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Northern France: Normandy & Paris

Northern France: Normandy & Paris

7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey

Normandy & Paris

Experience the best of French culture and gain fresh perspective on French-American relations through history and culture. Delve into the history of World War II in Normandy and visit the incredible island monastery of Mont Saint-Michel. In Paris, the City of Lights, cruise the Seine, and spend some time strolling the legendary Champs-Elysees. Then, head out of town to explore the history and architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Versailles on a private visit.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Paris / To Normandy

    Upon arrival in Paris, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative. A scenic drive takes you to Normandy and your hotel in Audrieu, a Relais & Chateaux property located between Caen and Bayeux.

    Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and maybe venture out into the city for a pleasant stroll.

    Chateau d'Audrieu - 3 Nights
  • Day 2
    Normandy

    After breakfast, begin your exploration of Normandy by focusing on sights related to D-Day. Relive June 6, 1944, and discover why it is known as "The Longest Day." Visit Omaha Beach, the site of some of the most vicious fighting of World War II. Approximately 34,000 soldiers of the 1st, 2nd and 29th Infantry Divisions landed here on D-Day. Continue to the American Cemetery, the Caen Memorial, and other locations related to World War II.

    If time permits and depending on your interests, you may take a guided tour of Bayeux and the museum of its famous tapestry.

    Chateau d'Audrieu (B)
  • Day 3
    Normandy

    Embark on a full-day visit to the fascinating island of Mont Saint-Michel. This commune in the middle of the mouth of the Couesnon River was erected back in the 8th century and its architecture mirrors that of the feudal society that existed at the time, with the monastery sitting atop the Great Halls, which in turn are above the storehouses, while outside the walls are the homes of the common people. Surrounded by the sea, the island is assailed daily by Europe's highest tides. Mont Saint-Michel is undeniably unique and a must-see for any traveler to the region.

    Chateau d'Audrieu (B)
  • Day 4
    To Paris

    Today, you will be privately escorted to the Hotel Napoleon in Paris, located in the heart of the city, just steps away from the mythical Champs-Elysees.

    Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure, shopping on France's most glamorous avenue! This evening, head out for dinner at one of the city's classic brasseries.

    Hotel Napoleon - 3 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 5
    Paris

    After breakfast, embark on a half-day private, guided sightseeing tour of the City of Lights.

    In the late afternoon, a private cruise on the Seine River allows you to admire Paris from a different perspective as you get a better understanding of the city's intertwined relationship with the water.

    Hotel Napoleon (B)
  • Day 6
    Paris

    After a leisurely breakfast, depart the city for a half-day visit of the Chateau de Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for over 30 years. Your guide will enlighten you about the fascinating history of the palace and French royalty.

    Hotel Napoleon (B)
  • Day 7
    Depart Paris

    The morning is yours to stroll among the book vendors on the banks of the Seine, mingle with the artists on Montmartre, or explore the legacy of Honore de Balzac, the first novelist to place Paris, the great capital city of his time, at the heart of his work.

    Then bid farewell to France as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

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Northern France: Normandy & Paris