Paris/Normandy (Le Havre)
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Visit the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbor, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters. If you wish to experience a different kind of inspiration, the Romanesque Normandy Abbey Route will take you to the magnificent Abbaye de Montivilliers and Abbaye du Valasse. For a more active adventure, you can bike through Normandy's picturesque landscape. (B,L,D)

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Following the footprints of the Allies - Full-Day - 12h
Full day excursion to Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach & the American cementery Depart from Paris and go back to WWII in the footsteps of the allies during the landing day of June 6th, 1944. You will first visit the Pointe du Hoc, where allies had to scale 100 ft. cliffs under heavy fire. Continue to Omaha beach, where Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” was shot. You will then visit the American military cemetery and enjoy its calmness and serenity. Time permitting, end up by visiting Arromanches and its artificial harbor.

 
7:00 am: Meet your English-Speaking licensed guide-driver in the lobby of your hotel in Paris and drive to Normandy, where you will follow the traces of the Allies during World War II.
Relive June 6, 1944, and discover what it is known as “The Longest Day”. You will follow the roads taken by our liberators while listening to the local anecdotes that our guide will be happy to share with you. 
This journey back in time will also give you the opportunity to appreciate the charm of the small villages with their old stone churches and the fortified farms that make up the Norman countryside.
Start your journey with a visit of the “Pointe du Hoc”. On this particularly favorable site, the Germans had built a heavy artillery battery capable of raking a wide stretch of coastline. It represented a formidable threat to the two beaches where American troops were going to land: Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east.
After having scaled the 100-foot cliffs, under heavy enemy fire, the Rangers pushed on through this lunar landscape to capture and destroy the six heavy guns capable of firing their shells to a maximum range of nearly 15 miles. Colonel Rudder and his men only realized upon capturing the battery that the Germans, under the orders of Rommel, had moved the guns half a mile inland and hidden them while bunkers were being constructed to protect them. 
The overpowering of Pointe du Hoc was a long and laborious fight, with the Rangers being left to fend for themselves two days longer than had been planned. The 2nd Battalion suffered very heavy casualties during the two and a half days they were at Pointe du Hoc, only 90 of the original 225 still fighting when they were finally relieved.
Visit Omaha beach, for example, the beach which is depicted in the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg's, “Saving Private Ryan”. Omaha beach witnessed the most vicious fighting of World War II. Approximately 34 000 soldiers from the 1st, 2nd and 29th Infantry Divisions landed on this beach on D-Day. The beach was covered in anti-tank and anti-landing craft obstacles. 
Nearly all the pre-invasion bombarding had missed the fortifications along the beach and the geography of the beach itself, consisting of 80 to 100-foot bluffs rising up from the shore, was very easily defendable terrain for the Germans. 
One of the German’s only good quality front line Infantry Divisions was also present on the beach, purely by coincidence. This made the assault the most difficult of all the beaches on D-Day, earning the nickname “Bloody Omaha”.
Only a few days after the landings, the Americans had transformed nearly the entire beach into a vast artificial harbor, code named “Mulberry A”.  
It was used for less than a week before it was destroyed in a very heavy storm between the 19t and 22 June 1944. There is only one piece of this harbor left to be seen today.
Enjoy lunch at leisure in a restaurant suggested by your driver.
Two kilometres (1.2Mi) west along the beach from Omaha is the American Military Cemetery, where the graves of 9,386 American soldiers can be found.
This immense place of memory and reflection will amaze you with its calmness and serenity. You can see the graves of some of the 307 unknown soldiers or visit the resting places of the more famous, such as the Niland brothers, the family who inspired the film “Saving Private Ryan” as well as those who were awarded the Medal of Honor, one of whom is General Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
Time permitting visit Arromanches. You can see this lovely village and the remains of the artificial harbor. Depending on your schedule and your preferences from this point in Arromanches, you can easily go on to the other landing beaches and other main World War II sites.
7.00pm: Drop off at your hotel in Paris.

Tour Duration: 12 hours.

Tour can operate: Any day.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes.

Physical Activity Level: Moderate.

Included:
Deluxe minivan that can carry up to 6 passengers
Professional English-speaking guide-driver who will chauffeur you on your sightseeing-tour and is licensed to guide and accompany you on walking tours as well as into museums and monuments.
24-hour assistance available during your stay
All taxes

Not Included:
Entrance fees
Tips
Lunch or dinner
Colorful and artistic Normandy - Full-Day - 8h
Full-day excursion to Giverny & Auvers sur Oise This day-trip allows you to discover two beautiful sites in Normandy: Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise.
9:00 am: Meet your English-Speaking licensed guide who will be also your driver in the lobby of your hotel in Paris.
Go to Giverny where you will visit the home, studio and gardens of Claude Monet, the great impressionist painter. His stunning art immortalized Giverny’s lush flower gardens and the water lilies on his private lake. Inside the house, Monet’s furniture and “décor” remain just as it was when he painted there, with a similar color scheme. The rooms are filled with Monet‘s collection of Japanase engravings.
We begin with a walk through the romantic nymphea pond gardens and continue towards Claude Monet's house through the flower bed paths. The flower beds are exquisite, absolutely perfect color combinations that only a fine artist could conceive. Here Claude Monet began his well-known "Séries" which later made him famous. 
Monet’s Gardens, like his impressionist paintings, are a bold mix of colors and textures.  Roses are planted extensively and the pallet of plants is diverse. Monet did not like to organize his gardens.  He married flowers according to their colours and left them to grow rather freely.
Visit the water garden where you will find the famous Japanese bridge covered with wisterias, other smaller bridges, weeping willows, a bamboo wood and above all the famous nympheas which are in bloom all summer long. The pond and the surrounding vegetation form an enclosure separated from the surrounding countryside. 
Monet would find his inspiration in this water garden for more than twenty years. Always looking for mist and transparencies, Monet would dedicate himself less to flowers than to reflections in water, a kind of inverted world transfigured by the liquid element.
Lunch at leisure in a typical restaurant suggested by your guide.
Continue to Auvers-sur-Oise for a brief visit of the house where Van Gogh settled after he came back from Provence and stayed (from May 20th 1890 until his death on July 29th 1890). 
Although the site has become very popular because of all the tourists, it remains a special place which is important in Van Gogh history. 
You will see Van Gogh’s bedroom which has been miraculously preserved and the well conserved Auberge Ravoux where the artist used to eat. 
Return to Paris at the end of the afternoon.

Tour Duration: 8 hours.

Tour can operate: Any day.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes.

Physical Activity Level: Moderate.

Included:
Deluxe minivan that can carry up to 6 passengers
Professional English-speaking guide-driver who will chauffeur you on your sightseeing-tour and is licensed to guide and accompany you on walking tours as well as into museums and monuments.
24-hour assistance available during your stay
All taxes

Not Included:
Entrance fees
Tips
Lunch or dinner
Flowery and Artistic Normandy - Full-Day - 8h
Full-day excursion to Giverny & Rouen This day-trip allows the traveler to discover two beautiful sites in Normandy: Giverny and Rouen. In Giverny, you will visit the house and gardens that inspired Monet’s nympheas and in Rouen, you will discover a picturesque city of the Normandy region.
7.00 am: Meet your English-Speaking licensed guide-driver in the lobby of your Hotel in Paris.
Go to Giverny where you will visit the home, studio and gardens of Claude Monet, the great impressionist painter. His stunning art immortalized Giverny’s lush flower gardens and the water lilies on his private lake. Inside the house, Monet’s furniture and décor remain just as they were when he painted there, with a similar color scheme. The rooms are filled with Monet‘s collection of Japanese engravings.
We  begin  with  a  walk  through  the  romantic  nymphea  pond gardens and continue towards Claude Monet's house through the flower bed paths. The flower beds are exquisite, absolutely perfect color combinations that only a fine artist could conceive. Here Claude Monet began his well-known "Séries" which later made him famous.
Monet’s gardens, like his impressionist paintings, are a bold mix of colors and textures.  Roses are planted extensively and the pallet of plants is diverse. Monet did not like to organize his gardens. He married flowers according to their colours and left them to grow rather freely.
Visit the water garden where you will find the famous Japanese bridge covered with wisterias, other smaller bridges, weeping willows, a bamboo wood and above all the famous nympheas which are in bloom all summer long. The pond and the surrounding vegetation form an enclosure separated from the surrounding countryside.
Monet found his inspiration in this water garden for more than twenty years. Always looking for mist and transparencies, Monet would dedicate himself less to flowers than to reflections in water, a kind of inverted world transfigured by the liquid element.
Continue onto Rouen.
The city, also known as the ‘Ville aux cent clochers’ dear to Victor Hugo, has preserved much of its historical center, which is now largely composed of pedestrian streets.
As you walk through the historical center, past half timbered houses, discover architectural treasures, for example Gothic monuments like the Notre Dame Cathedral, St Ouen Abbey, Saint Maclou Church and the Palais de Justice, or Renaissance style monuments like the Gros   Horloge,   Saint   Maclou   Ossuary  and   the   Bourgtheroulde Mansion.
You will follow in the steps of Richard the Lion Heart, Joan of Arc, Pierre Corneille and Gustave Flaubert, some of the many characters who have been part of Rouen’s history.
Lunch is at leisure in Rouen: we suggest la Couronne, a superbly- preserved, 14th century house which is France's oldest inn.
What about a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts? The museum’s collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and art objects - one of the finest in provincial France - covers all the schools from the 16th to the 20th century.
The  17th  century is  well  represented with  works by  Caravaggio,
Velàsquez and Poussin, and a significant number of religious paintings from the French school. The collection of French 19th- century paintings is particularly complete, with works by Géricault, Ingres and Delacroix, and is the largest group of Impressionist paintings outside Paris (Monet, Renoir, Sisley...).
You may prefer antiques hunting or window-shopping in the local faience  (the  glazed  pottery famous  in  the  region  since  the  14th century), Rouen is your paradise.
Drive back to Paris at the end of the day.

Tour Duration: 8 hours.

Tour can operate: Any day.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes.

Physical Activity Level: Moderate.

Included:
Deluxe minivan that can carry up to 6 passengers
Professional English-speaking guide-driver who will chauffeur you on your sightseeing-tour and is licensed to guide and accompany you on walking tours as well as into museums and monuments.
24-hour assistance available during your stay
All taxes

Not Included:
Entrance fees
Tips
Lunch or dinner

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