History lovers and culture connoisseurs will delight in this exploration of France’s Norman villages and World War II sites. Stroll Claude Monet’s evocative garden, marvel at the medieval cities of Bayeux and Rouen, and visit the Paris studio of€claimed National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza. Cap off the experience in Paris toasting la vie en rose.
Day 1 Paris
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Paris/Bayeux (1B, 1D)
Depart for Giverny to visit Claude Monet’s garden, inspiration for the artist’s water lily series and named as one of National Geographic’s "top 10 most magnificent gardens in the world." Continue on to the pretty port town of Honfleur for a walk with our CEO and some free time. Arrive this evening in Bayeux and enjoy a dinner at a local crÊperie.
Day 3 Bayeux (1B)
This morning, we immerse ourselves in WWII history with a local€credited expert. Begin with a lecture on the Allied invasion and visit a museum to view and handle WWII relics including vintage weapons, uniforms, and maps. Then board a WWII transport vehicle to visit Secqueville-en-Bessin War Cemetery to learn about the significance of poppies — the ultimate emblem of military sacrifice. This afternoon, continue exploring with our CEO, visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the American cemetery and memorial.
Day 4 Bayeux (1B)
Today, enjoy an excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel, an island commune off the coast of Normandy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval fortress is considered one of the most stunning and imposing sites in Europe with origins dating back to the 6th century. Take an orientation walk with our CEO then enjoy free time to explore. Opt to visit the abbey, monastery, or museums, or wander the winding lanes and cobblestone streets.
Day 5 Bayeux (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Bayeux and its medieval centre. Wander its quaint streets to visit shops and cafÉs then opt to visit the cathedral and the famed Bayeux Tapestry.
Day 6 Bayeux/Paris (1B)
Depart for the river port city of Rouen where we take an orientation walk with our CEO and enjoy some free time. Continue back to Paris where we visit the studio of renowned National Geographic photographer Reza. Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with one of Reza’s assistants to learn about his work in conflict zones around the world and how his stunning photos make it from lens to page. After, enjoy some wine and cheese in this artistic setting; if we are lucky, we may even get to meet Reza.
Day 7 Paris (1B)
Enjoy a morning walk with our CEO in the medieval centre of Paris; the Île de la CitÉ. Opt to visit inside Notre Dame, and the Sainte-Chapelle. Afterward, take advantage of free time to explore the city.
Day 8 Paris (1B)
Depart at any time.
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