Step into the preserved room of Catherine de’Medici where the aroma of the wood-beam ceiling wafts across the fireplace. Notice a unique engineering design decorating a garden and designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Fishing boats wade in the small marina of a charming coastal village. You look over the large cliffs of Normandy and wonder how the allied forces ever made it to the top. Your custom tailored battle sites France tour shows you the unforgettable history of France, from Normandy to the Loire...
Port en Bessin - Landing Normandy
Normandy evokes a flourishing connection for contemporary, medieval, and ancient history. The landscape is rich and diverse, ranging from textured sands at low tide to vibrant seaside harbors overlooking the coastline. The rugged ocean crashes into dramatic limestone cliffs and tranquil valleys create an ethereal pastoral ambiance.
Your plane lands in Paris where your private transfer awaits your arrival. You leave the Charles de Gaulle Airport behind and immediately venture into the sweeping beauty of Honfleur, once the inspiration for impressionist painters Monet and Boudin. The port town maintains its charm in the rugged maritime past radiating from the Old Harbor. Boats wade in the gentle waters. Tall, thin houses line the dock and date back to the 16th century. The seaside aroma filters through the air. Dozens of fishing boats linger in Avant Port, their masts adding to the town’s skyline. In the morning, they sell their catch at the vibrant local fish market. The aroma of buttery seafood emanates from the Michelin Starred restaurant Ferme Saint-Simeon. Locals and visitors sit out on the terrace with a view to the sea and savor every bite. Your tour leads you to Port en Bessin located on the seaside overlooking a natural harbor. The houses have angled, tiled roofs, and you find the quintessential northern French town to be nothing less than enchanting.
Port en Bessin - Magnificence in Normandy
Port en Bessin - A More Recent History
Mont-St-Michel - Private Island View
Mont-St-Michel - Showing Brittany
Angers - Coastal Drama to Valley Harmony
Angers - Imagining of da Vinci
Angers - Remarkable Royalty
Angers - Cherished France
- Witness the marvelous chateau of Leonardo da Vinci, resting on the landscape near the royal grounds of the Amboise Chateau
- Discover the enrapturing medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary history that took place in the Chateau du Blois
- Explore the unique island of Mont Saint Michel off the coast of Normandy
- Stroll through the World War II memorials around the beaches of Utah and Omaha
- Revel in the true culture and heritage of Breton on the northern shores of France with a taste of the local oysters
- View the stunning Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of England in the 11th century
The countryside outside Paris elicits legends of prehistory and biblical proportions. Stories of Kings travel out of old palaces, and oral histories of what took place on the beaches of Normandy captivate listeners. On your 9-day battle sites France tour, you will find fanciful fact and enchanting fictions washing across stunning beaches, storybook valleys, and a collection of unforgettable majesty.
France vacations start with an arrival in Paris. Your private transfer is waiting and will whisk you away into the countryside of Normandy. En route to your hotel in Port en Bessin, you stop in the charming fishing village of Honfleur. The Old Dock dates back a millennium adding to the incredible beauty of the overall cityscape.
The following day, your guide meets you at your hotel and escorts you to the city of Caen, filled with heritage and culture. Explore Men’s Abbey and the Caen Memorial before continuing onward to the town of Bayeux where you find elaborate historical tapestries. Your guide picks you up the next day and takes you to visit the humbling World War II memorial history stretching across the beaches around Sainte Mere l’Eglise. The landscape has recorded the history that took place on the beaches and from Pointe du Hoc to the village of Arromanches; the past comes to the immediate present.
Before you begin your journey out of Normandy, you visit the famous island of Mont Saint Michel and settle into the charming seaside Breton town of Cancale. Savor the quiet streets and treasured oysters of Cancale for the first half of the day before your guide leads you through the historically wealthy port town of Dinan, and the luxurious beach-town of Dinard. The town of Angers is named the “Village of Art and History,” and marked as the capital of Anjou. Inside the remarkable Chateau de le Angers, you can se the Apocalypse tapestry and continue onward into the lushness of the Loire Valley.
Your guide will show you the unforgettable wonders of the Loire Valley, from the Manoir du Clos Luce, home to Leonardo da Vinci in his latter days, to the marvelous royal apartments in the Chateau of Amboise. The picturesque Chateau de Chenonceau is set over the Cher River. In the late afternoon, you can sample a variety of wines in the Vouvray cellars. Spend an entire day discovering the beauty of Blois and the chateau on the citadel overlooking the city. After breakfast on your last morning, your private transfer will meet you at the hotel and escort you to the Charles de Gaul Airport for your flight home.
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