the Treasures of France Including Normandy

France
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Departure dates

From 04/04/2020 to 17/10/2020

What's included

Dining Highlights.
7 breakfasts.
1 lunch (Be My Guest).
4 dinners.
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First class travel Highlights.
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing.
Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals.
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.
Optional Experiences and free time.
All porterage and restaurant gratuities.
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver.
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes.
Handcrafted Highlights.
VIP entry to many sights.
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Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 - Arrive Paris Bienvenue! The 'City of Lights' welcomes you as you prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through France. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to admire the glittering cityscape of Paris - past grand boulevards and iconic sites like the Champs ?lys?es and the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Day 2 - Paris - Rouen - Honfleur - Bayeux - Normandy Beaches (2 nights) This morning, we depart Paris and venture to the city of Rouen, the tragic site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. We travel to the enchanting harbour town of Honfleur - its narrow lanes and colourful shopfronts have long attracted artists who have immortalised its beauty on canvas. Arriving in Bayeux, we visit the Tapestry Museum. Here you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This evening, we dine at our hotel.
  • Day 3 - Full day Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach and Juno Beach We begin the day visiting the American Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives on the D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha imagining the sense of terror and triumph felt the fateful day that Allied forces set foot on mainland Europe. We stop for lunch in the seaside setting of Arromanches, once at the heart of the Normandy landings, before visiting the D-Day Museum to learn about the artificial harbour used by the Allies. Finish the day on the beaches of Juno, where the Canadian forces came ashore in 1944.
  • Day 4 - Normandy Beaches - Mont St. Michel This morning, travel to the fortified island town of Mont St. Michel. Here we'll join a 'Local Specialist' for a tour of Mont St. Michel's medieval Benedictine Abbey. Legend has it, the abbey was built after the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches inspiring him to build a church atop the island. Consider an Optional Experience to the historic walled port city of Saint-Malo, once the home of famous French explorer, Jacques Cartier.
  • Day 5 - Mont St. Michel - Loire Valley (2 nights) Journey through the scenic countryside, stopping to 'Connect With Locals' over a light 'Be My Guest' meal with wine at a 17th-century ch?teau set within beautiful gardens. We journey to the Loire Valley, where we will spend the next two nights.
  • Day 6 - Ch?teaux Excursion We spend our day admiring the beautiful ch?teaux of the Loire Valley and join a 'Local Specialist' for a visit to the Amboise Royal Ch?teau. It is here that King Fran?ois I hosted Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb now lies in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the ch?teau. We continue with a visit to Chenonceau, built on the Cher River. The ch?teau is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, due to the many women who influenced its construction and development. Today it contains priceless collections, including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto.
  • Day 7 - Loire Valley - Chambord - Paris Our first stop today is the royal Ch?teau de Chambord of King Fran?ois I, regarded as one of the world's most remarkable ch?teaux, with its exquisite Italian Renaissance architecture and decorative moat. We journey back to Paris this afternoon and spend the rest of our day in the 'City of Lights' with free time to take in some of the sights. Celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends this evening at a Farewell Dinner with local wines at a Parisian bistro.
  • Day 8 - Depart Paris For now it's time to say a fond au revoir to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a memorable trip. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. Sightseeing Highlights ORIENTATION of Paris, Bayeux and the Loire Valley VISIT the town of Rouen, Honfleur, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha and Juno, the monastery of Mont St. Michel, and the Ch?teaux of Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord VIEW the Champs ?lys?es, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
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