Normandy and Brittany Tour
Normandy and Brittany Tour: Meet two of the most charming French regions linked by history, an exceptional coastline and some of France’s gastronomic champions
- Private car with driver
- Private city guide
- Crossing the charming Brittany
- Mont Saint Michel
- SPA and relax in Saint Malo
- D-day landing beaches and museum
- Chateau of Versailles
Crossing the charming Brittany
- TRIP AT A GLANCE
- Day (1): D-day landing tour
- Day (2): Touring magnificent Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo
- Day (3):Delightful Pontrieux – Quimper
- Day (4):The captivating cities of Vannes and Rennes
- Day (5): Treasures of Versailles
(Day) 1: Departure from Paris
Early in the morning, your private driver will escort you from your hotel to Normandy landings, so called because of landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. Upon your arrival in Normandy, you will discover the famous Memorial Pegasus which is dedicated to the men of 6th British Airborne Division, “the Red Berets”.
Enjoy your visit of Arromanches. It is in this village that the first museum was built in commemoration of June 6th 1944 and the Normandy Campaign: to get close to the beach and see the scene with the big floating ports will give you goosebumps. The D-day Museum overlooks the very spot where one of the Mulberry Harbours was constructed and where its remains can still be seen today, just a few hundred meters from the shore. You will reach then the German coastal battery artillery in Longues sur Mer where between the fortresses, the Germans constructed coastal artillery batteries, under the control of either the army or the navy. Spaced several kilometers apart, they were designed to fire out to sea and ward off any invasion fleet.
After lunch in typical Norman restaurant (at your convenience) you will visit the moving American cemetery of St. Laurent and the visually spectacular Pont du Hoc.
(Day 2): The breathtaking combination: Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo
This morning, after a tasting French breakfast, you will be accompanied at Mont-Saint-Michel, a unique place that has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1979. Constrained by the pyramidal shape of the Mount, its medieval builders wrapped the buildings around the granite rock. Its ramparts and fortifications resisted all the assaults and as a result the Mount became a symbol of national identity. Experience with your private city guide the splendor of the abbey that the people of the Middle Ages regarded as a representation of the heavenly Jerusalem on earth, an image of Paradise. In the afternoon you will reach Saint Malo. With a skyline dominated by the spiky tower of medieval Cathédrale St-Vincent, the city is the prettiest of the Channel ports and a great gourmet destination. Enjoy the visit before getting a relaxing massage at the spa of your luxury hotel.
(Day 3 ): Discovering the deep Brittany: Pontrieux and Quimper
The small and beautiful city of Pontrieux is a must see for its canals, river and the famous washhouses that make it a very scenic village to explore.
Later you will discover Quimper. Located by the river Odet, this town has always been a sheltered place and a crossing point. As far back as the roman conquest a small urban center settled round a port opened to the Mediterranean world, downstream from the actual town. You will visit the Breton and Fine Art museums, the Cathedral and downtown. Discover the old town and the Koreon street where the scent of croissants coming out from pastry shops will delight you.
(Day 4): The captivating cities of Vannes and Rennes
Welcome to walled town of Vannes, one of Brittany’s most attractive sights Constructed largely in the 16th century, the old town is a pleasure to explore with something new to admire around every corner: the cathedral, the museum of archaeology located in the preserved Gaillard castle and Fine Arts exhibition will give enchant you. Wander around the well-preserved medieval streets, take a break in the wonderful Henri IV place and taste some fresh oyster Saint Pierres before walking in the beautiful Rempart garden.
In the afternoon you will reach the picturesque medieval town of Rennes. Its fascinating architecture and dynamism nurtured by the high number of students lend the city an unusually laid-back atmosphere You will start visiting The lovely and colorful St George Palace, the Republique square and the splendid Palais du commerce before entering in the medieval center that was partially destroyed by a fire in 1720. Rennes’ culinary landscape is French at heart and features an impressive number award-winning restaurants and fine dining establishments. Your private city tour will be pleased to suggest the best place to delight your palate according to you preferences.
(Day 5): The Magic visit at Chateau of Versailles
On the way back to Paris, you will spend un unforgettable moment at the Chateau of Versailles. This represents one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful. The Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartments, the Museum of the History of France and garden will make you discover the majesty of this place.
At the end of this visit, your private driver will be glad to escort you to your hotel.
You have explored the main wonders of West France, visited magical place and wild landscapes. We are happy you enjoyed this tour. Au revoir!
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- 4-star: Minimum Euros € 450 per person per day
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