North of France Splendour

Spend a week seeing the most beautiful parts of Northern France

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Giverny

Giverny is a small village located in Normany, northwest of Paris. This small village is notably famous for the painter that lived there for many decades, Claude Monet. Claude Monet is a famous french painter that brought so much to the impressionist movement of painting, which can be felt here during one's visit of his historic house. The gardens around the house has been a great inspiration to his paintings, notably his water lilies series.

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Mont Saint Michel

A magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, the Mont-Saint-Michel counts among France’s most stunning sights. For centuries one of Europe’s major pilgrimage destinations, this holy island is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is its breathtaking bay.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in Paris. Meet up with an assistant at the airport who will give you all the information you need on arrival and will bring you to your coach. Transfer to a restaurant for dinner then transfer to your hotel for the night

If the arrival is early enough, the coach driver will be able to show you around Paris in a drive through the capital. (Possibilities of adding an entrance on request).


Day 2

After breakfast, depart for the city of Giverny northwest of Paris (1h - 2h according to the location of the hotel).

Giverny is famous for being the residence of painter Claude Monet for around 40 years, with some locations having been an inspiration for his paintings. On arrival, you will be able to spend some time in his house and the garden surrounding it to understand his inspiration and learn more about the painter.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Depart after lunch for the city of Rouen. Known as the City of a Hundred Bell Towers, Rouen has been an important french town throughout french history. The city has been recognised for its important architecture and heritage and is one that is worth visiting.

You will spend the rest of the day in Rouen to discover the city, notably its enormous Cathedral, one of the biggest in France and also an inspiration for painting for Claude Monet.

Dinner will be served in a local restaurant and you will end your day at a hotel in Rouen.


Day 3

This morning, after breakfast, you will be travelling north to the English Channel, to the beaches of Omaha and Utah, two of the five beaches used for D-day in 1944.

You will be able to spend some time at both locations and immerse yourself in where the Americans, British and Canadians arrived in order to liberate Europe. You will spend some time in the memorial museums, where are exposed former military vehicles for example, and walk along the beaches to admire the memorials.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

Around 17h, you will depart for the Mont Saint Michel at the border between Normandy and Brittany.

You will have dinner locally and spend the night in one of the hotels near the Island.


Day 4

This morning, according to the tide, you will be able to set foot on the island of Mont Saint Michel, a former abbey and prison. One of the wonders of this world, the place is truly one of a kind. You will be able to spend some time freely walking around the island, and visit the Abbey upon request.

Lunch is to be served in a local restaurant on the island or nearby according to the tide calendar.

Before the tide comes up,  you will leave the island and be on your way to the city of Tours, 3 hours south of Mont Saint Michel. A former great medieval city, Tours is now dominated by its impressive cathedral and is used as a gateway city to the Castles on the Loire.

Dinner served in a local restaurant.

Overnight in Tours


Day 5

This morning, after breakfast, you will depart for the first castle of your visit, the castle of Amboise. Located by the Loire itself, the castle was confiscated by the Monarch in the 15th century and became a place of residence for the kings of France. Today, Leonardo da Vinci is buried here in the Chapel.

After lunch in a local restaurant in Amboise, you will go visit the nearby castle of Chenonceaux. While built on a different river, the castle of Chenonceau is one of the most famous of them all because the building is directly on the river itself. Once seeing the castle from the outside, you will depart to see the final castle of the day, the castle of Blois. Located inside the city of Blois itself. The castle was used by the Counts of Blois throughout the ages and was also the location where Joan of Arc went to be blessed by the archbishop of Reims in 1429.

Dinner in a local restaurant in Tours

Overnight in Tours


Day 6

Today, you will leave Tours and go in the direction of Paris, the final destination.

On the way back, you will be stopping in Chambord to discover its incredible castle. Known to be one of the most beautiful castles on the Loire, but also the largest, the castle was built by Francis Ist in order to be the most incredible of all.

You will spend some time around the castle discovering, before having lunch in a local restaurant in Blois or in Orleans, you will then head back to Paris.

On arrival, you will have some free time to walk around Paris.

Dinner in a local restaurant

Overnight in Paris


Day 7

Today will be your last day in France, and you will be spending the morning visiting the Palace of Versailles.

Located west of Paris, the Palace is one of the true architectural marvels of the french monarchy, built under the command of Louis XIV to reflect the French splendour.

You will spend the whole morning there and have lunch in a local restaurant in Versailles.

After lunch, according to the flight schedule, you will go straight to the Airport or you will be able to spend some additional time in Paris.

If needed, you will spend one more night in Paris and leave the capital the next morning

Included

-6 nights in 3 star hotels or similar
-coach service from start to finish
-entrances to all locations in the itinerary
-Guide from start to finish on request
-All meals from start to finish on request

Not Included

- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry
and Tips
- City tax to be paid to the hotel upon check-in
- Travel insurance
- Entrance fees to museums
- Anything not specifically mentioned in
“Service includes”.

Please note that this tour will be subject to any social distancing measure taking place in this country and some modifications may apply to any activity per the requested period of travel. Please consult us for more information.

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