Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country (RC) - 2014 / 2015

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8 Day Tour from Paris to Paris


Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower
Louvre
Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Mont St-Michel in Normandy, France
Rouen Cathedral

Vacation Overview

This trip is the perfect way to see the highlights of Paris plus the World War II landing beaches in Normandy, and Brittany, and the Loire Valley in a short amount of time. In Paris, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by an orientation drive through the “City of Light.” Visit magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, and ascend to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower during your guided sightseeing. Travel to Rouen, and walk through this pretty town; hear about Joan of Arc, and admire the cathedral. Enjoy a cider tasting, before arriving in Caen, where World War II comes alive at the fascinating Memorial Museum for Peace, and the Normandy American Cemetery with its visitor center at Omaha Beach where you can sign your name in the visitor’s book. Also enjoy a guided visit of the famous Abbey of Mont St. Michel, before arriving in the Loire Valley, where a special “châteaux day” has been included: visit the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château Chambord, and Catherine de Medici’s lovely Chenonceau. Also enjoy a wine tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines. Highlight is a two-night stay in the grounds of famous Château du Breuil. To top it off, you’ll explore Chartres’ Cathedral, and back in Paris, there is time to join an optional excursion to the Louvre Museum.

     
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PARIS
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant and orientation drive; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, ascend the Eiffel Tower

ROUEN
Walking tour, admire the façade of the cathedral

BEUVRON-EN-AUGE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Cider tasting

CAEN
Visit the Memorial Museum for Peace

NORMANDY BEACHES
Visit the Normandy American Cemetery and its visitor center

MONT ST. MICHEL
Guided visit of the abbey

CHÂTEAUBRIANT
Morning break

ANGERS
Take pictures of the castle

LOIRE VALLEY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Stay two nights on the grounds of splendid Château du Breuil; full-day guided sightseeing, visit the Castles of Chambord and Chenonceau

CIVRAY DE TOURAINE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellar

CHARTRES
Visit the gothic cathedral

Headsets throughout the tour


DAY 1Arrive in Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with wine at one of Paris’ lively restaurants and enjoy an orientation drive to get a first impression of the “City of Light.” (Dinner)

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DAY 2Paris

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Louvre, and Champs-Elysées. Visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL with its Rose Window, and for a panoramic view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. An optional excursion is available to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, as well as an exciting evening outing. (Breakfast)

The Eiffel Tower in Paris The Arc de Triomphe standing in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle 
Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral


Europe’s most famous cathedral, whose twin Gothic towers loom above France’s most beloved river, the Seine, actually owes a lot of its international success to the author Victor Hugo. Back in 1831, when Hugo wrote his classic novel about a hunchbacked bell-ringer at Notre Dame who falls in love with a beautiful gypsy, the medieval cathedral had fallen on hard times. During the Revolution in 1789, it had been seized, looted of its treasures and converted into an atheistic “Temple of Reason.” Even worse, after the monarchy was restored in 1815, Notre Dame was used as riverside warehouse – its once-splendid glass windows now dimmed and its facades decaying pathetically above the Île de la Cité. But Parisian’s indifference to their landmark ended suddenly in 1831, when Victor Hugo published his romantic novel the “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” (called “Notre-Dame de Paris” in French). The book was an international bestseller and lured armies of tourists to Paris in search of its Gothic cathedral setting. Hugo used this groundswell of public interest to lobby the French government for renovations of his beloved Notre Dame. From 1845 to 1864, repairs were indeed carried out – the clogged medieval streets nearby were cleared, revealing the marvelous edifice we see today.
Louvre

Louvre


Today, a thick pane of bullet-proof security glass keeps artlovers a safe distance from the most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, Wife of Francesco Giacondo,” known in French as “La Joconde” and English as the “Mona Lisa.” But back in 1911, it was simply hung on the walls of the Musée du Louvre like any other canvas. That was until a former museum employee named Vincenzo Perrugia strolled into the gallery before opening hours on August 21, noticed the room was empty, took down the Mona Lisa and walked out of the Louvre with it under a painting smock. When the loss was finally noticed, the police were mystified. For two years, the whereabouts of the masterpiece was unknown, while French detectives made various wild guesses. (It had been stolen by the Germans. By anarchists. By evil geniuses. By lunatics.) They actually arrested the country’s top art critic, Guillame Apollinaire, then let him free. Then, out of the blue in 1913, an Italian art dealer in Florence was contacted by a man calling himself “Leonardo” who claimed to have the Mona Lisa and wanted to see it hang in the Uffizi, Italy’s top art museum. Although he found it hard to believe that the thief could be so reckless, the dealer tipped off the police and agreed to meet the strange Leonardo in a Milan hotel room. There, the nondescript fellow opened his suitcase, emptied out his socks and underwear, opened up a false bottom in the case to reveal the Mona Lisa – and was immediately arrested.
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DAY 3Paris–Rouen–Beuvron-En-Auge–Caen

In Rouen, admire the façade of the cathedral, which was one of Monet’s favorite subjects for his Series Paintings, where he tried to prove how a subject was visually influenced by the ever-changing light. Twenty paintings of the cathedral existed, and many are today in Paris’ Orsay Museum. Time to stroll along the lovely cobblestoned Rue du Gros-Horloge leading to the square where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. Next, stop in Beuvron-en-Auge along the Route du Cidre for Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a CIDER TASTING, before arriving in Caen. Look forward to a visit to the fascinating MEMORIAL MUSEUM FOR PEACE with its great exhibits and audiovisual show about the Battle of Normandy. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Rouen Cathedral The Medieval Town of Rouen, France 
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DAY 4Caen–Normandy Beaches–Mont St. Michel

Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. Drive by Juno Beach, then stop at Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches. Visit the AMERICAN CEMETERY and its visitor center at Omaha Beach, where you can sign your name in the visitor’s book. Continue to Sainte Mère Eglise, the first town where American soldiers parachuted into the town the night before D-Day. Among them was John Steele, whose parachute was caught in one of the steeples of the church, made famous in the movie The Longest Day. While here, see the evocative parachute memorial. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit of the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, perched on a rocky isle in the Gulf of Saint Malo. Overnight is on the coast near Mont St. Michel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Mont St-Michel in Normandy, France Abbey of Mont St. Michel 
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DAY 5Mont St. Michel–Châteaubriant–Angers–Loire Valley

Enjoy a scenic ride right across Brittany via Châteaubriant to Angers. Stop here for pictures of the impressive 13th-century castle. Then, continue your journey to the Loire Valley, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite you will stay on the grounds of splendid Château du Breuil. Tonight, why not sample French cuisine at one of the area’s excellent restaurants? (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Loire Valley. Excursion to Châteaux Country

Today, visit two of the most important castles in the area. Start with the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château CHAMBORD. Next is the 16th-century château of Catherine de Medici, lovely CHENONCEAU, a fairytale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers. Then, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a WINE TASTING at the Père Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines before returning to your château, where dinner will be served in the evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Chateau Chenonceau 
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DAY 7Loire Valley–Chartres–Paris

Stop in Chartres with its superb 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL—a jewel of medieval architecture, and arrive in Paris. Optional excursions are available to the magnificent Louvre Museum to admire the Mona Lisa, and to the Moulin Rouge dinner show, the best way to say, “Au Revoir, Paris.” (Breakfast)

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Louvre

Louvre


Today, a thick pane of bullet-proof security glass keeps artlovers a safe distance from the most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, Wife of Francesco Giacondo,” known in French as “La Joconde” and English as the “Mona Lisa.” But back in 1911, it was simply hung on the walls of the Musée du Louvre like any other canvas. That was until a former museum employee named Vincenzo Perrugia strolled into the gallery before opening hours on August 21, noticed the room was empty, took down the Mona Lisa and walked out of the Louvre with it under a painting smock. When the loss was finally noticed, the police were mystified. For two years, the whereabouts of the masterpiece was unknown, while French detectives made various wild guesses. (It had been stolen by the Germans. By anarchists. By evil geniuses. By lunatics.) They actually arrested the country’s top art critic, Guillame Apollinaire, then let him free. Then, out of the blue in 1913, an Italian art dealer in Florence was contacted by a man calling himself “Leonardo” who claimed to have the Mona Lisa and wanted to see it hang in the Uffizi, Italy’s top art museum. Although he found it hard to believe that the thief could be so reckless, the dealer tipped off the police and agreed to meet the strange Leonardo in a Milan hotel room. There, the nondescript fellow opened his suitcase, emptied out his socks and underwear, opened up a false bottom in the case to reveal the Mona Lisa – and was immediately arrested.
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DAY 8Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi



Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Paris


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

PHILIPPE TOUZET

Years of Experience: 26 years

A native of France, Philippe is an expert at showing visitors the very best of his country. From Paris' major attractions-the Louvre with its celebrated Mona Lisa, the Arc de Triomphe, iconic Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral-to the must-see highlights outside the city-Louis XIV's opulent Palace of Versailles, the French Riviera, WWII landing beaches at Normandy, and the fantastic châteaux, wine regions, and places to savor French cuisine-he is eager to reveal the true spirit of France.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country:

  • Chartres Cathedral
  • Mont Saint Michel and its Bay
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (Chambord Castle)