Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country
About Brittany, France
This trip is the perfect way to see the highlights of Paris plus the World War II landing beaches in Normandy, and Brittany, and the Loire Valley in a short amount of time. In Paris, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by an orientation drive through the “City of Light.” Visit magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, and ascend to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower during your guided sightseeing. Travel to Rouen, and walk through this pretty town; hear about Joan of Arc, and admire the cathedral. Enjoy a cider tasting, before arriving in Caen, where World War II comes alive at the fascinating Memorial Museum for Peace, and the Normandy American Cemetery with its visitor center at Omaha Beach where you can sign your name in the visitor’s book. Also enjoy a guided visit of the famous Abbey of Mont St. Michel, before arriving in the Loire Valley, where a special “châteaux day” has been included: visit the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château Chambord, and Catherine de Medici’s lovely Chenonceau. Also enjoy a wine tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines. Highlight is a two-night stay in the grounds of famous Château du Breuil. To top it off, you’ll explore Chartres’ Cathedral, and back in Paris, there is time to join an optional excursion to the Louvre Museum.
PARIS Welcome dinner at a local restaurant and orientation drive; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, ascend the Eiffel TowerROUEN Walking tour, admire the façade of the cathedralBEUVRON-EN-AUGE[LF] Cider tastingCAEN Visit the Memorial Museum for PeaceNORMANDY BEACHES Visit the Normandy American Cemetery and its visitor centerMONT ST. MICHEL Guided visit of the abbeyCHÂTEAUBRIANT Morning breakANGERS Take pictures of the castleLOIRE VALLEY [LF] Stay two nights on the grounds of splendid Château du Breuil; full-day guided sightseeing, visit the Castles of Chambord and ChenonceauCIVRAY DE TOURAINE [LF] Wine tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellarCHARTRES Visit the gothic cathedralHeadsets throughout the tour
PARIS Marriott Paris Rive Gauche (SF) or Concorde Montparnasse (F)CAEN Mercure Centre (F)MONT ST. MICHEL Mercure Mont St. Michel (F) or Relais St. Michel (F)LOIRE VALLEY Château du Breuil (F) at ChevernyPARIS Radisson Blu Boulogne (SF) or Mövenpick (SF) at Neuilly sur Seine
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 4 three-course dinners (D) with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Paris
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi