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Normandy and Loire Valley

 

Day 1 (Thursday) Giverny

 

- Giverny: Arrival around noon

- Lunch, for example at Museum of American Art                         

  and visit and time free up to 4.30pm

- Visit of Claude Monet Foundation,

  Monet's house and garden

- 7.30pm : dinner at “Restaurant de l'Hôtel Baudy” 

  which is also a museum : many American painters

  stayed here in Monet's time.

- Night at a local B&B

 

Day 2 (Friday) Hontfleur

 

- Departure from Giverny B&B at 9am for

  Hontfleur: Time free up to noon 

  Walk around "Le Bassin"

  (the fishermen harbour, painted by all

  impressionists artists).

  Visit of the lovely typical church and

  shopping, or visit of the Erik Satie

  Houses (Surrealistic Music)

  Visit of the Eugène Boudin Museum

  (Monet's Master), also showing other

  renowned Impressionist painters

- Night in a local typical hotel

 

Day 3 (Saturday) Omaha Beach

 

- Departure from Hontfleur at 9am for

  Arromanches:

  free visit of the WWII museum, DD movie

  Colleville-sur-Mer:

  free visit of the American Cemetery

  Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer:

  free visit of the Memorial Museum and the

  «Promenade du Souvenir» at "Pointe du Hoc"

- Departure from Omaha Beaches around 5pm for

  Bayeux: Dinner and night at a local B&B or hotel

 

Day 4 (Sunday) Bayeux & Mont-Saint-Michel

 

  Bayeux: Time free.

  Visit of the “Centre Guillaume-le-Conquérent

  (Tapestries  Museum)  and the Gothic cathedral

- Departure for Mont-Saint-Michel around 2pm 

  Mont-Saint-Michel: Arrival around 4am.                                 

  Visit of the Abbaye and "La Merveille"

- Time free: walk through streets, shopping

- Dinner: maybe you will test the famous

  "Omelette de la Mère Poulard" at the restaurant

 

Day 5 (Monday) Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau

 

- Departure from Mont-Saint-Michel at 8.30am

  for Savennieres (or *Saint-Malo / Brittany)

  Savennieres:

  Wine degustation at the renowned vineyard

  "La Coulee de Serrans",a fabulous white wine:

  this exceptional vineyard was graded "one of

  the 5 best white wines in the world” by

  many critics including the Wine Spectator

- Departure for Villandry and arrival

  around 4pm

  Villandry:

  Visit of Jardins à la Francaise (gardens) 

- Departure 6pm for Azay-le-Rideau   

  Azay-le-Rideau: Time free, shopping &

  "Night Promenade" around the Château

  d'Azay-le-Rideau (illuminated)

- Night at the local B&B or hotel

 

Day 6 (Tuesday) Blois, Chenonceaux

 

- Departure from B&B (or hotel) at 9am for

  Blois: Visit of the Chateau

- Lunch at 1pm at the starred Michelin

  restaurant "L'Orangerie du Château"

- Departure at 3pm for Chenonceaux

  Chenonceaux:

  4pm: Cruise on "Le Cher river". We will sail

  under the arches of Chateau de Chenonceau

- Night at a local hotel or B&B

 

Day 7 (Wednesday) Amboise 

(or **Chambord), Chartres

 

- Departure from the hotel or B&B 9am for

  Amboise: Time free up to 2pm

  Visit of the Chateau, "Le Clos Luce" which

  is a museum situated in the last residence

  of Leonardo da Vinci

- Departure to Chartres around 3pm

  Chartres:

  Visit of the Gothic cathedral

- Night at a local hotel

 

Day 8 (Thursday) Chartres:

 

- Time free: shopping

  Note : Chartres / Paris-Gare Montparnasse

  takes about 45mn by train

                        

                           

 

*Saint-Malo: Free Visit of the

  “Cité des Corsaires” (Pirates city)

- Departure for Bourgueil at 11am,

  arrival at 1pm, and lunch

- Degustation in a local winery of the

  renowned Bourgueil wine 

 

**Chambord: Visit of the Chateau

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