Normandy, Brittany, Paris & the Loire Valley

Visit the poignant beaches of D-Day, discover the rugged Brittany Coast, dine at an elegant estate in chateaux country, and spend three memorable nights in Paris on one of our most comprehensive journeys in France.

A chateau, a 1,000-year-old village and the magic of Paris... inexorably entwined like the woven threads of medieval tapestries... your travels in northern France honor timeless traditions, share stories of valor and courage, and celebrate landscapes so beautiful they are immortalized by artists and poets... 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.

A chateau, a 1,000-year-old village and the magic of Paris... inexorably entwined like the woven threads of medieval tapestries... your travels in northern France honor timeless traditions, share stories of valor and courage, and celebrate landscapes so beautiful they are immortalized by artists and poets... 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.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS - Explore Brittany's rugged headlands, the Normandy coast, historic D-Day beaches and Paris
  • Select 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 waxes and wanes with the tide

  • Call 866-547-5362 for more information or to book today! Mention code 16589620

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2022
    Duration
    13 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1VersaillesArrive Paris / Versailles

    Tour begins: 2:30 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. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.



    Lodging: Trianon Palace Versailles - A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

    Meals: D
    Day 2Coteaux-sur-LoireChartres to Chateaux

    Begin the day traveling from Versailles to Chartres. 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' 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 3Coteaux-sur-LoireThe Loire Valley & Chateaux Country

    For centuries, royalty and nobility built their magnificent chateaux in the Loire Valley, which also attracted poets, novelists and artists to find their inspiration in the lush forests and rich farmland of the Garden of France. First, enjoy a glimpse of the princely life on a guided visit to Chateau de Langeais, overlooking the Loire River; King Charles VIII of France was married here in 1491. Next up is a private visit to the vineyards of Le Moulin Bleu in Bourgueil for lunch and a wine tasting. Later, visit Chateau Villandry - reputed to have the most spectacular formal gardens in all of France - prior to returning to your Langeais chateau hotel for dinner and an evening spent as you please.



    Lodging: Chateau de Rochecotte

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4ArzonChateau d'Angers and the Seaside

    In the midst of the wine-growing area of the Loire Valley lies the 13th-century Chateau d'Angers, home to the famous Apocalypse Tapestry, the longest medieval tapestry in the world. After a visit to this 17-towered fortress to view its celebrated depiction of scenes from the Book of Revelations - of which about 329 feet of its original 459-foot length survive - continue on to Port du Crouesty to enjoy a two-night stay in the elegantly furnished and quite unusual waterfront spa resort, Miramar La Cigale - Hotel Thalasso & Spa.



    Lodging: Miramar la Cigale - Hotel Thalasso & spa

    Meals: B, D
    Day 5ArzonScenic Cruise & Rochefort-en-Terre

    As Tauck's most delightful of France and Normandy tours continues, start the day with a walking tour of Le Petit Mont, a Neolithic-era tomb that German forces used as a bunker during WWII. Take a sightseeing cruise among the islands of the scenic Golfe du Morbihan, followed by an excursion to Rochefort-en-Terre. This lovely 19th-century stone village has earned a reputation as one of France's top floral towns thanks to a century-long tradition, begun by French-American painter Alfred Klots, of blanketing the town with pink and red geraniums each spring.



    Lodging: Miramar la Cigale - Hotel Thalasso & Spa

    Meals: B, L
    Day 6Saint-MaloFrom Vannes to Josselin & St-Malo

    Brittany's medieval history reveals itself as you take a walking tour, view the Cathedral and meander along the Promenade de la Garenne in Vannes. Visit the ancient town of Josselin and explore its castle, Chateau Josselin, one of the oldest chateaux in western France and the residence of the aristocratic Rohan family. Your guided tour reveals the castle's turbulent history and includes a collection of rare dolls in its Doll Museum. Wind your way through idyllic Breton villages to St-Malo, where you'll spend the next two nights on the English Channel coast at Le Grand Hotel Dinard.



    Lodging: Le Grand Hotel Dinard

    Meals: B, D
    Day 7Saint-MaloMont-St-Michel & Medieval St-Malo

    Considered to be one of Western civilization's premiere achievements, the impressive Abbey of Mont-St-Michel was once totally unreachable at high tide. Check out the range of architectural styles it embodies - with lots of walking up and down hills - on this morning's visit. Once the infamous base for French corsairs, the medieval port town of St-Malo, set dramatically overlooking the sea, offers much to discover on a guided walking tour of its atmospheric walled center, La Ville Intra-Muros, with your Tauck Director. Or you may spend the rest of the day exploring as you wish.



    Lodging: Le Grand Hotel Dinard

    Meals: B
    Day 8DeauvilleCenturies of History in Normandy

    Set out from St-Malo across the countryside on this most satisfying of Normandy tours to the coast, and view the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Your scenic drive along the Yellow Roads includes a stop and lunch at Le Memorial de Caen, commemorating the sacrifices of World War II and the battle for Caen, and featuring a Peace Museum and memorial gardens. Arrive in the seaside resort of Deauville and your accommodation for the next two nights, the epitome of Belle Epoque elegance. Dine a la carte at your hotel tonight.



    Lodging: Hotel Le Normandy Barriere Deauville

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9DeauvillePoignant Memories of D-Day

    A poignant moment on your journey is a visit to the beaches on which Allied forces landed on June 6, 1944 - known forever after as D-Day - to begin the World War II liberation of Europe and the long march to Berlin. Your memorable visit includes an introduction to the momentous events of D-Day by Tauck's local expert; a look at a private World War II memorabilia collection and a 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. Your explorations at these sites connected to the longest day make for a day you'll never forget.



    Lodging: Hotel Le Normandy Barriere Deauville

    Meals: B, L
    Day 10ParisMonet's Giverny & on to Paris

    Depart Deauville and continue along the River Seine to Giverny to tour the celebrated home and oft-painted gardens of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Monet (who moved to Giverny at the tail end of the 19th century) painted some of his most recognizable work at his home here, including a series of paintings focused on his beloved water lillies. Your final destination today is legendary Paris. Select small group departures (see dates and prices under Pricing & Availability) will stay at legendary Le Meurice; all other departures stay at Le Scribe Paris Opera.



    Lodging: Le Scribe Paris Opera

    Meals: B, D
    Day 11ParisParisian Pleasures

    Begin the day with a morning city sightseeing coach tour of Paris where you'll view famous Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the glamorous Champs-Elysees and iconic Cathedral of Notre Dame. The remainder of the day and evening is free for you to explore Paris as you please; if you wish, you may join us for an optional walking tour in the afternoon.



    Lodging: Le Scribe Paris Opera

    Meals: B
    Day 12ParisImpressionist Art at Musee d'Orsay

    Immerse yourself in the soft beauty of the works of the Impressionists during a locally guided visit to the famous (and newly renovated) Musee d'Orsay, whose great collection of 19th-century French Im-pres-sion-ist paintings, sculptures and art objects is displayed in the restored Gare d'Orsay, a former railway station built for the Paris Exhibition of 1900 (subject to closure). Exchange memories with your new friends this evening at our private farewell dinner with stunning panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower and the city skyline, bidding Paris adieu as your most fascinating of France and Normandy tours draws to a close.



    Lodging: Le Scribe Paris Opera

    Meals: B, D
    Day 13ParisJourney home

    Tour ends: Paris. A transfer is included from Le Meurice and Sofitel Paris le Fauborg 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
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      Visit the poignant beaches of D-Day, discover the rugged Brittany Coast, dine at an elegant estate in chateaux country, and spend three memorable nights in Paris on one of our most comprehensive journeys in France.

     
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