Normandy, Brittany & Chateaux Country
This France tour is the perfect way to see the highlights of Paris plus Brittany, the Loire Valley, and the World War II landing beaches in Normandy in a short amount of time. Beautiful scenery combined with famous landmarks, charming châteaux, and fascinating history sum up this tour—with overnights in Paris, elegant Deauville, Caen, Mont St. Michel, and the Loire Valley.
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Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France
Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.
Hotel: Las Jardins du Marais, 2 nights
Day 2: Paris
In the morning, an optional excursion to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, is available. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, Louvre, and Champs-Elysees. Visit magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral with its Rose Window. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the beautiful Seine River.
Day 3: Paris – Giverny – Rouen – Deauville
In Giverny, a highlight visit has been included to Claude Monet’s House And Gardens. The master of Impressionism created the flower- and water gardens himself, an inspiration for his famous water lily series. Continue to Rouen and admire the façade of the cathedral, which was one of Monet’s favorite subjects for his Series Paintings, where he captured how a subject was visually influenced by the ever-changing light. Twenty paintings of the cathedral existed, and many are today in Paris’ Orsay Museum. Time to stroll along the lovely cobblestoned Rue du Gros-Horloge leading to the square where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. Arrive in Deauville. This seaside resort is famous for its international film festival, and became home to the French high society. Don’t forget to walk the Promenade des Planches, boards in tropical wood, built in 1923 so that the elegant ladies could walk on the beach without spoiling their dresses.
Hotel: Royal Barriere
Day 4: Deauville – Normandy Beaches – Caen
Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Take pictures of the Pegasus Bridge, visit Juno Beach Center and PARK, then stop at Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches. Next is Pointe Du Hoc. at Omaha Beach, see the Monument to the Braves, and visit the American Cemetery and memorial. Continue to Caen for your overnight stay.
Hotel: Mercure Centre
Day 5: Caen – Bayeux – Mont St. Michel
In Bayeux, admire Queen Matilda’s Tapestry, depicting in extraordinary detail William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. Time to further explore the town center before continuing to the Gulf of Saint-Malo. Look forward to a guided visit of the famous Abbey Of Mont St. Michel, with a history going back to the 8th-century and spectacularly perched on a rocky isle. Overnight on the coast near Mont St. Michel.
Hotel: Mercure Centre Mercure Mont St. Michel
Day 6: Mont St. Michel – Châteaubriant – Angers – Loire Valley
Drive straight across Brittany via Châteaubriant to Angers, and take pictures of the impressive 13th-century castle. Then, continue your journey to the Loire Valley. Tonight, why not sample French cuisine at one of the area’s excellent restaurants?
Hotel: Océania L’Univers, 2 nights
Day 7: Loire Valley – Excursion to Châteaux Country
A wonderful day: visit two of the most important castles in the area. Start with the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château Chambord. The castle is the largest château in the Loire Valley, originally built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I. Next is the 16th-century château of Catherine de Medici, lovely Chenonceau. End this fascinating day with a Wine Tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines before returning to your hotel.
Day 8: Loire Valley – Chartres – Paris
On your way to Paris, stop in Chartres and visit its superb 13th-century gothic Cathedral—a jewel of medieval architecture. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!
Hotel: Las Jardins du Marais
Day 8: Paris
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
|2019 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|April: 13, 20, 27||$3,409.00||$4,414.00|
|May: 04, 11, 18, 25||$3,449.00||$4,414.00|
|June: 08, 15||$3,619.00||$4,584.00|
|September: 07, 14, 21||$3,469.00||$4,434.00|
|Meals:||7 breakfasts, 4 dinners|
|Transport:||Luxury air-conditioned coach|
|Accommodation:||7 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||An expert Travel Director and separate Driver|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.