Normandy (Ètretat, Deauville, Honfleur)

NõelasilmNormandy is a beautiful historic county in Northern France by the English Channel, offering both natural- and architectural beauty. Normandy is filled with art and historical facts, from the Viking conquests and crusaders to the D-Day landings in 1944. Extraordinary day in Normandy begins with admiring white cliffs in the seaside village Étretat and walk to the top of the cliff. After crossing the Normandy’s bridge we’ll visit a small seaport town Honfleurthe elegant summer resorts Deauville( Where is held the famous Hollywood film festival) and Trouville. We’ll eat seafood, drink cider and taste Calvados.

 

Duration: 12 hours

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Normandy – Mont Saint-Michel

MSMMont Saint-Michel’s abbey, declared a historic monument, is situated in the town of the same name in the department of La Manche, in the Low-Normandy region about 360 km from Paris. The commune and the bay have been declared World Heritage sites by the Unesco.

As the second most visited tourist site in France, the commune of Mont Saint-Michel welcomes up to 20,000 visitors per day during the Summer. The Abbey, a monument, was the result of several reconstruction phases throughout the 10th and 16th Centuries. It was built on a pyramid-shaped granite rock. To adapt the construction, workers in the Middle Ages effectively ‘wrapped’ the buildings around the rock. Mont Saint-Michel’s bay has one of the highest tides in continental Europe (with up to 15 meters difference between high tide and low tide). Also the sea, as they say, reaches “the speed of a galloping horse”. The 80 meter long Abbey, the monastery, and the history of the church, all make Mont St Michel a unique place to visit. 

 

Duration – 13 hours

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Dinner at French home

A typical French family usually eats dinner around 8 pm and a typical meal usually consists of at least three courses. When there are guests coming, it always starts with an apero, a pre-dinner cocktail and snacks that serve as a delightful moment to unwind before the meal. You are invited to a classical French dinner cooked by your French hosts at their home. Dinner is made from seasonal fresh ingredients and according to clients desires. In addition to being great cooks, your hosts are also highly knowledgeable and passionate about French culinary and wine traditions and are guaranteed to be stimulating conversation partners to anyone interested in French cuisine. The price includes a pick up from the hotel, food and drinks, and a drive back to the hotel. Hosts speak English.

Duration : 4 hours

Price: 89€ per person

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Notre Dame Cathedral + Left Bank

Enjoy narrow medieval streets, memories of artists, poets and revolution, iconic cafes, hidden treasures of the Left Bank, follow the adventures of Hemingway.

Explore the island, meet Quasimodo, admire the gargoyles and the Giant stained-glass windows, and learn about all the mysteries of Notre Dame Cathedral!

NotreDameOne of the oldest areas of Paris, the 5th arrondissement, was the heart of Roman Paris during the Roman occupation of France (from the 1st c. B.C. to the 5th c. A.D.). You can still see traces of this period as you walk around. It became known as the Latin Quarter during the Middle Ages, when most of its residents were either students or clergymen who spoke Latin. Long associated with education and learning, it is here that you’ll find the most famous branch of the Université de Paris- Sorbonne, and the prestigious Collège de France. However, the revolutionary days of May ’68 are long gone, and although the 5th has retained a certain degree of youthful charm and romance, parts of it have become very touristy.

Walking along this narrow street will give you an idea of what Paris looked like during the Middle Ages, when most Parisian streets were between 2 and 5 m (6 1/2-16 ft.) wide.

Duration: 3 hours 

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The Palace of Versailles + Grand and Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet

An all day tour is ideal to fully discover the Versailles estate. See history come alive. Enjoy this guided tour of the palace in combination with the Grand and Petit Trianon and the French style gardens designed by André Le Nôtre.

These two smaller castles (Grand and Petit Trianon’s) enabled the Royals to escape the pomp and rigid formality of court life. The love between Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan flourished in the magnificent Grand Trianon. The Petite Trianon and the Hameau de la Reine is where Marie-Antoinette enjoyed living a simpler life.

The day begins in the King’s Private Apartment afterwards continuing with the State Apartments, visiting the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen’s bedroom and the Reception halls. You can enjoy lunch in the park near the Grand Canal at “La Petite Venise” restaurant or you can arrange your own picnic.

In the afternoon you will visit the Grand Trianon and continue on foot to Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet where the Queen played the shepherdess.

Enjoy the view of the newly restored Marie- Antoinette’s Theatre.

 

Duration: 8 hours

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Champagne and Reims cathedral

ChampagneThe Champagne wine region is a historic province within the administrative province of Champagne in the northeast of France. The area is best known for the production of the sparkling white wine that bears the region’s name. EU law and the laws of most countries reserve the term “Champagne” exclusively for wines that come from this region located about 100 miles (160 km) east of Paris. The towns of Reims and Épernay are the commercial centers of the area.

Watch the video how Dom Perignon invented the new production of champagne at the end of this page…↓

The two best champagnes of Moët & Chandon are named after him – Dom Perignon Vintage ja Dom Perignon Rosé. 

The fermentation in Champagne is made from one white – Chardonnay – and two red – Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier grapes.

We will start our tour with a visit to the Reims cathedral where the coronations of French kings took place and which is also knows for its perfect Gothic facade (≈2500 sculptures on the facade, famous smiling statues of angels) and the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall.

After the lunch, we will drive to the capital of Champagne, Épernay, to be part of the most exciting tour in one of the most famous champagne producer – MERCIER. Mercier became famous for his marketing skills – in 1889 he built a 200 000 liters (52 834 US gallons) oak barrel with fancy trimmings which he brought to the World Exhibition in Paris.

That day was such an important event that they gave a day off for all the students of France! In order to arrive to the Eiffel Tower (main entrance of the WE), Mercier had to build new roads and bridges and buy some houses in the suburbs which was on his way…

You will hear about the innovative business genius Eugène Mercier while driving several kilometers with a modern train in the underground tunnels of champagne cellars. The tour ends with a champagne tasting.

We will finish our spirited day with a visit to the small producer of champagne where we will see the secrets of making the champagne directly from the owner. After the tasting, you’ll enjoy the breathtaking views of the beautiful valley of the Marne rivers wine yards…

We will arrive back to Paris late at night.

Duration : 10 hours

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Paris City Tour – ”The Best of Paris”

This tour is the best way to discover Paris.

Eiffel This is the combination of two excursions – minivan & walking tour. We will make stops for taking photos and for walking through the best areas in Paris including Latin Quarter and Montmartre. It will immerse you into ancient history: the old Roman Lutetium, Grand Medieval Abbeys, Gothic masterpieces, classical architecture, collections from Napoleonic times, perspectives defined by Haussmann… You will adore the Eiffel Tower. You will drive along Champs Elysées with the magnificent Arc de Triumph at one end and Concord Square at the other …You will see Vendôme Square and the Palace du Louvre, which is known first and foremost as a museum, houses one of the most stunning collections of artwork in the world. 

 

Duration: 3 hours / up to 6 people

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D-Day Normandy – Landing beaches

D-dayD-Day, June 6, 1944, in Normandy, France, was the largest amphibious operation in human history- its aim to liberate Nazi occupied Europe. More than half a century has gone by, but Normandy has not forgotten its liberators. Instead, its beaches and little towns live on to honor the brave men who fought for its freedom.

The D-Day tour begins in the quaint little town of St. Mere Eglise where it all started, and continues with a walk in the footsteps of the brave on the beaches of Omaha and Utah. After lunch, we will visit the memorial of Dick Waters and the band of brothers, and the famous Point du Hoc cliff. The tour ends with the flag folding ceremony at the American military cemetery, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful cemeteries in the world.

 

The whole day tour includes pick up at the hotel, four hour drive to Normandy, road tolls, tour of the most famous D-Day sights, and a drive back to Paris. 

Duration: 13 hours

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Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Since there is more than 60 different and historical castles in the Loire Valley, it is impossible to visit all of them in one day, therefore on our tour we will visit 3 of them – Chambord, Chenonceau and Clos Lucé + historical and interesting 500 years old Wine Cellar Plou & Fils. 

ChambordDiscover a beautiful and mystical Chambord castle, where even Walt Disney himself has got inspiration. It is said that the animator was enchanted by the castles dramatic details and gothic appearance that lead him to create ‘The Beauty and The Beast’. Also you can get lost in Leonardo da Vinci’s phenomenal screw-staircase and feel like a king when watching panoramic view on the estate on top of the roof-terraces. Chambord jahitubaWhen you are lucky, you can spot some wild animals, who lives in the 5,500 hectares forest, such as wild boars, deer and stags. The castle was built as a hunting lodge for François I, who visited Chambord only 72 times during 32 years of his reign.

 

Da VinciClos Lucé The castle where Leonardo da Vinci himself lived and changed the future of engineering. François I convinced the great genius to live there, to end his days at the court of France. There you can find some models of his inventions built according to his drawings, what will let you in to the dreams and thinking of this curious man, who drew his inspiration from observing nature. You know Leonardo the painter of Mona Lisa, but then meet Leonardo the engineer and scientist. Also you can see the deathbed, where da Vinci died between the arms of François I.

ChenonceauChenonceau is a real on water standing beauty, where queens lived. In the castle, there are only two professional gardeners, who are taking care of that in every room has a bouquet of fresh flowers to maintain that feminine touch and grace. In the wintertime all the fireplaces are working so that visitors could feel cosy and welcomed. Other than the Royal Palace of Versailles, it is the most visited château in France. Besides the legendary ‘Black room’’ is a must see!

 

Vine CellarPlou & Fils– Get a real personal experience when discovering 500 years old wine cellar. Plou & Fils means father and sons, what symbolizes five centuries of heritage, ancient wisdom and traditions. It also means that they supplied wine for François I himself! You can see the wine making process in old dusty barrels and also the wine business side. Don’t be surprised when leaving a little lightheaded cause of the kind and charming owner, who pours wine like water for you to degustate. Usually visitors leave with headful of knowledge about wine and no less than three bottles of quality wine.

Duration: 12 hours

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