Tour Three - Normandy/Paris
June 19-26, 2017
Subject to change

The objective of our Normandy/Paris Tour is to see and learn about how Normandy influenced the medieval world, particularly Jersey and England.  We visit a few of the most famous sites in Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy) then have the opportunity to see a bit of Paris at the end of the tour.

Normandy
Mont St. MicheleForty miles across the Channel from Jersey is St. Malo, located on the coast near the Brittany/Normandy border.  After a one-night stay in this ancient walled city, we visit the magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel.  The well recognized island is home to the Abbey, a medieval village, museums, restaurants and shops.  Our bus next takes us through the pretty Norman countryside to Bayeux, our base for the next three nights.   Our hotel is located near the central old town part of the city. 

On one of our daytrips from Bayeux, we explore the west coast of Normandy. At the village of Carteret, we look back across the Channel at Jersey.  In Coutances, we see the gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Coutances, constructed in the 13th century.  Its towers can sometimes been seen from Jersey. The Channel Islands were part of the dioceses of Coutances until the 16th century and Jersey’s churches, including St. Saviour, came under the authority of the Bishop of Coutances.

On another day, we pay tribute to the events surrounding June 6, 1944: D-Day.  We see Omaha Beach and remember the sacrifices made at this very spot. At Sainte Mère Église we see the church where the post war stain glass windows honor to the paratroopers who liberated the first town in WWII, and visit the Airborne Museum, with a roof built to resemble a parachute.  We also stop at Pointe-du-Hoc, the 100-foot cliff scaled by the American Rangers on the morning of June 6.  We see Saint-Lô, a city that was so heavily bombed by the Allies after D-Day that it became known as the Capital of Ruins. There, the Église Notre-Dame was nearly destroyed.  After the war it was uniquely repaired to keep its ‘war wounds’ visible.  Solemnly, we visit the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.  Overall, this is an emotional day.

Bayeux TapestryBefore we leave Normandy, we see the Bayeux Tapestry, which tells the story of the Norman Conquest.  It has been described as both an historical document and an iconographic masterpiece. We also travel to Caen, where William the Conqueror is buried. 

Paris
Then it’s on to Paris where we stay for three nights.  Next morning, we are picked up at our hotel for our own private guided bus tour of Paris, returning before lunch.  The rest of our time in Paris is on our own and at our own cost. We have plenty of free time, perhaps to enjoy the celebrated Parisian cuisine, shop at the famous department stores, or take a stroll on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. 

But we also have a splendid opportunity to sign up for one or more of eight optional tours. These pre-packaged public tours offer everything from a river tour on the Seine to an evening at the Moulin Rouge to an excursion to the Palace of Versailles and more.  Learn all about these fun tours and their costs.

Price per person

Airfare from/to your U.S. point of origin is not included in the price of this tour. You are responsible for scheduling and purchasing your own roundtrip airfare to Paris or elsewhere.

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