MAP - Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country 2016

Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country (RC)

8 Day Tour from Paris to Paris

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This France tour is the perfect way to see the highlights of Paris plus Brittany, the Loire Valley, and the World War II landing beaches in Normandy in a short amount of time. Beautiful scenery combined with famous landmarks, charming châteaux, and fascinating history sum up this tour—with overnights in Paris, Caen, the coast near Mont St. Michel, and the Loire Valley.

World War II history comes to life as you focus on some of the locations involved in D-Day, June 6, 1944. You’ll visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and Sainte-Mère-Église, the first town where American soldiers parachuted into the town the night before D-Day. You’ll also visit the Memorial Museum for Peace, where you’ll learn about the Battle of Normandy, in Caen. Go even further back in history when you visit the 13th-century gothic cathedral in Chartres and when you are in the Loire Valley, where you visit the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château Chambord, a huge castle with towers on all corners. Also visit the 16th-century château of Catherine de Medici, Chenonceau, a fairytale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers. While in châteaux country, spend two nights on the grounds of the splendid Château du Breuil at Cheverny—a unique experience offered by Globus.

To give you a sense of the culture, Globus has also included some out-of-the-ordinary treats. Enjoy a cider tasting in Beuvron-en-Auge and learn about the local wines at a wine cellar in Civray de Touraine. You’ll even get to taste some!

From the scenic beauty to the charming experiences, this French tour is sure to delight all of your senses!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

PARIS
A special 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
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 Chambord and Chenonceau Castles
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

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive 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. Then, enjoy an orientation drive to get a first impression of the “City of Light.”

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Day 2 Paris

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. Optional excursions are available to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, as well as to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the beautiful Seine River.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Paris–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 of the fascinating MEMORIAL MUSEUM FOR PEACE with its great exhibits and audiovisual show about the Battle of Normandy.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 4 Caen–Normandy Beaches–Mont St. Michel

Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Drive by Juno Beach, then stop at Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches. Visit the AMERICAN CEMETERY at OMAHA BEACH. 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.

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Day 5 Mont 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 Breakfast

Day 6 Loire 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.

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Day 7 Loire Valley–Chartres–Paris

Stop in Chartres with its superb 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL—a jewel of medieval architecture, and arrive in Paris. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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

Escorting tours for more than 20 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.

Tour Director - PHILIPPE TOUZET

 Accommodations

Paris
Caen
Mont St. Michel
Loire Valley
Paris

Paris

Moevenpick Hotel Paris Neuilly

Superior First-Class

Moevenpick Hotel Paris Neuilly 58 Blvd.Victor Hugo, Neuilly-sur-Seine,  France

58 Blvd.Victor Hugo
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Club-style Hotel and restaurant; offering casual ambience; set in a green, peaceful suburban atmosphere, 9 km from Paris.

Hotel Amenities

  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Room Service
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access

Caen

Mercure Caen Centre Port De Plaisance

First-Class

Mercure Caen Centre Port De Plaisance  1 Rue De Courtonne, Caen Cedex,   France

1 Rue De Courtonne
Caen Cedex, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Multistory Hotel located in heart of city, facing the Plaisance Port, close to the Castle.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar

Mont St. Michel

Mercure Mont St.Michel

First-Class

Mercure Mont St.Michel Route Du Mont St.Michel, Mont Saint Michel,   France

Route Du Mont St.Michel
Mont Saint Michel, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

100 modern, spacious rooms with air conditioning, wooded park, car park, bar and meeting rooms. Its restaurant, Le Pré Salé, is highly regarded and serves both local and regional specialties.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Cable/Satellite

Loire Valley

Chateau Du Breuil

First-Class

Chateau Du Breuil 23,Route De Fougeres, Cheverny,  France

23,Route De Fougeres
Cheverny, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Chateau du Breuil is not an ordinary residence. Situated in the heart of the Loire Valley a few leagues from Cheverny, it is above all a place where you will be welcomed as a very special, privileged guest. Quality, uniqueness and conviviality are the key words of the special relationship they wish to establish from the moment you arrive.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access

Paris

Les Jardins Du Marais

Superior First-Class

Les Jardins Du Marais 74, Rue Amelot, Paris,  France

74, Rue Amelot
Paris, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

In the centre of Paris, with 263 rooms and a tranquil garden, this delightful property is composed of nine 19th-century buildings and has 'small village' charm. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar/lounge, a fitness room and Free Wi-Fi access.

Hotel Amenities

  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries

 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.

Paris
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Paris

Dinner and Show at Moulin Rouge

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.

Approximate value: €169 EUR per person

Excursion to The Louvre Museum

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.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

Excursion to the Palace of Versailles

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.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Seine Cruise and Montmartre

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.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Blois

Dinner in The Loire Valley

Dinner in The Loire Valley

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?

Approximate value: €53 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

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