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Visit Normandy

Only a short train ride from Paris or just a quick hop over the Channel, Normandy offers a great mix of French language, culture and adventure, which combine to create the perfect gap year destination.

Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in the French way of life, treat yourself to delicious local delicacies or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery, Normandy has it all!

Start planning your trip today…

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Getting there

By Boat – Normandy has four international ferry ports with daily routes from the UK operated by Brittany Ferries and LD Lines.

By Train – Only a couple of hours from Paris, Normandy’s main towns and cities can be easily reached by catching one of the regular trains (http://www.sncf.com/fr/) departing from both St Lazare and Montparnasse stations.

By plane – Be in Normandy in no time by catching a direct flight with CityJet from London City airport to the world-famous seaside resort of Deauville.

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Where to stay

Youth Hostels and Campsites – For those on a shoestring budget, Normandy has a range of hostels and campsites that provide everything you need for a good night’s sleep whilst leaving money in your pocket to enjoy other activities.

B&Bs – Full of traditional charm and local character, Normandy’s B&Bs are the perfect choice to experience a real slice of French life first hand.

Gîtes – If you’re travelling with a group of friends why not pool your resources and hire a traditional French farm house?

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What to see

Culture Vultures – Home to treasures such as the D-Day Landing Beaches, the Bayeux Tapestry, Monet’s Garden and the Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy really knows how to bring history to life.

Adrenaline Junkies – There are plenty of sports and activities to keep you occupied. Set yourself free from the stress of studying and embrace the daredevil within you by trying your hand at cycling, kite surfing or even bungee jumping!

Food Fanatics – No trip to France would be complete without tucking in to a few of the local delicacies – and Normandy certainly has its fair share. Make sure to leave room for creamy Camembert and warm apple tarts washed down with a glass of sweet cider!

A bientôt en Normandie !