Things to do in Upper Normandy

Our most recommended things to do in Upper Normandy

From Paris: Guided Day Trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny

1. From Paris: Guided Day Trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny

Explore the beautiful village and home in Upper Normandy where the Impressionist artists, Claude Monet spent the last 40 years of his life. Visit the charming village of Giverny, and discover why it proved such a source of inspiration for Impressionist artists. Following your transfer from Paris, look inside the house where Monet lived and worked. Set within an exquisite valley of the River Seine, the gardens and surroundings formed a great part of the subject matter for his paintings after he moved there in 1883. Once you have seen the rooms where the artist lived with his family, stroll through 2 unique gardens that Monet designed and modified throughout his life. See more than 100 different types of flowers, and intertwined foliage in Monet’s Flower Garden. Then, feel as if you have stepped into one of his paintings in the Japanese Garden. Go to the lake full of water lilies, and get a better appreciation of why Monet used this garden as the inspiration for over 250 of his paintings.

Rouen: Castles and Abbeys Private Full-Day Tour

2. Rouen: Castles and Abbeys Private Full-Day Tour

Embark on a day tour of Rouen and its surrounding sites to discover the medieval past of Normandy, the so-called land of North Men, home of William the Conqueror and Richard the Lion Heart. Historic abbeys and medieval castles will open their doors to you on this trip. After pickup, you'll head first to Rouen's historical center. During the ride, there will be digital resources provided so you can get some content about the places visited throughout the day. For the first stop, enjoy an extensive visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, then stop at Rue du Gros Horloge to see the Gros Horloge, the first clock of France, built in 1389. Having ancestors who fought in the crusades, the history of Richard the Lion Heart and his Chateau Gaillard is the next focus of the tour. See his story come to life during a visit to the Chateau Gaillard overlooking the River Seine. After having lunch below Chateau Gaillard (costs not included), continue the trip to Jumièges Abbey, the first Abbey of Normandy, destroyed by the Vikings in 845 A.D. In Jumièges Abbey, see the marks of destructions led by the Vikings. Normandy wouldn’t be Normandy without the Vikings and their heir, William the Conqueror. You’ll get to explore two significant abbeys that William built and see where he married Mathilda of Flanders, the woman he loved so much. Next on the itinerary is the Abbey of Saint-Georges, Boscherville, the most preserved abbey in Normandy. Before heading back to Rouen to conclude the tour, admire the walls of the church of the abbey that still have the original paintings and sculptures from the 11th century.

From Le Havre: Mont Saint-Michel Private Full-Day Tour

3. From Le Havre: Mont Saint-Michel Private Full-Day Tour

Explore Mont-Saint-Michel and the surrounding area with a local guide and learn the fascinating medieval and Christian history of the region. Enjoy the convenience of a private tour with pickup and drop-off in Le Harve. The excursion starts with hotel or port pickup in Le Harve at 9:00AM. Drive approximately 2 hours to Mont-Saint-Michel, while your guide shares stories about the area. The start time can be adjusted to adapt to your ship's schedule. Once on the island, visit the village and wander through its ancient cobblestone streets. Next, discover the abbey on the sea, created in 708 AD for Archangel Michael. Enjoy views from the top and feel the history of this unique location. After the visit, sit down for a gourmet lunch at the best restaurant of the island. Depending on the weather and the tides, your guide may take you on a walk along the bay to admire the abbey from the ground. If time permits, the guide will stop for a quick tour of Villedieu les Poêles, a unique church bell factory that has made bells the same way since the 16th century. Here, learn the history of the very factory that made the bells of the Abbey of Mont-St-Michel. Return to Le Havre at 7:00 PM or the time that fits your ship's schedule.

From Le Havre: Versailles Day Trip and Private Tour

4. From Le Havre: Versailles Day Trip and Private Tour

Dive into the fascinating history of the Palace of Versailles, the Royal Family, and Marie Antoinette on this full-day private tour. Marvel at the extensive collection of art at the palace and take a break for lunch at the Angelina Cafe. Get picked up in Le Havre to begin your private day trip to Versailles. Follow along with your expert guide as you learn about the history of the palace and take a deep dive into its complex architecture. Understand the artistic and cultural references communicated by the paintings, sculptures, and ornate ceilings. Learn all about the history of the castle, up to the day that the royal family was expulsed from Versailles. After discovering the great apartments and the gardens, enjoy a gourmet lunch in the palace at Angelina Café with the favorite cakes and pastries of Marie Antoinette.

Normandy: Private Full-Day Foodie Tour

5. Normandy: Private Full-Day Foodie Tour

Explore Normandy’s villages and discover the best food on this guided foodie tour perfect for food enthusiasts. Sightsee, learn about local cuisine, and enjoy many opportunities to taste local drinks and food. Visit Camembert, Lisieux, the seafood market in Trouville, and more. Get picked up from Bayeux, Caen, Deauville, Trouville-sur-Mer, or Honfleur to start your adventure. During the tour, taste French Camembert (French cheese), hard cider, and Calvados (Normandy apple brandy), Normandy's liquid gold. While tasting local cuisine, enjoy driving and walking through the villages of the Pays d'Auge area. Learn about the architecture and history of these villages from your guide and digital resources. Later, get the opportunity to meet Jérome, the cheese producer and chairman of the Pont L'Evèque AOC Board. Learn everything about French cheese in Camembert. Afterward, have an optional lunch at a Michelin-rated restaurant by the river, admiring the Normandy cows and scenic views. The full tour includes: • A stop in Camembert • A quick stop at Orbec Ferme du Bec d'Or • A stop in Lisieux • A lunch at the Fossard (optional) • A stop at the Breuil en Auge Chateau and the distillery • A stop in Trouville & the seafood market • A stop at Deauville • A stop in Honfleur

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 112 reviews

Our guide, Olivia, was fantastic. She was very informative and she answered all our questions. Pick up was easy and arriving early for a group tour allowed us time around the lily pond & gardens before it got really busy.

Worth the money to see Marie Antoinette home in the country. The mini trains to get back to the entrance can be slow at closing time, give yourself time if you have another engagement.

Really wonderful to see Monet’s house and garden. Guide was very knowledgeable, and an excellent driver. Definitely worth doing, if you enjoy Monet’s artwork.

Got there a little before the crowds so we could take some good photos. Our guide Jonathan was terrific. Learned a lot about Monet from him.

Everyone was on time - the guide was knowledgeable and small group of 8 was ideal