FALAISE and CAEN - CASTLE / ABBAYE AUX HOMMES
(half-day tour)  

9-SEATER VAN

TRANSPORT

9-SEATER VAN
(or STEP ON GUIDE)

DURATION

4.5 HOURS

PICK-UP / DROP OFF

BAYEUX or CAEN
(TRAIN-STATION / HOTEL)

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?

Your tour guide will meet you at the train-station (if you will be travelling to Normandy on the day of the tour) or at your hotel in Bayeux or Caen. The drive from the aforementioned locations to Falaise takes approximately 45'. The tour of the castle, combining the history of the medieval fortifications and modern technology is meant to get the visitor immersed in the atmosphere of a typical Norman fortress. The visit of Falaise spans approximately 2h. From Falaise you will drive to Caen. A short stop at Caen castle will mark the preambule to the tour of Abbaye aux Hommes (fr. Men's Abbey). The abbey was one of the few structures located in central Caen that was spared by the rage of the allied bombings of 1944. From the Abbey you will head back to the hotel/train-station. 

0f347cbbf7bfeebb08fa3bbe5b249029_edited.jpg
IMG_7221.JPG

FALAISE CASTLE

The first stronghold perched on the rocky outcrop overlooking the town of Falaise was attested late X century. Just a few decades later in 1027/1028 would see the daylight at Falaise the man destined to become one of the most prominent figures in European history: William the Conqueror. The latter, future king of England, as well as his successors, and ultimately, Philip Augustus, king of France, would turn Falaise into one of the most impressive fortresses in the region. In spite of the damage inflicted upon Falaise in 1944, during the last phase of the Battle of Normandy, when roughly two-thirds of the town was destroyed, the castle was restored after the war and may be regarded today as one of the 'historical gems' of the former Duchy of Normandy.

CAEN - ABBAYE AUX HOMMES

Although the Normans are making numerous cheeses nowadays, four of these stand out from the bunch: the Camembert — considered by many the most renowned French cheese — Pont l'Eveque, Livarot and, in Upper Normandy, Neufchatel. The remarkable savoir-faire (fr. know-how) of the artisans as well as the secrets of the cheese-making process are revealed to the visitors at Graindorge Dairy. A great opportunity to sample the best Normandy cheese right in the heart of the countryside where it has been made for over two centuries now.