Leave Paris and ride through pretty French countryside on your way to visit the best of Normandy and Brittany, including Saint Malo, Mont Saint-Michel, and Honfleur. The first stop is the ancient city of Rouen, the capital of Normandy.
Once the second largest city in France, Rouen was one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. A walk through the streets of Rouen takes you through centuries of architectural delights, from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Abbey of St Ouen and the Palais de Justice to the Church of Saint Joan of Arc.
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Near Omaha Beach you will see the American Cemetery which sits on a cliff overlooking the English Channel. It was the first American cemetery of World War II on European soil.
You'll enjoy the same views that Claude Monet painted in Honfleur. In fact, the picturesque port town is known as the birthplace of Impressionism. It's where the Seine River meets the English Channel and was a popular painting location for Monet and Courbet.
You also wander through Saint Malo, the port city of Brittany, considered to be one of the most attractive ports in France.
Then, like a mirage rising from the sea, you will explore one of the top pilgrimage sites in all Christendom, the island of Mont Saint-Michel.
Stroll through the medieval part of Rouen to see architectural treasures of the town including the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral and the half-timbered buildings.
On the way to Honfleur, drive over the monumental normandy cable bridge and pass by the landing beaches of omaha. Visit the american Cemetery of Saint-Laurent and Arromanches.
Leave Normandy for Saint-Malo in the heart of Brittany. After lunch, depart for Mont Saint-Michel for a guided tour and time to explore on your own. Following an afternoon of sightseeing and shopping, depart from Mont Saint-Michel and return to Paris by evening.
Travel in a luxury air-conditioned coach. All entrance fees, guided tours, accommodations in a 3-Star hotels and some meals.
Dazzling Gothic buildings, a busy port, and a medieval cathedral with the tallest bell tower in France reminds us of its historical importance on the Seine River.
Rouen's history stretches back to the Gauls and its importance continued on through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Rouen is also famous for being the city where, in 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
Here's where artists Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, and Claude Monet stepped out of the studio and into the light to create the École de Honfleur.
Another Honfleur landmark is the Church of Saint Catherine. Built by boat builders without an architect, the church of Saint Catherine, if flipped over, would float!
Saint Malo's cobbled streets are brimming with quaint hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. Saint Malo is famous for the highest concentration of seafood restaurants in all of Europe!
Mont Saint-Michel floats like a mirage on the horizon. Although the town of of Mont Saint-Michel has only 30 residents it receives almost two million visitors per year. Since the 6th-century, monks have lived in solitary existence on the isolated island.
On June 8, 1944, justdays after the D-Day invasion, the U.S. Army buried their dead soldiers in a cemetery near to the beaches.
The American cemetery covers an area of 172 acres and holds the graves of nearly 10,000 Allied soldiers. On the east side of the memorial is the Wall of the Missing. Etched into stone are 1,557 names with rosettes to mark those since recovered and identified.
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