Northern France: Normandy & Paris7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive 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
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)
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 4To 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)
After breakfast, embark on a half-day private, guided sightseeing tour of the City of Lights.Hotel Napoleon (B)
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.
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 7Depart 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.(B)
Then bid farewell to France as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Northern France: Normandy & Paris
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