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Treasures of France including Normandy


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Treasures of France including Normandy

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Travel from Paris and the Loire Valley to the D-Day landing beaches on this in-depth France and Normandy tour. Imagine life as a French noble when you dine at a château and learn about the battles that were fought here through the ages.

8 Days from £1,925 per passenger

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Day 1 : Bonjour Paris

Bienvenue! The 'City of Lights' welcomes you as you prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through France. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to admire the glittering cityscape of Paris – past grand boulevards and iconic sites like the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Accommodation : Evergreen Laurel

Day 2 : Admire Normandy’s Colourful Honfleur and the Bayeux Tapestry

This morning, we depart Paris and venture to the city of Rouen, the tragic site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. We travel to the enchanting harbour town of Honfleur – its narrow lanes and colourful shopfronts have long attracted artists who have immortalised its beauty on canvas. Arriving in Bayeux, we visit the Tapestry Museum. Here you’ll Dive Into Culture and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Accommodation : Mercure Omaha Beach

Day 3 : Explore the D-Day Landing Beaches

We begin the day visiting the American Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives on the D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha, imagining the sense of terror and triumph felt the fateful day that Allied forces set foot on mainland Europe. We stop for lunch in the seaside setting of Arromanches, once at the heart of the Normandy landings, before visiting the D-Day Museum to learn about the artificial harbour used by the Allies. Finish the day on the beaches of Juno, where the Canadian forces came ashore in 1944.

Day 4 : Journey to Picturesque Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel

Travel along the Emerald Coast to stunning Saint-Malo, one of the most charming places in France. At leisure, wander around the ramparts of the thick city walls, see beautiful views over the old town and the bay. Consider an Optional Experience with a Local Specialist and discover the historic past of the walled port city of Saint-Malo, once home to the famous French explorer Jacques Cartier. Later, we journey to our overnight hotel in Mont-Saint-Michel.

Accommodation : Le Relais du Roy

Day 5 : Continue to the Beautiful Loire Valley

This morning, we’ll join a Local Specialist and explore Mont-Saint-Michel, then tour the impressive medieval Benedictine Abbey. Legend has it, the abbey was built after the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches inspiring him to build a church atop the island. Journey through the scenic countryside, stopping to Connect With Locals at a lunch with wine in a 17th-century château during a Be My Guest experience set within beautiful gardens. We journey to the Loire Valley, where we will spend the next two nights. You’ll enjoy a perfect stop at Caves Duhard where we’ll Dive Into Culture and enjoy the very best of Touraine vintages, learning bout the five generations of Duhard family who’ve had a hand in its creation.

Accommodation : Novotel Amboise

Day 6 : Discover the Stunning French Châteaux

We spend our day admiring the beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley and join a Local Specialist for a visit to the Amboise Royal Château. It is here that King François I hosted Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb now lies in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. We continue with a visit to Château de Chenonceau, built on the Cher River. The château is often referred to as the 'Ladies Castle', due to the many women who influenced its construction and development. Today it contains priceless collections, including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto.

Day 7 : Continue to Chartres and Paris

Our first stop today is the town of Chartres and its beautiful Roman Catholic cathedral, regarded as one of the most authentic and complete works of religious architecture from the early 13th century. We journey back to Paris this afternoon and spend the rest of our day in the 'City of Lights' with free time to take in some of the sights. Celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends this evening at a Farewell Dinner with local wines at a Parisian bistro.

Accommodation : Renaissance La Défense

Day 8 : Farewell Paris

For now it's time to say a fond au revoir to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a memorable trip. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.


Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 2 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

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