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La Belle France Small Group Tour through Normandy, Brittany and Loire Valley

Reference: 24BRT

  • 10 Day / 9 nights tour
  • 18 passengers maximum
  • Indulge in a Bourgueil wine and cheese tasting session
  • Stroll the charming local market in the port town of Honfleur
  • Take in the storybook surrounds of the Château de Chenonceau

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.


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Highlights of La Belle France small group tour 

  •  Wander the enchanting island village of Mont Saint-Michel
  •  Enjoy a tasting session at a local winery set amidst the rolling vineyards of the Loire Valley
  •  Be inspired by the vivid colours of Claude Monet’s estate in Giverny

2024 Departure dates

April 2024

  • Thu 11 Apr         Sat 20 Apr          

May 2024

  • Thu 9 May          Sat 18 May        
  • Mon 20 May      Wed 29 May     
  • Thu 30 May        Sat 8 Jun           

June 2024

  • Thu 6 Jun            Sat 15 Jun          
  • Thu 13 Jun          Sat 22 Jun          
  • Thu 27 Jun          Sat 6 Jul          

July 2024

  • Thu 4 Jul              Sat 13 Jul            
  • Mon 15 Jul         Wed 24 Jul                        

August 2024

  • Thu 22 Aug         Sat 31 Aug                      

September 2024

  • Thu 5 Sep           Sat 14 Sep          
  • Mon 16 Sep       Wed 25 Sep      
  • Thu 26 Sep         Sat 5 Oct                         

October 2024

  • Mon 7 Oct          Wed 16 Oct                       
  • Thu 17 Oct          Sat 26 Oct          
  • Mon 28 Oct        Wed 6 Nov        

Inclusions

  • 9 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 5 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Le Mont St-Michel, Château de Villandry, Château de Chenonceau

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ITINERARY

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    Day 1 - Paris (France)

    Welcome to the City of Lights. After meeting the group at our hotel, we’ll get to know each other over a sumptuous welcome dinner. Bon appétit! Accommodation: Maison Axel Opéra (or similar)                               Meals : Dinner

    Day 2 - Paris – Honfleur

    Our first impressions of France will be formed in Giverny 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 surrounding gardens host flowers in every shade. Our home for the next two nights will be the charming port town of Honfleur – which you may recognise as the subject of a fair few Impressionist paintings. We’ll spend the evening at our leisure, soaking up the rugged maritime atmosphere of this quaint town. Accommodation: Hôtel l'Écrin (or similar)
    Meals : Breakfast

    Day 3 - Honfleur – Normandy – Honfleur

    This morning we’ll visit Honfleur’s bustling market and wander past its historic buildings and 17th-century harbour on an orientation tour. Then: we’ll track the Route du Cidre in Normandy, pausing at a local calvados producer to sample the fruits of the region’s orchards. From cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados – it makes for a delicious end to our day of exploration! Back in Honfleur, we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure. Accommodation: Hôtel l'Écrin (or similar
    Meals : Breakfast

    Day 4 - Honfleur – Normandy Beaches and Bayeux – Arromanches-les-Bains

    Today we’ll turn our attention to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy beaches, where we’ll visit the sites of the 1944 D-Day landings. Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, where we’ll take some time to reflect on history overlooking Omaha Beach. An awe-inspiring Tapestry awaits in Bayeux and after taking some time to inspect this masterpiece, we’ll move on to Arromanches-les-Bains – our home for the night and setting for tonight’s included dinner. Accommodation: Les Villas d’Arromanches (or similar)
    Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 5 - Arromanches-les-Bains – Mont Saint-Michel and Dol-de-Bretagne – Dinan

    This morning we’ll drive on to the enchanting Mont Saint-Michel, crossing the walkway to wander the buzzing island village and explore the Abbey. As we make our way to Dinan, we’ll stop off for a photo opportunity at Dol-de-Bretagne – where we’ll see the famous Menhir de Champ-Dolent. Tonight, an included dinner awaits us in a traditional Breton crêperie. Accommodation: Hôtel Le d'Avaugour (or similar)
    Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 6 - Dinan

    Today is yours to spend however you wish in the medieval town of Dinan. Wander cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses, take a closer look at the Basilique St-Sauveur, visit the old bridge or stroll along the Rance River – whatever you decide, you certainly won’t be short of things to do! Accommodation: Hôtel Le d'Avaugour (or similar)
    Meals : Breakfast

    Day 7 - Dinan – Angers – Chinon

    Today will find us deep in fairytale territory as we travel towards the Loire Valley. Here, the landscape’s skyline is peppered with the turrets of castles. Our first port of call will be Angers, which was once the medieval stronghold of the Plantagenet kings. After spending some time absorbing the history of the castle, we’ll move on to Chinon – where we’ll dine together at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Plantagenêt (or similar)
    Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 8 - Chinon – Château de Villandry – Chinon

    Next stop: Château de Villandry. Famous for its impeccably manicured gardens and architectural elegance – this mesmerising château is one of the last built during the Renaissance in the Loire Valley. Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we’ll enjoy a detour at a local winery – where we’ll visit the vineyard and cellars before sampling a glass or two. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Plantagenêt (or similar)
    Meals : Breakfast

    Day 9 - Chinon – Château de Chenonceau and Amboise – Chartres Region

    Today’s château? One of the Loire Valley’s finest: Château de Chenonceau. Here we'll take some time to stroll through the idyllic gardens and explore the fascinating museum. We’ll make a brief stop in Amboise – the town where Leonardo da Vinci lived out the last years of his life – before making our way to the region of Chartres. This evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious final dinner together. Accommodation: Castel Maintenon (or similar)
    Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 10 - Chartres Region – Chartres – Paris

    Before we say our final goodbyes, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the medieval city of Chartres. The celebrated Chartres Cathedral is believed to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France – and it’s a beautiful image to take with us back to Paris.                                   Meals : Breakfast

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