud farm for reproduction, breeding and training with 45 horses. Possibility to visit the stud farm.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    At Beuvron en Auge

    Enjoy the peaceful stud farm where you are accommodated or spend your day in the scent of cider apples on quiet paths, shaded by the orchards and reach the village of Cambremer with numerous picturesque half timbered houses.

    On your way back, possibility to visit the superb chateau of Crevecoeur which is a unique example of a small and remarkably well-preserved seigniory. Surrounded by a moat, its original outline remains to this day: the residential manor, protected by a group of fortifications, the chapel and half-timbered farm buildings in the lower courtyard. Exhibitions offer an insight into rural life in the Middle Ages and half-timbered architecture.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Beuvron en Auge to Port en Bessin via Arromanche

    Walking transfer to Arromanches. This seaside resort is inextricably linked with the liberation of western Europe after D-Day, along with the staggeringly large concrete blocks remaining from the Mulberry Harbour towed over from Britain in June 1944. War museums bring the massive Allied operations here back to life. Start the walk towards Gold beach and get the best view from the cliff over the artificial harbour of Arromanches and reach the German Battery of Longues sur mer before ending at the fishing harbour of Port en Bessin.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    At Port en Bessin

    Walk to Colleville-sur-Mer. After a very emotional walk through the American cemetery, walk down the cliff to Omaha beach and Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer exactly where the American troops climbed up and where 5,000 soldiers, fallen in the name of liberty, are laid to rest. Walk the beach most of the way to return to your hotel. Then, relax by the pool for a drink or enjoy the spa.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Port en Bessin to Bayeux

    Leave the coast to reach the Aure Valley and walk along beside stunning old granite manors and farmhouses to Tour-en-Bessin before arriving at the former allies headquarters through the commonwealth war memorial. In the heart of the medieval city of Bayeux, explore the Cathedral, a gem of Norman architecture, remarkably well preserved. Another unmissable place is the Bayeux Tapestry: listed 'World Heritage' by UNESCO, the 70 metres long Tapestry recounts the Conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Bayeux

    Depart Bayeux after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

From luxurious seafood to famous cheeses, Normandy has so much to offer.
Normandy is renowned for its andouillette d'Alençon, marmite dieppoise, mirlitons de Rouen, escalope à la normande, estouffade, rabbit in cider, duckling à la Rouennaise, chicken or omelette vallée d'Auge, mussels à la crème, and tripe à la mode from Caen.

Its desserts (the tarte normande, brioche, shortbreads, Isigny caramels, and rice pudding) are also delicious.

Weather

August is the hottest time to visit Normandy, with an average temperature of 27 degrees C and providing the most hours of sunshine. 
Rain is possible year round so you should be prepared for this with waterproof jackets.
The weather in Normandy is extremely changeable with four seasons frequently making a showing in one day.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
Average daily distance: 18.5km (11.5 miles).
No. of days walking: 5
Terrain and route: Walks on this holiday are gentle and flat. There are no tough climbs. Walks are through villages, woods and along coastline.
Average daily distance and distances in itinerary aer based off the longest routes. There is a possibility of shorter routes on days 3, 4 and 6.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with route directions so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy following route directions, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. We have suggested the minimum age for this trip is 8yrs as we feel they will be able to ride the bikes we have to offer and complete the route. However our local partner is able to offer child seats for children aged 2-4yrs (max. weight 22 kg, hills will be tricky). These are all subject to availability, and therefore we ask that you enquire about these on booking. Please note due to the size of the bikes and distanced required to cycle, this trip is not appropriate for children aged from 5-7yrs (who are too big for the child seats, but not big enough to ride the children’s bike). As a guide we have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities. Please bear in mind the weather when choosing to book, temperatures can be very high in the middle of summer and the child seats provided do not have any shade. We therefore recommend going either earlier or later on in the season if you have young children.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

HOTEL LE DAUPHIN, HONFLEUR
Located in the Normandy region, Hotel Le Dauphin Les Loges is set in 3 17th-century wooden houses, typical of the town of Honfleur. It is located in the historical city centre, next to Sainte-Catherine Church. Renovated in 2019, each room or apartment is individually decorated. The 3 buildings are adjacent and each has its own entrance. All units feature a TV and a private bathroom. Upper floors are accessed by stairs. Onsite, you can enjoy massages and treatments from the La Plage wellness centre. The fitness centre is accessible without reservation and you can privatise access to the sauna at an extra cost.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

LE MANOIR DE SENS, BEUVRON EN AUGE
Located in a stud farm, this manor house from 19th century has a shared lounge and free WiFi. There is a private bathroom with shower in all units, along with a hairdryer and free toiletries.

HOTEL MERCURE, PORT EN BESSIN
Mercure Omaha Beach features a restaurant and a bar lounge with soft lighting and billiards table. It offers panoramic views over the 36-hole Golf Course and the sea, a swimming pool and the beauty institute Espace Forme Oma. This hotel offers stylish rooms with a flat-screen TV and all have Wi-Fi access.

HOTEL LION D'OR, BAYEUX
You will discover the authentic eighteenth century coach house. In a warm and cosy atmosphere for your comfort and pleasure the staff is at your disposal to make your stay at the hotel or stop-over a most enjoyable time. A full and hearty breakfast, an original and warm lounge bar where you can just relax, a gourmet restaurant with a refined cuisine... make up the services and the hotel-quality service provided. Everything is designed to offer our guests an unforgettable stay in Normandy.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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