Journey into Northern France, along the scenic coastlines beloved by Impressionist painters and immortalized in the historic events of World War II. Follow seaside trails on a walking tour of Normandy’s coast, marveling at the towering white cliffs of Étretat, and visit Omaha Beach where Allied forces changed the course of World War II. Cross a causeway to a small island and tour Mont St. Michel Abbey, an ancient Benedictine wonder. Throughout your tour, enjoy delicious French cuisine: Norman cheeses, fresh mussels, and savory crepes paired with a glass of wine. Relax at the end of each day in lodgings that include intimate family-run hotels and luxurious four-star accommodations. This Normandy to Brittany walking tour is sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Hotel Splendid Etoile
Set in the 17th arrondissement, in a perfect location literally steps away from the Arc de Triomphe, the Hotel Splendid Etoile offers classic décor and four-star comfort in a quintessentially Parisian 19th-century building. An elegant, wood-paneled bar and fine-dining restaurant are on site. The Champs Élysées, major subway lines, and other Paris sites are within easy walking distance.
Hotel Des Ormes
An intimate, family-run hotel on the waterfront in the small harbor town of Barneville-Carteret, the Hôtel-Restaurat les Ormes has light-filled guestrooms individually decorated with warm furnishings and fabrics. A welcoming lounge, luxuriant terrace garden, bar, and fine-dining restaurant are on site, and the quaint town center and waterfront are just steps away.
Les Maisons de Léa
This charming hotel in the heart of Honfleur, just opposite Saint Catherine’s church, is a restored complex made up of a salt warehouse and three 16th-century houses. It features plush, individually decorated rooms and inviting common rooms with warm colors and antiques, including a gourmet restaurant. Also onsite is a hammam-type steam room.
Hotel Le Nouveau Monde
This stylish and welcoming 4-star hotel on the oceanfront promenade of Saint Malo has plush, light-filled guest rooms in soft tones with high-quality fabrics throughout. The hotel’s décor is tastefully inspired by the city’s seafaring history. On site are a fine-dining, sea-view restaurant, bar and tea room, pool, spa with two treatment rooms (available upon request), pool with underwater jets, steam room, and solarium.
2020 Post-Tour Extension - Paris
2 Nights From $448
per person, double occupancy
Enjoy a full day in Paris at your leisure. From your four-star boutique hotel, you are perfectly positioned to explore this magical city from the Left Bank to the Right. Start at the Champs Élysées or the Arc de Triomphe, both steps away from your hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Splendid Etoile
Today, help yourself to Paris’s many pleasures while strolling along the Seine, people watching in the Tuileries Garden, or exploring the Louvre’s unsurpassed art collection. Feast in legendary restaurants in the Marais district, browse ephemera shops in Montmartre, or picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower. The “City of Lights” belongs on everyone’s bucket list, and once you’ve gone, you are sure to always want to return.
Accommodation: Hotel Splendid Etoile
Au revoir! This morning, a small-group complimentary transfer is provided to Charles de Gaulle International Airport based on your departure time. Your guides will confirm the transfer time while on tour.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 lunch and 2 dinners|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|Two extra nights in Paris, France|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Born in Rouen, Corinne Jouin has been working as a guide since 1994, including being certified as a hiking guide in the Chamonix Valley. In addition to fulfilling her career goal of working in the outdoors, she has traveled and lived abroad for part of her life, and especially enjoys returning to her roots to visit her family in Normandy & Brittany, where she boats along the Baie de Somme, bikes along the coast of Brittany, and hikes in Arromanches Bay with her husband and children. Originally trained as a graphic designer, she applies her creativity to the Swiss folk art of silhouette paper cutting, and also enjoys exploring the Alps and visiting historical sites throughout France with her family.
A native of Chamonix, Claire Thiolière spent months during her youth vacationing in Normandy thanks to her parents’ passion for the local history of Honfleur, Mont Saint-Michel, and the Cotentin Peninsula. She also traveled extensively in her youth throughout Africa before returning to France where she received a Master’s degree in Geography and Geomorphology. She is a certified guide who has been leading people throughout the Alps for more than 25 years and has also led groups along the Norman coast when not sailing that same coast herself! An avid hiker and skier, Claire’s enthusiasm extends to the impressionist painters whose artistic movement was born in Le Havre, as well as French literature, architecture, and gastronomy.
Lucie Hoffmann is a qualified French National Guide of Culture and readily shares her expertise of both the history and culture of Normandy and Brittany. Living in Bayeux, Normandy, she searches flea markets for antiques and pottery in her spare time. She is also a prolific gardener.
Born and raised between Brittany and the Loire Valley. Sophie Josse attended university in Angers where she studied languages. With a goal of seeing the world, she has spent her adult life working in the travel industry in various capacities, including as a guide to English-speaking guests from around the world! When not leading trips, Sophie enjoys running, biking, and skiing with her husband.
Bruno Latulippe grew up in Canada and travelled the world after earning a degree in marketing and before settling down in France and marrying his wife, Sophie Josse, a fellow guide and native of Brittany. With over 20 years’ experience working in tourism, Bruno loves sharing his passion for history and culture with guests from around the world. When not on tour, you can usually find Bruno catching up on his reading, skiing, or riding his bike through the French countryside (with Sophie, of course!).
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