PARIS, NORMANDY & THE LOIRE 8 DAYS FROM $1,199 US Details
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This France tour is the perfect way for value-minded travelers to see the highlights of Paris plus the Loire Valley and Normandy. Beautiful scenery combined with famous landmarks and fascinating history sum up this tour.
You’ll visit some of northern France’s interesting and charming towns, including Rouen, best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the town’s marketplace in 1431. Here, visit the splendid gothic cathedral, which was once the world’s tallest building and the subject of a series of Claude Monet’s paintings, just like the water garden in Giverny, depicted in some of his most famous canvases. Stop in Honfleur, a romantic port city; Rennes, with its traditional, colorful timber-framed houses; Blois, a picturesque town with its renaissance castle located in the town center; and Chartres, famous for pilgrimages to its 13th-century gothic cathedral. In Bayeux, visit the Bayeux Tapestry, listed by UNESCO and depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Admire the cathedral, ramparts, and ancient walls in St. Malo, a fortified seaside resort.
World War II history comes to life as you visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and the landing beaches. Other highlights of this France tour include picturesque Mont St. Michel, situated on a rocky isle with its world-famous abbey that has been a pilgrimage spot for centuries. Spend a day at leisure in the Châteaux Country with the opportunity to take an optional excursion to visit the Château of Chenonceau, a 16th-century, fairytale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers.
From the historic sights to the picturesque scenery, this is a dream vacation!
Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 Paris
One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. In the included sightseeing with a local expert are many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available. (B)
Day 3 Paris–Giverny–Rouen–Honfleur–Deauville
Start the day with a visit to Giverny, home of painter Claude Monet. The famous WATER GARDEN at Giverny was the inspiration behind some of Monet’s finest work (gardens open from April to October; departures March 17 & 24 visit D-day Museum in Arromanches instead). Continue to Rouen to visit its great CATHEDRAL. Next, enjoy a stop in lovely Honfleur situated on the Seine estuary, and then continue to the seaside resort of Deauville. (B,D)
Day 4 Deauville–Normandy Landing Beaches–Bayeux–Mont St. Michel Visit the legendary beaches of Normandy, where Allied troops landed more than 70 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. On to Bayeux, famed for its lace-making and the world-renowned BAYEUX TAPESTRY depicting the story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex, the men who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066 to conquer England. Then, discover spectacular Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway. (B)
Day 5 Mont St. Michel–St. Malo–Rennes–Châteaux Country
Drive along the Brittany coast to the fortified seaside resort of St. Malo to admire its CATHEDRAL and ancient walls. Later, visit Rennes with its traditional, colorful, timberframed houses, then reach the enchanting Châteaux Country. (B)
Day 6 Châteaux Country
A whole day at leisure or to take advantage of a fascinating optional excursion and visit the Château of Chenonceau, now privately owned and the most visited castle of the Loire Valley, and Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. (B,D)
Day 7 Châteaux Country–Blois–Chartres–Paris
Visit picturesque Blois with its renaissance castle, once occupied by Louis XII. Later, another highlight is the visit of Chartres, home of the famous gothic cathedral. Reach Paris to enjoy an optional evening excursion. (B)
Day 8 Paris
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Visits to Giverny water garden, Rouen Cathedral, Honfleur, Deauville, Normandy Landing Beaches and American Cemetery, Bayeux Tapestry Museum, Mont St. Michel, St. Malo cathedral, Rennes, Blois, Chartres. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable. Individual headsets.
Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring
April 14 Departure – Easter Week
March 17 and 24 Departure – Complimentary Eiffel Tower Tour in Paris
HOTELS: (F) First-class (ST) Superior Tourist
PARIS Novotel Paris 17 (F) or Campanile Pantin (ST)
DEAUVILLE Ibis Centre (ST)
MONT ST. MICHEL Hotel Vert (ST) or Ibis Avranches Baie du Mont St. Michel (ST)
CHATEAUX COUNTRY Novotel Amboise (F)
PARIS Timhotel Berthier (ST) or Kyriad Bercy (ST)
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Mont Saint Michel and its Bay
Departure Dates: March to October
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