Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley

Including the Historic Province of Brittany

  • Date

    September 27-October 5, 2019 | Fri / Sat – 9 Days

  • Location

    Paris | Rouen | Honfleur | Port-en-Bessen | Bayeux | Normandy Beaches | Saint-Malo | Montbazon

Overview

History buffs and wine lovers alike can steal away for an encompassing journey to north-central France. Fly nonstop from Indianapolis to Paris — your gateway to explore the history of Normandy and Brittany, the stunning Emerald Coast and the elegant charm of the Loire Valley. From ancient times to WWII, discover monuments and museums, abbeys and chateaux, French wine and cuisine, and the poignant beaches and museums of Normandy. Walk along the Omaha and Utah beaches where many brave soldiers once landed, visit Point du Hoc, the D-Day Museum, the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent, and Arromanches Landing Museum.

See the Rouen Cathedral, a subject of paintings by Claude Monet, and the Bayeux Tapestry that depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Overnight in a chateau, tour the hilltop abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, taste wine with a local vintner, visit Chateau d’Usse — the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty and meander through the magnificent gardens of Chateau de Villandry. See the iconic Eiffel Tower, stroll along the banks of the Seine or shop the famous Champs-Elysees. If the allure of France is hard to resist, just give in!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Guided tours in Paris, Rouen, Honfleur and Saint-Malo
  • Full day touring Normandy beaches
  • D-Day Museum visit in Arromanches
  • Point du Hoc Ranger Monument
  • Visit the remarkable Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Exclusive wine tasting in Saumur
  • Spend two nights at a chateau in the Loire Valley
  • Visit fairy-tale Chateau d’Usse
  • Nonstop flights between Indianapolis and Paris

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip nonstop commercial air from Indianapolis to Paris, France
  • Escorted
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, and climbing multiple stairs is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Fri, Sep 27: Depart on a nonstop overnight flight from Indianapolis to Paris, France.

Sat, Sep 28: Arrive in Paris and enjoy a narrated tour of the city before checking in to the hotel. Enjoy free time to explore the sights and streets of the City of Light! A Welcome Dinner is included this evening at a nearby local restaurant. (Meal: Dinner)

Sun, Sep 29: Travel to Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy located on the River Seine. See the Gothic Rouen Cathedral, famously depicted in the paintings of Claude Monet, and a superb modern church commemorating the burning of Joan of Arc here in 1431. Continue into the rich dairy lands of Normandy and stop in the charming port city of Honfleur, which has somehow escaped the ravages of time. The day culminates in the small fishing village of Port-en-Bessen to spend the next two nights. Located between Omaha and Gold Beaches, it was the site of Operation Aubrey from June 7-8, 1944 during the Normandy Landing. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (B,L)

Mon, Sep 30: There are poignant reminders of World War II as you explore the Normandy region today. Start with the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc; a German Gun Battery overlooking Utah and Omaha Beaches. Continue to the D-Day Museum to pay a solemn visit to the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent. Next, stop in Arromanches to see remnants of the Mulberry Harbors and artificial port that was crucial to the landings. Visit the Landing Museum before ending the day with a relaxing group dinner back in Port-en-Bessen. (B,D)

Tue, Oct, 1: Transfer to Bayeux to see the museum that houses the Bayeux Tapestry, an important historical “document” that depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Then, enter the historical province of Brittany and visit the magical and gravity-defying Benedictine Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. The hilltop abbey island sits in the bay where Normandy and Brittany meet, and the small medieval town huddles behind an outer ring of walled defenses — its one street containing shops, cafes and hotels. Continue along the Brittany coast to the historic walled port city of Saint-Malo (infamous for privateering). Enjoy a guided tour and walk through the old town to see noteworthy sights. At your leisure, wander the streets and ramparts, and admire the fantastic views of the town and bay. By night, the town’s medieval maze of winding streets is abuzz with charming restaurants and bars. (B)

Wed, Oct 2: Journey south through the Loire Valley, passing the moated Angers Castle along the way. Stop in Saumur for a tasting of regional wines with a local vintner. Visit the fairy-tale Chateau d’Usse, the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty, before continuing to Montbazon where you can relax like royalty in the gorgeous surroundings of your chateau hotel. (B)

Thu, Oct 3: Tour the Chateau de Villandry, known as the Jewel of the Loire. Delight in the magnificent ornamental gardens as well as water gardens, and kitchen gardens — a stunning sea of fragrant herbs. Return to your own superb chateau for relaxation and free time before a special dinner with sparkling wine and delicious seasonal dishes. (B,D)

Fri, Oct 4: Travel through the vast wheat fields of La Beauce, where the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres looms large on the horizon. Admire the beautiful Gothic stained-glass windows and well-preserved architecture. Return to Paris, and enjoy an afternoon of free time for sightseeing on your own. Choose to visit one of many museums, take a scenic walk along the banks of the Seine, or shop along the Champs-Elysees and Avenue Montaigne where you’ll find luxury shops such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Givenchy just to name a few. This evening, rejoin the group for a special Farewell Dinner overlooking the city. (B,L,D)

Sat, Oct 5: After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your nonstop flight back to Indianapolis. (B)

Hotels

Novotel Tour Eiffel, Paris

Novotel Tour Eiffel, Paris.

Located in the heart of Paris, and just a short stroll along the banks of the Seine to the Eiffel Tower. The newly revived Beaugrenelle district and shopping center right by the hotel boasts the best bakeries, restaurants and shops. Highlights: 100% non-smoking hotel • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • in-room mini-refrigerator • in-room safe • restaurant • room service • fitness center • indoor pool.

Mercure Omaha Beach, Port-en-Bessin.

Nestled the heart of Normandy near the D-Day beaches and the Omaha Beach 36-hole golf course. Highlights: complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • bar/lounge • restaurant • room service • gardens • pool • fitness center • sauna.

Oceania St. Malo, St. Malo

Oceania St. Malo, St. Malo. 

A trendy, chic, hotel facing the sea in a soothing atmosphere with beach access just a three-minute walk from hotel front door.  Highlights: non-smoking rooms • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • in-room safe • outdoor jacuzzi • fitness room.

Chateau d’Artigny, Montbazon.

Built by the famous perfumer, Coty, the Chateau d’Artigny dominates the valley of the Indre, and is located in the heart of a manicured sixty-acre park containing a French garden, marble statues, and woodwork. Highlights: non-smoking rooms • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • mini-bar • spa • heated pool • jacuzzi • tennis court • restaurant • room service.

Pricing

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $4,199
  • Single – $4,769
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $2,849
  • Single – $3,409

Documents Required: Valid Passport

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