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Europe - Paris, Loire & Normandy

Description

The French wrote the book on la vie en rose and gave the world champagne and camembert, de Beauvoir and Debussy, the Tour de France and the Tour Eiffel. There's a term for their seductive lifestyle - Douce France (Sweet France) and you'll find yourself using it often.

Although the ubiquity of Levis and Le Big Mac flusters the country's cultural purists, anything from a year in Provence to a weekend in Paris will explain why half the world grows dreamy over stalking Cyrano's streets or picnicking Manet-style sur l'herbe.

Sample package

Paris, Loire & Normandy – 9 days / 7 nights

DAY 1 : CANADA – FRANCE

Flight towards Paris.


DAY 2 : PARIS

Arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport and meeting with your bus driver.

OPTION : Tour leader services.

Transfer in private motor coach to your accommodation to drop off your luggage.

END OF THE MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY – PUBLIC TRANSPORT AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

Lunch at your own charge.

Enjoy a pleasant and popular stroll down the “Champs Élysée” referred to as “world’s most beautiful avenue”, all the way to “Place de la Concorde, one of the five “Places Royales”. Dedicated to Louis the 15th, it is one of the three places in Paris where the guillotine was used from 1793 to 1795. Louis the 16th and Marie Antoinette were beheaded here.

Continue to the Arc de Triomphe (ascension at your own charge) which erection started under Napoleon the First and was finished under Louis Philippe, last King of France.

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

 Arc de triomphe


DAY 3 : PARIS

Breakfast.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

Enjoy some free time at the Champs de Mars where you can take pictures of the famous Eiffel Tower (ascension at your own charge). The tower has been built in 1889 as the centerpiece of the World’s Fair; the Eiffel Tower has come to symbolize the city. The tower is unfailingly elegant and commands an excellent view of the city.

Discover the Trocadero.

Lunch at your own charge.

Discovery of the Île de la cite. If any place could be called the heart of Paris, it would be this ship-shaped island in the river. Tour Notre Dame de Paris’ Cathedral (ascension in the towers not included), built between the 12th and 14th century, the cathedral is one of the most famous and beautiful examples of medieval architecture.

Then, take some time to discover the surroundings: City Hall, “Jardins du Luxembourg”, Panthéon, etc.

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Tour EiffelNotre-Dame-de-Paris


DAY 4 : PARIS – LOIRE VALLEY – TOURS

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Departure by motor coach towards the Loire Valley.

Arrival in Chambord.

Guided tour of the castle. Built to satisfy François the 1st’s ego, Chambord is the largest and most extravagant of the Loire’s ‘Châteaux’. Discover a part of the 365 fireplaces and 440 rooms of the castle.

Lunch at your own charge.

Continuation towards Chenonceau.

Stop in Bourré.

Guided tour of the troglodyte site of “La Magnanerie”. Come discover the unusual world of galleries dug in the rock, gourmands silk worms and cellars. A unique opportunity to enter an inhabited “troglo” and discover the work of extraction of Tuffeau stone, characteristic of the castles of the Loire.

Short transfer to Chenonceau.

Self-guided tour of the castle. Chenonceau was designed by women and its beautiful setting makes it the most popular of the castle.

Transfer to your accomodation in Tours and check-in.

Dinner and overnight in Tours.

Chambord CastleChâteau de Chenonceauchenonceau


DAY 5 : TOURS – ST. MALO

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Departure at 8:30 through Brittany.

Self visit of Dinan, medieval citadel located at the bottom of the estuary of the Rance which opens on the Emerald Coast between Dinard and Saint-Malo, Dinan is still surrounded by its ramparts, the most important and the oldest of Brittany.

Lunch at your own charge on the road.

Arrival in St-Malo around 3:00.

Meet with your local guide at the tourist office. Guided visit of St-Malo (1h30).

Then, at 5:00, visit of the museum of the city, located at the entrance of the fortified city (the museum close at 6:00).

Dinner and overnight in St-Malo.

st-malodes bonnes vagues st-malo


DAY 6 : ST. MALO – ST. MICHEL – COURSEULLE-SUR-MER

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Departure for Mont St-Michel. Stroll around the fortified island of Mont St-Michel which is a dazzling 8th-century labyrinth of stone arches, spires and stairways that climb up to the abbey.

Self-guided visit of its Abbey and its church.

Lunch at your own charge.

Continuation toward the D-Day beaches. Reflection at the Canadian cemetery of Reviers.

Visit Canada’s Juno Beach Centre which presents the war effort made by all Canadians, civilians and military alike, both at home and on the various fronts during the Second World War, as well as the manifold faces of contemporary Canadian society.

Dinner and overnight around Courseulles-sur-Mer.

Mont st-Michel (en attandant l'autobus)


DAY 7 : COURSEULLE-SUR-MER – HONFLEUR – VERSAILLES – PARIS

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Departure towards Honfleur.

Self-guided tour of Honfleur. This old maritime city is very well known for its old dock but also invite visitors to experiment its particular atmosphere walking through its old narrow paved streets. Don’t miss the timber Ste-Catherine’s Church which looks like an upside down ship.

Continuation towards Versailles.

Lunch at your own charge on the road.

Arrival and conference tour of the Palace (1h30), the Hall of Mirrors, the gardens and the King’s apartments. Louis XIV, the Sun King, built and held court at Versailles’s extraordinary palace, West of Paris. The incredibly lavish château embodies the extravagance of the Old Regime.

After your conference tour, you will be able to see the Hall of Mirrors and fountain-filled gardens.

Departure for Paris and transfer to your accommodation.

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Chateau de Versaille


DAY 8 : PARIS

Breakfast.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

Visit of the Père Lachaise cemetery. (Free access) situated in the 20th district which houses the tombs of many famous and missing personalities (Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Guillaume Apollinaire, Frédérique Chopin, Honoré de Balzac, Alphonse Daudet, Eugène Delacroix, Jean de la Fontaine, Alfred de Musset, Molière, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, etc.).

Lunch at your own charge

Self-guided tour of the Louvre. The museum is one of the most important monuments in Paris. It was originally a fortress, and then a royal residence before finally being turned into a museum in 1793. A short list of its masterpieces includes the Code of Hammurabi, Jacques-Louis David’s The Oath of Horatio, and a mysterious smile – the Mona Lisa.

Discover Montmartre. The Basilica of the Sacré Cœur crowns the ‘Butte Montmartre’ like an enormous white meringue. Its onion dome is visible from almost anywhere in the city, and its 112m bell tower is the highest point in all Paris, offering a view that stretches up to 50km.

Dinner at your accomodation.

One-hour sightseeing cruise on the Seine River with english commentary.

Overnight in Paris.

  Le LouvreSeine river


DAY 9 : FRANCE – CANADA

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport by motor coach.

Return flight.

OTHER OPTIONS * We can offer thematic tours on gastronomy, art, history, World Wars, etc. ** We can also organize stays in all other regions of France, such as Provence and the Côte d’Azur.

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