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Normandy and the Normandy Landing Beaches

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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Mondays from April 1st to October 30th (other days with supplement).
  • Location: Trouville-sur-Mer
Tour Details

Join us on a wonderful walking holiday in Normandy exploring the infamous World War 2 landing beaches. Before you reach the beaches you will explore the region of Normandy walking through the various Cheese and Cider producing towns along the way. Normandy alone has a total of 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites which shows how deep in history the area is embedded. A walk along Omaha Beach is a chilling reminder of not just World War 2 but the sacrifice that was laid down by over 160,000 troops so that we can have the freedoms we take for granted today. Longue-sur-mer, the site of a large German gun battery, gives a different perspective on the landings and is well worth a visit.

Walking in Normandy is a true delight and you will explore Normandy in detail on this walking holiday in France. When booking with us, we will organise all your accommodation, luggage transfers where needed and give you detailed route instructions and maps, so you can fully enjoy discovering Normandy.

Starting Location

Trouville-sur-Mer

Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • Mainly 3 star graded accommodation
  • Information Pack
  • Maps and walking instructions
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Season Supplement
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • Entrance to Attractions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Upgrade to included 3 x 4star accommodation or equivalent
Trip Info

Travel Insurance

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.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Trouville-sur-Mer

During the day arrive to the port town of Trouville-sur-Mer. Your hotel will be located in the centre of Trouville, a short distance from the fishing port and the fish market. It is an ideal place to taste seafood specialties in one of the many restaurants in the town centre.

Day 2Loop around Trouville , distance varies but around 6-8km.

Today is about exploring Deauville your first walk day. You stroll at your own pace through the port of Trouville before crossing the Touques river and discovering Deauville. Deauville is a rich seaside resort built in the 19th Century. Its has many grand villas a lovely large beach and numerous shops which have experienced the Parisian bourgeoisie parade over time in search of sea bathing and the mild climate. For almost fifty years, Deauville has also welcomed stars from around the world every year during the Deauville American Film Festival.

Day 3Trouville to Honfleur 8.1-11.2 miles, 13-18km 100m up.

Today you leave Trouville on foot towards the Seine estuary and Honfleur. You walk through small hills and forests as you stroll along the flowery coast. Along the way you can discover charming fishing villages, such as Villerville, built on a cliff and having amazing views of the English Channel and the estuary. Then you will reach Cricqueboeuf, its name taken from the Scandinavia first name “Criach” and “Buhd” meaning shelter, literally “Criach’s shelter”, and proof of the existence of the town in Viking times. You continue your journey to reach the magnificent port of Honfleur.

Your hotel is located in the town centre, a stone’s throw from the old port!

Day 4 Loop walk 11.8 miles 19km 250m up.

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 the 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 tradition still takes place today.

Further west you walk through oak and beech woods before reaching the Village of Pennedepie. The walking trail takes you to a farm specialising in Cider production, Calvados (Apple brandy). Then past the village of Barneville la Bertran you go through farmland before walking down Honfleur again.

Day 5Arromanches to Port en Bessin 7.5 miles 12km.

After breakfast you have a private transfer of around an hour and a half to the Caen plain and the Landing beaches. Depending on your wishes, we will drop you off between the town of Creully and Arromanches-les-Bains. You will start your walk on Gold Beach then you will arrive at the top of the cliff which overlooks the artificial port of Arromanches. Your time will be dedicated to museums and beaches before joining the German Battery of Longue-sur-mer. A few miles (Km) further you will reach the fishing port of Port-en-Bessin where your hotel is located.

Day 6 Loop walk Loop walk 13 miles 21 km, 75m up

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 farmland

Day 7Port en Bessin to Bayeux 10.6 miles 17km, 65m up.

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 to the famous tapestry relating the battle of Hastings. It is an unbelievable piece of art.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.

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How to get there

By train from Paris to Deauville (2 hour approx.) then bus to Honfleur (20 minutes approx.)

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