Paris, Monet's Normandy & Brittany
- Duration: 6 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99847
- Travel Type: Air
5 nights. June 2019 - October 2019. From £629.00.
Book by 25th April and save £50 with Promo Code: ESCAPE (NB: Offer applies to selected dates only)
Combine a visit to the glorious French capital with three days in the rolling countryside of Normandy and Brittany. Enjoy an included tour of Paris taking in its most famous monuments and buildings . You’ll also have the chance to experience Parisian daily life and culture, before journeying, via Claude Monet’s famous garden, into the verdant Pays d’Auge – where fine cheese, cidre and calvados, and some delightful medieval towns and villages add to the holiday pleasure.
What's IncludedFive nights’ carefully chosen bed and breakfast accommodation in the three-star Comfort Inn Sixteen, Montrouge, Paris and the three-star Mercure Lisieux Hotel, Lisieux
Return flights to Paris
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Holiday HighlightsSpend two nights in the glorious French capital
Enjoy a guided introduction to the City of Light
Visit artist Claude Monet’s Normandy gardens at Giverny
Enjoy three nights in Normandy’s glorious ‘cheese and cider’ city, Lisieux
Marvel at Mont St-Michel and Breton capital Rennes
See the historic D-Day beaches
Explore Medieval Bayeux - home to the famous Tapestry
Visit the picturesque Impressionists’ retreat, Honfleur and Joan of Arc’s city Rouen, both on the Upper Seine
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Paris, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel in the Parisian suburb of Montrouge. Dependent upon your time of arrival, get to know your surroundings, which include a number of bars, cafes and restaurants, or take the nearby Metro into the city. There is also the option to take the bus, which stops right outside the hotel and takes you into the heart of the city.
Day 2An exciting day awaits you, as after breakfast you board the coach to enjoy a guided tour of perhaps the world’s favourite city destination. Sit back as your tour manager brings to life the city’s iconic landmarks; including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, gleaming Sacre Coeur and the Louvre. Enjoy the bustle of the Parisian streets, the grands boulevards and the great parks, including the riverside Jardins des Tuileries. Following the tour, enjoy your own exploration, be it of the city’s historic heart, close to Notre-Dame cathedral, in village-like St-Paul, the aristocratic Marais or artists’ haven Montmartre. Perhaps you’ll take a trip up the Eiffel Tower or a cruise on the Seine, stroll the Champs-Elysees or simply tarry a while in a pavement cafe. Let the city, its transport system, or simply your walking shoes, arrange your time for you, before you return to the hotel at the end of a marvellous day.
Day 3Leave the French capital, and board the coach to journey into the beautiful Normandy countryside, to visit Giverny, home for over 40 years to Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Inspiration for many of his great works, the artist’s house has been lovingly restored, and now contains reproductions of his work. In the gardens, replanted to Monet’s design, you will find his studio and the lily pond, subject of many of his paintings. Continue on to your second holiday base, in the cathedral city of Lisieux, the capital of the cheese- and cider-producing Pays d’Auge region.Set in lush, rolling, orchard-dotted hills, Lisieux lies in the shadow of the vast Basilica of Saint Therese, and is centred around its more restrained cathedral. A perfect base from which to explore, Lisieux boasts a host of traditional cafes and restaurants serving Pays d’Auge specialities. Dine in the town or in the hotel’s poolside restaurant at your leisure.
Day 4An included tour today sees you journey across the countryside, to one of France’s most beautiful and iconic sites –UNESCO-listed Mont-Saint-Michel. Connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, the small, inhabited island is dominated by its magnificent Benedictine abbey, which draws visitors from across the globe. Reach the top of the winding hill, lined with half-timbered houses, to discover spectacular views across the bay. Continue on into neighbouring Brittany, to spend the afternoon exploring the region’s elegant capital Rennes. Almost wholly destroyed by fire in 1720, the city was rebuilt to rival Paris in terms of grandeur. Explore its splendid neo-classical buildings and great squares, set against Medieval streets of the Les Lices area that survived the flames. After a wonderful day, you’ll return to Lisieux for the evening.
Day FivToday you’ll pay a visit to Normandy’s coast, forever associated with 1944’s D-Day landings – the Allied invasion of Europe that changed the course of the Second World War and the tide of history. See the remains of the man-made Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches, preserved German defences overlooking the Omaha Beach, and pay a visit to exquisite Medieval Bayeux, where the famous tapestry depicts an earlier invasion, of England, in 1066. Return to Lisieux after another hugely enjoyable day full of fascination and interest.
Day 6Say goodbye to your Lisieux hosts, today, and begin your journey home, adding two more Norman gems on the way. First, you’ll make a short visit to the delightful fishing port of Honfleur, with its ancient harbour surrounded by step-gabled houses and colourful cafes. You’ll then follow the meandering course of the Seine upstream to Rouen. Here you’ll have the chance to explore this lovingly restored medieval city, with its historic Place du Vieux-Marche (where Joan of Arc was martyred) its famous one-handed mechanical clock and its Gothic cathedral. Why not bring your wonderful French holiday to a close with a last lunch here before transferring to the airport to check in for your evening flight home? Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes upon arrival and 2 hours 30 minutes on return.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
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Terms and conditionsThis offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays and river cruise only made between 14th March and 25th April 2019 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (ESCAPE) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The discount applies to your final holiday price at the time of booking (excluding holiday insurance if selected). The exact discount will vary depending on the holiday booked. This offer excludes all ocean cruises and holidays to the UK (including the Isle of Man and Jersey), cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top