Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • See the magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel rising from its rocky islet climb to the abbey that sits atop the fortress monastery.
  • Go behind the scenes at the Paris studio of Reza, renowned National Geographic photographer and explorer
  • Delve into the history of World War II with a historian in Normandy, and then take a walk along the legendary Omaha Beach.

Itinerary

Itinerary

History lovers and culture connoisseurs will delight in this eight-day exploration of France’s Norman villages and WWII military sites. Stroll through Claude Monet’s evocative garden, marvel at the medieval cities of Bayeux and Rouen, and visit the Paris studio of acclaimed National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza. Cap off the experience with two days in Paris to toast la vie en rose.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Paris
Arrive at any time.
Accommodations:Hotel Relais Monceau (or similar)
Day 2: Paris/Bayeux
Depart for Giverny to visit Claude Monet's garden, inspiration for the artist's water lily series and named as one of National Geographic's "top 10 most magnificent gardens in the world." Continue on to the pretty port town of Honfleur for a walk with our CEO and some free time. Arrive this evening in Bayeux and enjoy a dinner at a local crêperie.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Bayeux
This morning, we immerse ourselves in WWII history with a local, accredited expert. Begin with a lecture on the Allied invasion and visit a museum to view and handle WWII relics including vintage weapons, uniforms, and maps. Then board a WWII transport vehicle to visit Secqueville-en-Bessin War Cemetery to learn about the significance of poppies — the ultimate emblem of military sacrifice. This afternoon, continue exploring with our CEO, visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the American cemetery and memorial.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 4: Bayeux
Today, enjoy an excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel, an island commune off the coast of Normandy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval fortress is considered one of the most stunning and imposing sites in Europe with origins dating back to the 6th century. Take an orientation walk with our CEO then enjoy free time to explore. Opt to visit the abbey, monastery, or museums, or wander the winding lanes and cobblestone streets.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 5: Bayeux
Enjoy a free day to explore Bayeux and its medieval centre. Wander its quaint streets to visit shops and cafés then opt to visit the cathedral and the famed Bayeux Tapestry.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 6: Bayeux/Paris
Depart for the river port city of Rouen where we take an orientation walk with our CEO and enjoy some free time. Continue back to Paris where we visit the studio of renowned National Geographic photographer Reza. Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with one of Reza's assistants to learn about his work in conflict zones around the world and how his stunning photos make it from lens to page. After, enjoy some wine and cheese in this artistic setting; if we are lucky, we may even get to meet Reza.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Relais Monceau (or similar)
Day 7: Paris
Enjoy a morning walk with our CEO in the medieval centre of Paris; the Île de la Cité. Opt to visit inside Notre Dame, and the Sainte-Chapelle. Afterward, take advantage of free time to explore the city.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Relais Monceau (or similar)
Day 8: Paris
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast