Normandy, Brittany & Chateaux Country with London
From the scenic beauty and historical sights to the charming experiences, this France tour—plus London—is a dream vacation!
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—with overnights in Paris, elegant Deauville, Caen, Mont St. Michel, and the Loire Valley.
World War II history comes to life as you focus on some of the locations involved in D-Day, June 6, 1944. You’ll visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and Juno Beach Center and Park. Go even further back in history when you visit the famous 8th-century Abbey of Mont St. Michel perched on a rocky isle; the 13th-century gothic cathedral in Chartres; and the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château Chambord in the Loire Valley, and a huge castle with towers on all corners. Also visit the 16th-century château of Catherine de Medici, Chenonceau, and a fairy-tale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers.
To give you a sense of the culture, enjoy a special visit to Claude Monet's house and gardens in Giverny, created by the master himself; and a wine tasting at a wine cellar in Civray de Touraine.
At the end of your tour, transfer to London by Eurostar train. Enjoy three nights and guided sightseeing of the famous landmarks.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Paris to London by high-speed Eurostar Train
- 11 nights' hotel accommodations
- Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including a special welcome dinner in Paris
- Eiffel Tower & Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
- Walking tour in Rouen
- Loire Valley
- Memorial Museum for Peace
- Normandy American Cemetery
- Chambord and Chenonceau Castles
- Wine tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellar
- London Guided sightseeing including famous landmarks
- Headsets throughout the tour
- Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies
Day 1 - Depart USA for Paris
Board your international flight for the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. (Air travel not included in tour cost)
Day 2 - 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 one of Paris’ lively restaurants. Then, take an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city. (D)
Day 3 - Paris
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, and Champs-Elysées. Visit magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral with its Rose Windows. Optional excursions are available to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, as well as to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the beautiful Seine River. (B)
Day 4 - 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. (B)
Day 5 - Deauville, Normandy Beaches & Caen
Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Drive by Juno Beach, then stop at Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches. Visit the Pointe Du Hoc and at Omaha Beach see the Monument to the Braves and visit the American Cemetery and memorial. Continue to Caen for your overnight stay. (B, D)
Day 6 - 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. (B, D)
Day 7 - 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? (B)
Day 8 - 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 wine tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines before returning to your hotel. (B, D)
Day 9 - 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! (B)
Day 10 - Paris & London
Travel by high-speed Eurostar Train (standard class) to London. Your Local Host can help you maximize your time. (B)
Day 11 - London
Morning guided sightseeing includes all the famous landmarks. Optional excursions are available. (B)
Day 12 - London
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)
Day 13 - London
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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|6th September 2019||$3,430||Book Now|
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|20th September 2019||$3,430||Book Now|
|27th September 2019||$3,660||Book Now|
|4th October 2019||$3,370||Book Now|
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: Departs 6th September 2019 ($3,430), 13th September 2019 ($3,430), 20th September 2019 ($3,430), 27th September 2019 ($3,660), 4th October 2019 ($3,370)
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