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Journeys: Paris & Normandy Highlights

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 Trip Length
8 Days
 Trip Starts
Paris
 Trip Finishes
Paris
8 Day Journeys: Paris & Normandy Highlights Itinerary (G Adventures)
Countries Explored: France
Trip Style
National Geographic Journeys
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Max. Group Size
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Fully Guided
Trip Code
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Overview

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on G Adventures 8 Day Journeys: Paris & Normandy Highlights. Connect with the rich history and culture of France, journeying from evocative gardens at Giverny to hallowed battlegrounds in Normandy. Marvel at the medieval cities of Bayeux and Rouen, touch World War II uniforms and other D-Day relics, and discover the gravity-defying monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cap off your adventure exploring the sights and sounds of Paris—and toasting the captivating capital with fine French wine and...read more cheese.

Itinerary

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. We recommended arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city. The "City of Lights" is unlike any other place on earth. Known for its glorious monuments, museums, and markets, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Montmartre to the Marais, Paris has something for everyone. Discover for yourself Paris’ “je ne sais quoi.” Stay: Hotel Relais Monceau

Depart Paris for Upper Normandy and the quaint village of Giverny. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. Monet felt that his flower and water gardens here were his greatest works of art and to this day, they are meticulously maintained. These served as inspiration for his celebrated water-lily series and have been named by National Geographic as one of the "10 most magnificent gardens in the world." Honfleur sits on the estuary where the River Seine meets the English Channel and is considered one of the prettiest port towns in France. Its quaint harbour and historic buildings have always been a draw for artists, including Monet. Stay: Churchill Hotel Bayeux (B/D)

Take in scenes of the D-Day landing which had a pivotal role in the history of the world. Visit the moving memorials and beaches and learn about the impact this event had on the direction of the Second World War. The Battle of Normandy Historical Area is considered an open-air museum and includes all the sites, museums and memorials associated with D-Day and the invasion. Old army bunkers and war relics still exist along the five beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, while museums and memorials throughout the region stand as forceful reminders of this decisive period of WWII. Nearly 30 cemeteries (including American, British, Canadian, French, German and Polish) hold the remains of almost 100,000 young soldiers who never returned from their service in Normandy. Today these memorials offer quiet space for personal reflection for every visitor, young or old, regardless of nationality. Stay: Churchill Hotel Bayeux (B)

Go on an excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel, an island commune off the coast of Normandy. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the medieval fortress dates to the 6th century and is considered one of Europe’s most stunning and imposing sites. Get your bearings on an CEO led orientation walk and then explore on your own. Opt to visit the abbey, monastery, or museums, or simply wander the winding lanes and cobblestone streets. Stay: Churchill Hotel Bayeux (B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Bayeux and its medieval centre. Amble along its quaint streets, taking in the local scene at shops and cafés. Then opt to visit the 11th-century Cathedral of Bayeux, a Norman-Romanesque architectural gem, and see the famed Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy. Stay: Churchill Hotel Bayeux (B)

Rouen was an important city in the Roman era and Middle Ages, showcased by its historical (and beautiful) centre of Gothic churches and medieval half-timbered houses. it is most notable as the place where Joan of Arc was tried for heresy. Stay: Hotel Relais Monceau (B)

Later this afternoon and evening, you are free to explore on your own to discover the “je ne sais quoi” of this stunning city. Opt to visit the Eiffel Tower, explore the city's outstanding museums and churches, float down the River Seine on a cruise, or simply people-watch. Stay: Hotel Relais Monceau (B/L)

Depart at any time. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Delve into history and culture in France’s Norman villages.
  • Explore D-Day and WWII military sites with an expert.
  • Stroll through Claude Monet’s garden.

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: D-Day Historical Experience, Bayeux
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: French Wine and Cheese Pairing Lunch, Paris
  • Visit of Monet Gardens
  • Excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Paris orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

  • Hotels (7 Nights)
  • On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations.
  • Note that most accommodation in Europe does not have air conditioning units in rooms. Air conditioning is not routinely installed in European homes and workplaces. However, nearly all hotels will provide a standing or desk fan for your room on hot nights. If you do not already have one in your room, please ask your CEO to organize one for you with reception.

  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

  • Private vehicle, antique WWII vehicle, walking

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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Excellent tour exploring Normandy   0 , NSW, Australia, May 2024
Fantastic tour guide, great hotel 4 nights in Bayeux, good amount of time visiting each town. Highlight was Mont St Michel! Very professional driver too. Would recommend this tour.
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