Paris, Normandy and the Loire


  • 8 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

Tour : 4750

Save £100 on 2019 dates

Single Share available

From

£891 pp

Tour only

Based on 15th Nov 2019

From

£1,105 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London St Pancras (Eurostar)

Overview

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This northern France tour is the perfect way for value-minded travellers 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, colourful timber-framed houses; Blois, a picturesque town with its renaissance castle located in the town centre; 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 holiday!

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 colourful timber-framed houses

Châteaux Country Blois and Amboise visit

Chartres Visit

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Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Single Share available

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

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 travellers.

Paris

Day
2

One full day to explore the "City of Light"—that’s known throughout the world for its fashion, art and museums, cuisine, and joie de vivre. Enjoy included sightseeing with a local expert to see many of the best-known Parisian sites. 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.

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 70 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. On to Bayeux, famed for its lacemaking 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.

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, colourful, timber-framed houses, then reach the enchanting Châteaux Country.

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, visit Chartres, home of the famous gothic cathedral. Arrive in Paris to enjoy an optional evening excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris

Day
8

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Departure on 15 November, Day 3 will be D-Day Museum in Arromanches instead of Giverny gardens.

What's included

Tour only

From

£891 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Service charges
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

Tour with flights

From

£1,105 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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