Paris, Monet's Normandy & Brittany
- Duration: 6 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99847
- Travel Type: Air
5 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £599.00.
Savour the charms of the incomparable City of Light and enjoy a taste of France’s glorious northern countryside
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 sample la vie Parisienne, 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.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend two nights in the glorious French capital
Enjoy a guided introduction to the City of Light
Visit artist Claude Monet’s exquisite 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
Five nights’ carefully chosen bed & 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 Single rooms available for a supplement
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 OneFly 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 TwoAn 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 ThreeBidding “au revoir” to the French capital, 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 FourAn 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. Expolre 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 FiveToday 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 SixWith an “adieu’ to your Lisieux hosts, begin the return journey, adding two more Norman gems to your treasure chest of memories. First, you’ll make a short visit to delightful fishing port Honfleur, with its ancient harbour surrounded by step-gabled houses and colourful cafes. You’ll then follow the course of the meandering river upstream to Rouen. Here you’ll get the chance to explore the lovingly restored medieval gem, with its poignant place du Vieux-Marche, the site of Saint Joan’s martyrdom, its famous one-handed mechanical clock and its Gothic cathedral. Perhaps enjoy a last light-lunch before transferring to the airport and your early evening return flight to the UK, at the end of a wonderful French interlude. Back to top
AccommodationParis, Normandy & Brittany Touring Hotels
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Itinerary changesPlease note that on some departure dates the itinerary is reversed. Occasionally, 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.
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.
Changes to your hotelsThis holiday is very popular, and we have limited rooms in the hotels described. If demand is high on a particular date we may accommodate you in an alternative hotel, of a similar standard, in a convenient location for the tour. Full details of your hotel will be sent with your Joining Instructions.
Currency on holidayThe local currency in Austria and Bratislava is the Euro. In Prague it is the Czech Koruna, and in Budapest it is the Hungarian Forint.
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 your hotel, or 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.
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