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Deep Inside France
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Deep Inside France - The Full Experience

Paris, Champagne, Burgundy,

Provence & Riviera,

Bordeaux & Dordogne,

Loire Valley, Normandy, Giverny

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Available only in May 3rd 2020 

OR

Available only in September 6th 2020

Date of the tourMaySeptember
Language of the tour

Day 1: Arrival in Paris

As from 4pm, check in at your hotel in Paris – Hotel le Six**** or similar

Hotel le Six**** in Paris - or similar
Near the Jardins du Luxembourg and Le Bon Marché, the hotel is located in the heart of Paris Rive Gauche. The hotel le Six offers all the services of a four-star hotel (air-conditioned rooms, free wifi, business corner…). With its nice and cozy atmosphere, it represents the French capital!

Hotel le Six

Accommodation for 1 night in a Classic room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.



Day 2: Exclusive experience at Veuve Clicquot

Pick up

9.00AM: Transfer in a comfortable minibus from Paris to Reims.

At your arrival in Reims, meet with your English-speaking guide.

 

Tour and Champagne tasting lunch

The roots of this Champagne are in Passy-Grigny, a village in the Marne Valley where a famous priest, had a visionary and promising idea… The generous epicurean was an iconic vine growing figure in this Marne Valley’s village. He loved eating in the village's vine growers’ homes and brightened up banquets with his passion. He knew that the wine they enjoyed at mealtimes every day had a bright future...

The vineyards in the Marne Valley area, e.g. the village of Passy-Grigny, have been sculpted by several little streams running into the Marne river. Passy-Grigny stands at the top of the hills meaning it is exposed to very different elements which gives Meunier its own unique personality.

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Veuve Clicquot: Tour and Champagne tasting

Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, the house played an important role in establishing champagne as the favorite drink of the Bourgeoisie and Nobility throughout Europe. After the death of her Husband, in 1805, Barbe Nicole Ponsardin known as the widow Clicquot (veuve in French) became the first woman to take over a Champagne house. Under Madame Clicquot's guidance, the firm focused entirely Champagne, to great success. She will also revolutionized the techniques of Champagne making process... Therefore she was named “La Grande Dame de la Champagne”. 


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Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel:



Hotel de la Paix**** in Reims - or similar

Right in the heart of Reims, magical capital of the Champagne region, you will find the Best Western Hôtel de la Paix. This island of calm is located just a stone’s throw from the shops and the Cathedral. Between old stones & and new design, the Best Western Hotel de la Paix welcomes you with 169 fully equipped and air-conditioned modern bedrooms full of charm.


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Accommodation for 2 nights in a Privilege room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.



Day 3: Exclusive experience at Moet et Chandon


Pick up

9.00AM: Your English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.


Reims Cathedral: Guided tour

Listed as the Unesco World Heritage, with more than 2 300 statues among which the famous Smiling Angel, its impressive stained glass windows, the 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. King Clovis was baptized here around 498, starting a long lasting tradition: except two, all of the Kings of France were crowned here.


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Wine tasting lunch at a local domain

This domain is located in the typical “champenois” village of Monthelon, in the heart of the Southern slopes of Epernay’s vineyards, famous for the Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

This family was vine grower since the 18th century with 7 hectares but created its own champagne house in 1947. The owner is proud to represent the 4th generation of wine maker and welcomes you to get together for a traditional champagne lunch. He will show you how to match his wines to a French meal to emphasize the aromatic complexity of the different Champagne “Cuvées”.

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Moet & Chandon: tour and Champagne tasting

Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet it became within 40 year the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc…Nowadays it is probably  the most famous Champagne brand around the world.

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Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Reims.



Day 4: Exclusive experience around Chablis


Pick up

Check-out after breakfast.

9.00am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.

Transfer to Chablis.


Tour and picnic lunch at a local domain in Chablis

Chablis

Beaune: Guided tour

Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy’s famous vineyards, Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, Romanée-Conti, Meursault, Santenay and Savigny-les-Beaune bring a twinkle to the eyes of wine lovers; Beaune is famous for the Hospice de Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu). Wine tasting, museums, leisure activities, Wine Auction and cellars. 

It is from the 15th century that Beaune experienced a real boom: economic, political and financial with the Hotel-Dieu, opened in 1452. Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone Salins gave a humanist dimension to the city since the hospices welcomed only the seriously ill and underprivileged people.



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Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.



Hotel Henri II**** in Beaune - or similar

The Henry II hotel welcomes you in an auspicious and comfortable atmosphere. This beautiful home has combined charm and tradition, partially listed as a Historic French Monument. It is located at the entrance of Beaune. First Hotel Ecolabel of Burgundy, the Hotel Henry II has been able to propose an art of living that reconciles modernity and respect for the environment. The air-conditioned and soundproof rooms are equipped with free Wifi.

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Accommodation for 3 nights in a Superior room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.



Day 5: Exclusive experience in Côte de Nuits, Route des Grands Crus


Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.


Full day around Côte de Nuits
Scenic drive through the Route des Grands Crus

Picturesque drive along the Côte de Nuits through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. Discover the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. We will take advantage of being in those prestigious vineyards to explain the Terroir and the different steps needed along the year to harvest the best Pinot Noir possible.

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Clos Vougeot: guided tour (includes entrances)

Founded in 1098 by monks, the vineyard of Clos de Vougeot covers 50 hectares. The castle houses the brotherhood of the knights of the tastevin. Its wines are ones of the most famous in Burgundy with a Grand Crus: Le Clos Vougeot.

Today the vineyard is divided between 80 owners.


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Lunch at a local restaurant - drinks included

Dijon: guided tour of the town

In Roman times Dijon was a crossroads between northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

In the 14th century it was here that the Valois Dukes of Burgundy founded one of the most brilliant courts in Europe. Dijon then became the seat of the order of the Golden Fleece.

From the Renaissance onwards, the townhouses of the Nobles of the Robe reshaped this “city of a hundred towers”.

Dijon's pedestrian streets wind between medieval houses, churches and Renaissance townhouses. The Place de la Libération, created by Hardouin-Mansart, is one of the loveliest squares in France. In summer, its sunny café terraces are perfect for a city break....


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Wine tasting in Beaune

This Domaine is an important vineyard in the Côte de Beaune. The wine cellars and the winery are located in Beaune, in the Place Saint-Jacques. Its owner has extensive experience in the wine world, having worked for twenty years in sales of Burgundy wines on the French market. The area offers a wide range of different wines, classified under various names, including several 1st Crus and Grand Crus, whether white or red.


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Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Overnight at your hotel in Beaune.

Dinner is at your leisure.



Day 6: Exclusive experience in Burgundy, the Hospices de Beaune

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

Full day tour around Côte de Beaune

Hospices de Beaune: Guided tour (includes entrances)
Hospices Civils de Beaune which have, since their foundation in 1443 by the Chancellor Nicolas Rolin, kept their doors open to everyone without interruption. This institution, unique in its historical and wine-producing, is closely connected with the economic life of the region.

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Wine tasting lunch at  a local domain

In 1860, the owner set up with passion his own firm in Santenay, a village in the heart of the vineyards in southern Côte d’Or - Burgundy. 
Their wine has been taken abroad to the tables of England, The Netherlands and The United States. 

Their wines are matured in oak barrels which are meticulously combined and adapted to the origin of the grapes and the vintage. 
The wines rest in the vaulted cellars for 12 to 18 months. Regular tastings and technical analyzes are realized in order to follow the evolution and guarantee the quality and authenticity of the wines. 


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Sightseeing of the vineyards: Meursault, Pommard, Volnay

Welcome to the spirit of France!

While we are in the vineyards we will give you a clear and entertaining presentation of the difference between the appellations “Village, 1er Cru and Grand Crus”. Here the Chardonnay is at its best!

Tour and wine tasting at a local domain

In 1848, the owner was only 24 when he founded his own wine house. The railway had just arrived in Meursault and Jean had the intuition that it would help make the fame of Burgundian wines. The name soon became synonymous to great white Burgundy wines. The cellars date back to the 15th century and are among the most prestigious in Burgundy.

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Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Overnight at your hotel in Beaune.

Dinner is at your leisure.



Day 7: Departure from Burgundy

Check out

Your taxi driver will pick you up (time to be advised) and drop you off at the train station of Dijon

TGV transfer from Dijon to Aix en Provence

Pic nic lunch with drinks included

Taxi transfer from the train station of Aix en Provence to your hotel.


Check in at your hotel in Aix en Provence – Hotel de France*** or similar

Hotel de France*** in Aix en Provence - or similar


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Accommodation for 3 nights in a Charme room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.

To celebrate your arrival in that marvelous part of France, we are delighted to offer you in your room a box of Calissons, a local candy specialty!



Day 8: Exclusive experience in Aix en Provence

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

Walking tour of Aix en Provence

Historic capital of Provence, Aix-en-Provence offers an amazing and picturesque sum up of southern culture. Try not to leave the city without visiting one the picturesque food market, making Aix-en-Provence the gastronomic capital of the area. Nearby the city center, the Montagne Ste-Victoire evokes perfectly the memory of Paul Cézanne, who painted it several times.

Aix en Provence
Lunch at a local restaurant - drinks included

Wine tasting at a local domain

Our guide will drive you on a short ride in our comfortable 8-passenger minivan, with air conditioning through the magnificent landscape of an old ancient crater land on which the Côteaux d’Aix appellation vineyards have made their exquisite wine.


Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Aix en Provence


Day 9: Exclusive experience in Avignon

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.


Provence: typical food market in Avignon

Strolling in the famous market of Provence is a nice occasion to understand why what you have in your plate is so genuine and delightful.

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Wine tasting lunch at a local domain - drinks included

Pont du Gard: guided tour - World heritage of UNESCO

Built in the 1st century AD, the Pont du Gard is one of the most impressive Roman relics conserved in France. Aqueduct spanning the Gard river, this three levels bridge's function was to bring the water from Uzès to Nîmes, most important city of southern France during the Roman period.

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Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Aix en Provence



Day 10: Exclusive experience in Cannes

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

Transfer from Aix en Provence to Nice

Cannes: sightseeing of the city – World heritage of UNESCO

From the modest fishermen village to the cultural world-famous seaside resort, Cannes has forged a singular history, made of passions and timely encounters as in the most beautiful love stories.

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Lunch at a local restaurant - drinks included
Grasse: walking tour of the city
You will get lost with delight in the narrow streets and staircase and admire a square Saracen tower of the 16th century, the town hall in the former Episcopal palace, raised medieval houses, magnificent mansions and beautiful villas of the 18th century and the Belle Epoque casino.

Grasse

Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Check in at the Hotel Monsigny*** or similar.

Hotel Monsigny*** in Nice - or similar

Hotel Monsigny Nice

Accommodation for 2 nights in a Standard room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.


Day 11: Exclusive experience in Monaco

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

 

Nice: guided tour of the city - World heritage of UNESCO

Nice's Promenade des Anglais and Carnival are well known. Yet it is only once you get here, after having soaked up the city's atmosphere and unique light, that the tag line 'Capital of the Côte d'Azur' begins to make sense and emerges into an inescapable truth.

Nice

Lunch at a local restaurant- drinks included

Eze: guided tour of the city
The territory of Èze covers all three Corniche roads, from the sea (“Bord de Mer”) to the Grande Corniche, with its mediaeval village atop a rocky spur overlooking the Mediterranean.
Eze

Monte Carlo: guided tour of the city

The Rock of Monaco was a shelter for primitive populations. Traces of their occupation were discovered in a cave in the Saint-Martin Gardens. The first sedentary inhabitants of the region, the Ligures, are described as a mountain people, accustomed to hard work and an exemplary frugality. The coast and the port of Monaco were probably the sea access for the interior Ligurian population, the Oratelli of Peille.

Monaco

Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Nice

Day 12: Departure from Provence

Check out

Taxi transfer to the airport of Nice

Pic nic lunch with drinks included

Flight from Nice to Bordeaux

Taxi transfer to the airport of Bordeaux to your hotel

Check in at the Hotel Le Majestic**** or similar

Hotel Le Majestic*** in Bordeaux - or similar


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Accommodation for 2 nights in a Superior room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.

Day 13: Exclusive experience in Bordeaux
Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

Bordeaux: Guided tour of the city
The historic centre of Bordeaux, Port of the Moon, the port city in south-west France, is inscribed as an inhabited historic city, an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble, created in the age of Enlightenment, whose values continued up to the first half of the 20th century, with more protected buildings than any other French city, except Paris.

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Lunch at a traditional restaurant - drinks included

Canelé tasting

Canelé

Wine tasting in Bordeaux

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Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Bordeaux.


Day 14: Exclusive experience in Dordogne, the Lascaux caves

Pick up
9.00am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.


Transfer to Sarlat

Lunch at a traditional duck farm & foie gras - drinks included

Foie gras
Lascaux cave

 

Guided tour of the Lascaux cave - World Heritage of UNESCO

Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Check in at your hotel Plaza Madeleine**** or similar.

Hotel Plaza Madeleine**** in Sarlat - or similar

Hotel Plaza Madeleine, Sarlat

Accommodation for 1 night in a Business premier room with breakfast and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.



Day 15: Exclusive experience at Saint Emilion

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

Guided tour of La Roque Gageac and Beynac-et-Cazenac

La Roque Gageac

Beynac-et-Cazenac

Transfer to Saint-Emilion

Wine tasting lunch at a traditional restaurant - drinks included

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Guided tour of the subterranean in Saint Emilion

The Hermitage (Saint-Émilion's oldest monument), the Ossuary, the Catacombs, and the Monolithic Church, which were all carved out of solid limestone rock, as were dozens of kilometers of underground galleries. Some of these galleries have been turned into cellars or museums, which you will visit.


Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Check in at your hotel in Bordeaux, Hotel le Majestic**** or similar.

Hotel Le Majestic*** in Bordeaux - or similar

Accommodation for 2 nights in a Superior room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.


Day 16: Exclusive experience in Medoc

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.


Sightseeing of the castle road: Château Margaux, Château Palmer, Château Pichon Longueville
Château Margaux
Lunch at a traditional restaurant - drinks included
Wine tasting at a local domain

Wine tasting Medoc, dordogne
Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Bordeaux.



Day 17: Departure from Bordeaux

Check out

Taxi transfer from your hotel to the train station of Bordeaux

TGV transfer from Bordeaux to Tours - Pic nic lunch with drinks included

Taxi transfer from the train station of Tours to your hotel

Check in at your hotel in Tours, Hotel de l'Univers**** or similar.

Hotel de l'Univers**** - or similar


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Accommodation for 3 nights in a Comfort room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.



Day 18: Exclusive experience in Chinon

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.

Guided tour of the city of Chinon

With its medieval streets, Chinon has remained an outdoor museum of architecture and history. Discover the medieval half-timbered houses and the Renaissance town houses built the King’s financers or ministers. With its fortress built by Henry II Plantagenet and Richard the Lion’s heart, Chinon is the town where Joan of Arc met King Charles VII in 1429.

Chinon

Wine tasting lunch at a local domain

Guided tour of the fortress of Azay le Rideau

This is one of the purest gems of Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley. Financer Gilles Berthelot’s Chateau, delicately placed on an island on the Indre river, still shines today thanks to the lightness and balance of its mullioned, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase.

Azay le Rideau


Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Tours.

Day 19: Exclusive experience in Chambord

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.

Chateau de Chenonceau: guided tour

The unique architecture of the Chateau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed “the ladies castle", Chenonceau is related to important French women such as Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance gardens around it make it even more spectacular.

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Wine tasting lunch at les Caves Duhard in Amboise

You are welcomed in Caves Duhard established in 1874. Its owner and wine maker Daniel Gatay is specialized in mature Vouvray wines. You can discover a large range of vintages, from 1947 to our days.

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Guided tour of the Chateau of Chambord - World Heritage of UNESCO

In the middle of a forest as large as the city of Paris Chambord was the first Loire Valley chateau listed in the world heritage by UNESCO. Ordered in 1519 by King Francois I, with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces, it is the largest castle in the region. Leonardo da Vinci is the creator of its incredible double helix staircase.

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Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Tours.



Day 20: Exclusive experience at the Mont Saint Michel

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.

Transfer to the Mont Saint Michel

Lunch at a traditional restaurant -drinks included

Half day in the Mont Saint Michel & visit of the Abbey

Mont Saint-Michel may be Brittany's best-known attraction. Surrounded by the most powerful tides in Europe, perched high on a rocky island, this medieval city and its abbey are a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site.

Mont Saint Michel


Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel. Check in at the Domaine de Bayeux*** - or similar

Domaine de Bayeux*** in Bayeux - or similar


Domaine de Bayeux

Accommodation for 3 nights in a Verger room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.


Day 21: Discover the Landing Beaches

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.

Arromanches: Circular Cinema and DDay Museum

You will start the day by the circular cinema. This will allow you to understand the overall World War II. The records will give you an idea about what the war were.

Then you will follow the day with a guided tour of the DDay Museum.

Arromanches

Longues-sur-mer German Battery

Major key of Luthe German defensive system on the Norman coast, this battery, overlooking the English Channel, is particularly well preserved. Laid between Omaha beach and Gold beach, this ensemble of mighty cannons and bunkers is giving you an idea of what was the Atlantic Wall. You will be amazed by the contrast between the nowadays peaceful surroundings and what happened in June 1944 when the batteries had to fight against the Allied Naval Army... This site can easily be combined with the very close other sites belonging to the Landing Beaches.

Longues-sur-mer

Lunch at a traditional restaurant - drinks included
Omaha beach and American cemetery

The Normandy American Cemetery, which was inaugurated in 1956, lies at the heart of a vast seventy-hectare site granted to the United States by the French Government.

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Pointe-du-Hoc promontory

Beautiful natural site made of cliffs, rocks and moor, the Pointe-du-Hoc, is also one the best expression of American bravery.

Pointe du Hoc

Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Bayeux.



Day 22: Discover the tapestry of Bayeux

Pick up

9.00am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.

Guided tour of Bayeux and its famous tapestry - World Heritage of UNESCO

You will start the day by the tour of Bayeux Tapestries with audioguide - the guide is not authorized. Walking guided tour of the city and of the cathedral.

Tapestry of Bayeux

Lunch at a traditional restaurant - drinks included
Visit and calvados tasting
Visit and cheese tasting
Drop off

Around 5.00pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure.

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Features
Size of groupLimited to 20 people
Duration of the tour23 days & 22 nights
Type of tourGroup tour
LanguageEnglish
GuideThis tour is escorted by an official Guide Interpreter. The guide gives you a tour of the monuments and presents you the history and architecture of the visited sites and towns.
LunchLunch included as metioned
TransportationCoach
MealsBreakfast included as metioned
DestinationParis, Champagne, Burgundy, Provence, Riviera, Bordeaux, Dordogne, Loire Valley, Normandy, Giverny
 
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