Day 1 | Highlights:
You’ll be met at Amsterdam Airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 | Amsterdam > Lille Highlights:
Explore the wonderful city of Antwerp after crossing the Holland-Belgian border. Continue then to Ypres, where you’ll visit the moving Ypres Museum, as well as the Menin Gate, to witness the Last Post ceremony that commemorates the fallen soldiers of the Great War every evening in the village. You’ll arrive in Lille tonight to your luxurious accommodation, boasting 500 years of history.
Day 3 | Bruges Highlights:
This morning you’ll tour Lille, which boasts manicured parklands and a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. From there it’s on to charming Bruges for a guided tour and afternoon at leisure before returning to Lille.
Day 4 | Lille > Rouen Highlights:
Tour the historic Somme battlefields, and follow the World War I Commemorative Trail, visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery and historic Hill 60 before passing the VC Corner Cemetery and Cobber Memorial enroute to the new Fromelles Museum and cemetery. Pay your respects at the Australian Memorial Park and emotive Bullecourt Digger statue, and visit the Franco-Australian Museum and Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Relax at your majestic hotel in the historic centre of Rouen this evening.
Day 5 | Honfleur > Deauville Highlights:
The medieval city of Rouen was once the ancient capital of Normandy and fiefdom of William the Conqueror. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, including its Joan of Arc sites this morning. Then, with its pretty inner-harbour abuzz with activity, immerse yourself in the coastal atmosphere of Honfleur. Upon arrival in the glamourous seaside city of Deauville, enjoy an orientation tour before retiring to the magnificence of your hotel for the following two nights.
Day 6 | Normandy Beaches Highlights:
The Normandy Beaches is a region steeped in wartime history, juxtaposed against a picturesque and serene setting. Visit the notorious commemorative sites of World War II including the Ranger’s memorial at Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the moving Normandy American Cemetery, and the D-Day Landings Museum on the Arromanches beaches
Day 7 | Granville > Saint Malo Highlights:
This morning visit the Bayeaux Tapestry Museum, showcasing famous tapestries illustrating the region’s 11th century William the Conqueror history. France is synonymous with fashion the world over, and with celebrated designers such as Christian Dior is it any wonder? This afternoon discover the fashion icon’s beautiful seaside birthplace of Granville and explore the museum that is lovingly curated by his family in dedication to Dior’s memory. Continue to the coastal town of Saint Malo where you’ll enjoy an orientation tour on arrival before checking into your seaside hotel for the following two nights.
Day 8 | Mont Saint-Michel Highlights:
Tour Mont Saint-Michel, situated one kilometre off France’s north coast, and visit the magnificent hilltop abbey and village. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure in the quaint village of Saint Malo, with its ancient walled Old Town and its beautiful beaches, kissed by the English Channel.
Day 9 | Saint Malo > Loire Valley Highlights:
Visit the Loire Valley and enter an enchanted land of vineyards and rolling green hills. Visit the last of the great Renaissance châteaux in the Loire Valley, Château Villandry, boasting architectural elegance complemented by the charm of its outstanding gardens. Continue to your beautiful accommodation, your home for the next two nights and the perfect platform to explore the region.
Day 10 | Loire Valley Highlights:
Visit the stunning Château de Chenonceau today, with its equally arresting history, then travel on to the delightful town of Amboise where you’ll get to see the great Leonardo da Vinci’s tomb, and Clos Lucé, the manor house where he lived. This evening, celebrate your visit to the Loire Valley with a special dinner amidst the beauty of your surrounds.
Day 11 | Loire Valley > Paris Highlights:
Continue your journey across the picturesque plain of La Beauce before touring the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Highlights of the tour will include Marie Antoinette’s bed-chamber and the exquisite manicured gardens. From there, it’s just a short drive to your city central hotel in Paris. Dine in style this evening.
Day 12 | Paris Highlights:
Depart after breakfast today and will be transferred to Paris Airport.