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Overview

Best Food Tours in the North of France

The beautiful Mont Saint Michel and the pastures of Normandy.Head to northern France on a 5-day luxury foodie tour featuring two of our favorite regions: Normandy and Brittany.  You will visit the beautiful sites and taste the delicious cuisine of these two iconic French regions. 

Visiting the coast of Brittany.Normandy is a land rich in coastline, verdant pastures, and charming villages. The blend of seaside towns and agrarian country life makes it visually stunning and full of nooks and crannies to discover. Brittany is a cross between Celtic and French history and culture, with majestic seaside cliffs and inlets. Both are full of history, from the megalithic Carnac Stones to the medieval Mont Saint-Michel, from Romanesque churches to the battle sites of DDay. 

The cuisine of northern France borrows heavily from the sea, with mussels, oysters, fish stew, and the like, but it is also home to some of France’s most famous cheeses like camembert, not to mention its delicious regional ciders. 

Explore the best of northern France on this unique luxury food tour. 


Northern France Culinary Tour Trip Hightlights

Your luxury culinary vacation in Normandy and Brittany will include: 

  • fabulous boutique accommodations
  • 3 cooking classes
  • cheese and cider farm visits and tastings 
  • visits of Mont-Saint-Michel and the Normandy battle museum in Arromanches
  • and more! 

Itinerary

A picturesque street in Honfleur.Please note that this is a sample itinerary, as certain cooking classes are offered only certain days of the week. Please inquire with specific dates. 

Day One 

  • Pickup in Paris and start making your way toward Normandy for your deluxe Normandy culinary tour. Your first stop will be Pont-l’Evêque, a town bears the name of a famous Norman cheese and that is known for its 17th and 18th century private mansions and half-timbered houses. Here you will have a tasting of local Normandy products.
  • Around noon, still near Pont-l’Eveque, have your first cooking class and lunch at a private home  in the middle of the Norman countryside. Your instructor will be the owner, an authentic Norman lady whose family owns several gourmet restaurants in Paris and who will reveal some of cooking secrets to you.
  • Lunch to follow.
  • Head toward a cider farm for a visit and tasting of two quintessential Normandy products: apple cider (hard cider) and calvados, the local apple brandy.
  • Next, visit the charming port town of Honfleur on the Seine Esuary. Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec city, and the Chevalier de la Salle, founder of Louisiana, set sail from here. Honfleur has also been an inspiration to such artists as Monet and Boudin.
  • Head next to nearby Deauville, another seaside resort, and check in to your 4* accommodation. (It is also possible to stay in Honfleur.)
  • Dinner on your own in one of the local restaurants, and overnight,.

The pays d'auge in the countryside of Normandy.Day Two 

  • Breakfast and check out. 
  • This morning depart south through the Auge countryside. Stop in Cambremer for a crepe at a famous creperie (paid locally based on your order). Next, head to a cheese maker in Livarot. 
  • Finally, arrive in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne and check in to your hotel. 
  • Your cooking class will be with a Michelin-star chef, followed by dinner. (Please note the chef may not speak English, in which case your guide will be your interpreter.) 
  • Overnight. 

A view of the famous abbey of Mont Saint Michel in France.Day Three

  • Breakfast, and check out. Next, head toward Mont-Saint-Michel, one of France’s most famous sites. 
  • On the way there, stop at a food market in St-Hilaire-du-Harcouet (open only Wednesdays), or at another typical food market if a different day of the week. 
  • Next: Mont-Saint-Michel! This granite island juts up 80 meters high in the middle of a bay and forms a monumental, picturesque site. The village houses huddle together at the base encircled by walls, and on top you find the abbey, which was founded in 708 AD.  Enjoy a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site, then free time to explore. 
  • Head toward Cancale, and check in to your hotel.  
  • Dinner on your own, overnight. 

Saint Malo in Brittany, France.Day Four

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Cancale is a beautiful Breton port anchored in the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel with oyster farms and a market. Head to your cooking class in Cancale at a cooking school that has an approach to food that is both precise and relaxed, both healthy and fun. The classes are a maximum 8 people, allowing for a true hands-on experience. (Please note the chef may not speak English, in which case your guide will be your interpreter.) 
  • Lunch to follow. 
  • After lunch, head to Saint Malo. Destroyed in 1944, the town has since been completely rebuilt in its original style. You can admire the amazing view of the bay as you walk along the 1 1/2 mile ramparts, and discover also the picturesque streets and corsair dwellings in the walled town. 
  • Next, head toward beautiful Bayeux, a town that was at the heart of the D-Day landings in June 1944. 
  • Check in to your hotel near Bayeux. 

The cathedral of Bayeux.Day Five 

  • Breakfast, then visit Bayeux and see the tapestry of Queen Mathilda (the “Bayeux Tapestry”), an epic depiction of William the Conqueror’s expedition to England in 1066 which was woven a few years after those events took place and is now preserved in the Bayeux Museum. 
  • Next head to the Landing Beaches, including the Arromanches where you will see the remains of a Mulberry harbor. Built according to Churchill’s vision within a few days of DDay, this was a “temporary” port used to disembark the army, men, and supplies need to liberate Europe – an extraordinary industrial and maritime achievement. 
  • Visit Omaha Beach and the somber American Cemetery, where nearly 9400 Carrara marble crosses and stars of David mark the graves of the fallen. A memorial stands in the central alley. The name Omaha Beach was an operational code name but now jointly designates the beaches of three villages: Colleville, Saint-Laurent, and Vierville. The name’s use commemorates the soldiers of teh 1st American division who landed there and who suffered the heaviest casualties on DDay. 
  • One of the most impressive sites you will see this day is the Pointe du Hoc, where the 2nd battalions of specially trained Rangers under the command of Colonel James Earl Rudder captured the position at dawn on June 6, scaling the cliffs with ropes and extendible ladders. Their extraordinary efforts results in the loss of 135 of the 225 rangers, but were a key part of the success of DDay. 
  • After your visit, transfer back to Paris with a new understanding of the cuisine and history of northern France. 

Northern France Cooking Vacation Details

Included in the 4-night Northern France Food Tours

Accommodations

Four nights accommodation in 4* hotels and historical residences.

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Local product tastings

Classes & Instructors

Your three cooking classes will take place with a variety of chefs, from a class in a private home to a class with a Michelin-star chef. They will take place in the Pays d’Auge, in the Orne countryside, and in Cancale.

Excursions

  • Visits to Pont-l’Eveque and Honfleur
  • Cheese maker visit
  • Cider farm visit
  • Excursion to the Auge countryside
  • Market visit
  • Guided tour of Mont Saint Michel
  • Visits to Cancal, Saint Malo, and Bayeux
  • Visit to the Bayeux Tapestry
  • Visit to the Landing Day beaches

Transfer Details

  • Arrival and departure transfers included from Paris.

Accommodation Information

Stay in beautiful 4* hotels and historical residences during your 4-night culinary tour of the north of France. The hotels will be chosen among the following based on availability at the time of booking:

  • Night one: Novotel Deauville or Absinthe in Honfleur
  • Night two: Manoir du Lys in Bagnoles de l’Orne
  • Night three: Château Richeux in Cancale or Grand Bé in Saint-Malo
  • Night four: Chateau de Bellefontaine or Ferme de La Ranconniere near Bayeux

Pricing and Tour Dates for Our Northern France Culinary Vacation

See the pricing and tour dates for our northern France cooking vacation below, and contact us to book your trip!



Northern France Culinary Tour Pricing:
based on a minimum of 4 people

4-night Program

US$3995 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!


    Deluxe Northern France Tour Dates

    2024
    Our luxury food tour of Northern France is available for a minimum of 4 people. The itinerary can vary according to specific weeks and availability of the classes, please inquire with dates for availability!

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