NORMANDY AND BRITTANY - The power and mysticism of Brittany and Normandy

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PARIGI FONTAINEBLEAU - FONTAINEBLEAU GIVERNY ROUEN - ROUEN ALABASTER COAST FLOWERY COAST CAEN - CAEN D - DAY LANDING BEACHES BAYEUX - MONT SAINT MICHEL SAINT MALO RENNES - RENNES - PINK GRANITE COAST CALVARY QUIMPER - QUIMPER POINTE DU RAZ LOCRONAN DOUARNENEZ QUIMPER - CONCARNEAU PONT AVEN CARNAC VANNES - VANNES - VANNES FONTAINEBLEU - FONTAINEBLEU PARIS

NORMANDY AND BRITTANY
The power and mysticism of Brittany and Normandy

1° day PARIGI – FONTAINEBLEAU

Welcome to Paris! Meet your English-speaking assistant and transfer to Fontainebleau. Hotel check-in, dinner and overnight.

2° day FONTAINEBLEAU – GIVERNY – ROUEN

Hotel breakfast and visit the Palace of Fontainebleau, one of the largest French royal châteaux. The palace as it is today is the work of many French monarchs, building on an early 16th-century structure of Francis I, and it is arranged around a series of courtyards. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte then transformed the Château into a symbol of his grandeur, as an alternative to the empty Palace of Versailles, with its Bourbon connotations. After this beautiful castle, continue your journey towards Normandy, with a short stop for the lunch at your leisure. We will also make a stop in Giverny, best known for being the location of Claude Monet’s garden and home. Claude Monet noticed the village of Giverny while looking out of a train window. He made up his mind to move there and rented a house and the area with beautiful gardens, which were often motives of his paintings, surrounding it. Afternoon arrival in Rouen, historic capital city of Normandy. Once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, it was the seat of the Exchequer of Normandy in the Middle Ages, and one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, which ruled both England and large parts of modern France from the 11th to the 15th centuries. It was here that Joan of Arc was executed in 1431.  Guided tour of the city, check-in in hotel, dinner and overnight.

3° day ROUEN – ALABASTER COAST – FLOWERY COAST – CAEN

Hotel breakfast and departure for Alabaster coast, Côte d'Albâtre, overlooking the English Channel with cliffs carved into the limestone and sculpted by wind, water and bad weather, a real natural monument. Stop at Étretat and take some time for a walk on Aval cliff, the most visited place on the coast. The changes of the color of the rock and the brightness of the place, attracted many impressionist painters including the Monet himself. Across the famous Normandy Bridge, a cable-stayed road bridge between two peers, that spans the river Seine linking Le Havre to Honfleur, small port on the Atlantic which had inspired many authors and artists since 18th century. Lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, visit the Sainte Catherine church with wooden interior, constructed in 15th century. Continue to the Côte Fleurie (Flowery Coast) and, the twin beach towns Deauville and Trouville divided by the River Touques. Later in the afternoon or evening, visit the cider distillery, typical Normandy drink. Continue to Caen. Hotel check-in, dinner and overnight.

4° day CAEN – D-DAY LANDING BEACHES – BAYEUX

After the hotel breakfast, we are heading to D-day landing beaches, the largest seaborne invasion in history. The Allied troops, British, American, Canadian and more, landed on Normandy’s beaches on 6th June 1944 to begin the liberation of Europe from years of Nazi occupation. In the Arromanches at the low tide, you can see the remains of artificial Mulberry port known also as Port Winston that was built in one day by British troops. Visit the D-day Museum in Arromanches, one of the landing beaches of the Normandy Invasion, Omaha beach and the American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer. Lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, visit Bayeux Tapestry. Bayeux Tapestry or the Tapestry of the Queen Matilda, is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 meters (230 ft) long and 50 cm (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England in 1066.  Evening arrival to a hotel in Caen. Dinner at your leisure and overnight.

5° day MONT SAINT MICHEL – SAINT MALO – RENNES

Hotel breakfast and departure for Mont Saint Michel, magnificent Benedictine monastery that is located on a rocky island in the middle of an open bay, invaded by the highest tides in Europe. No wonder the Mont Saint Michel is called the “Wonder of the Western World”. Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Guided visit of the monastery. Lunch at your leisure and time at disposal. We continue to Cote d’Emeraude (Emerald Coast) with stopping at the port of Cancale, a small fishing village famous for the wild oysters. Arrival to a port city of Saint Malo. Traditionally with an independent streak, Saint-Malo was in the past notorious for privateering (the "cité corsaire"). Start the guided tour Old Town or Intra-Muros ("within the walls"), which was originally built on a rocky island at the mouth of the Rance estuary. In the evening, return to Rennes. Dinner at your leisure. Overnight.

6° day RENNES - PINK GRANITE COAST – CALVARY – QUIMPER

Hotel breakfast and leave for the “Pink Granite Coast”. It is so-called because of the colour of its rocks. It is one of the most beautiful stretches of Brittany’s coastline. The area is renowned for its unusual rock formations. Stop by the famous Lighthouses in Ploumanach, and in Tregastel and Perros-Guirec. Then we will reach Finistere, the westernmost region of France, counting for almost a quarter of the entire Brittany coastline. The abers, rugged fjord-like inlets on the north coast, are a notable feature of the landscape. We will proceed to the Calvary Region, where the late middle-age church complexes are still well preserved. Lunch at your leisure and continue to Quimper, the ancient capital of La Cornouaille, Brittany’s most traditional region with a very distinctive Breton character. Hotel check-in, dinner and overnight.

7° day QUIMPER – POINTE DU RAZ – LOCRONAN – DOUARNENEZ – QUIMPER

Hotel breakfast. In the morning guided tour of Quimper. Its mediaeval city centre with typical houses of Brittany dominated by majestic Cathedral Saint Corentin. Quimper is also well known for the production of tin-glazed, hand-painted pottery since the late seventeenth century. Lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon boat tour around Cornwall peninsula until the Point du Raz, the coastal point of the peninsula. Stops at the Locronan and Douarnenez, small charming villages in Brittany. Return to Quimper. Dinner at your leisure. Overnight.

8° day CONCARNEAU – PONT AVEN – CARNAC – VANNES

Hotel breakfast and leave for Concarneau, with its two distinct areas: the modern town on the mainland and the medieval Ville Close, a walled town on a long island in the centre of the harbour. Historically, the old town was a centre of shipbuilding. Continue to Pont-Aven, head to Carnac, renowned for the Carnac stones – one of the most extensive Neolithic menhir collections in the world – as well as its beaches, which are popular with tourists all over the world. Stop by the Carnac Stones and then continue to Vannes, one of the loveliest medioeval towns of Britanny. Hotel check in, dinner and overnight.
 

9° day VANNES

Breakfast in a hotel. Whole day at your disposal in the center medieval town of Vannes. See the medieval gate at the northern end of the harbour to discover some very attractive streets to explore, with numerous colombage (half-timbered) houses, making it one of the prettiest towns in Brittany. Lunch at your leisure. Optional take a boat trip to Belle Ile en mer, one of the most fascinating islands of the Morbihan Gulf.  Dinner at your leisure. Overnight.

10° day VANNES – FONTAINEBLEU

Hotel breakfast and departure for Nantes, once a rich and powerful capital of Brittany and today capital of Pays de la Loire region. Guided tour of the city center gathered around Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, a defensive fortress surrounded by towers and bastions. Visit the Saints Pietro and Paolo cathedral. Lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, departure for Fontainebleau. Arrival in the evening, hotel check-in, dinner is at your leisure. Overnight.

11° day FONTAINEBLEU – PARIS

Hotel breakfast. Transfer to the Paris airport in the time of your flight.
 




 



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Travel Time 11 days   
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• Modern air-conditioned motor coach designed for sightseeing • English speaking tour guide from first to last day of the program • Hotel accommodation in 4 star hotel, rooms with private facilities and breakfast buffet • Meals as per itinerary • Special visits and sightseeing as specified in the program (entrance fees not included) • English speaking driver and local English speaking guides • Luggage handling (1 per person) • Service charges and hotel taxes • 24/7 English Speaking Assistance by phone

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• Flights, not mentioned entrance fees, meals and drinks, insurance, tips

UNESCO Sites

• Mont Saint-Michel • Castle and gardens of Fontainebleau • Bayeux Tapestry  

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