History lovers and culture connoisseurs will delight in this eight-day exploration of France’s Norman villages and WWII military sites. Stroll through Claude Monet’s evocative garden, marvel at the medieval cities of Bayeux and Rouen, and visit the Paris studio of acclaimed National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza. Cap off the experience with two days in Paris to toast la vie en rose.
See the magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel rising from its rocky islet climb to the abbey that sits atop the fortress monastery.
Go behind the scenes at the Paris studio of Reza, renowned National Geographic photographer and explorer
Delve into the history of World War II with a historian in Normandy, and then take a walk along the legendary Omaha Beach.
Itinerary - 8 Days
Day 1 — Paris
Arrive at anytime.
Day 2 — Giverny/Honfleur/Bayeux
Depart for Giverny, home to Claude Monet’s gardens, named by National Geographic as one of the “10 most magnificent gardens in the world.” Stroll promenades lined by a rainbow of blooming flowers, and seek out scenes from the acclaimed artist’s most iconic impressionist paintings. Continue to the charming port town of Honfleur and wander its winding, cobbled lanes while soaking in a bygone maritime ambience. Arrive in Bayeux and enjoy dinner at a local creperie. (1B, 1D)
Day 3 — Bayeux/D-Day Beaches
Delve into World War II history with a local expert, hearing about the Allied invasion before visiting a local museum for an opportunity to handle relics from the war. Ride in a genuine WWII transport vehicle to the Secqueville-en-Bessin War Cemetery and take a guided tour of the grounds. This afternoon, visit the legendary Omaha Beach, the cratered cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, and the American Cemetery. (1B)
Day 4 — Mont-Saint-Michel
Perched on a tidal islet about a mile off the coast, the imposing medieval fortress of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the greatest religious sites in all of Europe and has drawn pilgrims since the eighth century. Take an orientation walk, and then spend free time exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site, including the Gothic citadel of La Merveille and the charming 15th-century village that winds across the base of the abbey. (1B)
Day 5 — Bayeux
Enjoy the next day to explore Bayeux on your own. Step into the city’s stunning Gothic cathedral, and consider a visit to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum—home to the magnificent 230-foot embroidered account of the Norman Conquest. (1B)
Days 6, 7, & 8 — Rouen/Paris
Visit Rouen, enjoying free time to stroll its medieval streets. Continue to Paris, where we’ll visit the studio of renowned National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of his workspace and enjoy a wine-and-cheese reception. The next morning, go on a CEO-led walk through the medieval center of Paris. Opt to visit the interiors of Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle. Enjoy a final afternoon to explore the city on your own before departing the following day. (3B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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