Individual headsetsInside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing: Visits to Giverny, Rouen, Honfleur, Deauville, Normandy Landing Beaches and American Cemetery, Bayeux and its tapestry, Mont St. Michel, St. Malo, Rennes, Loire Valley, Blois, Chartres
Scenic Highlights: Châteaux Country
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring
NOTES:On Sunday departures, overnight is at Blois instead of Amboise Itinerary changes as follows:Day 5: Mont St. Michel–Blois. (B)Day 6: At leisure in Blois or optional excursion to Chenonceau & Amboise Castles. (B,D)Day 7: Blois–Chartres–Paris. (B)March 25 Departure – Easter Week
Day 1Arrive in Paris, France
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. In the included sightseeing with a local expert are many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available. (B)
Start the day with a visit to Giverny, home of painter Claude Monet. The famous WATER GARDEN at Giverny was the inspiration behind some of Monet's finest work (gardens open from March 26 onwards, departure March18 will visit D-day Museum in Arromanches due to closure). Continue to Rouen to visit its great CATHEDRAL. Next, enjoy a stop in lovely Honfleur and then continue to the seaside resort of Deauville for an overnight. (B,D)
Day 4Deauville–Normandy Landing Beaches–Bayeux–Mont St. Michel
This morning, visit the nearby legendary beaches of Normandy, where the Allied troops landed more than 70 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. Next, to Bayeux, famed for its lace-making and the world-renowned BAYEUX TAPESTRY depicting the story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex, the men who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066 to conquer England. Then, southwards to visit spectacular Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway. (B)
Day 5Mont St. Michel–St. Malo–Rennes–Loire Valley
Drive along the coast to the fortified seaside resort of St. Malo to admire its CATHEDRAL and ancient walls. Continue to Rennes with its traditional, colorful timber-framed houses. Later, reach the Loire Valley for two overnights. (B)
Day 6Loire Valley
A whole day to take advantage of a fascinating optional excursion and visit the Château of Chenonceau, now privately owned and the most visited castle of the Loire Valley, and Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. (B,D)
Day 7Loire Valley–Blois–Chartres–Paris
Start the day with a visit to picturesque Blois, with its renaissance castle located in the town center and once occupied by Louis XII. Later, another highlight is the visit of Chartres, home of the famous gothic cathedral. Reach Paris in time to enjoy an optional excursion. (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners
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