11th Century Medieval Tour in Britanny and Normandy, the heart of his Duchy
Normandy was the birthplace of probably the most famous of all dukes, William The Conqueror, but not being content with this title, he went on to meet Harold Godwinson in battle at Hastings. Head of the most powerful family in Anglo-Saxon England and recently newly crowned King thereof, and won!
This tour takes you to his birthplace, Falaise castle, then on to his most strategic castle in Caen, built in 1060, after the Battle of Val-ès-Dunes in 1047, and finally the two abbeys he built with his Flemish wife, where both William and Matilda have rested for over 930 years.
William's grave, marked by a marble slab, was destroyed in 1562 and the bones scattered and lost, with the exception of one thigh bone. Matilda, who died in 1083, was buried in the Choir under a slab of black marble.
What better way to learn about one of the most crucial points in European history, by walking in the footsteps of the greatest General, Duke and King of the middle ages? Guilielmus Victor.
We start this historic tour at the birthplace of William.
This impressive medieval castle, built on a natural high point with natural sheer drops, Falaise Castle, has been very recently restored with the chance to see the inside of the castle which houses artifacts and histories.
We then move on to the castle in Caen, the stronghold of William after his battle of Val-ès-Dunes and henceforth to become the stronghold of Normandy. This is also a very impressive structure in the heart of Caen.
Our tour then continues to the two Abbeys, Aux Hommes and Aux Dames, built by William and new bride Matilde, to help appease Pope Leo IX, after he initially rejected Williams desire to marry his Cousin from the powerful house of the Flanders. Two beautiful monuments also in the heart of Caen old town, housing the remains of William and Matilde for more than 930 years.
Time permitting or if arranged at the outset we may move on to the 900-year-old Bayeux tapestry, testimony, lead up and subsequent 'The Battle of Hastings.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the port, hotel, railway or bus station in Bayeux area and nearby. Please contact me for more details.
End location: At Cherbourg, Caen, Bayeux, Le Havre, St Malo, Honfleur, Carpiquet, Dinard.
Duration: 10 hours
The pick up location might affect the duration of the tour. It depends how far you are located from our starting point.
Luxury 7 seater and a luxury saloon car.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 Euros - Entrance fees to museums
Not normally permitted to give official guided tours in the Abbey of Le Mont St Michel, it is restricted to their personal guides.
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Excellent tour. My family of 4 loved the Falais Castle, the two Abbeys, and the Bayeux tapestry. It was a full day with our very informative and friendly guide, Graham. This tour is a great introduction to Norman and French history.