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Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour

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Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour

Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour

Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour

Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour

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Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour (12 Days)

Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour

This small-group tour will give you the chance to explore some of the most beautiful regions in France. Small group tours typically depart every Wednesday (with a few exceptions) from April 8 to October 28, 2015 and are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 participants. You might consider adding additional days to your trip with the services of a private guide and/or driver to see more of the country. We can always customize your tour to suit your needs (and private guided tours can be added throughout your small group experience as desired).

Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour

Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour (12 Days)

Day 1: Paris
When you arrive at the airport in Paris you will be transferred to your hotel by a private vehicle with a professional driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their only responsibility is to transfer customers from one location to another. However, in case you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged and would be subject to an additional supplement.
This evening, you will be viewing Paris from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower while having dinner at the restaurant Eiffel Tower 58. Dinner includes an aperitif, three course dinner, coffee and your choice of either 1/2 bottle of wine, mineral water (50cl), a beer or soda. You will then board the boat for your cruise along the river Seine, while you admire the monuments and bridges of the city known as the 'City of Light'. If in any way, there is a problem to access the 1st or 2nd floor, the Eiffel Tower will be replaced by the Montparnasse Tower (56th floor with a height of 210 meters). Alternative arrangements will be made so please do not hesitate to speak to your Destination Expert for further details. There will be a central meeting point from which the tour starts. The tour will end at the Eiffel Tower. Please note that shared tours can have up to approximately 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day), and are carried out in a number of languages.

Day 2: Paris
Today is the day to discover Paris in a truly original and personalised manner by aboarding your very own 2CV. The 2CV, the ultimate symbol of the “French touch”, thanks to its convertible, soft top roof offers a amazing panoramic view. You will be driven by a knowledgeable, English speaking chauffeur, and have the chance to discover the most famous, beautiful and elegant monuments of Paris. The capacity of the 2CV vehicles is 3. If there are more in your group additional, cars will be arranged so you can travel in convoy. This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off in central Paris. Today, you will enjoy many wonders of Paris. You might consider taking a stroll down one of the many docks by the river Seine, or walking around any of the fascinating neighborhoods such as Montmartre, the Marais or the Left bank. Of course, there are a plenty of museums and galleries to choose from if you are so inclined. You might also consider getting a 2 Day Paris Pass that includes a Paris Transport Travel card for 2 days (zone 1-3) to see all of the sites that are of personal interest to you. The Paris Pass is a smartcard offering free access to 65 attractions in Paris such as the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Orsay museum, Musee Rodin, commented cruise with Bateaux Parisiens and Pompidou museum. With this pass, you have access to 22 museums, 24 historical monuments, 15 art galleries, 3 tourist attractions, 1 cruise and special offers in shops and restaurants. Please contact your Sales Advisor if you would like more details.

Day 3: Paris - Honfleur
The day will start with your transfer to the small group meeting point by a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally. You will meet your small group and guide at the Hotel La Demeure, 51 Boulevard Saint-Marcel, 75005, Paris and depart for your Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley tour. Please be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure. Your first stop this morning will be the pretty garden and home of French Impressionist, Claude Monet, at Giverny in Normandy. Monet lived here from 1883 until his death in 1929. The gardens inspired many of his paintings including the famous Water Lilies and the Japanese Footbridge series. Next you will stop at the Abbey of St Wandrille de Fontenelle and visit the grounds and ruins of this building first constructed in the 7th century, before travelling to Honfleur, one of the best-preserved old ports in Normandy. Tonight after strolling around the old harbor, you will enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Day 4: Honfleur
Today's magic will start with a splendid scenic drive along the ‘Normandy Corniche’, offering spectacular views over the Normandy coastline. Renowned for its luxury resorts and attractive seafront towns you pass through Trouville and then the prestigious yachting harbour of Deauville. You will then continue to head inland towards Normandy’s ‘back country’, following the Route du Cidre towards Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages of France. After that, you will be able to sample some of the regions finest cider and calvados, before you make your way back to Honfleur.

Day 5: Honfleur - Bayeux
Get ready for a historical day! You will visit the Normandy Beaches, forever associated in our minds with World War II’s D-Day Landings of 1944. These beaches tell a remarkable story and it is here that you see first-hand where events of World War II unfolded. In the afternoon you will visit the famous American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Your day will conclude with a leisurely drive to Bayeux. You will enjoy dinner together in a local restaurant.

Day 6: Bayeux
Today you will have the chance to explore Bayeux at your leisure. This medieval town with its cobbled streets, many restaurants and museums is also home to the world famous Bayeux Tapestry which has been listed by UNESCO World Heritage. The old town has preserved its Middle Age character, with the cathedral at its very heart, and the narrow streets invite the visitor to browse in the shops or to linger in the town’s many bistros.

Day 7: Bayeux - Dinan
This morning you will travel across the Normandy countryside to Brittany. Today’s highlight will be Mont St Michel. Perched on a rocky islet this gothic style abbey was built between the 11th and 16th centuries and appears to rise from the surrounding waters. Then you will continue on to Dinan, an attractive medieval town with fine old buildings, some dating back to the 13th century.

Day 8: Dinan - Chinon
Today you will travel to the Loire Valley and be enchanted by fairy-tale castles, historic villages and splendid food and wine. The first port of call will be Angers, capital of the ancient province of Anjou, a pretty and friendly town with a lively and welcoming atmosphere. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in France and foremost among its many notable attractions are the magnificent cathedral and the imposing castle with its moat and soaring towers. You will the continue to make your way to Chinon, resting by the banks of the majestic Vienne River, Chinon is steeped in history and rich with culture.

Day 9: Chinon
Today you will travel to the impressive Chateau de Villandry, the last of the great chateaux of the Loire. Built during the Renaissance, the chateau’s glorious landscaped gardens are some of the finest in France, occupying over six hectares. On your return to Chinon you will have plenty of time to explore this lovely town on your own.

Day 10: Chinon - Montlouis sur Loire
Departing from Chinon you will visit the Chateau de Chenonceau, with its beautiful arches spanning the Loire River, and you will explore its exceptional museum and magnificent gardens. Later you will travel towards your stunning chateau accommodation where you will learn the art of French cooking with one of the chateau’s chefs. Your final meal together will be the delicious dinner that you have helped to prepare. Chance to test your cooking skills!

Day 11: Montlouis sur Loire - Paris
On your last day you will have the chance to visit the celebrated cathedral of Chartres, incomparable anywhere in the world for its stained glass dating from the 13th century. Old Chartres’s picturesque streets evoke the bustling activity of a medieval town of merchants and craftsmen. Yu will return to Paris this afternoon where your tour will end. You will be transferred to the small group meeting point using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Day 12: Paris
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport.


Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour


Ideally located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, the Belloy Saint Germain hotel has been providing guests quality accommodation with refined, undisturbed serenity in this upscale quarter of the city since 1871. It is only minutes away from some renowned Parisian sites and monuments including the Odéon, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon of Paris. Each of the 50 guest rooms at the Belloy are elegantly designed with a sense of classical refinement in mind. Each room features a range of modern amenities to satisfy the needs of the savviest traveller.


Located between Tours and Amboise France, just an hour from Paris on the TGV (France's high-speed train), The Château de la Bourdaisière is a magnificent fifteenth-century castle offering spacious and refined bed and breakfast rooms and apartments. Relax by the large open-air heated swimming-pool, enjoy a game of tennis or simply enjoy the pleasure of staying at this most remarkable French castle in the heart of the Loire Valley.


In the heart of Dinan, Hotel Logis dAvaugour is in a historic stone townhouse set on the town ramparts offering charming rooms and suites fitted with all modern comforts. After a busy day of trips and excursions, the hotels garden is just the place to relax and enjoy a cup of tea. In the summertime, breakfast can also be served in the garden.


This lavish and elegant hotel is in a 20th-century building just a 5-minute walk from Opéra Garnier. It features a hammam and a fitness center. Some guest rooms offer views of the Sacré Cœur Basilica. The Grands Magasins Department Stores are a 4-minute walk away and Place Vendôme is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. All luxurious guest rooms feature a marble bathroom, unique furnishings and colorful mosaics. Some suites offer a marble fireplace and a living area. With a 24-hour front desk, the hotel features a lounge bar with traditional tapas and a gourmet restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine.


On a pedestrian street in the heart of Old Bayeaux, The Hotel Churchill (3*) is a distinctive hotel and is only minutes away from the landing beaches. It is a charming hotel where history and memory trade tales. The hotel is just steps from the famous Bayeaux tapestry works and the Cathedral. The hotel welcomes you with its cheerful hospitality, warm atmosphere, air conditioned lounge, and a spacious veranda.


Located near Place Jeanne d'Arc, The Hôtel Diderot, with its regal black slate roof and white limestone walls offers a calm elegance in the charming city of Chinon. Guest rooms are all individually decorated and some include both a bathtub or a shower. A sense of the past is preserved in the exposed beams and supports the 18th- century staircase, and the 15th-century fireplace in the dining room, where breakfast is served.

Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour

Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour (12 Days)

Independent/Private Tour Portion: Guaranteed departure
+ Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, Fees where indicated as per the itinerary
+ Local and international traveler assistance during your tour
+ Specialised and personalised services Small Group Trip Portion
+ 8 nights in charming & distinctive accommodation
+ Driver/Guide companion
+ All mini-coach transportation
+ European breakfast daily
+ Evening meals x 4
+ Cider & calvados tasting
+ Cooking demonstration & dinner. 

Entrance fees as listed: Monet’s House and Garden at Giverny, Bayeux Tapestry, Angers Castle, Bayeux Museum of the Battle of Normandy, Château de Villandry, Château de Chenonceau. 


+ Laundry
+ Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages unless explicitly noted
+ Optional activities/extras
+ Visas (unless noted)
+ Vacation insurance


Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour

Exploring Normandy, Britany & The Loire in a Small Group Tour (12 Days)

Please note that the prices below are for per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling and sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveler of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement. All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travelers.

Every day from April 8 to October 28, 2015

From $ 5,579 per person.


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Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse Tower, the river Seine, Montmartre, the Marais or the Left bank, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Orsay museum, Musee Rodin, Giverny, the Abbey of St Wandrille de Fontenelle, Honfleur, the ‘Normandy Corniche’, harbour of Deauville, Beuvron-en-Auge, Bayeux, Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy, Mont St Michel, Dinan, Vienne River, Chinon, Chateau de Villandry, Montlouis sur Loire, Cathedral of Chartres.