Depart from your centrally located Bayeux hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and begin your day with a panoramic city tour with your private guide. Gain fascinating insight into the historical heritage of the town as you pay a visit to the magnificent cathedral, an 11th-century structure built at the request of the Earl of Kent. Enrich your knowledge of Bayeux’s artistic legacy at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, and then explore the ambient tangle of medieval streets on foot.
After strolling past charming half-timbered houses and ancient structures, opt to visit either the Conservatoire de la Dentelle to see lace makers at work, or peruse the artistic treasures within the Baron Gérard Fine arts Museum. Continue to Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest World War II cemetery in France, and then revitalize with an independent lunch in a local restaurant (own expense).
Revitalized, continue onto Caen to get acquainted with the city most strongly associated with William the Conqueror. Listen as your guide offers fascinating commentary that reveals the multifaceted history of the Caen, and then marvel at the grand architecture of the Abbey of St-Etienne, a former monastery and magnificent example of Romanesque architecture.
Head next to Château de Caen (Caen Castle), an impressive structure that boasts unrivalled views of the city from its rocky outcrop, and see the remains of William the Conqueror’s former palace. Conclude your tour with a stop at the Abbey of Ste-Trinité to see the resting place of Queen Mathilde, and then return to your Bayeaux hotel, where the tour concludes.