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9 Days 8 Nights
Group size: 4-18
Be Curious
1 Small Group
From $3,999pp

Venture Insight

Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. This tour takes us from France’s dramatic northern shores to châteaux-sprinkled countryside, breaking off to see WWII sites, explore centuries-old villages and sample home-grown delicacies.


Rue du Jerzual

Walk down the medieval and steep Rue du Jerzual which links the historical Dinanto the Port of Lanvallay and is lined with medieval buildings and craftsmen’s workshops.

Beuvron-en-Auge

Visit Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in the country and lies in the heart of Pays d’Auge country on the Cider Route – just like a picture postcard with half-timbered houses, its market and country houses scattered around the countryside.

Chateau de Chenonceau

Often described as "the ladies’ chateau" and the most visited and photographed chateau in the Loire Valley.

Itinerary

day 1

Paris to Trouville

Our first impressions of France are formed in Giverny, Normandy at the home of one of the world’s most celebrated artists – Claude Monet. The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life and the gardens outside are brimming with every shade of flower. We carry that image with us all the way to Trouville. The town is a seaside resort on the Cote Fleurie and boasts a long sandy beach, historical markets and is our home for the next two nights.
day 2

Trouville

On the menu today is a journey on the road less travelled to Livarot where we have free time to relax. We will track the Route du Cidre towards Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in all of France. From cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados, it’s here that we pause to taste the fruits of the region’s orchards – a delicious end to our day.
day 3

Trouville to Crepon

We turn our attentions to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy Beaches, where we stand at the sites of the D-Day Landings of 1944. Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.
day 4

Crepon to Dinan

Time to unfold another layer of Normandy history this morning with a trip to see the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry. That afternoon, we drive on to enchanting Mont St Michel, crossing the tidal causeway to wander the buzzing island village. To top off a charm-filled day, we spend this evening in Dinan.
day 5

Dinan

With a whole day to yourself in Dinan, you can really get under the skin of this Gallic gem.
day 6

Dinan to Chinon

We’re deep into fairy tale territory when we travel towards the Loire Valley, a landscape whose skyline is peppered with the turrets of castles. Our first port of call is Angers, once the medieval stronghold of the Plantagenet kings and later, we move on to Chinon where dinner at a local restaurant awaits.
day 7

Chinon to Château de Villandry

Our first château of the tour is the last of Loire’s greats: Château de Villandry. Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we enjoy a detour at a regional winery and linger over a glass or two.
day 8

Chinon to Montlouis-Sur-Loire

Château de Chenonceau gives us the opportunity to stroll through manicured gardens and explore the fascinating museum. While at our own château, deep in the heart of the Loire Valley, we turn into lords and ladies of the manor with a night spent in stately surrounds – but not before a guided tour of the gardens and an indulgent farewell dinner.
day 9

Montlouis-Sur-Loire to Paris

A fitting finale to our tour is a visit to the celebrated cathedral of Chartres, believed to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France and a beautiful image to take back to Paris where we say “au revoir”.
day 1

Paris to Trouville

Our first impressions of France are formed in Giverny, Normandy at the home of one of the world’s most celebrated artists – Claude Monet. The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life and the gardens outside are brimming with every shade of flower. We carry that image with us all the way to Trouville. The town is a seaside resort on the Cote Fleurie and boasts a long sandy beach, historical markets and is our home for the next two nights.
day 2

Trouville

On the menu today is a journey on the road less travelled to Livarot where we have free time to relax. We will track the Route du Cidre towards Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in all of France. From cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados, it’s here that we pause to taste the fruits of the region’s orchards – a delicious end to our day.
day 3

Trouville to Crepon

We turn our attentions to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy Beaches, where we stand at the sites of the D-Day Landings of 1944. Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.
day 4

Crepon to Dinan

Time to unfold another layer of Normandy history this morning with a trip to see the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry. That afternoon, we drive on to enchanting Mont St Michel, crossing the tidal causeway to wander the buzzing island village. To top off a charm-filled day, we spend this evening in Dinan.
day 5

Dinan

With a whole day to yourself in Dinan, you can really get under the skin of this Gallic gem.
day 6

Dinan to Chinon

We’re deep into fairy tale territory when we travel towards the Loire Valley, a landscape whose skyline is peppered with the turrets of castles. Our first port of call is Angers, once the medieval stronghold of the Plantagenet kings and later, we move on to Chinon where dinner at a local restaurant awaits.
day 7

Chinon to Château de Villandry

Our first château of the tour is the last of Loire’s greats: Château de Villandry. Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we enjoy a detour at a regional winery and linger over a glass or two.
day 8

Chinon to Montlouis-Sur-Loire

Château de Chenonceau gives us the opportunity to stroll through manicured gardens and explore the fascinating museum. While at our own château, deep in the heart of the Loire Valley, we turn into lords and ladies of the manor with a night spent in stately surrounds – but not before a guided tour of the gardens and an indulgent farewell dinner.
day 9

Montlouis-Sur-Loire to Paris

A fitting finale to our tour is a visit to the celebrated cathedral of Chartres, believed to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France and a beautiful image to take back to Paris where we say “au revoir”.

Includes

8 nights’ accommodation, driver/tour leader, mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 3 x evening meals, cider + calvados tasting, a garden tour of Château de la Bourdaisière, entrance to Monet’s House + Garden at Giverny, Château d’Angers, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, Château de Villandry, Château de Chartres + Château de Chenonceau.

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