Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. This tour takes us from France’s dramatic northern shores to château-sprinkled countryside, breaking off to see WWII sites, explore centuries-old villages and sample home-grown delicacies.
- 8 nights in boutique accommodation
- Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
- Premium mini-coach transportation
- Daily European-style breakfast (B), 3 evening meals (D)
- Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Le Mont St-Michel, Château de Villandry, Château de Chenonceau
- Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price. Please contact us for flight inclusive prices
- Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
- Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights, items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
- Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
- Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
- Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
- Pre- and post-tour accommodation.
- Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
Our first impressions of France will be formed in Giverny, Normandy, at the home of Claude Monet, one of the world’s most celebrated artists. The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life and the gardens outside are brimming with flowers in every shade. Our home for the next two nights is the charming port town of Honfleur, which you may recognise as the subject of a fair few Impressionist paintings. (D)
Today we’ll take a wander past Honfleur’s historic buildings and 17th-century harbour on a walking tour before tracking the Route du Cidre towards Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. Here, we’ll pause to taste the fruits of the region’s orchards – from cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados – making for a delicious end to our day. (B)
Today we turn our attention to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy beaches, where we’ll visit the sites of the D-Day landings of 1944. Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer. This afternoon we’ll move on to charming Bayeux, where a walking tour awaits. (B,D)
This morning we’ll drive on to the enchanting Mont Saint-Michel, crossing the tidal causeway to wander the buzzing island village. On the way to Dinan, we’ll stop off for photos at Dol-de-Bretagne, where we’ll see the famous Menhir de Champ-Dolent. (B)
With a whole day to yourself in Dinan, you can really get under the skin of this quaint medieval town. (B)
We’re deep in fairytale territory as we travel towards the Loire Valley today. Here, the landscape’s skyline is peppered with the turrets of castles. Our first port of call is Angers which was once the medieval stronghold of the Plantagenet kings. Later, we’ll move on to Chinon, where dinner at a local restaurant awaits. (B,D)
Our first château of the tour is the Château de Villandry, which is especially famous for its impeccable gardens. Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we’ll enjoy a detour at a regional winery and linger over a glass or two. (B)
Today, a stop at Château de Chenonceau gives us the opportunity to stroll through manicured gardens and explore a fascinating museum. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to Chartres, where we’ll enjoy one last dinner together. (B,D)
A fitting finale to our tour is a visit to the celebrated Chartres Cathedral. Believed to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France, it’s a beautiful image to take with us back to Paris, where we say ‘au revoir’. (B)
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