Normandy Tour by France Off the Beaten Path

Normandy Tour – 5 Days/4 Nights

5-day Normandy Itinerary





Day 1: Morning pick-up, Visit Giverny, Transfer to Hotel in Bayeux, Guided Walking Tour – L, D


  • tour guests in Giverny FranceMorning: Group pick-up in Paris for transfer to Normandy to begin the tour.
  • Before arriving in Bayeux, we’ll visit Giverny. Peek into the life of Claude Monet, the painter who invented Impressionism, beating the cobblestones in Giverny, his hometown. Enter the house he lived in, and meet the muses of his inspiration: fabulous rare flower gardens and a certain famous pond… waterlilies included!
  • Lunch in “eat local” mode with fresh produce grown nearby.
  • Late afternoon check-in at our Bayeux hotel centrally located in town. Enjoy some free time strolling the streets of Bayeux and its boutiques before our welcome cocktail and dinner.
  • Dinner at our favorite local gourmet restaurant.
  • 4 Nights at our select charming, luxury boutique hotel in Bayeux (unpack once!)



Day 2: World War II and D-Day LANDING BEACHES – B, L


  • This morning we depart after breakfast for a full day of guided visits to the D-Day landing beaches and cemeteries with our friend and specialist guide, Florent.

Tour guests discovering untold stories from vets interviewed by France Off the Beaten Path guideABOUT OUR GUIDE : Our World War II specialist guide, Florent, is a French native married to an American, and lives in Normandy. With a strong passion for and profound knowledge of World War II history, Florent received his Bachelor’s degree in history in 2011 and Master’s degree in business and tourism in 2014 from universities in France. With his degrees in hand he set out to interview WWII veterans in order to learn and preserve their stories, and show his gratitude for what they did to liberate his country. He spent three years traveling around the United States in a camper to accomplish his goal. He has also worked for the American Cemetery and, as a tour guide, on the battlefields of Normandy before starting his own guiding company.

As the most knowledgeable and passionate WWII guide we’ve ever worked with, Florent brings an unparalleled wealth of knowledge to the table. His understanding of the events of WWII runs deep, and is evident when he shares the stories he learned from the 1,000+ veterans interviewed. He recounts WWII history with great passion linking facts with the stories he learned, as if he had been there by their side during the war. He left me speechless and, at moments, in tears, the first time I interviewed him. He dug deep, and did the necessary to track down veterans who had never been interviewed.  Today, Florent remains friends with the men he interviewed. Many have since passed, but Florent has vowed to keep their memories alive through sharing their stories with those who come to Normandy.

  • Set foot on Hoc Point, where bunkers and cliff overhangs were stormed by American Rangers on June 6th, 1944. Trudge along Omaha Beach where 34,000 soldiers made landfall on D-Day. Honor 9,000 fallen soldiers in the American Cemetery, with rank upon rank of white tombstones aligned along the coast. Discover Arromanches and what’s left of the artificial port made from scratch by our British allies.
  • Lunch : At a local brasserie near the beaches.
  • Early evening return to the hotel where guests have the evening free and dinner independently. Our guide will offer recommendations.


Day 3: 2nd Full Day touring World War II and D-Day LANDING BEACHES – B, L


  • This morning we depart after breakfast for a 2nd full day of guided visits to the WWII sites and D-Day landing beaches, museums,  and cemeteries with our friend and specialist guide, Florent.

discovery and tasting of traditions in Normandy with tour guestsDay 4: MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, Pommeau Tasting – B, D


  • MONT-SAINT-MICHEL by its 15th century ramparts, visit the abbey.
  • Lunch at the Mont St. Michel.
  • Afternoon: Tasting of a local aperitif: the “Pommeau”, with Norman butter cookies.
  • Early evening return to the hotel where we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our time together.



Day 5: VISIT TO A CALVADOS PRODUCER, Return to Charles de Gaulle Airport or Your Paris Hotel – B


  • Morning meet with a Calvados producer and visit his distillery. Tasting of the best Calvados: 8 years old, 12 years old and out of age.
  • Afterward: drop-off at Charles de Gaulle airport/airport hotel or your downtown Paris hotel.

For each day, you have the choice between “participating in the activities” or staying in Bayeux for free time with the possibility of visiting the tapestry embroidered in 1066 at the time of William the Conqueror.


2024 NORMANDY Tour Dates & Price – (5 days/4 nights)

  • 2024 Normandy Tour PRICE: US$4,999 per person based on double/twin occupancy.
  • 2024 Normandy Tour DATES:  June 25-29 
  • 2024 single supplement for solo travelers and travelers requesting a single occupancy (non-shared) room: US$960
  • Please email us at or CALL/Message us at +1.717.683.2827 with questions and/or requests.
  • Day Tour Options: Any day of this tour can be booked as a day tour option. Please contact us for details and day tour pricing.



The 5-Day Normandy Tour Price Includes:

  • Full services during entire 4 days/3 nights of our Off the Beaten Path WWII historian guide.
  • 4 Nights at french-style chateaux or charming boutique luxury hotel
  • 9 meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Regional wines and/or famous Normandy cider at group meals
  • All non-alcoholic beverages, including water provided daily
  • 2 Full day services of our World War II and landing beach specialist guide, Florent.
  • All tastings provided by the artisans (wines, cheeses, pastries…)
  • Admission and exclusive insider-access to all places and activities detailed in the itinerary
  • Personalized activities and excursions also suitable for people who have mobility issues
  • No forced shopping; however, shopping times can be scheduled into the tour for interested guests.
  • Airport Meet and Great with Transfers
  • Transportation throughout by private luxury Mercedes 9-person minivan with air conditioning and free Wifi




Tour Excludes: International Air to/from Paris, France, meals not detailed in itinerary, gratuities to tour guides and professional driver, hotel extras, personal purchases.




A WORD FROM Our Guests:

Exceeded Our Expectations!

“This trip to the Loire Valley exceeded our expectations! Christy planned unique and interesting excursions and activities that highlighted the beauty of the area and provided in-depth background knowledge about the various chateaux we visited. The cooking classes with renowned chefs, held in their restaurants and homes, were never-to-be forgotten experiences, and the visit to the winery was a highlight. The hotel was delightful and charming, and staying in one location for the entire time was a treat. Every meal or cocktail hour was planned to highlight the delicious specialties of the region. Christy is extremely knowledgeable about the various places we visited and imparted that knowledge in an interesting and entertaining manner. She and Remi took great care to ensure that we were always comfortable and well-looked after. We could not have asked for a better trip!” — Ron Rose & Sharon Matsumoto (Have done Provence tour and Loire Valley tour)

This was my third trip in the same number of years

“This was my third trip in the same number of years with Christy and Off the Beaten Path. While on her trips you can tell how much effort there is on the off season to make every single week perfect. From the pick up at the train station to the teary goodbye at the airport, everything is perfectly planned and executed. The hotel in St. Remy is magical, and the tour guides Philippe and David are exceptional. If you are considering a trip with OTBP, go for it and come home with new friends, a love of Provence and a longing to return as soon as you can!” — Beth Bower (Has done Provence tour twice and Loire Valley tour)

The Best Tour Company!

“I have done two tours – Provence and Loire Valley – and I am already looking forward to booking another. The tours are all perfectly curated and Christy is a wealth of knowledge. She is so kind and takes all of your needs and wants into consideration. I cannot recommend Off the Beaten Path enough!” — Madison Carl (Has done Provence and Loire Valley tours)

“We did the Provence tour. 8/2019. I had taken the tour 2017 & this time my husband came with me. It was just as fabulous this time as it was in 2017. Restaurants, picnic, sights, wine, all of it just delightful, but the frosting on the cake is a the knowledge, insight, humor, & attention to detail from David & Philippe. To us, they make a great trip soooo much fun. (also, 3 of our neighbors joined us this tour). Don’t hesitate, take this tour & enjoy!!!!!” — Jim & Carol Dean (Carol has done Provence tour twice)

Returning to Provence with France Off the Beaten Path

“I wanted to return to Provence as soon as it was open. I had toured with Christy in Loire Valley in 2019 and knew I wanted to travel with her again. For the second time, everything was well organized, personal and definitely off the beaten path. Christy and Phillippe have a wealth of knowledge and are eager to share. The hotel was perfectly located in St Remy, the tours to the lavender and sunflower fields are my favorite memory. The lunches and dinners were like visiting friends. The boat tour in Cassis was another highlight. Even though I had visited Provence, this trip with France Off the Beaten Path brought a new appreciation for the area.” — Susan Gage (Has done Loire Valley tour, Provence tour, Champagne tour)

“We had an excellent tour with Christie and her crew in the Loire valley. We did things that only a true insider would have access to-dinner at a Michelin chefs house, helping/learning to cook at a highly rated restaurant in their kitchen. This was in addition to seeing the sights and touring the castles. A truly unique experience that is off the beaten path. We will use her again when going back to France.” — Karen Berner (Has done Loire Valley tour)