Normandy (Honfleur, Caen, Rouen)
On 6th June 1944, Allied forces fought one of the greatest battles for freedom the world has ever known. On this fascinating weekend break we head across the Channel to learn more about the Allied invasion of Normandy during the Second World War. We visit the British Normandy Memorial, which lists the names of all the 22,442 British servicemen and women who died in the Normandy campaign that year. We also tour some of the D-Day Landing beaches, discovering more about the incredible events that took place and hear stories of great human sacrifice and bravery from our specialist guide. So join us on a journey of remembrance to pay homage to those who gave their lives during this heroic campaign.
We’ll stay at a well-appointed 3-star hotel in the Caen area such as the Ibis Styles Caen Centre Gare or the Balladins Memorial Hotel. The comfortable rooms are en suite and other facilities include a bar and restaurant.
Hotel accessibility information
Your hotel will be confirmed approximately 3 weeks before departure, therefore we cannot guarantee that the hotel will have a lift and/or ground floor rooms and may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility.
Ferry to Calais and on to our hotel in the Caen area, where we stay on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2 – The British Normandy Memorial & D-Day Landing Beaches
We join our specialist battlefields guide and travel first to the British Normandy Memorial, overlooking Gold Beach. Honouring all those under British command who never came home from Normandy in the summer of 1944, the memorial was inaugurated on 6th June 2019 (the 75th anniversary of D-Day) and officially opened on 6th June 2021 and includes an evocative D-Day Sculpture created by David Williams-Ellis.
Afterwards, we tour some of the infamous D-Day Landing beaches, learning more about the events of 6th June 1944 when the Allies landed on the coast of Normandy for what was the turning point in the Second World War. Later, we return to Caen where there’s free time to enjoy dinner at a restaurant of our choice.
Day 3 – Honfleur & Trouville-sur-Mer
Our day starts with a visit to Honfleur, one of the most picturesque fishing ports in France and a favourite haunt for artists. The quaint harbour is lined with narrow, slate-fronted houses while the old town boasts narrow cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings with art galleries, boutiques and traditional craft shops.
We continue on to the fashionable seaside resort of Trouville-sur-Mer. This charming town is renowned for its glamorous villas and beautiful beach as well as a casino. It is also home to a vibrant fishing port with a lively fish market and plenty of small cafés and restaurants selling fresh seafood. On our return to Caen, the evening is at leisure to find a restaurant of our choice for dinner.
En-route back to Calais, we stop in Rouen, the capital of Normandy. Formerly one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, Rouen has many half-timbered houses, an ancient astronomical clock, and one of the finest medieval Gothic cathedrals in France. Later, we continue our journey and catch the return ferry home.