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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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WWII, Atlantic Wall and Artificial Port A short drive will take you to Longues sur mer where you will see one of the best preserved parts of Hitler's notorious Atlantic Wall: a four-strong gun battery. Completed in April 1944, this group of bunkers, armed with 152mm navy guns, was supposed to stop the Allied attack on D Day. Then on to Arromanches, a charming seaside resort famous for the remains of its artificial port : Mulberry. Constructed right after the landings, it was used to bring in over 2.5 million men and 4 million tonnes of supplies providing much needed reinforcements in France, a major step in the liberation of Europe. A chance to sample Normandy specialties in the local restaurants during your free time in the town before returning to Bayeux.

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The Great Dune of Pyla and Arcachon One of the marvels of the Aquitaine region is the Great Dune of Pyla, the tallest sand dune in Europe. It stretches its 60 million cubic meters of fine sand on nearly 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) from south to north, 0.4 miles (500 meters) from west to east, and soars as high as 384 feet (117 meters). For the most athletic visitors, climbing up this slope is a real challenge. For others, a staircase makes the ascent a little easier. At the top, the view is spectacular, showcasing the coast, the vast pine forest of Les Landes, and, when the weather is clear, the Pyrenees range. Later, visit Arcachon, one of the most relaxed and beautiful beach towns on the Cote d'Argent (Silver Coast).

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Dinner In Loire The French Cuisine is world renowned for its refined and elegant dishes. Food is not just food in this special country it's an experience, where local ingredients are always linked to the territory. Tonight, why not savor a 3-course French dinner with drinks and coffee at a lovely restaurant?

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Excursion to St. Paul de Vence Marvel at the lovely landscapes on your way to Saint Paul de Vence, a medieval Provencal village made famous by world-renowned artists such as Chagall, Matisse and Cezanne, where you seem to travel back in time. Enjoy free time to wander through the paved historical streets lined with art galleries and craft shops, view the valley from the well-preserved cemetery ramparts, and enjoy the peace and harmony of this idyllic spot.

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Monte Carlo by Night and Dinner Enjoy delicious French dinner, with wine, in Prince Albert's Monte Carlo. On your walking tour of the Old Town, admire the cathedral and the royal palace. Time to gamble at the famous Grand Casino or to relax on a terrace, basking in the elegant atmosphere.

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Panoramic Drive and Provencal Dinner Take in breathtaking views of the French Riviera on your way up through the famous corniche (cliff roads). Then, proceed to delightful Eze, perched on a rock 1,400 feet above sea level, for a tasty dinner in a traditional restaurant.

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Dinner and Show at Moulin Rouge Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, home of the French Can Can for more than a century. Dinner with half a bottle of wine is served during the show and a glass of champagne completes your evening in style.

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Excursion to the Louvre Museum Your guide will bring to life the most celebrated treasures of the impressive Louvre Museum, including da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa. Built originally as a royal fortress in the Middle Ages, the Central Arts Museum was opened to the public in 1793. The Louvre holds 35,000 works of art divided into eight categories: paintings, prints & drawings, sculpture, decorative arts, Greek, Etruscan & Roman antiquities, Egyptian antiquities, Near Eastern antiquities, and Islamic art. NOTE: This excursion is not available to groups on Tuesdays, public holidays, and Sundays.

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Excursion to the Palace of Versailles Travel out of Paris to the lavish 17th-century baroque Palace of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV, with its magnificent State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and Royal Chapel. Your Local Guide will bring its history to life during your visit, then time at leisure to stroll through parts of the elegant 250-acre gardens. Louis XIII originally purchased Versailles and its surrounding land to serve as his hunting lodge. Later, his son, Louis XIV, decided to make it his seat of government, and in 1682, he installed his impressive court and numerous noble visitors in sumptuous surroundings, a symbol of absolute monarchy. NOTE: This excursion is not available on Mondays and public holidays.

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Seine Cruise and Montmartre Discover more of beautiful Paris with a cruise on the River Seine and a visit to the artistic and picturesque district of Montmartre, famous for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. Enjoy free time to stroll around Place du Tertre and to watch bohemian street artists at work.

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