Land Journey

Normandy, Brittany, Paris & the Loire Valley

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Select small group departures (averaging 24 Tauck guests), or classic departures, and the year you would like to travel.

Days
13
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$6,990 USD
Journey Type
Land
Time of Year
Sep - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Paris, Versailles, Beaches of Normandy, Mont-St-Michel, Rouen, Bayeux
Brittany Paris Loire Valley Normandy Escorted Tour
Le Mont-Saint-Michel, France

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Tour Overview

EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS – Explore Brittany’s rugged headlands, the Normandy coast, historic D-Day beaches and Paris

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE, SELECT DEPARTURES – Tours of April 21, 26; May 5; June 7, 14; July 26, 28; September 6, 22, and 29 will feature a Tauck Exclusive, after-hours visit to Musée du Louvre (visits scheduled for Day 10, 11 or 12), specially priced (see pricing and availability).  See Mona Lisa smile, fall in love with Venus de Milo, meet Bernini's sleeping beauty, mingle with Monets, Michelangelos, Rembrandts and Renoirs - without crowds!

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

All Small Group Departures enjoy a 3-night stay in Paris at Le Meurice, ranked among the most elegant hotels in the world, combining exceptional 18th-century opulence with contemporary chic. Embodying the perfect French palace hotel, Le Meurice is ideally situated between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre; Salvador Dalí was a regular visitor, and the hotel still enjoys a close relationship with noted artists today

 

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Activity

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Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.

Pace

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Historic and cultural legacies are explored in-depth on one of our most popular Northern France and Normandy escorted tours, including stories of D-Day and WWII.

Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

A château, a 1,000-year-old village and the magic of Paris... inexorably entwined like the woven threads of medieval tapestries... your travels in northern France honor timeless traditions, share stories of valor and courage, and celebrate landscapes so beautiful they are immortalized by artists and poets...

Your accommodations are unique, including two nights at Château de Rochecotte – called "home" in the 1700s by Prince Tallyrand and the Duchess of Dino. At Château de Champchevrier, owned by the same family since the 1720s, Le Baron personally welcomes Tauck guests during a private reception and dinner that includes a hunting hounds demonstration in full regalia. Formal gardens inspire awe during your visit to Château de Villandry, and the Apocalypse and Bayeux tapestries mesmerize at Château d’Angers and Château Josselin near the Brittany Coast. Visit Normandy's poignant D-Day beaches, magnificent Mont-St-Michel, Monet's beloved Giverny and Chartres Cathedral. In Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral entices with Gothic wonders; explore Musée d'Orsay along with Paris' landmark sites, and bid Paris adieu with a private farewell dinner cruise on the Seine. Read Less

Special Versailles or Louvre visits

Day 10, 11 or 12

Avoid the usual crowds with early-opening Versailles or after-hours Louvre visits

The world’s most visited museum, the Musée du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art, dating from prehistoric days to contemporary times. Eight million people flock here each year excited to see masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory, the Venus de Milo and others. Now, imagine viewing those treasures without the usually huge crowds that visit this place... which is what you'll do on our exclusive private after-hours evening visit to the Louvre. Or, prepare to be dazzled when we take you inside King Louis XIV’s over-the-top Château de Versailles on our exclusive early-opening visit – again, without the usual daytime crowds you’d normally encounter at this magnificent palace…

Hunting hounds in the Loire Valley

Day 2

Join Le Baron for a private evening with a hunting hound demonstration at Château de Champchevrier

In the Loire Valley about 25 miles west of Tours stands the Château de Champchevrier. Built in the 16th century on the foundations of an ancient fortress by the Daillon family, the Renaissance castle was expanded about a century later. In the 1720s, the château and its park-like grounds were purchased by Jean-Baptiste de la Rue du Can, Baron Champchevrier, and is the family home of his descendants to this day. On your Tauck evening at Champchevrier, you’ll meet the current Le Baron and his family for a private reception, dinner, and a colorful hunting hound demonstration in full regalia that you won’t soon forget!

Normandy's D-Day beaches

Day 9

Spend a poignant day exploring the Normandy beaches and other D-Day sites with a local guide

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces invading Occupied Europe landed on a number of now-famous beaches along the Normandy coast – code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword – etching the history of that day into the sands of time. On your visit to Normandy with Tauck, our World War II expert relates the many poignant stories of “D-Day” at Pointe du Hoc, and the now-quiet Omaha Beach, where American assault units took heavy casualties in establishing a beachhead. Walk along the beaches; view a private World War II memorabilia collection and a hands-on exhibit honoring the troops who fought here; and visit the poignant Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial... final resting place of more than 9,000 US troops.

Loire Valley is beautiful and France is much more rural than we had expected. We loved Brittany and the stay at the Miramar Hotel.

Richard Storm

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Small Group Departures

Our small group departures, averaging just 24 guests, are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie on a journey with like-minded travelers who share similar interests, enjoying the spirit of travel that makes exploring the world a necessary part of life – and sharing the special travel experiences found on Tauck’s guided land trips and cruises that create lifetime memories. For 90+ years, solo travelers have found a special "travel" home with Tauck in destinations the world over – and we’re offering solo travelers an additional reason to travel with Tauck – special Solo Traveler Savings on select departures.

Book Your Air

Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Your vacation is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Guest Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; truly peace of mind travel at its best!
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