Excellent trip – Lovely area, well selected vineyards and Aude was an excellent guide. Highly recommended and one if the highlights of our trip.
GOURMET CHEESE & CIDER TASTING PRIVATE TOUR
Discover the Gourmet Cheese & Cider Tasting Highlights of Normandy
Visit one of the last traditional Camembert making farm
Experience a delicious home made lunch (optional)
Taste local Beverages such as Calvados and Hard Apple ciders
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€690 per group of 2 to 8 persons
Daily 9.00 AM
Full Day Private Sightseeing Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us.
Pickup in centrally located accommodation in Bayeux or vicinity
- English speaking qualified guide/driver
- Recent, fully equipped Mercedes minivans
- Free Wifi access on board
- Bottled water
- Entrance fees or tasting fees unless mentioned
- Personal insurance & expenses
- Eventual Gratuities for the driver/guide
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 day tour from Bayeux will first take you to one of the last traditional Camembert making farms in the region. There, accompanied with one of our friendly English-speaking guides, you will be able to learn about the history and the techniques of Camembert making. Of course, tasting samples will be provided!
By the time lunch time comes, you will have the option to experience a homemade meal in true Normandy fashion
Expect apples, cheese and cream to be on the menu. If you do not wish to join the lunch, you can also decide to get your own at a local restaurant recommended by our expert guide.
Once you have been well fed, this tour of Normandy from Bayeux will switch to a different topic: apples. The locals have made apples one of their symbols. History says apples arrived in France during the Crusades and the best, sweetest varieties went to Normandy. Quickly, Normandy became the most important orchard in the country, with apples growing under the care of monks in the numerous monasteries found in the region.
Thanks to these large cultures, beer was replaced by a new alcoholic beverage made from apples in the 18th century, which is of course cider
Our gourmet tasting day tour will take you to a modern brewery where you will learn how cider is produced. At the end, you will be able to sample and taste different varieties of cider. You will also have the possibility to purchase your favorite one and bring it back home
Yet, in Normandy, people do not only make cider with their apples. Calvados is a stronger alcohol that could be compared to brandy. It is distilled from cider and can greatly vary in taste depending on the type of apples that have been used to produce it. Local producers will show around calvados production facilities and will of course let you try some of their best products.
Good to Know
- English speaking tour.
- Minimum number of 2 participants applies.
- Prices are per group of 2 to 8 persons maximum.
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.
Great wine tasting trip – A tour through beautiful country with a knowledgeable tour leader to visit wineries. Each winery had a range of tastings and a good discourse on the growing of the grape and the wine produced.
Great experience and a lovely guide – With our very nice guide Daniele, a very well mixed group of members and some amazing wines, this trip was totally worth it.
Don’t miss this tour!! – We had a great time on the Alsace wine route tour. Flo was very friendly, warm and entertaining! We all fell in love with the picturesque little villages along the way and of course the wine was spectacular!
Great morning winetasting – We had a great time visiting two wineries in a morning, as well as driving through the Alsace countryside and having some time to explore the small towns. Great guide too.
Wonderful Trip! – Our guide Bridgette and the tour was wonderful and a perfect amount of time (and wine)! We loved seeing little towns and sampling some of Alsace’s finest wines! Memories of a lifetime!
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
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