Normandy Gourmet Day Trip From Bayeux (Private)

Highlights

  • Visit a local cheese making facility and taste renowned Normandy Cheeses.

  • Learn to distinguish differences among cheeses at a dairy.

  • Taste local beverages such as calvados and hard apple ciders.

  • Enjoy a small group atmosphere with local guide.

  • Optional lunch at a selected local restaurant

Summary

Taste your way through the flavors of Normandy on this private full-day small-group cider and cheese tasting tour from Bayeux. Nibble on Camembert cheese made in the village of Camembert. Sample hard cider for which the region is famous. Enjoy gorgeous views of the French countryside along the way. 

Tour info

Duration
8 hours
Group Size
8
Pricing (From)
Adult: (4-99 years)
€690.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

Your accommodation , Bayeux, Normandy, 14400, FR

Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

Are you looking for a great Normandy tour from Bayeux? Then look no further and be prepared to taste your way through the flavors of Normandy!

Pick up at your accommodation in Bayeux
This morning, we will come and pick you up at your accommodation in Bayeux or the surrounding area. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned, Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to the Normandy countryside on this private small group gourmet full day tour.

Begin your Normandy Gourmet Tour
Cheese and cider are two of the most loved culinary specialties coming from Normandy. Camembert is one of those Normandy cheeses and is one of the most eaten in France. It is soft, moist, creamy and truly delicious in our opinion. It was created in the 18th century and is made from unpasteurized cow’s milk. Today, however, production has mostly industrialized and manufacturers have preferred to switch to pasteurized milk for food safety reasons, as well as to be compliant for export.

This tour takes you away from the crowded Normandy tourist sites and into the true traditions of the Normandy region. Our Normandy Gourmet tour will first take you to a cheese making facility. Located in the heart of Normandy, in the Pays d’Auge bocage countryside, the area has both an ideal climate and perfect agricultural conditions to make Protected Designation of Origin cheese from Normandy. 

Normandy cows have white coatings with brown marks. They live in the grassy pastures for one half of the year and indoors in the barn during winter. They only feed on grass and fodder enriched with some natural food supplements. Raw milk coming from Norman cows guarantees the best taste and pleasure, and is completely safe. 

The milk is deemed “raw” when it is not subjected to heat treatment during processing. This is milk in its purest form, like in the farms of yesteryear. It exposes all the flavors of the land or as we say terroir. This is why the cheese may taste differently depending on the season.

Tour a Cheese making facility and taste local cheeses
This is a unique concept allowing visitors to discover cheese workshops through a corridor of glass-protected galleries, from where visitors may understand all the different stages of cheese production from the time the milk arrives until the cheese is packaged (films, information panel boards and games). 

After the visit, enjoy a cheese tasting session: individual platters (portions of Livarot, Pont l’Evêque, Normandy Camembert and Neufchâtel), bread and cider. There is also a small shop if ever you would like to bring back some local delicacies. Cheese is best eaten on site however!

Then reach one of the most beautiful villages of France
Rated as one of the most beautiful villages of France (plus beaux villages de France), this village can be considered as a picture perfect postcard of a traditional Normand Village. Stronghold of the d’Harcourt family, on the Cider and Calvados trails, its half timbered houses, old covered market and surrounding manor houses make it a treat to discover. Here you will have some time to stroll through the village on your own for personal discovery. 

Experience a Gourmet lunch at a Michelin Restaurant
As this is a gourmet tour, where better to have lunch than in one of the most famous restaurants of the area. Taste delicious food at the Pavé d'Auge restaurant. This One Star Michelin establishment, located in the center of the village of Beuvron en Auge, welcomes you in an authentic dining room that has retained all the charm and magic of the venue. After lunch and some free time for a stroll in the village it will be time to drive to our final destination.

End the day with a commented tasting of Apple Brandy
Finally, reach a local Calvados distillery located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge. This family owned estate produces some of the most famous Cider, Calvados and Pommeau of Normandy. Here, more than 25 varieties of apples are grown on the 30 hectares of orchards composed of either standard trees or cordons trees. After more than a century of production, the family has gained recognition worldwide for the subtle and delicate art of blends. 

After a short introduction to the different products that are distilled here, you will participate in a commented tasting of the local spirits – tasting fees are not included. After the tasting, it will be time to return to your accommodation in or near Bayeux and that will be the end of this thrilling day trip.

What’s included?

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Visits as mentioned in the program.

  • English speaking qualified guide/driver

  • Transport by air conditioned Mercedes minivans.

  • Free Wifi access on board.

  • Bottled water.

  • Lunch unless option selected.

  • Entrance fees or tasting fees.

  • Personal insurance & expenses.

  • Gratuities for the driver/guide.

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • English speaking tour, other languages on request.

  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies.

  • Prices are per group.

  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Minimum age for drinking is 18 years old.

  • Tour is for those without dietary restrictions.

Before you go

  • If any hotel or predetermined meeting place changes, notify Orphorus immediately.  Otherwise be at location 10 minutes prior to pick up time.

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Cancellation Policy

    Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule: Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Master Card. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%. For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund: - Up to 48 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees. - 48 hours prior to departure and less > no refund - No show - no refund

Redemption information

    Please be ready 10 minutes prior to the departure time.


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Ophorus Tours is both a licensed Tour Operator, member of Atout France and ETOA, and a Transportation company with headquarters in Bordeaux. We operate since 2005 and conduct Walking Tours, Day Trips, Private Tours, Shore Excursions and multi-regional Tours throughout France. 

Our multilingual office staff is made up of France Travel Experts that design unique itineraries for both individuals and groups. Their perfect knowledge of the destination allows them to suggest carefully crafted programs to professionals of the Travel Trade all over the world. 

Our in house team of licensed, multilingual Tour Guides are local Experts that can conduct any type of tours including (but not limited to) Cultural & Historical, Food & Wine, Luxury, Battlefields, Active, Family friendly, Faith-based etc...