Paris, Normandy and the Loire


  • 8 days

  • France

  • Steady pace

tour : 4750

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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!

Highlights

PARIS Guided sightseeing
GIVERNY Visit the water garden*
ROUEN Visit the cathedral
HONFLEUR and DEAUVILLE Visit
NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha beach
BAYEUX Visit Tapestry Museum
MONT ST. MICHEL Visit
ST. MALO Visit the cathedral
RENNES See the colorful timber-framed houses
CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY Blois and Amboise visit
CHARTRES Visit

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners

ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE.

Day
1

Check into your hotel and use your CosmosGO app to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

PARIS

Day
2

Enjoy a full day to explore the “City of Light”, known throughout the world for its fashion, art, museums, cuisine, and joie de vivre. Enjoy included sightseeing with a local expert to see many of the best-known Parisian sites, including views of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Optional excursions are also available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PARIS–GIVERNY–ROUEN–HONFLEUR–DEAUVILLE

Day
3

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.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi/ 320 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DEAUVILLE–NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES–BAYEUX–MONT ST. MICHEL

Day
4

Visit the legendary beaches of Normandy, where Allied troops landed more than 75 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.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MONT ST. MICHEL–ST. MALO–RENNES–CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY

Day
5

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.
Today’s Distance: 261 mi/ 420 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY.

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY–BLOIS–CHARTRES–PARIS

Day
7

Visit picturesque Blois with its renaissance castle, once occupied by Louis XII. Later, stop in Chartres, home of the famous gothic cathedral. Arrive in Paris to enjoy an optional evening excursion.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi/ 310 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PARIS.

Day
8

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Departure November 13 due to Closure of Giverny Gardens - visit to D-Day Museum instead.

Single share option available

Single share option is available on this tour: share a twin room with another traveller of the same gender to get a great deal on a holiday. No one else up for it? You'll enjoy a room to yourself at no extra cost!

Single share option available

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