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La Belle France tour through Normandy, Brittany and Loire Valley

Reference: 19BRT-FRA

2019 NORMANDY, BRITTANY, & THE LOIRE VALLEY

  • 9 Day / 8 Night tour
  • 18 passengers maximum
  • Cost per person from A$3,999 Twin-share
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LA BELLE FRANCE 
TOUR OF NORMANDY, BRITTANY, & THE LOIRE VALLEY


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.


ITINERARY

DAY 1 PARIS – HONFLEUR

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)

DAY 2 HONFLEUR – NORMANDY – HONFLEUR

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)

DAY 3 HONFLEUR – NORMANDY BEACHES – BAYEUX

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)

DAY 4 BAYEUX – LE MONT SAINT-MICHEL – DINAN

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)

DAY 5 DINAN

With a whole day to yourself in Dinan, you can really get under the skin of this quaint medieval town. (B)

DAY 6 DINAN – ANGERS – CHINON

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)

DAY 7 CHINON – CHÂTEAU DE VILLANDRY – CHINON

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)

DAY 8 CHINON – CHÂTEAU DE CHENONCEAU – CHARTRES

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)

DAY 9 CHARTRES – PARIS

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)


INCLUSIONS

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Le Mont St-Michel, Château de Villandry, Château de Chenonceau