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PARIS Welcome dinner at a local restaurant, orientation drive, guided sightseeing, visit the courtyard of Les Invalides
GIVERNY Visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet
ROUEN Walking tour, admire the façade of the cathedral
NORMANDY BEACHES Visit Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and cemetery with the Monument to the Braves
BAYEUX Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry Museum
MONT ST. MICHEL Guided visit of the abbey
ANGERS Take pictures of the castle
LOIRE VALLEY Full-day guided sightseeing excursion, visit Chambord and Chenonceau Castles
CIVRAY DE TOURAINE Wine tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellar
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.
In the morning, an optional excursion to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, is available. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Opéra, Madeleine, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit the impressive COURTYARD of Les Invalides, a complex of buildings, originally built as a home and hospital for war veterans, which houses various museums as well as the Dome Church, burial place of Napoleon. Later, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!
In LF 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, the seaside resort famous for its international film festival that 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.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 240 km
Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Stop first at POINTE DU HOC, then OMAHA BEACH to visit the CEMETERY and see the Monument to the Braves. Continue onto Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches; at Juno Beach see Canada House, before taking pictures of the Pegasus Bridge. Proceed to Caen for your overnight stay.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km
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.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
Drive straight across Brittany 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?
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km
A wonderful day: visit two of the most important castles in the area. Start with the jewel of the French Renaissance, CHÂTEAU CHAMBORD, the largest castle 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 a LF WINE TASTING at the Père Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines before returning to your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi / 230 km
Return to Paris, with the possibility to join optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum and to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Seine River, as a proper au revoir, Paris.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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