1066: The Norman Conquest Retold

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A pivotal period in both English and French history, 1066 was the year of the Norman Conquest of England, a point in time that fundamentally altered English culture, society and rule, the aftermath of which is still seen today, from the remains of architecture and castles to our modern language.

Accompanied throughout by esteemed historian Glynn Holloway, author of 1066: What Fates Impose, discover the lives of Harold Godwinson and William the Conqueror and how they intertwined, including a visit to Normandy to see the extraordinary Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman Conquest and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. We’ll even have the opportunity to have the Battle of Hastings brought to life in a detailed re-enactment. In addition to his insights on-tour, Glynn will deliver two private talks and Q&A sessions, as well as a book signing.

This is sure to be a fascinating journey taking in both sides of the English Channel and exploring one of the most tumultuous years in English history.

  • Exclusive insights from guide lecturer Glynn Holloway
  • View the iconic Bayeux Tapestry at the Bayeux Museum
  • Wonder at the architecture of the Abbaye aux Homes et Dames in Caen
  • Visit William the Conqueror’s place of birth at the Chateau de Falaise
  • Immerse in the re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings
  • Visit the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral of Rouen
  • Explore the medieval character of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • History
  • Battlefields
  • Small Group
Departure Points
  • Portsmouth Harbour Station**

Sunday 6th October 2019
Provisional Ferry details:
Departs Portsmouth 22:45
Arrives Caen 06:45

Board the overnight ferry with the group from Portsmouth harbour, waking up in the port city of Caen on the French coast.
Overnight: Ferry from Portsmouth

Monday 7th October 2019
After disembarking from the ferry, board our coach and visit the impressive Château de Caen, the 11th century castle built by William the Conqueror which is now home to the Musée de Normandie. Break for lunch in the city, before you then proceed to the monasteries of the Abbaye Aux Dames and the Abbaye Aux Hommes, the site of William’s tomb.

This evening is your first introductory talk from guest lecturer Glynn Holloway who shall introduce both himself and also the tour itself whilst also making time for a book signing of the award-winning 1066 What Fates Impose. Welcome drinks are also served before dinnerat the hotel.

Overnight: Ferme de la Ran?onnière (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Tuesday 8th October 2019
Visit the historic town of Bayeux, beginning with a walking tour of Bayeux old-town and a stop at the both Gothic and Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, which was consecrated by William’s half brother Odo in the presence of William the Conqueror himself.

Post-lunch, explore the famous Bayeux Museum where you shall see the unique Bayeux tapestry and learn more about the tale of the English conquest in 1066. In the evening, dine at a local restaurant with the group before heading back to the hotel for the night.

Overnight: Ferme de la Ran?onnière (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Wednesday 9th October 2019
This morning we visit the imposing Château de Falaise, William the Conqueror’s place of birth. Subsequently we travel to the historic city of Rouen, also known as the “City of Spires” due in part to the impressive Cathédrale Notre-Dame, where the heart of the famous Richard the Lionheart was buried. Visit the Church of St.Gervais in Rouen, the site of William’s death in 1087.

Overnight: Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Rouen (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Thursday 10th October 2019
This morning the tour shall depart from Rouen and travel to Saint-Valery-sur-somme, a village by the French coast full of medieval character. Here, explore the ramparts and the streets of Saint-Valery-sur-somme where William the Conqueror assembled the fleet which he sailed to England in 1066.

Overnight: Mercure Abbeville Hotel de France, Abbeville (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Friday 11th October 2019
Depart from Saint-valery-sur-somme, travelling along the coast to Calais to board the ferry to Dover. After arriving in Dover, you shall travel to Hastings, a pivotal place in our journeys story.

After lunch, visit Hastings Old Town and Hastings Castle.

Overnight: Langham Hotel, Eastbourne (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Saturday 12th October 2019
This morning, visit the village of Pevensey, where William the Conqueror first landed on English shores during the invasion of 1066. Explore the Pevensey Castle, first fortified by the Romans but also more famously used by the Norman troops during the invasion. After exploring the historical Pevensey, we will then visit the picturesque town of Lewes giving you an opportunity to climb the steps to the top of the Norman castle and enjoy the
remarkable views over Sussex.

In the evening, Glynn Holloway hosts a talk about the Battle of Hastings at the hotel in preparation for the festivities and event of the re-enactment the next day.

Overnight: Langham Hotel, Eastbourne (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Sunday 13th October 2019
Today is the day of that you attend the Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Witness the reenactment itself at Battle Abbey and explore the ruins of the Abbey in a day where history is brought to life in astounding detail.

Overnight: Langham Hotel, Eastbourne (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Monday 14th October 2019
On the final day of the tour, return to Portsmouth but not before paying the town of Bosham a visit, where you shall tour the Bosham Church that is, to bring our trip full-circle, featured on the Bayeaux Tapestry.

  • Portsmouth to Caen overnight ferry, and Calais to Dover ferry
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in good standard hotels
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches and five evening meals
  • Complimentary copies of Glynn Holloway’s 1066 What Fates Impose
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
  • Escorted throughout by a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

Dates Price Single Availability
06-Oct-2019 for 8 Nights Visit Website

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Group Size:16 - 26
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Accommodation:3 to 5 star
Meals:Daily breakfast, three lunches and five evening meals
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