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2018 Itinerary

9 Day Itinerary (Paris > Lyon)

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  • Departure City


  • Duration

    9 Day

  • Return City


Tour Inclusions

included in your price

  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Free airport transfers
  • 9 day Normandy and Loire Valley coach tour
  • Explore 6 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours
  • Guided tour of Paris
  • Tour the Valley of the Somme visiting ANZAC memorials and battlefields
  • Visit Omaha Beach and Arromanches
  • Tour the beautiful Loire Valley

dining highlights

  • 11 superb meals including: 8 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 Dinners (D)
  • Day 1 Arrive Paris

    Welcome to Paris. You will be met at Charles de Gaulle International Airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink at your hotel.
    Two Night Stay: Paris

  • Day 2 Paris

    A sightseeing tour with a local guide takes you to see Notre Dame Cathedral, famous for the tale of Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame. See the Obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the elegant Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the River Seine finishing at the Eiffel Tower. This tour will give you an excellent overview of the city. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure to explore this romantic city.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 3 Paris – Rouen

    Today we visit the Somme Valley, north of Paris, where the Battle of the Somme was staged in WW1, claiming the lives of more than 150,000 soldiers from Britain and The Commonwealth. We will visit the Crater at la Boiselle, followed by a visit to the Thiepval Memorial, which has the names of over 72,000 men lost in the battles engraved on its walls, then the Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Statue and later the Australian Museum at Villers-Bretonneux, before continuing onto the charming medieval town of Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1413.
    Overnight Stay: Rouen

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 Rouen – Rennes

    Travel onto the Normandy coastline to visit Pegasus Bridge, have some free time in Arromanches, see the WWII landing sites at Omaha Beach and the bunkers and range memorial at Pointe du Hoc. The magnificent hilltop abbey of Mont St. Michel, will be one of the highlights of your tour. Enjoy time at leisure to explore this fascinating village, before continuing onto your hotel in Rennes.
    Overnight Stay: Rennes

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 5 Rennes – Nantes

    This morning enjoy free time at leisure to explore Rennes, with its ancient fortifications, some dating back to the 3rd century AD. In the afternoon, drive south to the Loire Valley, visiting one of the famous Chateau, before reaching your hotel in the lively city of Nantes. Tonight enjoy dinner in your hotel.
    Two Night Stay: Nantes

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 Loire Valley

    Today enjoy a full day touring through the beautiful Loire Valley with visits to several Chateaux, such as the Chateau de Sammur, Chateau de Plessis-Bourre and Chateau Amboisse. French kings during the Renaissance period and their nobles built magnificent estates throughout the region, most of them nestled along the Loire River.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 7 Nantes – Limoges

    This morning enjoy some free time in Nantes, before heading south to Limoges in the Lake District of France. On the way stop for a while in the ghost town of Oradour-sur Glane, which stands untouched since it was completely destroyed by the German Waffen SS in June 1944!
    Overnight Stay: Limoges

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 8 Limoges – Clermont-Ferrand

    Today, drive through stunning scenery skirting along the Massif Central mountain range, passing countless lakes and quaint villages before arriving at the scenic city of Clermont-Ferrand flanked by an extinct volcano and enjoy dinner in your hotel.
    Overnight Stay: Clermont-Ferrand

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon

    After a relaxing morning continue onto Lyon, where you will say goodbye to new found friends. Transfer to the airport for your onward bound journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

    Pricing and Availability All prices listed are per person