Normandy was the birthplace of arguably the most famous of dukes: William The Conqueror. However, not being content with the title of Duke of Normandy, he went on to meet Harold Godwinson in battle at Hastings. Here, William took on the head of the most powerful family in Anglo-Saxon England and newly crowned King Of England, and won the English crown for himself!
This tour takes you to his birthplace, Falaise castle, then on to his strategic castle in Caen, built in 1060, after the Battle of Val-ès-Dunes in 1047. We’ll conclude our tour of Caen with a visit to the two abbeys William built with his Flemish wife and where both William and Matilda have rested for over 900 years.
The tour culminates with a stop at the Bayeux tapestry, the over 220 foot long linen embroidery relating in fascinating detail the story of the Norman conquest of England. If time permits a quick tour of the cathedral it was designed to hang in and the crypt where Harold swears an oath of fealty to William are highly recommended.
What better way to learn about one of the most crucial points in European history -one that truly influenced the geo-political shape of today’s world – than by walking in the footsteps of the greatest General, Duke and King of the middle ages?