This northern 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. Here, step into 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. Visit 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, follow the story of the Norman conquest of England in 1066 depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry, listed by UNESCO. 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 affordable 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 and use your CosmosGO app to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 PARIS
One full day to explore the “City of Light”—that’s known throughout the world for its fashion, art and museums, cuisine, and joie de vivre. Enjoy included sightseeing with a local expert to see many of the best-known Parisian sites. Optional excursions are also available.
Day 3 PARIS–GIVERNY–ROUEN–HONFLEUR–DEAUVILLE
Start the day with a visit to Giverny, home of impressionist 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). 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.
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—who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066 to conquer England. Then, discover spectacular Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessible by a causeway.
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, timber-framed houses, then reach the enchanting Châteaux Country.
Day 6 CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY
Spend a whole day at leisure or to take advantage of a fascinating optional excursion to Château of Chenonceau, now privately owned and the most visited castle of the Loire Valley. Visit Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life.
Day 7 CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY–BLOIS–CHARTRES–PARIS
Visit picturesque Blois with its renaissance castle, once occupied by Louis XII. Later, visit Chartres, home of the famous gothic cathedral. Arrive in Paris to enjoy an optional evening excursion.
Day 8 PARIS
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Visit the water garden*
Visit the cathedral
HONFLEUR and DEAUVILLE
NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES
Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha beach
Visit Tapestry Museum
MONT ST. MICHEL
Visit the cathedral
See the colorful timber-framed houses
Blois and Amboise visit
Departure November 15 Day 3 D-Day Museum in Arromanches instead of Giverny gardens.
Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners
Ibis Paris Cambronne Tour Eiffel
Located in the heart of Paris and just a few minutes from the Eiffel Tower, this hotel with its warm and friendly atmosphere is the ideal base for your trip to the capital. Discover its Parisian neo-brasserie with fresh dishes cooked on-site, a champagne bar, wine bar, tea room, street food bar and even a concept store, all in a easy-living environment.
Hotel with Norman architecture and mansard roof is located in the city, one block from the beach.
Mont St. Michel
Hotel Vert offers all comfort and services to make easier you to stay at Mont-Saint-Michel: staf listening to you, reception opened all day and some spacious and comfortable rooms. You’ll be charmed by the good value for money of this 2-star hotel.
The Novotel Amboise hotel is located in the heart of the Pays de la Loire with its nearby castles (including Chenonceaux, Chambord and Cheverny). Built on a hill overlooking Amboise and its castle, this 4-star hotel has 121 air-conditioned rooms.
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