Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country 2020

Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This France tour is the perfect way to see the highlights of Paris plus Brittany, the Loire Valley, and the World War II landing beaches in Normandy in a short amount of time. Beautiful scenery combined with famous landmarks, charming châteaux, and fascinating history sum up this tour—with overnights in Paris, Deauville, Caen, Mont St. Michel, and the Loire Valley.World War II history comes to life as you focus on some of the locations involved in D-Day, June 6, 1944: Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, and more. Go even further back in history with a visit to the famous 8th-century Abbey of Mont St. Michel perched on a rocky isle; the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château Chambord in the Loire Valley, a huge castle with towers on all corners; and the 16th-century château of Catherine de Medici, Chenonceau, a fairytale castle complete with moat and towers. To give you a sense of the culture, Globus has also included some out-of-the-ordinary treats. Enjoy a special visit to Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, including the gardens that were created by the master himself; and a wine tasting at a wine cellar in Civray de Touraine.From the scenic beauty to the charming experiences, this French tour is sure to delight all of your senses!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE.
Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city. (D)

Day 2: PARIS.
In the morning, an optional excursion to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, is available. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Opéra, Madeleine, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit the impressive COURTYARD of Les Invalides, a complex of buildings, originally built as a home and hospital for war veterans, which houses various museums as well as the Dome Church, burial place of Napoleon. Later, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket! (B)

Day 3: PARIS–GIVERNY–ROUEN–DEAUVILLE.
In [LF] Giverny, a highlight visit has been included to CLAUDE MONET’S HOUSE AND GARDENS. The master of Impressionism created the flower- and water gardens himself, an inspiration for his famous water lily series. Continue to Rouen and admire the façade of the cathedral, which was one of Monet’s favorite subjects for his Series Paintings, where he captured how a subject was visually influenced by the ever-changing light. Twenty paintings of the cathedral existed, and many are today in Paris’ Orsay Museum. Time to stroll along the lovely cobblestoned Rue du Gros-Horloge leading to the square where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. Arrive in Deauville, the seaside resort famous for its international film festival that became home to the French high society. Don’t forget to walk the Promenade des Planches, boards in tropical wood, built in 1923 so that the elegant ladies could walk on the beach without spoiling their dresses.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 240 km (B)

Day 4: DEAUVILLE–NORMANDY BEACHES–CAEN.
Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Stop first at POINTE DU HOC, then OMAHA BEACH to visit the CEMETERY and see the Monument to the Braves. Continue onto Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches; at Juno Beach see Canada House, before taking pictures of the Pegasus Bridge. Proceed to Caen for your overnight stay.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km (B,D)

Day 5: CAEN–BAYEUX–MONT ST. MICHEL.
In Bayeux, admire QUEEN MATILDA’S TAPESTRY, depicting in extraordinary detail William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. Time to further explore the town center before continuing to the Gulf of Saint-Malo. Look forward to a guided visit of the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, with a history going back to the 8th century and spectacularly perched on a rocky isle. Overnight on the coast near Mont St. Michel.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km (B,D)

Day 6: MONT ST. MICHEL–ANGERS–LOIRE VALLEY.
Drive straight across Brittany to Angers, and take pictures of the impressive 13th-century castle. Then, continue your journey to the Loire Valley. Tonight, why not sample French cuisine at one of the area’s excellent restaurants?
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km (B)

Day 7: LOIRE VALLEY. EXCURSION TO CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY.
A wonderful day: visit two of the most important castles in the area. Start with the jewel of the French Renaissance, CHÂTEAU CHAMBORD, the largest castle in the Loire Valley, originally built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I. Next is the 16th-century château of Catherine de Medici, lovely CHENONCEAU. End this fascinating day with a [LF] WINE TASTING at the Père Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines before returning to your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi / 230 km (B,D)

Day 8: LOIRE VALLEY–PARIS.
Return to Paris, with the possibility to join optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum and to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Seine River, as a proper au revoir, Paris.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km (B)

Day 9: PARIS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Paris program cannot be excluded

Sightseeing & Activities:

PARIS
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant, orientation drive, guided sightseeing, visit the courtyard of Les Invalides

GIVERNY
[LF] Visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet

ROUEN
Walking tour, admire the façade of the cathedral

DEAUVILLE
Orientation

NORMANDY BEACHES
Visit Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and cemetery with the Monument to the Braves

BAYEUX
Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry Museum

MONT ST. MICHEL
Guided visit of the abbey

ANGERS
Take pictures of the castle

LOIRE VALLEY
Full-day guided sightseeing excursion, visit Chambord and Chenonceau Castles

CIVRAY DE TOURAINE
[LF] Wine tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellarMotorcoach.

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Paris


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$670-$930

No triple room reduction

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Paris: Le Meridien Etoile
Located just a short distance away from the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, this elegant 1025-room hotel has a captivating mid-century modern design with boutique amenities reflective of the lively surroundings. Artfully appointed accommodation includes modern technology such as complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning, luxurious bath products and the Le Méridien Signature Bed. The legendary Paris Jazz Club is the place to enjoy snacks and hand crafted cocktails with a backdrop of live music on weekends, the welcoming restaurant serves a creative international menu composed of fresh seasonal produce and there is also a 24 hour fitness center on-site.
Address:
81 Bd Gouvion St Cyr
Paris Cedex 17 , France
Deauville: Royal Barriere
This luxurious 217-room hotel nicknamed "Prince of Deauville" has reigned majestically over the Côte Fleurie for one hundred years with its crystal chandeliers and majestic windows it presents a world of seaside magic. Traditional cuisine based on refined local produce is served in the brasserie and the champagne bar perfectly combines the appearance of an English club with the splendour of French Empire in its styling. For recreation there is a fitness centre, a heated outdoor seasonal swimming pool, a spa and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.
Address:
Boulevard Comuche, BP 74400
Deauville , France
Caen: Mercure Caen Centre Port De Plaisance
Multistory Hotel located in heart of city, facing the Plaisance Port, close to the Castle.
Address:
1 Rue De Courtonne
Caen Cedex , France
Mont St. Michel: Mercure Mont St.Michel
100 modern, spacious rooms with air conditioning, wooded park, car park, bar and meeting rooms. Its restaurant, Le Pré Salé, is highly regarded and serves both local and regional specialties.
Address:
Route Du Mont St.Michel
Mont Saint Michel , France
Loire Valley: Océania L'Univers
This charming, historic 91-room hotel enjoys a central location and offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness room, jacuzzi and hammam, a bright cozy restaurant serving regional cusine and a cocktail/whiskey bar.
Address:
5 Blvd Heurteloup
Tours , France
Paris: Concorde Montparnasse
The 4-star Hotel displays a truly amazing interior design with warm and inviting colors. The high glass doors make the reception area and the O'40 Restaurant spacious and bright. On the other hand, The Wenge Bar gives the intimate feel of a private club thanks to its rich elegant colors and soft lighting.
Address:
40 Rue Com.Mouchotte
Paris 14 , France

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Questions & Answers

Question: How much time is allotted in Normandy

You'll typically spend a couple hours in Normandy, between the beaches, monuments, and cemetery.

Question: What is the total number of guests on this tour? What type of vehicle do you use?

The amount of people on tours vary. The average number of people on a Globus tour is 38 and the maximum is 44. You will be traveling on private motorcoach.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 20 reviews . Currently showing 14 reviews with comments only.
By Karan W on Jun 15, 2019

The efficiency of the tour was perfect. Our tour guide, Philippe, and bus driver, got us to very popular tourist destinations right on time, arriving as soon as sites opened so that we exited the bus and walked right into the historic sites immediately. The Paris and Loire Valley tour included a lot of great sites, but we didn't feel rushed getting from one to another. We had lovely meals in unusual locations such as in a cave, at a picturesque fishing village, and a wine tasting of excellent quality wines at less expensive costs per bottle than in the U.S.

By David F on May 25, 2019

Would have liked to have introductions of fellow travelers at the welcome dinner, as was the case in previous Globus tours. Globus seems to have changed this strategy. This was true for both legs of our back to back Globus tours.

By James H on Sep 15, 2018

The accommodations were great. The made adjustments to the schedule to make that we saw everything on the itinerary.

By Karen G on Sep 15, 2018

This trip was everything I dreamed of. I would definitely book with this company again. No complaints at all from this traveler.

By Mary K on Jul 28, 2018

Our tour guide Ricardo was the best we have ever had. Matteo was an excellent driver, always knowledgeable about traffic, safe, and helpful. The rooms were comfortable and clean. We were able to maximum our time and see as much as we could in a week. Very satisfied with our experience.

By Gene C on May 26, 2018

Working with Alex was great. She handled everything and there were no problems encountered any where during our trip. Would definitely recommend her and, in fact, we did while on the trip. One of the other people on the tour asked who we used and we told them Affordable Tours and that we loved the service and the ease of booking the trip.

By Rodney B on Sep 09, 2017

Trip details were accurate. The bus had sufficient legroom. The guide was excellent. Hotels not city centered but ok. Breakfast was ok dinner better. The opitional dinner at chateau is a most. Louvre tour is short but good...however doing it at end of tour not best time. If you extend your time in Paris there are lots of museum tours.

By Nancy P on Jul 22, 2017

We had a wonderful trip. Our first time abroad and couldn't have been better. Pick up at the airport very prompt. We also booked travel at the end back to the airport. Everything was on time and courteous .The first hotel, The Pullman, had technical difficulties on our floor and we had no TV. Their solution was to move us to another room, however this was at 8pm at night. We had informed them three times during that day and there was no feedback.

By Winston B on Sep 22, 2016

The tour director we had lacked some enthusiasm and his demeanor was standoffish. I don't believe the guide had visited many of the sites before and seemed lost often. The itinerary was executed in a way that lunch was often not before 1:30 and several times at 2pm. The cider tasting was really bad as an activity rated as a LF. The host poured the cider and then left us to it. No explanation on how, why, etc... The town it was in was really a cute village. We on the tour found it, the guide didn't say it was out the back door of the cider area.

By Elizabeth H on Sep 01, 2016

With the exception of some confusion at the end of the tour related to how members of our group who would NOT be touring the Louvre would spend a few hours of unexpected free time, the tour met - and occasionally exceeded - our expectations. More detailed information as to the expected start and end time of optional excursions would be helpful for planning purposes.

By Debra M on May 14, 2015

The tour director was good- but British. She spoke French and Italian but I personally would have preferred a French guide for a totally French tour (Paris to Paris 7 days). Historically and culturally that would have offered much more to the entire experience for me.

By William E on Sep 13, 2014

Overall a great tour aided by great weather and a great tour director. Most meals were good and accommodations were quite acceptable.

By Diane G on Sep 14, 2013

2 night stay at Chateau Breuil --half of people on tour could not stay in main bldg -this is not good because every one paid the same price and nothing was said in advance that there is not room in main chateau for all no wi-fi on bus! Tour director not always on the ball, example -could have been more helpfull about some details, did not do bus safety dvd till 3rd day!

By Alvin F on May 21, 2011

Generally, I feel this tour spent too little time on the Normandy experience. We arrived at the Normandy museum in Caen at 3:00 and departed at 5:00. It would take at least that amount of time for the exhibit without seeing the films.. At the cemetary we were left to wander on our own and were not informd about the museum. I have been informed that some of the landing sites have had some reconstruction of the German bunkers and that would have been nice to see rather than a stretch of beach with houses built on the battle site.


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