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zTreasures of Normandy & the Loire

9 days

9 Day Small Group Escorted Tour

Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

  • Inspiring, poignant and dramatic events in French history come to life as you explore these gardens, medieval monuments, grand châteaux and historic landscapes with our friendly, expert Trip Leader.
  • Bayeux is famed for its intricate lace; meet with a skilled lace maker and hear the colorful stories and long traditions of this delicate fabric.
  • Savor the best of France! Sample Calvados at a family-run distillery, taste organic wines in the Loire, and try the fine products of a local cheese maker.
  • Delve into some of the most dramatic and inspiring events of World War II... on the Normandy Landing Beaches and with our specially arranged tribute at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.
  • Enjoy 4 leisurely, expertly-guided days in the Loire Valley including the region’s most celebrated jewels – like Châteaux d’Amboise and Chenonceau.
  • Discover 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

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Day
1

Welcome to Paris c

Check in to the Warwick Hotel Champs-Elysées, located just off the city’s most famous boulevard, and meet your Trip Leader for an introductory briefing.

Day
2

To Giverny and Bayeux

Travel to Giverny to visit the home of Claude Monet and the lovely gardens that inspired many of his paintings. Continue to Honfleur, a charming little port which captivated Monet and many other 19th-century artists, and explore the town’s lovely seaside promenade. Sample fine Calvados at the family-owned Manoir d’Apreval and check in to the Hotel Villa Lara in Bayeux. Meals B,D

Day
3

The historic Landing Beaches of Normandy

Your exploration into some of the most inspiring moments of World War II history begins fittingly in Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the first town liberated after D-Day! Visit Utah Beach and the battlefield at Pointe du Hoc and then continue to the American Cemetery, where we’ve made special arrangements with the officer on duty to pay tribute to the American heroes buried here. Stroll along Omaha Beach and tour the unique D-Day Museum in Arromanches. Return to your hotel in Bayeux where your evening is free. Meals B

Day
4

Explore Caen and Bayeux

Sightseeing begins at the Memorial of Caen, where innovative exhibits explore Europe’s tumultuous history from the World Wars through the fall of the Berlin Wall. Then discover the medieval architecture of Bayeux, the Norman Gothic styling of its 11th-century Cathedral and the Bayeux tapestry, embroidered in 1067. Later, meet with an esteemed lace maker in her shop to see her intricate work and to learn about the long history of lace-making in Bayeux. Meals B

Day
5

Tour Mont-Saint-Michel c and journey into the Loire c

This morning you’ll visit the breathtaking medieval abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel. Then drive through the lovely French countryside and check in to the Manoir les Minimes in Amboise before sitting down to a memorable dinner here in the heart of the Loire Valley. Meals B,D

Day
6

The Royal Castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé

Enjoy a guided walk through charming Amboise and a tour of the Castle, built in the 15th century and regarded as France’s first true royal residence. At Clos Lucé, the Renaissance manor house where Leonardo de Vinci spent the last years of his life, there are fascinating giant replicas of his most intriguing inventions. Then tour a nearby family vineyard and sample some of their fine organic wines. Meals B

Day
7

Another enchanting day in the Loire

For those who wish, the day begins with a gentle bike ride through the lovely landscapes of the Loire, before we all meet in Tours. In the afternoon, visit Château d’Azay-le-Rideau; with its turrets and picturesque island setting, it’s one of the most unique castles in the Loire. At Château de Chenonceau, you’ll discover a superb example of early French Renaissance style. Meals B

Day
8

Explore the southern Loire Valley

Perched on a rocky spur overlooking the picturesque Vienne Valley, the Royal Fortress of Chinon was once home to Richard the Lionheart. In the fairytale gardens of the Château du Rivau, you will enjoy an exclusive wine and cheese tasting with a cheese maker from the nearby village of Sainte Maure de Touraine. Return to Amboise. Meals B

Day
9

Bid au revoir to France

Transfer to the station and board the TGV train back to your choice of either Paris city-center or Charles de Gaulle airport. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Spend more time in Paris!

3 Day Extension

Our affordable, easy-to-add extension includes 2 nights hotel, a 2-day Paris Visite Card and a 2-day Paris Museum Pass.

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Private Tour Add-Ons

Berlin

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide

Barcelona

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide

A Delightful Stay in London

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 3 nights in your choice of city-center hotel, private airport transfers, daily breakfast, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing with a Thames River Cruise, ticket for the London Eye and 3-day London Travel Card

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Ask about international air service on United, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Extra nights are available before or after your tour.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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