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Guided tours for groups

Guided tours for groups

The best way to discover the attractions of our towns and villages and to learn about their history is undoubtedly to take a tour accompanied by a tour guide. The Authentic Normandy Tourist Office offers a wide program of discoveries. These walking tours last an average of 1.5 hours. Panoramic bus tours possible. The Authentic Normandy Tourist Office can also offer other destinations (Saint-Julien-leFaucon, Moyaux, Fervaques, Mézidon-Canon, etc.) or other visit themes: heritage of churches (architecture, sacred art, religious practices, etc.), the heyday of cheese factories, traditional farms, landscapes, funerary art, war memorials for France…

Guided tours

Lisieux from yesterday to nowadays

A guide-lecturer takes you through the streets of the city to discover its history and its heritage: the Gallo-Roman city, the episcopal palace and its garden, Saint-Pierre cathedral, canonical houses and private mansions, the Sainte-Thérèse Basilica and finally the city of the Fifties. From the ancient city to the contemporary city, you will understand how Lisieux is a phoenix city.

Duration: 1h30
Departure point: Tourist Office

PORTRAIT OF LISIEUX AT THE TIME OF THÉRÈSE

Let’s go back in time to 1888! Little Thérèse has just entered the Carmel of Lisieux. This town, she traveled with her family, is known to artists for its old half-timbered houses, adorned with Gothic sculptures. Around its old center, industrial or bourgeois residential districts are developing. Regularly, various markets animate the places. Trade thrives. This visit offers you a discovery of the city of Thérèse Martin and in which the pilgrimage takes place in the decades that go beyond it.

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Lisieux Normandy Tourist Office

LISIEUX, FORMER TEXTILE INDUSTRIAL CITY

In the 19th century, Lisieux became a small prosperous industrial city. The weaving workshops disappear from the countryside in favor of new linen and cotton textile factories at the gates of the city. The Touques and the Orbiquet, the two rivers that cross it, provide energy to the mills. Large industrial buildings, symbols of this success, are built with care. New neighborhoods are being organized to accommodate the families of the workers. Lisieux then extends to the south, around the new station. Let yourself be guided in the footsteps of this important page in the history of Lisieux.

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Lisieux Normandy Tourist Office

LISIEUX AND THE BOURGEOIS RESIDENCES

With the industrial boom of the 19th century and the administrative organization of the young Republic, the city of Lisieux saw the construction of many opulent houses north of the old center, towards the Côte Fleurie. Notables, doctors, lawyers and administrative agents rub shoulders with old aristocratic families and wealthy industrialists. For the walk, we are setting up a French public garden. The streets are paved, street lighting and gas are installed. During this visit, discover the elegant appearance of the bourgeois districts of the provinces.

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: place Mitterrand

LISIEUX AND ART DECO

At the end of the First World War, Lisieux, like many cities in France, resumed its urban development. It’s the start of the Roaring Twenties. More and more pilgrims are arriving here to pray to Sainte-Thérèse. The streets near the station and the Carmel have new buildings. While the facades of religious souvenir shops are adorned with Gothic carved decorations, businesses and hotels choose the modern look of Decorative Arts. Come and observe these contrasts of the Roaring Twenties, between ostentatious modernity and references to an idealized past.

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Lisieux Normandy tourist office

LISIEUX, TOWN OF THE 50’S

Like a phoenix, Lisieux is reborn from the ashes of the Liberation bombings of 1944. Entrusted to the Architect Robert Camelot, its Reconstruction makes it a modern city. Its inhabitants find comfortable and healthy accommodation there as well as urban planning adapted to the democratization of the car. This visit takes you through the shopping streets of the city and discover the colorful facades and the diversity of forms of Reconstruction that characterize Lisieux today.

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Lisieux Normandy tourist office

LISIEUX HAUTEVILLE, A LARGE GROUP

For lovers of contemporary architecture and urban culture, this visit offers the opportunity to discover and understand the spirit of this district built under the design of Georges Duval, architect of Historic Monuments. On the heights of Lisieux, Hauteville is the symbol of urban development in the 1970s. Structured like a pyramid at the top of the hill, these buildings and houses serve as landmarks in the urban landscape. At the dawn of urban renewal and the complete transformation of the district, observe what makes the characteristics of this homogeneous work in evolution.

Duration: 1h30
Departure point: Rue de Taunton

LISIEUX, SMALL INTIMATE DISTRICTS

Each town has its own small streets and alleys, where the feeling of being in a country village takes precedence over the urban bustle. Choose yours for the visit: the Bouloir invites you to join the Touques along its 19th century alleys and gardens, the Allée Lemercier through its entrance under a building is the most discreet, Les Quatre-Sonnettes is the first district to be built after – war like a village, to house inhabitants while the Swedes, made up of huts offered by the King of Sweden for temporary accommodation for the Reconstruction, were so well thought out that their occupants never leave them. The latter two, away from the city center, overlook the valley and enjoy a privileged view.

Duration: 1h30
Departure point: depends on the chosen district

SAINT-PIERRE-SUR-DIVES, A MILLENNIUM ABBEY….

Founded in the 11th century, the abbey of Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives presents itself today as one of the last complete abbeys in Normandy with its abbey, its convent buildings including its chapter house with preserved architecture, or its courtyard. of the cloister. Lately, restoration work has restored the monument’s prestige by respecting traces of the past and adapting to modernity. In the abbey church, the guide will show you many religious treasures and reveal the mysteries of the meridian … A visit for history and architecture enthusiasts.

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Cour du cloître – Rue Saint Benoît

SAINT-PIERRE-SUR-DIVES, ALONG THE STREETS….

The guide will offer you a city tour to explore the heritage of Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives: with its abbey, its recently restored conventual buildings and its medieval market hall, the Petruvian city can be proud of its architecture. of great wealth. At the end of the walk, Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives will have no more secrets for you.!

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Hall – Place du marché

SAINT-PIERRE-SUR-DIVES, A HERITAGE SETTING

Discover Carel, a former town attached to Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives in the 19th century. In the space of a few meters, you will be able to admire an exceptional heritage: the mill and its cheese factory, the church with its particular architecture and the real castle “little Versailles in the countryside”. Built at the end of the 17th century, in a bucolic setting, it forms, with the buildings that surround it, a classic ensemble of rare elegance that comes to reinforce the purity of the lines of its majestic dovecote (Visits to the exterior of the castle only) .

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Château de Carel

SAINT-PIERRE-SUR-DIVES, LITTLE CITY WITH PRESTIGIOUS RESIDENCES AND MANORIES

Rich in its market hall, the site of a powerful market since the Middle Ages, the city has developed around this gem. Traders and notables have had beautiful homes built, a reflection of their wealth: from beautiful mansions, to real villas through bourgeois houses with grandiloquent architecture, the small town of 3,500 inhabitants has a heritage worthy of the great cities!

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Halle-Place du marché

SAINT PIERRE SUR DIVES, CITY OF WATER

No life without water! The city has developed thanks to the presence of the Dives which crosses the city. The monks of the abbey, the washerwomen, the tanners needed this natural treasure, so much so that the river was even diverted to bring water to some neighborhoods! The stream also saw the Vikings pass by, who left their traces in the village … So walk the city from small streams to large rivers!

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Cour du cloître – Rue Saint Benoît

SAINT-PIERRE-SUR-DIVES, A CITY SHAPED BY THE WORK OF MEN

If the abbey is essential in the Petruvian landscape, the city also has a whole heritage, fruit of the work and the activities of the men: the medieval hall, which is among the largest in France, was built for the market, the district of the old tanneries still has its mills, the old wash houses still hear the “gossip” and superstitions of the washerwomen!… A visit, off the beaten track, to discover Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives in a new light…

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Halle-Place du marché

SAINT-PIERRE-SUR-DIVES, A MODEL OF URBAN HOUSING OVER THE CENTURIES …

A small town of medieval origin, Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives has developed over the centuries around its abbey and its market hall. Walk the streets and the guide will make you discover all the urban architecture of the Petruvian city: from the half-timbered house to the Art Deco building, including the rich 19th century residences inspired by the villas of the Côte Fleurie … A visit which will make you travel through eras and styles! …

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Halle-Place du marché

SAINT-PIERRE-SUR-DIVES, THE STREETS MEET …

Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives is over 1000 years old! No centuries without events! The history of the streets bears witness to this. The guide will tell you about the city between Great History and Small Stories: from small streets with unusual names to streets illustrating the life of great local characters…. Many anecdotes will punctuate the walk. An original and fun visit!

Duration: 1h30
Departure point: Halle-Place du Marché

ORBEC, TOWN OF PAN DE BOIS

Discover Orbec, an authentic small town in the Pays d´Auge, which retains the charm of the medieval towns at the foot of the ruins of its castle and its Renaissance church. If you want a picturesque stroll, follow its alleys and observe the many half-timbered houses. Orbec, until the 19th century, had a prosperous textile industry and the presence of the sub-prefecture and the court attracted the notables who occupied mansions and bourgeois brick buildings. Today, this small town is a rough diamond to be discovered.

Duration: 1h30
Departure point: Museum of the Old Manor

ORBEC, OVER THE WATER

Orbec, just this name speaks to us of water, the “beak” meaning stream. The development of this city is closely linked to water. She walks through it, feeds it … The channel is a place of life where we meet, the wickers are cleaned in the stream, the wheat and the tan are crushed in the mills powered by the water. So many activities that have marked the heritage of the city and forged its history. Let yourself be taken on a tour along the “beaks”.

Duration: 1h30
Departure point: Leisure Park

LIVAROT, CHEESE CITY

Metallurgical city since the Middle Ages, Livarot became from the 17th century the market place for the cheese that will bear its name. Dairies are also built there for maturing the cheeses. In 1910, the Georges Bisson cheese dairy moved to the outskirts of the city alongside the new cheese box factory of Monsieur Georges Leroy. The two factories thus became the engines of the city and punctuated its life until the 1960s. Discover the history and heritage of the cheese city!

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: Place Georges Bisson, Livarot

LIVAROT, BRICK COLOR

Route to discover traditional architecture of the Pays d’Auge, brick construction. Little-known architecture, ignored and sometimes neglected, it deserves a highlight, particularly in the streets of Livarot where the care taken in the decoration of the facades demonstrates a forgotten prosperity. It symbolizes the wealth of dairy farmers and cheese makers from our countryside who made a fortune by selling their cheeses on the Parisian markets. One way to discover Livarot through the details of its heritage!

Duration: 1h30
Place of departure: place Georges Bisson, Livarot

FERVAQUES AND THE PAINTER EUGÈNE BOUDIN

Known for its early 17th century castle and its famous occupants, Madame de Custine and Châteaubriand, the village of Fervaques holds the gaze of Eugène Boudin during his visits to its patron, Dr Jacquette. The artist liked to paint there on the banks of the Touques. Discover Fervaques through his work along a route through the town center.

Duration: 1h30
Departure point: Place du village

MÉZIDON-CANON, THE BREUIL DISTRICT

Former town attached to Mézidon-Canon, Breuil is spread around its Saint-Pierre church to its castle. The heritage of this district is now the subject of special care. To understand the work carried out and discover the beautiful discoveries it made, take advantage of this visit. It will also take you to the heart of the railway town of Mézidon-Canon.

Duration: 1h30
Departure point: Maison des associations, rue Marcel Lemeray

MÉZIDON-CANON, THE CANON DISTRICT

Canon, merged with Mézidon in 1972, is one of the origins of the creation of the barony seigneury of Mézidon. Today, known above all for its charming classical castle and its English-style park, this village retains its ancient face: the church, the nearby former post house, its main street lined with flat stone houses. The whole is completed by the touch of modernity brought by the town hall and the Art Deco style school. An original visit to discover the authenticity of a little-known village!

Duration: 1h30
Departure point: avenue du château de Canon

SAINT-JULIEN-LE-FAUCON

A small village in bloom, a main street crossing the village, the church and shops scattered along the axis and a square around the war memorial, surrounded by half-timbered houses. At the end, an inn whose name has made it famous, and then the small 19th century chateau. The street names remind us of its history and explain this heritage. Here is the portrait of Saint-Julien-le-Faucon that we suggest you visit, an authentic and characteristic witness of our rural villages.

Duration: 1h30
Starting point: village square, rue de Lisieux

MOYAUX

All roads lead to Moyaux! In fact, no less than 8 roads converge on this charming town located 10 minutes from Lisieux, in the heart of the Pays d’Auge countryside, like the spokes of a wheel towards a hub. Could this be the origin of his name? Still, Moyaux, the culmination of a plateau overlooking La Touques and La Calonne, between stud farms and apple orchards, has always been an important town. The many shops and half-timbered houses which surround the church square give the village a traditional and typically Norman character. Dominating this heart of town for around 1000 years, the Church of Saint-Germain intrigues visitors with its bell tower.

Duration: 1h30
Starting point: Place de Verdun

Prices 2020

Useful information

Groups of 29 people maximum (1 guide for 40 people maximum)

1 driver and 1 guide free

Visit on a working day

1 hour: 100 €

2 hours: 130 €

Additional hour: 45 €

Additional person: € 2.50

Sunday visit

1 hour: 130 €

2 hours: 169 €

Additional hour: 58 €

Additional person: € 2.50

Visit on a public holiday

1 hour: 150 €

2 hours: 195 €

Additional hour: 67 €

Additional person: € 2.50

School (only during the week and in the off-season)

80€ per class