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La Belle France: Small Group Tour Paris to Paris

Duration
11 Days
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US$ 3,447

Explore the intriguing provinces of Normandy and Brittany while enjoying splendid medieval towns and cities, magnificent chateaux, ancient monasteries and abbeys; sample excellent wines and local cider and appreciate fine food. Also experience major highlights – Mont St. Michel, The Normandy Beaches and the Bayeux Tapestries.


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Travel from Paris to Honfleur through the Normandy countryside stopping en route first at Giverny, the former home of the impressionist painter Monet with its attractive garden and where his “Water Lilies” were painted and after, at the Abbey of St. Wandrille de Fontenelle constructed in the 7th Century. Honfleur is very well preserved picturesque port and where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

The next morning, travel along the coast visiting the sophisticated resorts of Trouville and Deauville after which head inland along the Route du Cidre. This road traverses through narrow lanes where the apples are grown to produce cider. Arrive at the village of Beuvron-en-Auge, one of the prettiest in France with its medieval houses. You will have the opportunity today to sample the local cider and Calvados, Brittany’s “brandy”. Return later to Honfleur.

The following day brings you to the iconic Normandy Beaches made famous during World War Two with the D-Day landings in 1944. The beaches to be visited include Utah, Omaha, Gold and Juno Beaches. There will also be a visit to the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur.Mer. Continue to the city of Bayeux for 2 nights’ accommodation.

The next day brings you the famous Bayeux Tapestries which depict the Norman Conquest of England. The amazing tapestry is 68 metres/220 feet in length with 58 action-packed scenes of pageantry and mayhem. Included is a depiction of the Battle of Hastings. There is also time to browse the medieval cobblestone streets of Bayeux.

The following day you enter Brittany with first, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mont St. Michel perched high on a rocky promontory reached by crossing a sandbank. On the island is a gothic styled Benedictine abbey dating back to the 11th Century. Next is a visit to the extraordinarily attractive medieval town of Dinan with its ramparts, cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Take time to wander the narrow streets complete with art galleries and craft shops. Also make sure to visit the beautiful Place des Merciers in the heart of Dinan. Overnight in Dinan.

The Loire Valley is the next stop with its fairy-tale castles and excellent food and wine. Arrive in Angers considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in France with its moated castle and other treasures. Continue to Chinon, a delightful medieval town on the Vienne River. It boasts many vineyards plus a majestic fortress. Spend 2 nights here.

Now is the time to explore the heart of the Loire Valley visiting Chateau de Villandry, a very large and imposing chateau with attractive landscaped gardens. which was built during the Renaissance period. Returning to Chinon, there will be the opportunity to sample some of the Loire Valley wines.

The following morning brings a visit to Chateau de Chenonceau, one of the most famous chateaux with its museum and exceptional gardens. Tonight you will experience a stay at a chateau, probably Chateau de la Bourdaisiere where you will not only have dinner prepared by the chateau’s chef but will help to prepare it.

Your final day is devoted to a visit to the city of Chartres, home of the renowned cathedral with its famous stained glass windows dating back to the 13th Century. Later, return to Paris.

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,447

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Day 1

Paris Airport to Paris Central Hotels

Duration1 Hour

New Hotel Roblin La Madeleine

Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique atmosphere with a subtle blend of styles inspired by famous Parisian districts. The mainreception area is now an open and inviting space that extends to a sitting room with a combination of classic and contemporary décor which includes a large fireplace.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

New Hotel Roblin La Madeleine

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    New Hotel Roblin La Madeleine



    Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique ...

    Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique atmosphere with a subtle blend of styles inspired by famous Parisian districts. The mainreception area is now an open and inviting space that extends to a sitting room with a combination of classic and contemporary décor which includes a large fireplace.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
    • Elevator
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Service
    • Newspapers
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Paris - Honfleur

Our first impressions of France will be formed in Giverny, Normandy, 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 gardens outside are brimming with flowers in every shade.

Our next stop will be the Arboretum d'Harcourt, a historic arboretum set in the grounds of the Chateau d'Harcourt. Here, we'll have plenty of time to meander through the castle, explore the gardens - and even enjoy a local produce tasting session.

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).

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Des Loges

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    Historic Honfleur is best known for its timber-framed houses and medieval charm, its gastronomy and galleries. Centrally located, Hotel des Loges is found in one of the cute cobbled streets that characterize this charming town, just a bowshot from the beautiful wooden Saint-Catherine's Church. The ...

    Historic Honfleur is best known for its timber-framed houses and medieval charm, its gastronomy and galleries. Centrally located, Hotel des Loges is found in one of the cute cobbled streets that characterize this charming town, just a bowshot from the beautiful wooden Saint-Catherine's Church. The guesthouse is composed of three 300-year-old fishermen's cottages and an additional modern wing. A few original features remain - stair banisters and the odd roof beam are preserved - but lighting and bathroom fixtures are modern. Stroll the streets, buy some art, marvel at the architecture, borrow a bicycle, and visit the D-Day beaches.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Childrens Activities
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Non-Smoking Rooms

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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 a walking tour.

Then, we'll track the Route du Cidre to Normandy, pausing to taste the fruits of the region's orchards - from cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados - making for a delicious end to our day.

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Day 4

Honfleur - Normandy Beaches - 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 D-Day landings of 1944. Afterwards, there's the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer.

And this afternoon? We'll stroll through the medieval town of Bayeux on a walking tour before moving on to Arromanches-les-Bains.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Villas d'Arromanches

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    Villas d'Arromanches



    Between Deauville and Bayeux, one and a half hour from the mythical Mont Saint-Michel, borded by the D-Day landing beaches, the charm hotel Les Villas d'Arromanches is a peaceful place to rest at the heart of a History - filled Normandy. 3 minutes from Arromanches'center, ...

    Between Deauville and Bayeux, one and a half hour from the mythical Mont Saint-Michel, borded by the D-Day landing beaches, the charm hotel Les Villas d'Arromanches is a peaceful place to rest at the heart of a History - filled Normandy. 3 minutes from Arromanches'center, you will love the calm of the seaside and the quiet of this dwelling with character from the nineteenth century, made of stone and timber, and its verdant and lush park.

    Facilities

    • Business Corner
    • Concierge
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage

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Day 5

Arromanches-les-Bains - Mont Saint Michel - Dol-de-Bretagne - Dinan

This morning, we'll drive on to the enchanting Mont Saint-Michel, crossing the tidal causeway to wander the buzzing island village and explore the abbey. Later, on the way to Dinan, we'll stop off for photos at Dol-de-Bretagne - where we'll see the famous Menhir de Champ-Dolent.

Tonight, an included dinner awaits us in a traditional Breton creperie.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Le D'Avaugour

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    Hotel Le D'Avaugour



    Discover the Hotel Le d'Avaugour in Dinan, a lovey boutique hotel in a house with all the charm of yesteryear, located in the heart of a medieval Breton city. You will feel at home here and enjoy the high standard of comfort, services and welcome. ...

    Discover the Hotel Le d'Avaugour in Dinan, a lovey boutique hotel in a house with all the charm of yesteryear, located in the heart of a medieval Breton city. You will feel at home here and enjoy the high standard of comfort, services and welcome. Why not treat yourself to a moment or relaxation in the blossoming garden, which from the top of the ramparts, offers a stunning view over the Connetable Tower. Share some quality time with your family and friends at the hotel bar or in the tearoom.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Services
    • Bicycle hire
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Luggage Storage
    • Non-Smoking Property

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Day 6

Dinan

Today is yours to spend however you wish in Dinan. Wander cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses, take a closer look at the Basilique St-Sauveur, visit the old bridge. You certainly won't be short of things to do!

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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 its history at the castle, we'll move on to Chinon - where we'll dine together at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Le Plantagenet

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    Hotel Le Plantagenet



    Enter into the atmosphere of a traditional Touraine house at Hotel Le Plantagenet, where comfort and tranquillity are all around. Discover its charm against the light of the Vienne and explore Chinon in the best conditions thanks to the hotel's great location, a stone's throw ...

    Enter into the atmosphere of a traditional Touraine house at Hotel Le Plantagenet, where comfort and tranquillity are all around. Discover its charm against the light of the Vienne and explore Chinon in the best conditions thanks to the hotel's great location, a stone's throw from the royal fortress.

    From the hotel, you'll be able to visit all the tourist and cultural places of interest on foot. In the evening, the cosy and welcoming environment awaits you for a well-deserved rest in the heart of Chinon.

    Facilities

    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Lounge Bar

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Day 8

Chinon - Chateau De Villandry - Chinon

Next stop: The Chateau de Villandry, which is famous for its impeccably manicured gardens. Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we'll enjoy a detour at a Bourgueil winery - where we'll visit the vineyard and cellars before sampling a glass or two (along with some delicious local cheeses).

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Day 9

Chinon - Chateau De Chenonceau - Maintenon

Today's chateau? Chateau de Chenonceau, where we'll take some time to stroll through the idyllic gardens and explore the fascinating museum.

Afterwards, we'll make our way to Maintenon - where we'll enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Castel Maintenon

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    Castel Maintenon



    Featuring a spa and indoor pool, Castel Maintenon offers accommodations in Maintenon. The hotel has a terrace and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms feature a seating ...

    Featuring a spa and indoor pool, Castel Maintenon offers accommodations in Maintenon. The hotel has a terrace and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar.

    Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and free toiletries. A TV with cable channels is available.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting and Event Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 10

Maintenon - Chartres - Paris

A visit to the celebrated Chartres Cathedral will make a fitting finale for our tour. It's 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, where we'll say au revoir.

Meal Plan Breakfast

New Hotel Roblin La Madeleine

Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique atmosphere with a subtle blend of styles inspired by famous Parisian districts. The mainreception area is now an open and inviting space that extends to a sitting room with a combination of classic and contemporary décor which includes a large fireplace.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

New Hotel Roblin La Madeleine

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    New Hotel Roblin La Madeleine



    Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique ...

    Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique atmosphere with a subtle blend of styles inspired by famous Parisian districts. The mainreception area is now an open and inviting space that extends to a sitting room with a combination of classic and contemporary décor which includes a large fireplace.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
    • Elevator
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Service
    • Newspapers
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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    Preferred Hotel
Day 11

Paris Central Hotels to Paris Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Aug 12, 26; Sep 2, 9, 14, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7,14
2020: Mar 26; Apr 16, 23; May 7, 14, 22, 29; Jun 4, 11, 18, 25; Jul 2, 9, 16, 23;
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27; Sep 3, 10, 17, 24; Ovt 1, 8

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 2 nights’ first class accommodation in Paris with full breakfast
  • 9 day small group tour featuring;
    • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
    • Experienced Blue-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
    • Premium mini-coach transportation
    • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 5 dinners (D)
    • Calvados tasting session in Normandy
    • Bourgueil wine tasting session paired with local cheese
    • Local produce tasting session in Normandy
    • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Monet's garden, the American Cemetery and Memorial, Mont St-Michel, Chateau d'Angers, Chateau de Villandry, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chartres Cathedral

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Itiems of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Arrival and departure transfers

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility: The tour involves walking and requires guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Trip Highlights:

  • Travel at a leisurely pace along the back roads of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire valley.
  • Taste locally produced wine, cider and calvados.
  • Relax in a street-side cafe in the picturesque harbour of Honfleur.
  • Experience a French cooking class with a renowned specialist of Renaissance and medieval cuisine.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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3 Sep 2020
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