Advice from the Experts

 


 

 

Welcome to Normandy,

 

 

As a resident of Normandy for the past 22 years, I would like to share with you some practical information which should be helpful to planning your client’s journey.

 

Please don’t hesitate to ask me ANY questions. I know Normandy well….and love it.

 

 

Sincerely,

Adrienne O’Donoghue

Normandy On Site, ALBION

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GETTING TO NORMANDY

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PARIS CENTER ↔ NORMANDY

 

 

 

TRAIN: From Paris St Lazare ↔ Deauville/Caen/Bayeux

 

 

Adrienne’s Advice: Train stations in France, and less so in Normandy, are not necessarily ‘user friendly’. Reduced Mobility access / escalators / Help desks / Signs in English are not always present

 

HIRED CAR SERVICES:

 

 

Adrienne’s Advice: Hired car service is easy & reliable with a possibility to visit sites along the way: Giverny, Honfleur, Rouen, etc.

 

 

RENTAL CAR:

 

 

Adrienne’s Advice: Diving in Paris can be stressful. Make sure your clients have:

 

  • A pre-programmed GPS
  • Cash on hand for tolls (as only credit cards with code chip work)
  • Knowledge to drive a stick shift transmission (Beware: often ‘automatic transmission’ is based on availability despite the contract agreement)
  • Knowledge of the driving laws and regulations, for example:
  • In Paris, on circles, the priority is given to the incoming traffic
  • Outside of Paris, the priority is given to the traffic on the circle
  • On French national highways, the left hand lane is for passing only
  • No turn on red in France

 

Best Solution: Arrive to Normandy by train or car service. Rental Car Delivery with meet & greet services at train station or at hotel. 

 

 

Albion voyages is the only car rental agency to provide this personalized service in Normandy.

PARIS AIRPORTS – NORMANDY

 

TRAIN: No direct trains to Normandy. Heading into Paris Center from CDG is backtracking the distance.

 

HIRED CARE SERVICES:

 

 

Adrienne’s Advice: Hired car service is easy and reliable, allowing visits to sites along the way: Giverny, Honfleur, Rouen, etc. 

UK-NORMANDY

 

TRAIN:

EUROSTAR London-Paris, Gare du Nord-Paris, Gare St. Lazare-Normandy

 

 

Adrienne’s Advice: The change in Paris from Gare du Nord to St. Lazarre is not easy time wise. A hired car service from Gare du Nord to Normandy is the less stressful and reliable solution.

 

EUROSTAR London-Calais (no direct trains from Calais to Normandy)

 

 

Adrienne’s Advice: Taking a car service from Calais to Normandy is longer and more expensive than a car service from Paris Gare du Nord to Normandy. Possibility of visits along the way: Honfleur/ Deauville/ Memorial Peace Museum in Caen.

 

 

DIRECT FLIGHTS:

 

  • London South end ↔ Caen EVERYDAY except Tuesdays and Thursday: FLYBE
  • London Stanstead ↔ Deauville Mondays and Fridays: RYANAIR

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GENERAL DISTANCES IN NORMANDY

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  • Mont Saint Michel: full day excursion, situated at 90 min from Bayeux
  • D-Day sites: Full one or two day excursion, American Sector alone is +24 miles of beach front
  • ‘Fleuri Coast’ (Pays d’Auge: Deauville, Honfleur, Trouville): full day excursion, 1 hour 15 minutes from Bayeux

 

Adrienne’s Advice: Normandy is vast and the main sites are spread out over many miles. 35% of the visitors say they “wish they had more time” or “didn’t know that it was so spread out”.

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VISITING NORMANDY

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Adrienne’s Advice: Historically, Normandy’s claim to fame in the travel industry has been the D-Day sites, Mont Saint Michel, Giverny, and Honfleur. Having lived in Normandy as a local resident and married to a Norman, I know the authentic, “unpublished” sites of the region. Normandy’s culture, which most visitors view with a nostalgic eye, has been preserved. The region’s traditions, daily customs, and age old values are still very strong and present. I am happy to share my knowledge and suggestions with you as to promote the authentic Normandy.

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