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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 in the Loire Valley, 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 of St. Malo, a fortified seaside resort. Memories of World War II history come 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. Spend a day at leisure in Châteaux Country with the opportunity to take an optional excursion to discover the Château of Chenonceau, a 16th-century, fairytale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers. From historic sights to picturesque sceneries, this is a dream vacation!
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*Book a select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $750 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 for travel in 2023. Promotional discount will apply to Groups of 8 or more who provide their Group Block Deposit within the promotion's booking dates and will apply to all individual members of the Group until the due date of the passenger names/non-refundable individual deposits. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new 2023 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. PRMW0992
Visits to Giverny water garden, Rouen Cathedral, Honfleur, Deauville, Normandy Landing Beaches and American Cemetery, Bayeux Tapestry Museum, Mont St. Michel, St. Malo cathedral, Rennes, Blois, ChartresGuides:
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touringScenic Highlights:
Departure November 11: due to closure of Giverny Gardens - visit to D-Day Museum instead.
World Heritage Sites are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance. The sites are judged to contain cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners
ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE Check into your hotel and use your CosmosGO app to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
PARIS Enjoy a full day to explore the “City of Light,” known in 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 sights, including views of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Optional excursions are also available.
PARIS–GIVERNY–ROUEN–HONFLEUR–DEAUVILLE 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: 162 mi/ 2600 km
DEAUVILLE–NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES–BAYEUX–MONT ST. MICHEL 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 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. Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km
MONT ST. MICHEL–ST. MALO–RENNES–CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY 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
CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY 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.
CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY–BLOIS–CHARTRES–PARIS Take a stroll around Blois, with its Renaissance castle, once occupied by Louis XII. Later, stop in Chartres, home of the famous Gothic cathedral, and arrive in Paris in time to enjoy an optional evening excursion. Today’s Distance: 162 mi/ 260 km
PARIS Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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