Region Overviews: France Travel Guide: Overview
Long considered a global center of art, science, philosophy and sophistication, France boasts incredible diversity in its offerings to travelers.
Sandy beaches and pretty seaside villages. A mystical island monastery and towns that spirit your family back to the days of William the Conqueror. This is Brittany and Normandy. A region so steeped in history you can feel it. Walk it. Hike it. From Omaha Beach and D-Day memorials to St-Malo, Mont-St-Michel and the windswept Emerald Coast. This landscape will transport you.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Caen / End Rennes
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Embark on a family hike through Normandy's idyllic bocage countryside | Following a path along the Aure River, arrive in beautiful Bayeux, the first French town to be liberated after D-Day | Stroll the length of the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry, a stunningly detailed 203-foot-long embroidery depicting the Norman conquest of England | Experience the splendor of Normandy's coast, with its unique arch formations and panoramic vistas | Walk along the now tranquil Omaha Beach on your own and with our local guide | Visit the American Military Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer and the German stronghold Pointe du Hoc | Taste farm-fresh cider, apple brandy and Pommeau de Normandie | Discover the village of Arromanches, famous for the artificial port constructed to aid in the D-Day Invasion | Walk to the clifftops for a breathtaking look over town and across the Channel.
An elegantly appointed and family-owned boutique hotel just steps from the Bayeux Cathedral in the heart of the city.
Revel in the luminous color of the Côte d’Emeraude (Emerald Coast) | Journey to the island monastery of Mont-St-Michel, one of Europe’s most hallowed pilgrimage destinations and a World Heritage site | Witness Europe's most extreme tides in the bay of Mont-St-Michel | Pause in Cancale, the oyster capital of France | Meander through St-Malo, a fortified city with unparalleled sea views.
This hotel, built in 1859, welcomes you with warm décor and mesmerizing views overlooking the coast and St-Malo. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The terrain on this trip includes forest trails, rocky coastal dirt paths and some paved roads.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
La Chenevière and Château Richeux are Premiere Hotels housed in beautiful historic buildings. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.