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9 Days / 8 Nights

Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. This tour takes us from France's dramatic northern shores to châteaux-sprinkled countryside, breaking off to see WWII sites, explore centuries-old villages and sample home-grown delicacies.

Day 1 - Paris - Trouville
Our first impressions of France are formed in Giverny, Normandy at the home of one of the world's most celebrated artists - Claude Monet. The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life and the gardens outside are brimming with every shade of flower. We carry that image with us all the way to Trouville. The town is a seaside resort on the Cote Fleurie and boasts a long sandy beach, historical markets and is our home for the next two nights. (D)
Accommodation: Hotel Fer à Cheval

Day 2 - Trouville - Normandy - Trouville
On the menu today is a journey on the road less travelled to Livarot where we have free time to relax. We will track the Route du Cidre towards Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in all of France. From cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados, it's here that we pause to taste the fruits of the region's orchards - a delicious end to our day. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Fer à Cheval

Day 3 - Trouville - Normandy Beaches - Crepon
We turn our attentions to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy Beaches, where we stand at the sites of the D-Day Landings of 1944. Afterwards, there's the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. (B,D)

Accommodation: Villas d'Arromanches

Day 4 - Crepon - Bayeux - Mont St Michel - Dinan
Time to unfold another layer of Normandy history this morning with a trip to see the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry. That afternoon, we drive on to enchanting Mont St Michel, crossing the tidal causeway to wander the buzzing island village. To top off a charm-filled day, we spend this evening in Dinan. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel le D'Avaugour

Day 5 - Dinan
With a whole day to yourself in Dinan, you can really get under the skin of this Gallic gem. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel le D'Avaugour

Day 6 - Dinan - Angers - Chinon
We're deep into fairytale territory when we travel towards the Loire Valley, a landscape whose skyline is peppered with the turrets of castles. Our first port of call is Angers, once the medieval stronghold of the Plantagenet kings and later, we move on to Chinon where dinner at a local restaurant awaits. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Diderot

Day 7 - Chinon - Château De Villandry - Chinon
Our first château of the tour is the last of Loire's greats: Château de Villandry. Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we enjoy a detour at a regional winery and linger over a glass or two. (B)
Accommodation: Hotel Diderot

Day 8 - Chinon - Château De Chenonceau - Montlouis-sur-loire
Chateau de Chenonceau gives us the opportunity to stroll through manicured gardens and explore the fascinating museum. While at our own château, deep in the heart of the Loire Valley, we turn into lords and ladies of the manor with a night spent in stately surrounds - but not before a guided tour of the gardens and an indulgent farewell dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Château de la Bourdaisière

Day 9 - Montlouis-sur-loire - Chartres - Paris
A fitting finale to our tour is a visit to the celebrated cathedral of Chartres, believed to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France and a beautiful image to take back to Paris where we say “au revoir”. (B)

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  Departure: Apr - Oct, 2018  
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
  Jun 05, 19, 26, 2018  $4,215  $4,925 Limited Availability on 26 June
  Jun 12, 2018  $4,215  $4,925 On Request
  Jul 03, 10, 31, 2018  $4,215  $4,925 Limited Availability on 03 July
  Jul 17, 24, 2018  $4,215  $4,925 Limited Availability on 17 July
  Aug 07, 14, 2018  $4,215  $4,925  
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Cider and calvados sampling
  • A garden tour of Château de la Bourdaisière
  • Entrance included to: Monet's House and Garden at Giverny, Château d'Angers, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, Château de Villandry, Château de Chartres and Château de Chenonceau.


  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,' items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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