First Time Normandy

Tour highlights

  • A 'continental' driving course in the UK
  • Enjoy springtime at your Normandy campsite
  • Visit the D-Day beaches of Sword, Juno and Gold
  • Discover spectacular Mont St Michel
  • Appreciate the beauty of Normandy at your leisure

Day 1 – 6: Your continental driving course and arrival in France

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Day 1 – Arrive at Rookesbury Park Club Campsite

Begin your tour at Rookesbury Park Club Campsite and meet your fellow first timers and tour hosts.

Day 2 – Driving course at Fontwell Park Racecourse

Meet up with your tour hosts and driving instructors at Fontwell Park Racecourse, where you will have a specially organised driving course to prepare you for taking your outfit abroad. There will also be a presentation about driving in France given by Caravan and Motorhome Club staff.

Day 3 – Ferry crossing and arrival at Camping Port’land (N09)

Drive down to Portsmouth and take your Brittany Ferries crossing to Caen. Drive through the beautiful Normandy countryside and arrive at the campsite. Once on site there will be the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the campsite and enjoy a welcome drink and meal at the campsite's restaurant.

Day 4 – Free day to enjoy at your leisure

Ease into your Normandy holiday with a free day to relax at the campsite.

Day 5 – Discover the Mont St Michel

Enjoy a coach excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Mont St Michel. You will have time to explore the well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel and the winding medieval streets.

Day 6 – Free day to enjoy at your leisure

Enjoy a day at your own pace. You could head a little further afield to the historical town and picturesque fishing port of Honfleur. The town is located on the estuary of the River Seine and its old harbour has been a subject for a number of artists including Monet.

Day 7 – 12: D-Day beaches and the Bayeux Tapestry

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Day 7 – Visit the British and Canadian D-Day Landing beaches

This full day coach excursion will take you to Sword, Juno and Gold beaches where the British and Canadian landings occured. You will also visit the British Normandy memorial followed by a visit to Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches.

Days 8 & 9 – Free days to enjoy at your leisure

Enjoy two days at your leisure. You might want to discover some more about the Second World War history of this region at one of the many museums. Alternatively, take things slowly and enjoy the campsite.

Day 10 – Excursion to Bayeux

This morning, enjoy a visit to the charming and historic town of Bayeux, famous for its medieval Tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings. No visit to Normandy would be complete without sampling some of this region’s finest specialities, so enjoy a Calvados and cider tasting with a local producer!

Day 11 – Final day at leisure and farewell meal

Enjoy your final day of the tour at your leisure. In the evening there will be a farewell meal at the campsite.

Day 12 – Depart the campsite

Depart the campsite and head back to Caen for your ferry back to the UK.

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