Upon your arrival in Paris, you will be met by our tour escort, who will assist us in boarding your private motorcoach for our ride through the countryside to Caen in time for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to freshen-up. Dinner and overnight.
Paris & French Countryside
8 days / 7 nights
After breakfast, we will have a full-day excursion to visit the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, along with a visit to the historically important town of Bayeux. In Bayeux, we will have an opportunity to view Queen Matilda’a famous Bayeux Tapestry, which vividly depicts William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066. Return to Caen for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we will have a wonderful excursion to see the unique beauty of Mont Saint Michel, probably one of the most famous abbeys in the world due to its location, perched on a rock in the Gulf of Saint Malo. During high tide Mont Saint Michel becomes an island fortress. The causeway to the mainland is only accessible during low tide. We will return to Caen for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will board our motorcoach for Rouen. On arrival enjoy a walking tour of the historic center of Rouen, including the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame. We will then have some time for shopping and browsing. Return to Caen for dinner and overnight.
Depart Caen today and head for Paris. En route, we will drive past Giverny, the residence of Claude Monet from 1883 to 1926. His body is buried in the apse of the nearby Romanesque church. We will then continue to Paris where we will enjoy a panoramic tour of the “City of Light”. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head out of Paris for this morning’s destination: Versailles. We will tour the opulent and breathtaking Palace of Versailles built in the 17th century by the “Sun King”, Louis XIV and which took 50 years to complete. We will have plenty to leisure time in Versailles to wander the magnificent grounds and gardens. Return to Paris with some leisure time to shop or do some individual sightseeing or museum visits. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.
Following breakfast, we will have a day-long excursion to the Loire Valley. Taking the scenic route, we will first stop near Blois to visit the 16th century Chateau de Chambord, the largest chateau in the Loire Valley with 440 rooms. Next, we will visit the Chateau de Chenonceau, another 16th century chateau which was built on a bridge across the River Cher just outside of Amboise. Return to Paris for a special farewell dinner with entertainment.
We will say goodbye to this lovely city and have our last breakfast in France at the hotel before departing Paris airport in for our flight home.