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Paris and Normandy - 7 days

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Day 1

Welcome to the City of Light

Upon your arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, you will be greeted at the plane by our VIP representative who will whisk you through customs, baggage and security formalities. Our Hostess and driver will be there to welcome you and privately transfer you to your hotel in Paris, where she will assist you with the check-in.

This evening, depending upon your energy level, you can choose between a quiet dinner and early to bed or a romantic stroll along the quays of the River Seine to admire the monuments and Eiffel Tower aglow in the evening light.

Day 2

Welcome to Normandy - Giverny & the Seine River Valley

This morning, find your driver-guide waiting to accompany you on your journey to Normandy. Stop en route to tour Impressionist master Claude Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny. Stroll through the spectacular Japanese gardens that inspired his iconic water lily series. Tour the Musée de l’Impressionisme, where you may wish to have lunch. Then continue on

Over welcome drinks, meet your local Guide who will present your itinerary and a selection of activities to highlight your stay. Prior to dinner, you will be treated to a private tour of this elegant and comfortable castle. Dinner will be served in the formal dining room and followed by coffee and after-dinner drinks in the drawing room with its open fireplace.

Day 3

Norman Castles and Gardens & the Bayeux Tapestry

This morning, your expert guide and driver will accompany you on a private visit of several of Normandy’s most spectacular private castles and gardens. Begin your tour at the 17th century Château de Balleroy, designed by architect François Mansart, and its unique collection of hot-air balloons created by Malcolm Forbes. You will then proceed to the Château de Brouay to visit its cidrerie and sample some of its delicious apple cider at a lunch hosted in your honour by the chatelaine (upon availability).

Following lunch, your guide will unlock the gates to one of the most exceptional private gardens in France at the Château de Brécy. These Italianate gardens have been restored to their original 17th-century perfection by its current owner, the President of the French Comité des Parcs et Jardins

A candlelit dinner will be served at the Château de Canisy either in the formal dining room or the lovely music room at 8pm, followed by coffee and after-dinner drinks in the drawing room in front of the open fireplace.

Day 4

The Norman D-Day Beaches

This morning, your expert guide and driver will take you on a private tour of the D-Day beaches, where the allied forces landed on June 6, 1944, and the American Cemetery at Colleville, one of the most moving memorials to their heroism. At lunchtime, choose from several cozy restaurants on the beach. Relive the Battle of Normandy during this informative full day tour that takes you to the legendary sites of Ste-Mère Eglise, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. Your guide will adapt the tour to suit your expressed interests and may even introduce you to local people who still remember this epic struggle.

This evening, if you prefer, feel free to sample the regional cuisine of Normandy in a local restaurant

Day 5

Arromanches & the Peace Memorial at Caen

This morning, your expert local guide and driver will take you to Arromanches where the British created the world’s first artificial harbour, dubbed Port Winston as it was Churchill’s brainchild.

On your final evening at the Château de Canisy, celebrate with a candlelit dinner either in the formal dining room or in the lovely music room at 8pm, followed by coffee and after-dinner drinks in the drawing room in front of the open fireplace.

Day 6

Farewell to Normandy & the City of Lights

This morning, your driver will meet you in the hotel lobby to help you with your bags and privately transfer you back to Paris. You may wish to stop en route at Villedieu-les-Poëles, renowned for its copper and bell founderies.

Upon your return to the French capital, after checking into your hotel, you will be free to catch up on some last-minute shopping and explore Paris on your own. Take a romantic stroll through the Tuileries Gardens and perhaps stop at the Musée de l’Orangerie. Monet’s ethereal Waterlily Murals, which the Impressionist painter created specifically for the Orangerie in the 1920s, are alone well worth a visit.

Celebrate your final evening in Paris with a dinner cruise. Enjoy a gourmet meal while gliding past the illuminated monuments all reflected in the sparkling waters of the River Seine – a magical experience worthy of an Impressionist painting!

Day 7

Departure


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