2017 SEASON
Apr 2017 - Oct 2017

13 Day Normandy, Brittany, Paris & the Loire Valley

Tauck Guided Tour starting in Paris and finishing in Paris

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 13 Day Normandy, Brittany, Paris & the Loire Valley. Visit Normandy's poignant D-Day beaches and special hands-on exhibits, magnificent Mont-St-Michel, Monet's beloved Giverny and Chartres Cathedral. Take a private cruise on the Golfe du Morbihan; tour France's famous national...read more

Overview

Operator: Tauck
Type: Coach Tour (Premium)
Duration: 13 Days
From: Paris to Paris
Tour Code: NB
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: France
Our Price From:
$ 7,490
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Versailles

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Trianon Palace Versailles. A transfer is included from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to the Trianon Palace Versailles, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, less than a mile from Château de Versailles; explore it on an included independent visit today. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. Stay: Trianon Palace Versailles – A Waldorf Astoria Hotel (D)
2

Ancient Chartres To Langeais & An Evening At A Château

Travel from Versailles to Chartres. Watch a demonstration of the time-honored art of creating stained glass at the International Stained-Glass Centre, then see some of the world's greatest examples of the art - more than 27,000 square feet of it, created by artisans of the 12th and 13th centuries - inside Chartres' famous Gothic cathedral, among the most impressive in all of Europe. After touring the town of Chartres, continue on to Langeais in châteaux country, where you'll spend the next two nights at Château de Rochecotte, once the private estate of diplomat Prince Tallyrand and the Duchess of Dino. Tonight, enjoy an immersive Loire Valley experience at Château de Champchevrier, a private country estate, where you'll meet the Baron and his family, enjoy a reception and dinner, and witness a hunting hound demonstration in full regalia. Stay Two Nights: Château de Rochecotte (B/D)
3

The Loire Valley's Châteaux Country

The châteaux, gardens, towns and unique culture of the Loire Valley are all yours to explore today. For starters, check out Château de Langeais, overlooking the Loire River, with your local guide for a taste of the royal life of centuries past; the marriage of King Charles VIII of France took place here in 1491. This afternoon, pay a private visit to the vineyards of Le Moulin Bleu, in Bourgueil on the Loire's north bank, for lunch and a wine tasting. Explore Château de Villandry and its formal gardens, before returning to your hotel for dinner. (B/L/D)
4

A Medieval Wonder In Angers & Seaside Port Du Crouesty

In Angers, the Loire Valley's center for the wine trade, your guided visit to the 17-towered Château d'Angers affords a view of the renowned 14th-century Apocalypse Tapestry, the longest medieval tapestry in the world. Continue across the countryside to Port du Crouesty on the Atlantic coast for a two-night stay at SAS Miramar Crouesty, a waterfront spa resort. Stay Two Nights: SAS Miramar Crouesty (B/D)
5

The Golfe Du Morbihan & Rochefort-en-Terre

Your day begins with a sightseeing cruise along the island-dotted Golfe du Morbihan, and continues with a visit to the flower-filled town of Rochefort-en-Terre. Ablaze with red and pink geraniums from spring to fall thanks to a tradition established a century ago by Franco-American painter Alfred Klotts, the village is considered one of France's premier floral towns today. (B/L)
6

From Vannes To Josselin And On To St-Malo

Take a walking tour of Vannes' ancient walled core; view its Gothic Cathedral, built over a span of 700 years, and stroll through the colorful Promenade de la Garenne. Visit Josselin, dominated by imposing Château Josselin, residence of the aristocratic Rohan family; learn about the castle's turbulent history on a guided tour, and explore the Doll Museum's collection of rare dolls from the 17th century to today. Drive to St-Malo for a two-night stay on the Channel coast. Stay Two Nights: Le Grand Hôtel des Thermes (B/D)
7

A Visit To Mont-St-Michel And A Walking Tour Of Medieval St-Malo

This morning you'll visit world-famous Mont-St-Michel, a thousand-year-old mountaintop abbey perched on an island off the coast; be prepared for a bit of walking during your exploration of one of Europe's truly unique places. Set dramatically by the sea, St-Malo was once notorious as the base of French corsairs. Join your Tauck Director for a guided walking tour of its walled medieval center, La Ville Intra-Muros. (B)
8

Tapestries In Bayeux, A Visit To Caen And Seaside Deauville

Head across the countryside to the Normandy coast; see the celebrated Bayeux Tapestry. A scenic drive through the area along the Yellow Roads brings you to Le Mémorial de Caen, commemorating the sacrifices of World War II and the battle for Caen, and featuring a Peace Museum and memorial gardens, for a visit and lunch. Arrive at your Belle Époque-era beachfront resort in seaside Deauville for two nights. Dine à la carte at your hotel tonight. Stay Two Nights: Royal Barrière (B/L/D)
9

The Beaches Of D-Day In Normandy

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed at invasion beaches along the Normandy coast with code names forever etched in memory - Utah, Gold, Juno, Sword, Omaha. Today, Tauck's local expert introduces you to the events of what the world has come to know as "D-Day." Your memorable visit includes a look at a private World War II memorabilia collection and an interactive, hands-on exhibit; and guided visits to Pointe du Hoc, the 100-ft. cliff taken by the 2nd Ranger Battalion on D-Day... the now-quiet Omaha Beach, where American assault units took heavy casualties in establishing a beachhead... and the poignant American Military Cemetery, final resting place of thousands of U.S. troops. (B/L)
10

Spend The Morning In Medieval Rouen, Experience Monet's Giverny & Arrive Paris

Travel to ancient Rouen for a locally guided tour of this historic cathedral town; stop at the modern Church of Ste. Joan of Arc, dedicated to the French heroine burned at the stake in this city in 1431. Continuing along the River Seine, visit the home and gardens of painter Claude Monet at Giverny, depicted in some of his most celebrated works, before arriving in Paris. Stay Three Nights: Sofitel Paris le Faubourg (B/D)
11

Guided City Sightseeing, Then Paris As You Please...

An orientation tour of the legendary French capital - and one of the world's most romantic cities - views landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, honoring those who have fought for France, standing at the western end of one of the world's best-known boulevards, the Champs-Élysées; the Eiffel Tower, among the most recognized and visited monuments on Earth; and the equally iconic Cathedral of Notre Dame, with a visit inside this Gothic wonder. During your tour, you may want to pick your favorite spot from which to start exploring remarkable Paris as you please for the rest of the day. (B)
12

The Musée D'Orsay And A Farewell Dinner & Cruise In Paris

Your local guide leads you on a tour of the newly renovated Musée d'Orsay, displaying an extensive collection of 19th-century French Im­pres­sion­ist paintings, sculptures and art objects in the restored Gare d'Orsay, a former railway station originally built for the Paris Exhibition of 1900 (subject to closure). Your final afternoon in Paris is free to explore as you wish. Exchange memories with your new friends this evening at our private farewell dinner and cruise on the River Seine, bidding Paris adieu as this amazing two-week trip draws to a close. (B/D)
13

Journey Home

Tour ends: Paris. A transfer is included from Le Meurice to Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports or Paris' Gare de Lyon, Charles de Gaulle-Station or Gare du Nord train stations. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • Explore Brittany's rugged headlands, the Normandy coast, the historic D-Day beaches and Paris
  • Exclusive early-opening visit to Château de Versailles on select departures! Explore the Hall of Mirrors, the private Opera House and the Chapel – without crowds!
  • Dinner at a private country estate in châteaux country with a hunting hound demonstration in full regalia
  • A cruise along the Golfe du Morbihan (meaning "Little Sea" in Breton), a channeled inlet of small islands that wax and wane with the tide
  • Guided visits to the "must-see" sights of Chartres Cathedral, Mont-St-Michel, Monet's home & gardens at Giverny, the Bayeux and Apocalypse tapestries and Musée d'Orsay
  • Guided walking tours along the cobbled streets of the ancient French towns of Chartres, Rouen, Rochefort-en-Terre, Mont-St-Michel, Vannes & Saint-Malo

Tauck Inclusions

  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, gratuities to local guides and porterage
  • Complimentary basic Internet where available in hotel rooms (service levels are not guaranteed).
  • Air-conditioned motor coaches for your comfort.

Tauck Dining

  • This tour provides a variety of dining experiences, and may include buffets, à-la-carte dining and set menus.
  • 24 meals (12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Style: Coach Tour
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
Location: Central - Mostly
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Modern Air-Conditioned Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Customary on Tour
Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 35)
Free WiFi: In Hotels Where Available
* Source: Tauck for trips in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
2017 SEASON
Apr 2017 - Oct 2017

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