Known for its world famous coasts and the Battle of Normandy, Normandy has become a cultural and culinary hub for France.
For students who are studying abroad with the USAC Pau program, an optional tour to Normandy and Paris is offered, and it’s a trip you won’t want to miss!
This optional tour lasts five days, and is the most convenient way to see the most historic parts of Normandy, including Mont St. Michel, Rouen, and Caen. Plus, Normandy is known for boasting more than 100 gardens and parks within the region! If that’s not enough, the tour ends in Paris so you can continue your travels or head back home.
Here’s how your five-day tour breaks down.
You’ll meet your fellow USAC friends and staff at the charter bus in Pau and depart for Normandy. The first stop is at Mont St. Michael where you’ll have the option to visit the castle at night with a free shuttle. Don’t worry if you don’t make it, the next day is the official island tour.
You’ll be up early for your official visit to Mont St. Michel, an island commune in Normandy and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll learn the cultural history and explore the beautiful island until you break for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll head to Caen, a port city in northern France that features the Château de Caen, a circa-1060 castle built by William the Conqueror. The city was mostly destroyed in the 1944 Battle of Normandy but was rebuilt in the 1950s and ’60s.
In the morning, you’ll head from Caen to the Normandy American Cemetary and Memorial located at Omaha Beach. The Cemetery is located on top of a cliff, overlooking the beach, and is one of 14 American World War II Cemeteries constructed on foreign soil. After touring the memorial, you’ll break for lunch and then spend the afternoon at the Sainte-Mère-Eglise. This Norman village was also involved in the Battle of Normandy where American parachutes were dropped all around the area resulting in one of the greatest exploits in military history.
On the fourth day, you’ll head to Etretat, a commune in northwestern France where you’ll encounter beautiful coast lines, white cliffs, and a cliff-top golf course. You’ll continue the day with lunch at the restaurant located inside the Musée Malraux, one of the most famous painting museums in France. You’ll continue to tour the area and settle in for the last night of the tour.
The tour commences with a visit to Rouen, the capital Normandy and a port city located on the river Seine. It’s here that you’ll see original works of art from the famous painter, Monet, and visit the famous Fondation Claude Monet gardens. The tour will end in Paris where you’ll spend the evening. Students from the group flight will be taken by charter bus to the airport, or you may choose to continue traveling on your own time.
This optional tour to Normandy is available to all students at an additional fee. The tour includes a charter bus from Pau to Normandy and then to Paris, five nights at a hotel in Le Mont St. Michel, Caen, and Paris, daily breakfast, one group meal, and entrance fees and guided visits to attractions. To sign up for this optional tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org