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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • From Normandy to the Loire Valley, explore the storied history that has sculpted these regions of France
  • Discover Caen’s fortifications, reminder of France’s 100 Years War and the French Revolution
  • Travel back in time to 1944 at the landing beaches of the Allied Forces during the D-Day Normandy invasions
  • Visit the island and pilgrimage site of Mont St. Michel topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery
  • Savor Normandy’s delectable culinary specialties and taste acclaimed wines of the Loire Valley
  • Stroll the picturesque cobblestone streets and view the charming timber framed, or “pan-debois,” homes of Le Mans
  • Explore the grandeur of the Loire Valley’s splendid and awe-inspiring châteaux


Itinerary

Day 1 - PARIS I GIVERNY I CAEN

Get ready for an exciting adventure in France with your arrival in Paris where you will meet your guide. Head out towards Normandy and stop in Giverny along the way and see Monet’s house. Arrive in the port city of Caen, founded in 1060, and enjoy a short panoramic tour. Here you will discover one of the largest fortified enclosures in Europe, a reminder of the 100 Years War and the French Revolution. Discover the relics of the Duke-King’s palace, the Church of St. George, and the Exchequer room.

Day 2 - CAEN I OMAHA BEACH I COLLEVILLE I POINTE DU HOC I UTAH BEACH I SAINTE MARIE DU MONT I ANGOUVILLE I SAINTE MERE EGLISE I CAEN

Today you will delve into history at the 1944 landing beaches of the Allied Forces during the D-Day Normandy invasions. Explore Omaha Beach and visit the American cemetery in Colleville: a site of over 170 acres housing 9,387 tombs and a wall of the missing. Next head to the Pointe du Hoc, where craters resulting from aerial bombardment underscore the famous feat carried out by US Rangers. Head to Utah Beach, one of the primary Allied invasion sites. From there you’ll proceed through Sainte Marie du Mont, before stopping in Angouville au Plain. The tour will end at Sainte Mere Eglise with a visit to the Airborne Museum. Overnight in Caen. (B)

Day 3 - CAEN I MONT ST. MICHEL I CANCALE I ST. MALO

The adventure continues on the island of Mont Saint Michel topped by a medieval monastery where nearly two and a half million visitors, pilgrims, and tourists are welcomed every year. After going through the Boulevard Gate and then the King’s Gate, fortified with its portcullis, you will find the “Grande Rue”, or main street, with its museums, shops and houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Enjoy the beautiful view over the bay as you head down the ramparts path. Today you will have an included lunch featuring Normandy specialties before stopping in Cancale, the Oyster capital of Brittany, and then heading on to St. Malo for an evening walking tour and overnight stay. (B,L)

Day 4 - ST. MALO I LE MANS I CHENONCEAUX I AMBOISE

Le Mans, “City of Art and History”, greets you, showcasing its twenty hectares of cobblestone streets, timber framed or “pan-de-bois” homes, Renaissance hotels, Roman wall, and Saint Julien Cathedral. Next you will visit the magnificent Château de Chenonceaux, often called the “Ladies Château” as they historically influenced the castle’s design. In 1512 Thomas Bohier decided to replace the fortress on this site with a Renaissance style château. The build was directed by his wife Katherine Briconnet. In 1535, King Francis I incorporated it into the Crown Estate as part of a debt settlement. Later, King Henry II gifted it to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who added the bridge over the Cher River and the gardens. Head on to Amboise for tonight’s stay. (B)

Day 5 - AMBOISE I CLOS LUCE I AMBOISE

Experience the best of Amboise starting with a visit to Château of Clos Lucé, the home of Leonardo Da Vinci. Named “Premier Painter and Engineer and Architect” by King Francis I, Da Vinci was granted enjoyment of the Château, which is located only a few meters away from the Château d’Amboise royal residence. In the afternoon, take a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Loire River and then join in a tasting experience of wine and biscuits of the Tourraine area. (B)

Day 6 - AMBOISE I CHAMBORD I BLOIS I AMBOISE

Your journey of discovery continues today with a visit of the Château Chambord, a magnificent castle that King Francis I started constructing in 1519, featuring 400 rooms, more than 80 staircases, 365 fireplaces, and an exceptional number of towers, high ceilings, pointed domes and graceful pinnacles. Next, visit the Royal Château of Blois that presents a stunning look at the art and history of the Loire’s castles and has been classified as a historic monument since 1845. Enjoy free time for shopping and return to your hotel to get ready for a special farewell dinner in a château. (B,D)

Day 7 - AMBOISE I PARIS TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Rise and shine with breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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Includes

  • First class hotel accommodation for 6 nights
  • 8 included meals, consisting of:
    - 6 breakfasts
    - 1 lunch at restaurant
    - 1 farewell dinner at Chateau
  • Touring by private air-conditioned car/minivan
  • Assistance of an English-speaking professional driver/tour director for the entire length of the tour
  • Entrance fees:
    - Giverny Monet's House
    - Arromanches Museum
    - Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Eglise
    - Mont St-Michel Abbey
    - Château de Chenonceau
    - Château du Clos Lucé, the residence of Leonardo da Vinci
    - Château de Chambord
    - Chateau of Blois
  • Tastings:
    - Oysters in Cancale
    - Wine tasting in Amboise
    - Biscuits tasting in Amboise
  • 90 minutes cruise on the Loire River
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Hotels

St. Malo

Mercure St. Malo| hotels in St. Malo France

Mercure St. Malo

1 Night / First Class
The Mercure St Malo provides 4-star accommodation opposite the Grande Plage du Sillon beach, 850 m from Saint-Malo Marin...

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Amboise

Novotel Amboise| hotels in Amboise France

Novotel Amboise

3 Nights / First Class
Located in the hills of Amboise, this modern Novotel hotel welcomes you to a beautiful building where you can relax and ...

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Caen

Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre| hotels in Caen France

Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre

2 Nights / First Class
With great road transport links, and close to the tram station, this 4-star hotel offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms...

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Notes

  • Single supplement: On Request
  • Reduction for third person sharing twin-bedded room: On Request
  • Rates for additional nights at first and last city are available
  • Price is per person based on double occupancy.

Departures & Rates

January- December
 Daily Departures   From Price
 Minimum of 6 people  $2,679
 Minimum of 4 people  $3,571
 Minimum of 2 people  $4,821

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