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Trafalgar The Treasures of France including Normandy Summer 2018 (FTOF)

8 Days starts and ends in Paris Print
Tour Style: Country Explorer
Europe & Britain First Class 2018
Visits: Paris, Bayeux, Omaha Beach, Mont St Michel, Loire Valley, Blois, France

Explore centuries of French heritage as you cross the valleys and vineyards of the north in search of beauty and to mourn the tragedy of war. Visit Joan of Arc's Rouen, the D-Day landing beach at Omaha and marvel at the architecture and masterpieces of France's most famous fairy-tale châteaux before visiting vibrant Paris and soaking up its joie de vivre.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Paris, Bayeux and Loire Valley
  • View the Champs Élysées and Arc d'Triomphe in Paris
  • Visit the town of Rouen, the picturesque port of Honfleur, Bayeux Tapestry, the historic Normandy D-Day landing beach of Omaha, the monastery of Mont St. Michel, Amboise and Chenonceau châteaux and Chambord Château

Dining Highlights

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Trafalgar Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Arrive Paris
Bienvenue! The City of Light welcomes you as you prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey experiencing the treasures of France. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to admire the glittering cityscape of Paris - past grand boulevards, charming lanes and iconic sites like the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Welcome Reception
Day: 2 Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Bayeux (2 nights)
This morning, we depart Paris and venture to the city of Rouen, the tragic site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. We travel to the enchanting harbour town of Honfleur - its cobblestone lanes and colourful shopfronts have long attracted artists who have immortalised its charm on canvas. Arriving in Bayeux, we visit the fascinating Tapestry Museum and see the Bayeux Tapestry depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This evening we dine at our hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day: 3 Full day Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach and Juno Beach
Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives on the D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha and Juno and imagine the sense of terror and triumph that was felt the fateful day the Allied forces set foot on mainland Europe to win back its freedom. We stop for lunch in the seaside setting of Arromanches, once at the heart of the Normandy landings, before visiting the poignant D-Day Museum and the bunkers and Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc.Buffet Breakfast
Day: 4 Bayeux – Mont St. Michel
This morning travel to the fortified island town of Mont St. Michel. Join a Local Specialist for a fascinating tour of Mont St. Michel's medieval Benedictine Abbey which legend has it was built after the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches inspiring him to build a church atop the island that juts into the English Channel. Consider an Optional Experience to the historic walled port city of Saint Malo, once the home of famous French explorer, Jacques Cartier. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day: 5 Mont St. Michel – Loire Valley (2 nights)
Meander through the scenic countryside, stopping for a memorable Be My Guest experience including wine tasting and a light meal, at a picturesque 17th century château set within beautiful gardens. We journey to the Loire Valley where we will spend the next two nights.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day: 6 Châteaux Excursion
We spend our day admiring the beautiful chateaux of the Loire Valley and join a Local Specialist for a visit to the exquisite Amboise Royal Château, where King François I hosted Leonard da Vinci, whose tomb now lies in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. We continue with a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairy-tale château built on the River Cher. Its beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture - reflected in the waters of the river - is complemented by magnificent landscaped gardens. The Château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, as a number of women influenced its construction and development. Today it contains priceless collections including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto.Buffet Breakfast
Day: 7 Loire Valley - Chambord - Paris
Our first stop today is the royal Château de Chambord of King François I, regarded as one of the world's most remarkable châteaux with its exquisite Italian Renaissance architecture and decorative moat. We journey back to Paris this afternoon and spend the rest of our day in the City of Light with free time to take in some of the sights. Celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends this evening at a Farewell Dinner with local wines at a Parisian bistro.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day: 8 Depart Paris
For now it's time to say a sad au revoir to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a memorable trip. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast

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