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Exquisite wine and charming countryside
Your only worry on this trip is pacing your indulgence. Whether it’s buttery croissants in Paris, fresh oysters in Normandy, or crisp white wine in the Loire Valley, each stop on your tour is packed with artisan delicacies. Begin in the glittering capital city and make your way through the cozy countryside, where medieval villages and grand chateaus offer their own flair of sophistication. In the rich heartland of France, there’s always more to see tomorrow, but another bottle of champagne is never a bad idea.
The Loire Valley
La Belle France
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Enter France through its main artery, Paris. The pulsing capital city draws visitors from around the globe to the sunny seats of its sidewalk cafes and the romantic shade of its many landmarks. Take in the skyline from the Eiffel tower, lose yourself the Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile at the Louvre, and discuss it all over dinner at your new favorite bistro.
Leave the city behind and immerse yourself in the idyllic gardens of Claude Monet. Cross the water lily bridge made famous by this pioneer of impressionism and learn about a great artist’s life. Continue with the flora theme at the historic Arboretum d’Harcourt at Château d’Harcourt. Later, visit one of the local orchards for a cup of fresh cider and see the sunset over Honfleur’s 17th-century harbor.
If Normandy’s windswept beaches could talk, the story would take your breath away. Visit the spot where Allied troops landed on D-Day, 1944 and pay your respects to the fallen soldiers at the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Me. In the afternoon you’ll delve further into the history of the region as you stroll through the medieval town of Bayeux. Here, you can see the eponymous tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England—over 10 centuries old.
It’s time to explore the country comforts of the Breton coast. Cross the tidal causeway to Mont Saint-Michel, a tiny island town overlooked by a medieval abbey. Come back to the mainland to get a taste of village life in Dinan, where half-timbered houses line cobbled streets. Snap a selfie with the 13th-century ramparts before the sun goes down and it’s time for a traditional crêperie dinner.
Once a strategic stronghold for Kings, the Loire Valley is now the ultimate destination for indulgent food, wine, and landscapes. Get to know the likes of Angers and Orléans as you glint from vineyard to château as the aristocracy of old. Finish your tour with a stroll through the immaculate gardens of Château de Chenonceau, and leave France with a heart full of memories and a belly full of delectable cheese.
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