MG Normandy 2017 28th Sep - 3rd Oct 2017From £449.00 per person
MG Normandy 2017
Normandy is full of history and has been moulded by the likes of William the Conqueror and WWII. But how many times have you sailed into Caen – just a stones’ throw from Pegasus Bridge, Normandy beaches and World War II history, yet never stopped? We all know that William the Conqueror was the King of England from 1066, but where did it all start? And what makes Normandy the home of the three C’s – Calvados, Cider and Camembert? This isn’t just Normandy – this is historic Normandy and this weekend we will delve into a little bit of everything it has to offer.
Thursday 28th September
Check-in at the Brittany Ferries terminal in Portsmouth at 21.45hrs for the 22.45hrs crossing to Caen.
A 2 bunk inside cabin has been reserved for this overnight crossing.
Friday 29th September
Arrival at Caen is at 06.45hrs and an early start to what will be a thought provoking day at the Normandy beaches and surrounding memorials. Taking the coast road along Sword, Juno and Gold beaches to Arromanches and ‘Port Winston’ – the artificial harbour created to allow troops safe landing for Operation Overlord. From there it is a worthy journey to Longues Sur Mer to see the German gun battery – the only one remaining still intact. No Normandy visit would be complete without a moment of remembrance at Bayeaux Commonwealth Cemetary, the resting place of over 4000 soldiers and the Memorial for 1800 soldiers of whom no graves have been found.
Saturday 30th September
Today’s route will give you the opportunity to visit an abundance of typical Normandy places of interest; the cheese village of Camembert, the horse stud in Haras, the cider route or a brand new museum in the town of Falais dedicated to the civilians of war.
Another option if you wish to choose your own route would be to visit the neighbouring region of Loire and visit Le Mans – a town that is very often bypassed to en route to somewhere seemingly more attractive, but there really is more to this town than just the 24hr race and with the museum at the circuit entrance and the old Plantagenet city, it is definitely worth a visit.
Sunday 1st October
Today will offer a scenic drive through Suisse Normande, an area that has been carved by the Orne river and created dramatic meanders and gorges into the rocks of the area. The highest heights in these parts reach over 1,000 feet, making for ideal driving routes for exploring these riverside villages and low lying hills.
Monday 2nd October
After breakfast, we bring another level of history to this insightful weekend. You have all day to visit the Ducal Palace in Caen. Built by William the Conqueror in 1060, this is one of largest medieval enclosures in Europe and contains the Normandy Museum and Fine Arts Museum. Why not make a final nod of remembrance at Pegasus Bridge just a few miles away before heading to the port in time for the 23.00hrs departure back to Portsmouth. A 2 bunk inside cabin has been reserved for this journey.
Tuesday 3rd October
Arrive in Portsmouth at 06.45hrs for the journey home.