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French Gems
10 days / 9 nights

Day 1

Paris

Arrival in Paris and transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon, meet your guide and enjoy a panoramic tour of the beautiful French capital with a private coach covering the famous Champs Elysees, Arc De Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Hotel de Ville, Invalides and Place de la Concorde amongst other sights.

Welcome dinner in a restaurant, afterwards overnight in Paris.

Day 2

Paris

After breakfast, discover one of our greatest museums with your local guide, the Louvre. Famous for the enigmatic Mona Lisa.
After your visit, enjoy a lunch cruise on the Seine where you can truly marvel at this amazing city from the riverbanks.
In the afternoon, discover one of the most typical areas of Paris either Les Marais, Quartier Latin, or Montmartre. Each of them unique in their charm.
Enjoy some free time to shop, simply wander through the city or enjoy the most famous French tradition, a coffee at a cafe terrace whilst watch life pass by.
Dinner in a restaurant and overnight in Paris.

Day 3

Loire Valley

After breakfast, you depart for the Loire Valley and its wonders of the Renaissance genre. Chambord Estate and Amboise Castle.
You will start with Chambord Estate. It is one of the most emblematic examples of Renaissance architecture in France, built by François 1st in the 1520's and finished by King Louis XIV in the 18th century. The architect remains unknown, but the influence of Leonardo da Vinci is tangible. Lunch at leisure.

In the afternoon, you will discover the magnificent Castle of Chenonceau: "The Ladies Castle" with part of the castle in the Loire River and was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, and later home of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis. The gardens are an important destination for garden lovers from all over the world and have up to 130 000 plants which are planted twice a year.

Continue to Tours, where you will have dinner in a restaurant and overnight in a hotel.

Day 4

Loire Valley - Nantes

After breakfast, board your coach to visit the 'Cadre Noir' of Saumur, a French Classical riding school with its prestigious military history.
The Cadre Noir is the framework of the school and the horsemen form the main body of instructors at the National Riding School. It was created in 1815, after French cavalry was decimated during Napoleonic wars, being at first a small cavalry class in Saumur in order to reform the mounted troops and to standardize the use of the horse in war.

You will then experience wine tasting in the Anjou region around Saumur and enjoy your lunch in a typical regional restaurant.

In the afternoon, depart for Nantes and the 'Gate of Brittany'
En route to Nantes, there is a short stop at Angers, on the Loire River, to visit the Castle and the Cathedral Saint Maurice.

On arrival in Nantes, Check-in to your hotel. Time at leisure and dinner in a restaurant. Nantes is a very pleasant city to discover on your own in the evening
Overnight in Nantes.

Day 5

Nantes, City of Brittany Dukes

After breakfast, begin your guided city tour of the historical city of Nantes.
Lunch at leisure in the city centre which is mainly a pedestrianized zone.

In the afternoon, live the experience of the 'Machines de l'Ile', a totally unprecedented artistic project. The brain child of François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, it is at the crossroads of Jules Verne's Invented Worlds. The mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and of Nantes' industrial history, on the exceptional site of the former shipyards.

In the evening, dinner in a restaurant and overnight in Nantes.

Day 6

Mont Saint Michel - Normandy

After breakfast, depart for the world renowned Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Mount, originally named Mount Tumb, was dedicated to a pagan cult, and had been consecrated to St-Michel from 708. The abbey presents a big panorama of the medieval architecture from the XI to the XVI century.
A guided visit of the Mount Abbey is must and lunch at the famous restaurant “Mère Poulard” is not to be missed.
After some free time depart for Bayeux/ Caen.
Overnight in Bayeux/ Caen .

Day 7

Normandy: D-Day Beaches

After breakfast, spend the day on the WWII landing beaches of the Allied Forces.

There is a choice to visit the memorial grounds of either the American Forces Utah Beach and the Pointe du Hoc (Grandcamp-Maisy), Utah Beach Landing Museum, Omaha Beach & Colleville-sur-Mer American military cemetery.
The British forces Gold Beach and Sword Beach. Arromanches artificial harbour, or the Canadian forces Juno Beach and Bernières-sur-Mer Beaches, Juno Beach Centre & Canadian military cemetery of Beny-sur-Mer.
You may want to also visit the "Memorial de la Paix" in Caen.

Lunch at leisure.
In the evening, dinner in a restaurant and overnight in Bayeux/ Caen.

Day 8

Normandy: 'Côte Fleurie'

After breakfast, head to the "Côte Fleurie“.
You will then follow the steps of Clark Gable, Bette Davis or Brian de Palma on Deauville famous Planches.
Lunch in a restaurant in Deauville.

After lunch, head to Honfleur: A small city and harbour dating back to the Vikings invasion in the 11th century. Its position, right in the Seine estuary, designed it to be both the defensive line of Royal Seine River and the starting place for numerous great sea adventures. After the Hundred Years War, from 16th to 18th centuries, Honfleur basks in its glorious maritime history.
Discover all its secrets with your local guide during a walking visit to Le Vieux Bassin and la Lieutenance, Quartier de l'Enclos, the Faubourg Sainte Catherine and the Faubourg Saint Léonard.
Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Honfleur.

Day 9

Normandy: Gastronomy

After breakfast, you have a choice of experiencing traditional products of the region such as tasting the Cider Calvados and Pommeau in a Normand distillery, or the option of Cheese tasting of Camembert, Livarot or Pont l’Evêque in a typical dairy.

In the afternoon, leave for Paris and celebrate with a farewell dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Overnight Paris.

Day 10

Departure

After your breakfast, depart for Paris airport to take your flight back home.
Why not take an extension to the UK via Eurostar?

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