Travel to Bayeux to behold what is perhaps the world's most famous tapestry, an 11th-century work of art depicting the Norman Conquest. It once hung in the Bayeux cathedral, which you'll also see.
From the pier, you'll enjoy a scenic ninety minute drive inland to Bayeux, a lovely town of cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture and historic landmarks. Although under siege repeatedly over the centuries, Bayeux was spared from destruction during World War II in spite of its close proximity to the D-Day invasion. Still, Bayeux is best known for its namesake tapestry on display in the Museum of Tapestry.
A priceless work of art from the Middle Ages, the tapestry is a 231-foot, seamless band of linen embroidered with more than 70 scenes depicting the Norman Conquest. Eight colors of woolen thread were used to create the scenes, which are identified with Latin inscriptions. Be sure to notice the borders; they're decorated with figures of animals from Aesop's fables. The tapestry was embroidered no later than 1092 and is considered by most to be the most famous one in the world.
After viewing the Bayeux Tapestry, you'll have some free time for lunch on your own, before rejoining your guide and walking to the town's cathedral. Consecrated in 1077 and originally built in Romanesque in style, the cathedral now bears several additions from the Gothic 13th century. As you'll see, the inside is stunning, and you can almost picture the Bayeux Tapestry decorating the church's nave, which was done once a year in the late 1400s (an inside visit is only possible if there are no scheduled religious ceremonies or events taking place). Afterwards, you'll re-board your coach and make the return drive to the pier in Cherbourg.