NORMANDY, BRITTANY & CHATEAUX COUNTRY - 2017

8 Days - PARIS to PARIS

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Overview

This France tour is the perfect way to see the highlights of Paris plus Brittany, the Loire Valley, and the World War II landing beaches in Normandy in a short amount of time. Beautiful scenery combined with famous landmarks, charming châteaux, and fascinating history sum up this tour-with overnights in Paris, Caen, the coast near Mont St. Michel, and the Loire Valley.

World War II history comes to life as you focus on some of the locations involved in D-Day, June 6, 1944. You’ll visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and Sainte-Mère-Église, the first town where American soldiers parachuted into the town the night before D-Day. You’ll also visit the Memorial Museum for Peace, where you’ll learn about the Battle of Normandy, in Caen. Go even further back in history when you visit the 13th-century gothic cathedral in Chartres and when you visit the châteaux in the Loire Valley. Visit the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château Chambord, a huge castle with towers on all corners. Also visit the 16th-century château of Catherine de Medici, Chenonceau, a fairytale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers. While in châteaux country, spend two nights on the grounds of the splendid Château du Breuil at Cheverny-a unique experience offered by Globus.

To give you a sense of the culture, Globus has also included some out-of-the-ordinary treats. Enjoy a cider tasting in Beuvron-en-Auge and learn about the local wines at a wine cellar in Civray de Touraine. You’ll even get to taste some!

From the scenic beauty to the charming experiences, this France tour is sure to delight all of your senses!


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Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Local Cider tasting in Beuvron-en-Auge
Stay in the heart of the Loire Valley in an authentic French Château
Wine tasting at the Pere Auguste wine cellar

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- PARIS

A special welcome dinner at a local restaurant; ascend the Eiffel Tower; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral.

- ROUEN
Walking tour, admire the facade of the cathedral.

BEUVRON-EN-AUGE
Cider tasting.

- CAEN
Visit the Memorial Museum for Peace.

- NORMANDY BEACHES
Visit the Normandy American Cemetery.

- MONT ST. MICHEL
Guided visit of the abbey.

- CHATEAUBRIANT
Morning break.

- ANGERS
Take pictures of the castle.

- LOIRE VALLEY
Stay two nights on the grounds of splendid Chateau du Breuil; full-day guided sightseeing, visit Chambord and Chenonceau Castles.

- CIVRAY DE TOURAINE
Wine tasting at the Pere Auguste wine cellar.

- CHARTRES
Visit the gothic cathedral.

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach.

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour.

- FREE WI-FI
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

- MYACCOUNT
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Package Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE.

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Welcome to Paris! At 5.30 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with wine at one of Paris' lively restaurants. Then, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER to get a first impression of the "City of Light." (D)

Day 2PARIS.

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Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, Louvre, and Champs-Elysees. Visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL with its Rose Window. Optional excursions are available to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the "Sun King," Louis XIV, as well as to the artists' hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the beautiful Seine River. (B)

Day 3PARIS - ROUEN - BEUVRON - EN - AUGE - CAEN.

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In Rouen, admire the facade of the cathedral, which was one of Monet's favourite subjects for his Series Paintings, where he tried to prove how a subject was visually influenced by the ever-changing light. Twenty paintings of the cathedral existed, and many are today in Paris' Orsay Museum. Time to stroll along the lovely cobblestoned Rue du Gros-Horloge leading to the square where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. Next, stop in Beuvron-en-Auge along the Route du Cidre for a CIDER TASTING before arriving in Caen. Look forward to a visit of the fascinating MEMORIAL MUSEUM FOR PEACE with its great exhibits and audiovisual show about the Battle of Normandy. (B,D)

Day 4CAEN - NORMANDY BEACHES - MONT ST. MICHEL.

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Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces' landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Drive by Juno Beach, then stop at Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbour remains at Arromanches. Visit the AMERICAN CEMETERY at OMAHA BEACH. Continue to Sainte Mere Eglise, where American soldiers parachuted into the town the night before D-Day. Among them was John Steele, whose parachute was caught in one of the steeples of the church, made famous in the movie The Longest Day. While here, see the evocative parachute memorial. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit of the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, perched on a rocky isle in the Gulf of Saint Malo. Overnight is on the coast near Mont St. Michel. (B,D)

Day 5MONT ST. MICHEL - CHATEAUBRIANT - ANGERS - LOIRE VALLEY.

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Enjoy a scenic ride right across Brittany via Chateaubriant to Angers. Stop here for pictures of the impressive 13th-century castle. Then, continue your journey to the Loire Valley, where you will stay on the grounds of splendid Chateau du Breuil. Tonight, why not sample French cuisine at one of the area's excellent restaurants? (B)

Day 6LOIRE VALLEY. EXCURSION TO CHATEAUX COUNTRY.

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Today, visit two of the most important castles in the area. Start with the jewel of the French Renaissance, CHATEAU CHAMBORD. Next is the 16th-century chateau of Catherine de Medici, lovely CHENONCEAU. Then, enjoy a WINE TASTING at the Pere Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines before returning to your chateau, where dinner will be served in the evening. (B,D)

Day 7LOIRE VALLEY - CHARTRES - PARIS.

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Stop in Chartres with its superb 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL-a jewel of medieval architecture, and arrive in Paris. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris' nightclubs might just be the ticket! (B)

Day 8PARIS.

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

AVAILABLE 2017 TOURS

Return Economy economy class airfare
Welcome drinks at hotel
Stay in 3 star hotel
Guided tour
Sighseeing

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