Advice from the Experts
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.
Normandy On Site, ALBION
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.
Adrienne’s Advice: Diving in Paris can be stressful. Make sure your clients have:
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.
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.
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”.
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 Having lived in Normandy as a local resident and married to a Norman, I know the authentic, “unpublished” sites of the region.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.