Local Connections: A Taste Of Normandy

5.5 hours | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | L E H - 3 0 0
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Points of Interest

  • Honfleur
Shopping Opportunities, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Unlike the rest of France Normandy is blanketed in apple orchards instead of vineyards. For centuries these apples have been used to make a bubbly fermented cider and distilling that cider into Calvados.

Learn its history and how this elegant elixir is made with a five-and-a-half-hour excursion into the heart of Normandy. Visit the traditional Busnel & Anée, renowned distiller for a tour and a sampling. On your return trip to Le Havre, you'll stop in the fishing port of Honfleur for a leisurely walking tour so wear comfortable shoes.

From the pier you'll board your comfortable coach. Once settled into your seat, with your camera at hand, you'll begin your journey to Cormeillles tucked in the Normandy countryside. Today, one of most prestigious Calvados distilleries in the country this distillery built in the local half-timbered style uses traditional methods of fermentation and distillation..

After you arrive your guide will lead you to the distillery where you'll see the apple press, bright copper stills and the brandy is aged in oak casks. During your tour you'll learn that it takes 59 pounds of apples to make just 33 fluid ounces of Calvados!

Following your tour you'll be able to enjoy a sampling of the world's premier apple brandy, and Pommeau, an aperitif that's made by blending one-year-old Calvados and pressed apple juice. Normandy is also famous for its soft cheeses and and three local cheeses will accompany your tasting: Camembert, Pont l'EvĂŞque and Livarot served with classic French bread and butter.

Once you've completed your epicurean journey of sight, scent and taste, you'll board the coach and continue on to the seaside village of Honfleur.

Upon arrival you'll begin a guided walk through town. Considered the birthplace of the Impressionist and Romantic art movements, Honfleur served as the homeport of 17th century sea voyages that led to the development of some of France's most important colonies.

Stroll along streets lined with the signature half-timbered houses and down to the picturesque harbor past the governor's house, La Lieutenance. Built in the 18th century, the house stood by the old city gate that fortified the city over 300-years ago.

Continuing on you'll stop for a visit at the lovely 15th century church of Saint Catherine, acclaimed as France's largest wooden church. Built at a time when stone was scarce, the church was built with timber and by the same craftsmen who built ships in the naval yard. Remarkably, they didn't use saws for their construction work-they cut the wood with serrated knives.

At the end of the day, you'll rejoin your coach for a relaxing ride back to Le Havre over the beautiful Normandy Bridge.

Special Notes:

THIS TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PASSENGERS EMBARKING OR DISEMBARKING IN LE HAVRE.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart the ship and drive to Cormeilles via Norman countryside

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:00

Guided walking visit of the Distillery Busnel & Anée, tasting of Norman specialities and some free time in the souvenir shop

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
45
Time at site:
01:45
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
6
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive to Honfleur

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:30

Guided walking tour in Honfleur including free time for independent visit and shopping

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
45
Time at site:
01:45
Free time at site:
45
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1300
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-Board the motorocoach and return to the ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:30