Departing Honfleur by motor coach, you will soon join the main highway. Traveling toward Fécamp, the road rolls through a switchback of breezy headlands and wooded valleys.
Once in Fécamp, your guide leads you on a brief walking tour of the vast Benedictine Palace. Combining Gothic and Renaissance styles, the palace pays homage to Alexander LeGrand, a local wine merchant of the 19th century who rediscovered the monk's 16th-century recipe for Benedictine, the famous herbal liquor. Building of the palace began in 1880.
Today, the palace incorporates a distillery and an eccentric museum packed with art treasures and curios. Documents and objects related to the production of Benedictine from the end of the 19th century to the present are also displayed. The adjacent halls provide an aromatic account of the 27 herbs and spices that go into making the liquor. After you pass through the laboratory and cellars toward the end of the visit, you will sample the Benedictine liquor.
Then, it's on to Etretat along a route that follows the Côte d'Albâtre, or alabaster coast, named for the chalky cliffs and milky waters that characterize the Normandy coastline. Due to the marvelous location on the coast, Etretat has always been associated with the sea. After a brief guided walk through town, you will have time to explore independently. Then, reboard you motor coach and enjoy the drive back to Honfleur.
Important Notes:Guests must be a minimum of 18 years old in order to participate in the liquor tasting. As this excursion involves walking over uneven and cobbled areas, as well as negotiating steps at Benedictine Palace, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary.