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The Treasures of France 2014

  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Criss-crossing the north, this trip fuses fairytale châteaux and vineyards in the rich Loire Valley with the chicness of Paris and the poignancy of standing on Omaha Beach in Normandy. It's Insider moments like…. seeing the sights of Paris with a Local Expert before visiting Honfleur, a pretty port immortalised by Monet. Picturing the royalty that once graced the turreted châteaux of the Loire Valley, and stopping at Chenonceau – our Local Expert shows you the fairytale castle's contoured gardens and elegant architecture, and its arched feet straddling the River Cher. And being welcomed into Château de l'Aulée by the Henrion family, who have lived here for five generations, to sample wine and local delicacies.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE PARIS

    Welcome to France! Relax and unwind after your journey or take some time to explore the City of Light. Tonight, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Later enjoy an orientation drive which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Mövenpick Neuilly

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  • Day 2

    PARIS – ROUEN – HONFLEUR – BAYEUX

    This morning visit Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Visit Honfleur, a picturesque port immortalised by many artists. Later in Bayeux visit the Tapestry Museum and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Novotel Bayeux

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  • Day 3

    BAYEUX – D-DAY LANDING BEACHES (OMAHA) – MONT ST. MICHEL

    Your Travel Director provides excellent historical commentary during your visit to the D-Day landing beach at Omaha and military cemetery. Stop for lunch in Arromanches, a town at the heart of the Normandy landings. You might like to finish your day with an optional experience to the historic walled port town of Saint Malo, former home of French explorer, Jacques Cartier.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Le Relais du Roy

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  • Day 4

    MONT ST. MICHEL – LOIRE VALLEY – AMBOISE (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Benedictine Abbey at Mont St. Michel. Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches, inspiring him to build an oratory on this rocky island jutting into the English Channel. Travel through the countryside of the Loire Valley and later arrive at a castle and wine cellar for a special Be My Guest experience. Enjoy a cheese and wine tasting and meet the colourful characters of the Henrion family who live here. Arrive later at your hotel in Amboise where you dine tonight.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Novotel Amboise

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  • Day 5

    CHÂTEAUX EXCURSION

    Your Local Expert takes you on a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairy-tale château built on the River Cher. The beautiful architecture – reflected in the waters of the river – is complemented by magnificent landscaped gardens. The château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, as a number of women have greatly influenced its construction and development. Katherine Briçonnet oversaw construction in 1513, creating one of the most remarkable castles in history. Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici contributed to the splendour by commissioning a bridge to span the river from the castle and the addition of luxurious landscaping. The Château contains priceless collections including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and numerous masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto, among others. Return to Amboise to visit the château where King François I spent much of his childhood with his mother, Louise of Savoy. During the first few years of his reign the château reached the pinnacle of its glory. As a guest of the King, Leonardo da Vinci came to château Amboise in December 1515 and lived and worked in the nearby Clos Lucé, connected to the château by an underground passage. Leonardo is buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    AMBOISE – CHAMBORD – CHARTRES – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit Chambord, one of the most remarkable and recognisable châteaux in the world. Influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture, the château resembles a medieval stronghold incorporating classical Italian ornamental flourishes. The château was constructed by King François I as a royal hunting lodge, however, he didn't live to see it completed. Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage. Marvel at the architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue to the glittering capital, Paris. Tonight, consider going to see a spectacular cabaret show, for which the city is internationally renowned!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

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  • Day 7

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning’s sightseeing tour with a Local Expert will include views of the Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens. During your free time you may want to explore one of the world class museums such as the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay, or even join an optional experience to Versailles. This evening, the finale of this great trip starts with visit to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across this wonderful city. Then celebrate celebrate with your Travel Director and new found friends at a Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 8

    DEPART PARIS

    Say 'au revoir' to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a wonderful holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a lunch at the Château de l'Aulée in the Loire Valley.
  • Local Expert in Paris and the Loire Valley.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Paris and tour of the Loire Valley.
  • Orientations of Bayeux and Amboise.
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower, Amboise Chateau, Bayeux Tapestry, the town of Rouen and the picturesque port of Honfleur, the monastery of Mont St. Michel the historic D-Day beach of Omaha the chateaux of Chenonceau and Chambord as well as Chartres Cathedral.

Dining

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 3 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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