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NORMANDAY

DAY 1  MADRID – PARIS-ROUEN- CAEN

Meeting in the Airport of Madrid-Barajas at the scheduled time to depart for Paris. Arrival in Paris and departure for Rouen, city known as “the city of the hundred bell towers”, baptized by Victor Hugo due to the quantity of existing churches. Many of its buildings were damaged as a result of the bombings that the city suffered during the Second World War, but fortunately some noteable buildings are still standing, religious or not. Among them the Cathedral of Notre Dame, fount of inspiration of the artist Claude Monet. Lunch. Afternoon tour of the places that remind us of Joan of Arc: the Tower of Joan of Arc” (Donjon), where the judegment was made, the Joan of Arc Museum (valulted Romanesque basement where we can see scednes of the life of the heroine) or The Church of Saint Joan of Arc, which was erected in the same place as the martyrdom and death of Joan. A cross marks the exact place where the bonfire was placed. Situated in the Old Market Square (Vieux-Marché), it surprises due to its design, work of Louis Arretche in 1979. The slate roof according to some has the shape of a hat and according to others the shape of the sea. The interior is really exceptional, with some spectacular windows.  Continuation Bayeux Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 CAEN (CAEN AND BAYEUX)

Breakfast. Departure at the designated time to visit Caen, capital of departament of Calvados where they conserve some parts of the castle constructed by William the Conqueror, who led the conquest of England in the 10th century. Another place of interest is the Abbey of The Men (Abbaye aux Hommes), currently Town Hall, and its Church of Saint Steven (Saint-Etienne) where the remains William the Conqueror and Duke of Normandy rest. They date from the 11th century, but  they were restored in the XVIII and after the bombings in 1944.  They harmoniously blend the Romanesque, Gothic and Classical styles. The Abbey has a important collection of paintings from the 15th, 18th and 19th centuries, and some rooms decorated with oak panels from the 15th century in Luis XV and Luis XVI style. Also important is the Abbey of the Ladies (Abbaye aux Dames) andiIts Church of the Trinity (Trinité) where the remains of Matilde de Flandes, wife of William the Conqueror, rest. It is an architectural Norman Romanesque masterpiece, and it is worth pointing out the Cloister, the grand staircase, the crypt and the tomb of Matilde. Currently it houses the Regional Council of Lower Normandy and next to it is located Michel d’Ornano Park, the former Saint-Louis Park.  French in style and from the 15th century, it makes up 5.5 hectares and offers a beautiful view panoramic view of the city. Lunch. Afternoon tour of Bayeux,  a city that has managed to conserve its rich heritage thanks to escaping the damages of the War. The historic center invites the visitors to discover the Gothic Cathedral and to stroll through the alleyways with its palaces and old houses with wooden framework. In the center William the Conqueror guards the famous  tapestry of Bayeaux, called the Reina Matilde. Made in the 11th century, this wool embroidery, 70 meters long and 50 centimeters tall, narrates the conquest of England pbyu the Duke of Normandy, William the Conqueror. Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 CAEN – EXCURSION LANDING BEACHES

Breakfast. Departure at the designated time to take a tour of the Beaches of the Normandy Landings on the “Nacre Coast”, with its cementeries, commemorative monuments and the remains of Mullberry Port. Tour of the Museum of the Bayeaux Landing, the Cementery of Omaha and the Pointe du Hoc.  The fact that one 2000 ton boat could not get closer than one mile of the beach and the need to assure the continual flow of provisions required perilous ways of directly unloading trucks from the boats. It was necessary to construct harbors on the French coast French that could be operative in the shortest time possible. So they planned a model of an integrated harbor with prefabricated elements that once they were ready could be transported by sea and be assembled in the selected places. The code name that was give to these harbors was “Mulberry”, located in the town of Arromanches. On June 5, 1944 a battalion of US troups landed at Pointe du Hoc, at 9:00 P.M. to avoid that French cannos robbed by the Germans during the German invasion of France would make the landings on the Beaches of Omaha and Utah difficult. One day later, June 6, the US, British and Canadian soldiers landed on the Beaches of Omaha and Utah. A little more than 100,000 soldiers of the US Army, 58,000 soldiers of the IV British Army, and 17,000 soldiers of the Canadian Army took part. At nightfall the head of the beach had been taken and thousands of allied soldiers landed. The most difficult beach to take was the Beach of Omaha, where 6,000 US soldiers  died and another 15,000 they were wounded.Lunch. Afternoon tour of the Arromanches D-Day  Museum. Formal dinner in a castle. Return to the hotel and Lodging.

DAY 4 CAEN- EXCURSION SAINT MICHEL

Breakfast. Departure at the designated time for Mont St Michel. Arrival at approximately 7:30 A.M. to observe the phenomenon of the tide. The spectacular tides of the bay made the Mount an  impregnable fortress. For centuries it was only accesible via land at low tide, and by sea during high tide. Currently yuou can read the Abbeyat all times thanks to the highway that leads to the feet of the rock.  Tour of St. Michel where,  on a rocky little island, the Gothic Benedictine Abbey consecrated tothel Archangel Saint Michael rises up and the village born in the protection of its walls. The  construction of this “wonder  of the West” lasted from the 11th century until hasta the 16th and it was a true technical feat. Lunch. Technical meeting in the afternoon. Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 CAEN- EXCURSION TO HONFLEUR–DEAUVILLE-WINE CELLAR DE CALVADOS

Breakfast. Departure for Honfleur, city  especially reknown for its picturesque and ancient harbor, which was painted many times by artists like Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet and Johann Jongkind, who made up the école de Honfleur, which contributed to the rise of the impressionist movement. The Church of Saint Catherine has a dome separated from the main building and the largest church in France built in wood. Honfleur was the scenery of a celebrated seige during the Hundred Years War.  Continue to Deauville, famous and luxurious coastal town with sumptious hotels and a Casino. Towns from the beginning of the 20th century, with houses of wooden beams, typically norman, its colorful umbrellas on in the  beach of fine sand and its and its famous promenade Les Planches all stand out. Lunch. Afternoon tour of a Calvados wine cellar with tasting. Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging

DAY 6 CAEN – VERSAILLES – PARIS – MADRID

Breakfast. Departure at the designated time for Versailles. Tour of the Palace of Versailles, that offers the visitor the chance to appreciate the type of life that some kings France had in the palace. The origin of this palace is in the hunting lodge constructed by Philibert le Roy for Louis XIII. Louis XIV initially used it to withdraw with his favorite away from the commentaries of the court. However he was attracted to this setting and made three additions, that combined with personal and political moments, until in 1710 they finished the last great reforms that gave it the current appearance, although with some diferencias. Lunch. Transfer to the airport Paris-Orly to depart for Madrid. END OF TRIP