This full day experience in the gorgeous region of Pays d'Auge is accompanied by a private guide.
The Pays d'Auge is the postcard image of Normandy France: a half timbered cottage with its thatched roof in the middle of a field planted with apple trees. A rich, green, fertile farming region and horse breeding region that provides the farmers with everything they need to produce all the local specialties: cheeses, cider, calvados (apple brandy), off of these have made the reputation of Normand gastronomy.
Your day revolves around discovering Normandy's authentic villages, local artisan methods of making cider, and the present and past "ways of life' in the region. Throughout the day, the visitors will have the opportunity to have personalized encounters with "local Normands". Each itinerary is different depending on the local events, outdoor markets, and harvest periods.
The itinerary often includes:
Honfleur - A charming fishing port with traditional Norman architecture, Honfleur looks much as it did when Claude Monet was a frequent visitor as well as whole band of "renegade artists" - Courbet, Corot, Sisley, Pisarro, and Renoir to name a few. A major defensive harbor on the left bank of the Seine river, it is the birth place of a number of navigators. Just like the town of Bayeux, Honfluer was totally spared from the bombings of World War II maintaining its historical charm and picturesque attractiveness.
Family Owned Distillery - This private property is managed by a very welcoming family who is dedicated to preserving the 150 years old tradition of making cider and calvados (brandy) on the family domain. Meet a local and see the "real Normandy" at its finest.
Beauvron en Auge - Located in the heart of Pays d'Auge, this village was saved by Michel Vermughen. His vision and knowledge of the original 17th century market hall and town square lined with half timbered period homes led to the establishment of the Association for Preservation and Enhancement of Beauvron en Auge with protects the villages from unsightly construction. It is an historical gem.
Deauville - The "Paris of Normandy", Deauville's waterfront has inspired open air painters, writers, photographers, and film directors to create and produce the finest works of art during the Impressionist period, the pre-war period, and the present day. Today, Deauville is home to the American Film Festival and the famous Yearling Sales.
Giverny - Visting Monet's home is like discovering the private live of this legendary artist. You will explore the grounds following colorful lanes filled with flowers going through tunnels, over bridges and down pathway to access various gardens. In Giverny, Monet was able to give the best of himself in his two passions: gardening and painting.