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Normandie & Bretagne



Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Explore Claude Monet's former residence and gardens in Giverny, where he painted his iconic Water Lilies series.
  • Discover the Gothic marvels of Rouen, dubbed "the city of 100 bell towers," with its historic cathedrals and half-timbered houses.
  • Enjoy the picturesque cliffs and beaches of Étretat, immortalized by artists like Courbet and Monet.
  • Experience the authentic charm of Honfleur, a haven for artists, and visit a family-run calvados distillery in Pays d’Auge.
  • Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint Michel, a medieval pilgrimage site rising dramatically from the sea.
  • Explore the corsair city of Saint Malo, steeped in tales of adventure and conquest along the windswept coast.
  • Immerse yourself in the action-packed spectacle of Puy du Fou, featuring historical reenactments and thrilling shows.
  • Indulge in a scenic Loire River cruise in Saumur, complete with a French-style picnic and wine tasting.
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Tour Overview

Begin an enchanting journey through the timeless landscapes and rich heritage of Normandy and Brittany. From Claude Monet’s serene gardens to the dramatic cliffs of Étretat, each day promises unforgettable adventures. Discover medieval marvels, savor local delicacies, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of this captivating region. Join us for an 8-day excursion filled with art, history, and natural beauty. 

- Transport services and transfers during your stay, as outlined in the program
- City taxes
- Entrance fees to visited sites, as per the program
- Food/wine tastings as specified in the program

- All meals and beverages, except for breakfasts and included tastings
- Luggage porterage services
- Personal expenses and tips
- Any other services not explicitly mentioned in the included section
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All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary


Arrival in Paris - Giverny - Rouen

Upon arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, embark on a panoramic tour of Paris OR proceed directly to Giverny.

Upon arrival in Giverny:

The renowned impressionist painter Claude Monet resided and worked here from 1883 until his passing in 1926. His former residence, along with its meticulously landscaped gardens where he famously created his Water Lilies series, now serves as the Claude Monet Foundation museum.

Experience an entrance and guided tour of the Monet Foundation, encompassing both the house and gardens. Established in 1980, the Claude Monet Foundation preserves Monet's legacy. The house, featuring its distinctive pink crushed brick façade, was the dwelling of the Impressionist School leader from 1883 to 1926.

Visitors can admire a precious collection of Japanese etchings, while the gardens have been meticulously replanted to their original splendor. The expansive Nymphéas studio has also been meticulously restored.

A highlight not to be missed is the Water Garden with its iconic Japanese Bridge (please note: guided commentary is not permitted inside the house).

Following the tour, proceed to Rouen. Check-in at your hotel for an overnight stay in Rouen. less


Rouen – Etretat

Today, embark on a guided tour with your guide of the historical center of Rouen and its fascinating heritage, a "must-see": the Gothic cathedral, churches, mansions, and restored half-timbered houses, as well as well-maintained public gardens. It is also referred to as "the city of 100 bell towers," echoing the words of Victor Hugo.

After the tour, enjoy your lunch at any of the local restaurants in the area.

In the early afternoon, depart for Étretat, which in the 19th century became the holiday resort par excellence. Famous writers fell in love with this magical, picturesque setting. Immortalized by painters Courbet and Monet, Étretat has retained its small-town charm.

Enjoy some free time in the village and ascend to the cliff-top viewpoint.

OPTIONAL: Admission and free visit to the Jardins d'Etretat, located atop one of the chalk cliffs of the famous Côte d'Albâtre, offering unforgettable walks with a poetic blend of landscape art and land-art sculptures: a magical spot on the Falaise d'Amont in Étretat, with an exceptional view of the famous Aiguille.

Return to Rouen or check into a hotel near Le Havre/Honfleur for your overnight stay. less


Honfleur - Pays d’Auge

Departure

Departure by coach towards Honfleur.

From the Viking invasions until the Impressionist painters, without forgetting the seafarers of the 16th and 17th centuries, the history of Honfleur is rich and the town remained authentic. Wander with your guide in the narrow cobbled streets between half-timbered houses and get to the very picturesque Old Dock. The very special atmosphere of this place attracted painters: Courbet, Eugene Boudin, Jongkind or their “pupil”, Claude Monet and his Impressionist friends. Honfleur is still today a city of artists, with a lot of galleries.

Departure to the close region of Pays d’Auge, towards the very characteristic village of Beuvronen-Auge, which was a former stronghold of the Harcourt family and lies in the heart of Pays d’Auge country on the Cider Route. It is just like a picture postcard with its half-timbered houses, its market and country houses scattered around the countryside.

Stop in a family-run calvados distillery situated within a fine group of half-timbered 17th century buildings in the heart of the Pays d'Auge.

The place is located in the heart of a picture postcard setting in Normandy: apple trees, manor house and half-timbered outbuildings... Over your guided tour, you will discover the cider press, the pot still, the aging cellars and the manor. Production of cider, pommeau and calvados, including a unique collection of vintage bottles. Taste the products after the guided tour.

Arrival in your hotel in Avranches or around the Mont Saint Michel and take your overnight stay. less


Mont Saint Michel

Today, discover the famous Mont Saint Michel,

a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This exceptional monument then regains its calm and once again reveals its alleys and passages, its ramparts, and its roofs. The panorama over the bay is revealed, reminding us that the site becomes once again, at the rhythm of the highest tides in Europe, an island surrounded by the sea.

At the top of the mountain, the abbey is a masterpiece of architecture, one of the greatest centers of medieval pilgrimage, and a challenge to the assaults of man, time, and the elements. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant during the tour. In the afternoon, drive to the beautiful shore city of Saint Malo.

Check-in at your hotel, have your dinner, and enjoy your overnight stay. less


Saint Malo - Puy du Fou.

In the morning, enjoy a guided tour of Saint Malo.

Waves, winds, and tides shape the contours of this corsair city. In Saint-Malo, everything is oriented towards horizons that recount tales of adventures and conquests, alongside illustrious characters such as Robert Surcouf, Jacques Cartier, or Chateaubriand.

The facades and towers emerging from the fortifications lend the town its distinctive silhouette. The walkway offers breathtaking views, while the beaches of Saint-Malo provide a vast playground that seems boundless. Here, the movement of the tides is a fascinating phenomenon that never fails to captivate.

After having your lunch, drive towards Le Puy du Fou in the Vendée region.

Upon arrival, we will check into a nearby hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. less


Full day at Puy du Fou.

Depart from the hotel and embark on a magical day at the Grand Parc du Puy du Fou.

Enjoy a free day to immerse yourself in the heart of action and emotion: relive the circus games, witness the tournaments of chivalry, experience the battles of the Musketeers, and feel the thrill as the Vikings attack, all while trembling at the sight of vultures flying overhead. Discover "Le Signe du Triomphe," which will lead you through the incredible Circus Games in the new Gallo-Roman Stadium.

The Knights of the Round Table arrived in 2013! At the foot of the ramparts, Merlin puts Arthur's courage to the test. After slaying the dragon and overcoming the spell of Excalibur, Arthur discovers the wonders of the enchanted lake! Explore the living splendors of the Renaissance in the Renaissance Castle! Join the Lovers of Verdun as they encounter heroic soldiers in the heart of the winter of 1916.

Experience "Le Dernier Panache"! Follow the glorious destiny of a French naval officer, a hero of the American War of Independence, whose life is turned upside down in 1973 during a final battle for freedom! Enjoy free time for lunch at the park during the day.

Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. less


Puy du Fou - Saumur - Paris.

Leave by coach for Saumur.

Meet at a local winery in Saumur for a visit and tasting. Experience a presentation on the history of this esteemed winery and its cellars, as well as the traditional methods employed in producing their renowned sparkling wine, "Fines Bulles de Loire." Following the presentation, indulge in a commented tasting of several cuvées.

Next, journey to Saumur center, located along the banks of the Loire River (a 10-minute drive). At 12:30, embark on a traditional boat on the Loire River, offering breathtaking views of Saumur and its castle. The captain will provide insights into the city and its river life.

During the cruise, relish a French-style picnic lunch prepared by a local chef, featuring fresh, locally sourced, and 100% artisanal products, accompanied by two glasses of local sparkling wine (duration: 2 hours).

Upon returning to the quay, depart for Paris. Arrive in Paris, check-in at the hotel, and enjoy dinner. Overnight stay. less


International Flight Home

According to your flight schedule, transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for your international flight home.

According to your flight schedule, transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for your international flight home.

Paris, France

Giverny, France

Rouen, France

Étretat, France

Honfleur, France

Beuvron-en-Auge, France

Avranches, France

Mont Saint-Michel, France

Saint-Malo, France

Saumur, France

Places You'll See

  • Paris

    The capital city of France, is renowned for its iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, as well as its vibrant culture, haute couture fashion scene, and world-class cuisine.

  • Giverny

    A picturesque village in northern France, known primarily as the former home and garden of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Visitors flock to Giverny to explore Monet’s charming house and the breathtaking water lily ponds that inspired many of his masterpieces.

  • Rouen

    A historic city in Normandy, distinguished by its well-preserved medieval architecture and association with figures like Joan of Arc. Rouen’s Gothic cathedral, narrow cobblestone streets, and vibrant Old Town make it a cultural and historical gem.

  • Étretat

    A stunning coastal town in Normandy famous for its dramatic white chalk cliffs, natural arches, and pebble beaches. Étretat has long been an inspiration for artists, including Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin, who captured its breathtaking landscapes on canvas.

  • Honfleur

    A picturesque harbor town in Normandy, known for its colorful buildings, bustling port, and charming cobblestone streets. Honfleur’s maritime heritage, art galleries, and seafood restaurants attract visitors seeking a quintessential French coastal experience. 

  • Beuvron-en-Auge

    A quaint village in the heart of Normandy’s Pays d’Auge region, celebrated for its half-timbered houses, cobblestone squares, and traditional Norman architecture. Beuvronen-Auge offers a glimpse into rural French life and is renowned for its apple orchards and Calvados production.

  • Avranches

    A historic town in Normandy situated near the iconic Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Avranches provides a strategic viewpoint for admiring Mont Saint-Michel’s medieval abbey, tidal bay, and surrounding salt marshes. 

  • Saint Malo

    A fortified port city in Brittany, famed for its ancient ramparts, picturesque old town, and maritime history. Saint Malo offers a blend of medieval charm, sandy beaches, and vibrant cultural events, making it a popular destination for travelers exploring the Brittany coast.

  • Saumur

    A charming town in the Loire Valley, known for its elegant château overlooking the Loire River, prestigious equestrian tradition, and fine sparkling wine production. Saumur’s rich heritage, picturesque vineyards, and scenic riverside promenades make it a popular stop for travelers exploring the Loire Valley’s cultural and culinary delights.

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