Main destinations in Normandy, Loire valley and Perigord
1944 landing beaches and American military cemetery
One of the few places in the world that changed the course of WW2. The most important military operation ever took place on our Normandy beaches. You'll discover with us where it all happened, the German defences and of course the impressive American military cemetery outlooking Omaha beach.
Also to discover, the remains of the artificial harbour Mulberry in front of Arromanches in the British sector, as well as its incredible history (several museums available).
A bit further into the Cotentin peninsula, you may wish to discover where the famous airborne operations of the US 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions took place, in order to secure the landing on Utah beach. Several museums dedicated, amongst them Sainte Mère Eglise's Airborne museum.
Possibilty to visit Caen's Memorial, a large museum recounting a century of conflicts in Europe ans worldwide (WW1, WW2 and cold war).
Mont Saint Michel
Do not come to Normandy without discovering, at least once, this extraordinary abbey and its village built on an isolated rock, in the middle of a bay !
You'll enjoy for sure its small medieval streets, its wall where you can walk around the Mont almost entirely, and of course the abbey itself (several building and rooms can be visited). From up there, the view on the bay is unforgettable !
You'll find many ways to have a lunch on, or better, in the vicinity of the Mont.
Trip to the coast - Etretat, Honfleur, Deauville
Here we suggest a trip from Paris to the closest coast, starting with the high cliffs surrounding the lovely town of Etretat, a fishing spot that became the vacation spot of the parisian bourgeois, during the 19th century.
By crossing the river Seine through the impressive and elegant Bridge of Normandy, you would arrive in Honfleur, a very authentic and nice fishing port. You'll love for sure strolling around its small streets, up to its surprising wood church.
Eventually, why not ending the day at the casino or along the beach of Deauville, before getting back to Paris ? That's up to you !
Discover here the medieval downtown Rouen, and a real trip several centuries into the past ! Rouen has one of the most preserved city centre in France : half-timbering buildings, the unique Big Clock, the majestic cathedral and of course the places where Joan of Arc (1412-1431) stayed and was executed.
Rouen is a very living city, you'll enjoy for sure a walk in its streets.
Loire valley castles
The Loire valley and its numerous castles is a must-see in France outside Paris.
Among all the royal or local noblemen residences, we suggest the visit of the castles of Chambord, Blois, Chenonceaux and Amboise.
The latter has the particularity to be located a few kilometers away from Leonard da Vinci's house, where he lived, at the invitation of King François 1st, until his death (1519). Many of his inventions, constructed as models, are exhibited on the site.
Chenonceaux, built partly on a river, will amaze you both outside and inside with its gardens and furnitures.
The royal castle of Blois, where lived Henry II of France and his spouse Catherine de Medici, saw, among other events, the assassination of the Duke of Guise in 1588. Today it's a very interesting architectural ensemble, built from the Middle Age to the Renaissance.
Last but not least, Chambord offers a unique architecture with its very recognizable towers covered with blue tiles. Leonardo da Vinci is thought to have participated in its layout, especially the world-famous double spiral staircase. The gardens have been renewed in 2017.
Périgord, Rocamadour, Lascaux cave
The Perigord area is a place with a extraordinary rich history, made of worldwide famous prehistorical camps and caves, along with castles or medieval towns reflecting the long-lasting conflicts between the kings of France and England for the control of this land. We invite you to discover the incredible, famous Lascaux cave -or, to be precise, its exact copy-, the prehistorical camps in Les Eyzies, the well-preserved medieval towns also called "bastides" such as Sarlat, Monpazier, Eymet, Domme, the castles of Biron, Castelnaud and, last but not least, the amazing Rocamadour. You'll probably enjoy finishing your tour with a taste of sweet wine from the area of Monbazillac near Bergerac, and why not bring a few bottles back home !
This area is 600 kilometers from Paris, we advise a 2 or 3 days tour to discover its main sights. This also allows one or two visits on the way back to Paris (Loire valley, for example).