Treasures of France including Normandy


Travel from Paris and the Loire Valley to the D-Day landing beaches on this in-depth France and Normandy tour.

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  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Supplier

    Trafalgar

  • Booking Code

    FTOF


Includes


  • Book with Confidence

  • 7 NIGHTS - Accommodation

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

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • ON-TRIP TRANSPORT
    All transport shown

  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
    Walk among the wild hyacinths in the beautiful gardens of the 17th-century Chateau d'Eporce, during a Be My Guest lunch. Enjoy home-cooked dishes created by the resident culinary expert, Lydia.

  • DIVE INTO CULTURE
    Explore the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry telling the story of Norman conquests and the Battle of Hastings so many centuries ago.

  • DIVE INTO CULTURE
    Learn all about the centuries-old tradition of wine trading originating from the troglo cave dwellings that have been at the heart of wine in the Touraine region since the 16th century.

  • Explore Mont-Saint-Michel and Châteaux of the Loire Valley with a Local Specialist

  • View the Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

  • Discover Paris, Rouen, Honfleur, Bayeux and the Loire Valley

  • Visit the Bayeux Tapestry, the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha and Juno, the monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel, the Châteaux of Amboise and Chenonceau and Chartres cathedral

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing


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.

Itinerary


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.



Hotel - Evergreen Laurel



Included Meals - Welcome Reception

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.



Hotel - Mercure Omaha Beach



Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

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.



Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 4
Journey to Picturesque Mont-Saint-Michel

This morning, travel to the fortified island town of Mont-Saint-Michel. Here we’ll join a Local Specialist for a tour of this 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. Consider an Optional Experience to the historic walled port city of Saint-Malo, once home to the famous French explorer Jacques Cartier.



Hotel - Le Relais du Roy



Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5
Continue to the Beautiful Loire Valley

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.



Hotel - Novotel Amboise



Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

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. You’ll enjoy a perfect stop at Caves Duhard where we’ll Dive Into Culture and enjoy the very best of Touraine vintages, learning about the five generations of Duhard family who’ve had a hand in its creation. 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.



Included Meals - Breakfast

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.



Hotel - Renaissance La Défense



Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

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.



Included Meals - Breakfast


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