Paris, Normandy & the Loire - 8 days

Beautiful scenery combined with famous landmarks and fascinating history sum up this tour.
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Price:
R29 120
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DETAILS
Ex JNBR29 240
Ex CPT
R29 120
Ex DUR
R29 120
Package ValiditySet departure date: 19 APR 2018. ** Book & pay by 28 FEB 2018 & save R863 per person - discount already included in price.
Duration8 days
DestinationFrance
Starts inParis
Ends inParis

Description

- Return flights to Paris
- Pre-payable airport/security taxes
- 7 nights accommodation
- Breakfast daily & 2 dinners 
- Touring by by air-conditioned coach 
- Visits: Paris, Deuaville, Normandy & Loire Valley 

Day 1

Arrive in Paris, France 

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Day 2

Paris

One full day to explore the city that's known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. In the included sightseeing with a local expert are many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. Optional excursions are also available. (B)

Day 3

Paris - Giverny - Rouen - Honfleur - Deauville 

Start the day with a visit to Giverny, home of painter Claude Monet. The famous WATER GARDEN at Giverny was the inspiration behind some of Monet's finest work (gardens open from April to October; departures 0317 & 0324 visit D-day Museum in Arromanches instead). Continue to Rouen to visit its great CATHEDRAL. Next, enjoy a stop in lovely Honfleur situated on the Seine estuary, and then continue to the seaside resort of Deauville. (B,D)

Day 4

Deauville - Normandy landing beaches - Bayeux 0- Mont St Michel 

Visit the legendary beaches of Normandy, where Allied troops landed more than 70 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. On to Bayeux, famed for its lace-making and the world-renowned BAYEUX TAPESTRY depicting the story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex, the men who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066 to conquer England. Then, discover spectacular Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway. (B)

Day 5

Mont St. Michel - St Malo - Rennes - Loire Valley  

Drive along the Brittany coast to the fortified seaside resort of St. Malo to admire its CATHEDRAL and ancient walls. Later, visit Rennes with its traditional, colourful, timber-framed houses, then reach the enchanting Chateaux Country. (B)

Day 6

Chateaux Country 

A whole day at leisure or to take advantage of a fascinating optional excursion and visit the Chateau of Chenonceau, now privately owned and the most visited castle of the Loire Valley, and Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. (B,D)

day 7

Chateaux Country - Blois - Charttres - Paris  

Visit picturesque Blois with its renaissance castle, once occupied by Louis XII. Later, another highlight is the visit of Chartres, home of the famous gothic cathedral. Reach Paris to enjoy an optional evening excursion. (B)

Day 8

Paris 

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)