This epic trip loops around three beloved regions in France with a nice mix of free time and guided tours. Start in Normandy to visit historical sites—spanning 900 years—between Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Next is Brittany where you'll have free time (and a car) to explore the wild, rugged coastline at your own pace. Then experience UNESCO-listed villages and castles in the Loire Valley before finishing with two days in Paris.
As the first town liberated and secured by the Allies after D-Day and one of the only places to have emerged from WWII nearly unscathed, Bayeux retains much of its old architecture, including the grandiose 13th-century Norman-Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Enjoy exploring the city's narrow streets, lined with traditional wooden-framed and half-timbered Norman houses. Then, go inside the Gothic cathedral to admire its ornate interior.
In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Art and History Baron Gerard to learn about the lace and porcelain that made Bayeux so well-known across Europe, and therefore, rich.
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Enjoy a quick getaway to Paris and the Normandy coast without sacrificing luxury on this 6-day trip. Start in the City of Lights, where you'll learn about Parisian history in the heart of the city, stroll the gilded halls of Versaille, and take a nighttime cruise on the Seine. Spend your last day on the Normandy coast to see the Bayeux Tapestry and tour Mont-Saint-Michel: the abbey on an island.
If spending thirteen days driving from Paris through Normandy to Bordeaux sounds like your perfect getaway, this trip is for you. Get to know the sweet side of France on a pastry tour in Paris, breathe in the fresh ocean air in Normandy, and view castles (including da Vinci’s former residence) in the Loire Valley. End in Bordeaux to sample the best of France’s wine and cuisine.