Normandy, Brittany, Paris & the Loire Valley

Visit Normandy's poignant D-Day beaches and special hands-on exhibits, magnificent Mont-St-Michel, Monet's beloved Giverny and Chartres Cathedral. Take a private cruise on the Golfe du Morbihan; tour France's famous national riding school; see the Bayeaux and Apocalypse tapestries; dine at a private Loire Valley estate, where you'll experience a hunting hound demonstration; enjoy a Calvados tasting on a private farm; explore Musee d'Orsay and bid Paris adieu with a private farewell dinner cruise on the Seine.

Your journey through Normandy tours Brittany and the lovely Loire Valley, capped off with three nights in Paris. Visit the Normandy beaches of D-Day. Magnificent chateaux built by kings and nobles and abbeys steeped in history open their doors to Tauck guests on insider tours both informative and inspired. Your accommodations are unique, including two nights at Chateau de Rochecotte - called home in the 1700s by Prince Tallyrand and the Duchess of Dino. At Chateau de Champchevrier, owned by the same family since the 1720s, Le Baron personally welcomes Tauck guests during a private reception and dinner that includes a hunting hounds demonstration in full regalia. Formal gardens inspire awe during your visit to Chateau de Villandry, and the Apocalypse and Bayeux tapestries mesmerize at Chateau d'Angers and Chateau Josselin near the Brittany Coast. Visit Normandy's poignant D-Day beaches, magnificent Mont-St-Michel, Monet's beloved Giverny and Chartres Cathedral. In Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral entices with Gothic wonders; explore Musee d'Orsay along with Paris' landmark sites, and bid Paris adieu with a private farewell dinner cruise on the Seine.

Highlights include dinner at a chateau with a hunting hound demonstration, visit to D-Day beaches and hands-on exhibits in Normandy, Golfe du Morbihan cruise, Monet's Giverny, the Bayeaux and Apocalypse tapestries, Musee D'Orsay

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS! Explore Brittany's rugged headlands, the Normandy coast, historic D-Day beaches and Paris
  • Tauck Exclusive, Select Departures - Tours of April 21, 26; May 5; June 7, 14; July 26, 28; September 6, 22, 29 and October 11 will feature a Tauck Exclusive, after-hours visit to Musee du Louvre (visits scheduled for Day 10, 11 or 12), specially priced (see pricing and availability). See Mona Lisa smile, fall in love with Venus de Milo, meet Bernini's sleeping beauty, mingle with Monets, Michelangelos, Rembrandts and Renoirs - without crowds!
  • All Small Group Departures enjoy a 3-night stay in Paris at Le Meurice, ranked among the most elegant hotels in the world, combining exceptional 18th century opulence with contemporary chic. Embodying the perfect French palace hotel, Le Meurice is ideally situated between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre; Salvador Dali was a regular visitor, and the hotel still enjoys a close relationship with noted artists today.
  • Dinner at a private country estate in chateaux country with a hunting hound demonstration in full regalia
  • A cruise along the Golfe du Morbihan (meaning Little Sea in Breton), a channeled inlet of small islands that wax and wane with the tide
  • Guided visits to the must-see sights of Chartres Cathedral, Mont-St-Michel, Monet's home & gardens at Giverny, the Bayeux and Apocalypse tapestries and Musee d'Orsay
  • Guided walking tours along the cobbled streets of the ancient French towns of Chartres, Rouen, Rochefort-en-Terre, Mont-St-Michel, Vannes & Saint-Malo
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 24 meals (12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners); service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

  • Call (866) 547-5362 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14260525

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 3/31/2019
    Duration
    13 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1VersaillesArrive Paris and on to Versailles

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Trianon Palace Versailles. A transfer is included from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to the Trianon Palace Versailles, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, less than a mile from Chateau de Versailles; explore it on an included independent visit today. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.

    Lodging: Trianon Palace Versailles - A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

    Meals: D
    Day 2LangeaisAncient Chartres to Langeais & an evening at a chateau

    Travel from Versailles to Chartres. Watch a demonstration of the time-honored art of creating stained glass at the International Stained-Glass Centre, then see some of the world's greatest examples of the art - more than 27,000 square feet of it, created by artisans of the 12th and 13th centuries - inside Chartres' famous Gothic cathedral, among the most impressive in all of Europe. After touring the town of Chartres, continue on to Langeais in chateaux country, where you'll spend the next two nights at Chateau de Rochecotte, once the private estate of diplomat Prince Tallyrand and the Duchess of Dino. Tonight, enjoy an immersive Loire Valley experience at Chateau de Champchevrier, a private country estate, where you'll meet the Baron and his family, enjoy a reception and dinner, and witness a hunting hound demonstration in full regalia.

    Lodging: Chateau de Rochecotte

    Meals: B, D
    Day 3LangeaisThe Loire Valley's chateaux country

    The chateaux, gardens, towns and unique culture of the Loire Valley are all yours to explore today. For starters, check out Chateau de Langeais, overlooking the Loire River, with your local guide for a taste of the royal life of centuries past; the marriage of King Charles VIII of France took place here in 1491. This afternoon, pay a private visit to the vineyards of Le Moulin Bleu, in Bourgueil on the Loire's north bank, for lunch and a wine tasting. Explore Chateau de Villandry and its formal gardens, before returning to your hotel for dinner.

    Lodging: Chateau de Rochecotte

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4Port du CrouestyA medieval wonder in Angers & seaside Port du Crouesty

    In Angers, the Loire Valley's center for the wine trade, your guided visit to the 17-towered Chateau d'Angers affords a view of the renowned 14th-century Apocalypse Tapestry, the longest medieval tapestry in the world. Continue across the countryside to Port du Crouesty on the Atlantic coast for a two-night stay at SAS Miramar Crouesty, a waterfront spa resort.

    Lodging: SAS Miramar Crouesty

    Meals: B, D
    Day 5Rochefort-en-TerreThe Golfe du Morbihan & Rochefort-en-Terre

    Your day begins with a sightseeing cruise along the island-dotted Golfe du Morbihan, and continues with a visit to the flower-filled town of Rochefort-en-Terre. Ablaze with red and pink geraniums from spring to fall thanks to a tradition established a century ago by Franco-American painter Alfred Klotts, the village is considered one of France's premier floral towns today.

    Lodging: SAS Miramar Crouesty

    Meals: B, L
    Day 6St-MaloFrom Vannes to Josselin and on to St-Malo

    Take a walking tour of Vannes' ancient walled core; view its Gothic Cathedral, built over a span of 700 years, and stroll through the colorful Promenade de la Garenne. Visit Josselin, dominated by imposing Chateau Josselin, residence of the aristocratic Rohan family; learn about the castle's turbulent history on a guided tour, and explore the Doll Museum's collection of rare dolls from the 17th century to today. Drive to St-Malo for a two-night stay on the Channel coast.

    Lodging: Le Grand Hotel des Thermes

    Meals: B, D
    Day 7Mont-St-MichelA visit to Mont-St-Michel and a walking tour of medieval St-Malo

    This morning you'll visit world-famous Mont-St-Michel, a thousand-year-old mountaintop abbey perched on an island off the coast; be prepared for a bit of walking during your exploration of one of Europe's truly unique places. Set dramatically by the sea, St-Malo was once notorious as the base of French corsairs. Join your Tauck Director for a guided walking tour of its walled medieval center, La Ville Intra-Muros.

    Lodging: Le Grand Hotel des Thermes

    Meals: B
    Day 8CaenTapestries in Bayeux, a visit to Caen and seaside Deauville

    Head across the countryside to the Normandy coast; see the celebrated Bayeux Tapestry. A scenic drive through the area along the Yellow Roads brings you to Le Memorial de Caen, commemorating the sacrifices of World War II and the battle for Caen, and featuring a Peace Museum and memorial gardens, for a visit and lunch. Arrive at your Belle epoque-era beachfront resort in seaside Deauville for two nights. Dine ? la carte at your hotel tonight.

    Lodging: Royal Barri?re

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9DeauvilleThe beaches of D-Day in Normandy

    On June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed at invasion beaches along the Normandy coast with code names forever etched in memory - Utah, Gold, Juno, Sword, Omaha. Today, Tauck's local expert introduces you to the events of what the world has come to know as D-Day. Your memorable visit includes a look at a private World War II memorabilia collection and an interactive, hands-on exhibit; and guided visits to Pointe du Hoc, the 100-ft. cliff taken by the 2nd Ranger Battalion on D-Day... the now-quiet Omaha Beach, where American assault units took heavy casualties in establishing a beachhead... and the poignant American Military Cemetery, final resting place of thousands of U.S. troops.

    Lodging: Royal Barri?re

    Meals: B, L
    Day 10RouenSpend the morning in Medieval Rouen, experience Monet's Giverny & arrive Paris

    Travel to ancient Rouen for a locally guided tour of this historic cathedral town; stop at the modern Church of Ste. Joan of Arc, dedicated to the French heroine burned at the stake in this city in 1431. Continuing along the River Seine, visit the home and gardens of painter Claude Monet at Giverny, depicted in some of his most celebrated works, before arriving in Paris.

    Lodging: Sofitel Paris le Fauborg or Le Meurice

    Meals: B, D
    Day 11ParisGuided city sightseeing, then Paris as you please...

    An orientation tour of the legendary French capital - and one of the world's most romantic cities - views landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, honoring those who have fought for France, standing at the western end of one of the world's best-known boulevards, the Champs-elysees; the Eiffel Tower, among the most recognized and visited monuments on Earth; and the equally iconic Cathedral of Notre Dame, with a visit inside this Gothic wonder. During your tour, you may want to pick your favorite spot from which to start exploring remarkable Paris as you please for the rest of the day.

    Lodging: Sofitel Paris le Fauborg or Le Meurice

    Meals: B
    Day 12ParisThe Musee d'Orsay and a farewell dinner & cruise in Paris

    Your local guide leads you on a tour of the newly renovated Musee d'Orsay, displaying an extensive collection of 19th-century French Im-pres-sion-ist paintings, sculptures and art objects in the restored Gare d'Orsay, a former railway station originally built for the Paris Exhibition of 1900 (subject to closure). Your final afternoon in Paris is free to explore as you wish. Exchange memories with your new friends this evening at our private farewell dinner and cruise on the River Seine, bidding Paris adieu as this amazing two-week trip draws to a close.

    Lodging: Sofitel Paris le Fauborg or Le Meurice

    Meals: B, D
    Day 13ParisJourney home

    Tour ends: Paris. A transfer is included from Le Meurice to Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports or Paris' Gare de Lyon, Charles de Gaulle-Station or Gare du Nord train stations. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    05/12/2019$7,590.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    06/07/2019$9,290.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    06/21/2019$7,590.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    07/26/2019$8,790.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
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    08/23/2019$7,390.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    08/30/2019$8,790.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    09/01/2019$7,590.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    09/08/2019$7,590.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    09/15/2019$7,590.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    09/27/2019$8,790.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
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    10/06/2019$7,590.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    10/11/2019$9,290.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
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    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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