Normandy & Brittany Tour Details

June 16 - June 28, 2017
Registration Deadline March 15

  • $3,250
    Per Person, Double Occupancy
  • 13 Days, 12 Nights
    *Round Trip Airfare to Paris not included
  • Single supplement US $800


What’s included*

  • All land transportation from Paris hotel.
  • 12 nights accommodation: authenticity, comfort, hospitality.
  • All breakfasts, 10 dinners, 3 Lunches.
  • All activities named in itinerary (museums, guided tours, cooking class, etc).
  • Tour leader is with you all day, every day!

* For more information, see “What is included in price of the tour?” for more details.

Lorey promised me in 2006, after the first tour, that I would find France just as beautiful when I returned. Thanks to Lorey, I did, it was, and I’d go with her again!” - Susan Kamlet

Normandy & Brittany Itinerary 2017

Friday, June 16
The tour begins at our hotel in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris. There will be a mid-afternoon visit to the Orangerie museum to bask in the beauty of Monet’s monumental waterlily paintings before a dinner of classical French cuisine in a historic location where Louis XIII was proclaimed king in 1610!

Saturday, June 17
We will drive to Monet’s gardens at Giverny to see the inspiration behind yesterday’s paintings, and continue on to our first B&B in a chateau that housed war correspondents during WWII. Contemporary cuisine for dinner in the medieval quarters of Bayeux.

Sunday, June 18
The first WWII site will be Sainte Mere Eglise, a village with its own tale to tell, key location of the American Airborne Landing in 1944. Visit to the Airborne Museum, lunch in town, then drive via Utah Beach and Arromanches where the Mulberry Harbors were constructed.

Monday, June 19
Guided tour all morning of D-Day beaches and the American Cemetery, told expertly by a local. Afternoon in Bayeux to see the cathedral and the Bayeux tapestry, a masterpiece that has survived from the Middle Ages and recounts the Battle of Hastings, decisive for William the Conqueror. Ready to relax? Gastronomical dinner in a country chateau!

Tuesday, June 20
Drive to Mont Saint Michel, “Wonder of the World” dedicated to the archangel Michael; Guided tour of the village and abbey. Relaxing dinner near our new B&B.

Wednesday, June 21
Morning in Saint Malo, walled city renowned for its history of pirates; Enjoy a tour on the little tourist train of this town that was mostly destroyed in WWII and has been rebuilt to its former beauty. An afternoon in Dinan, a quaint medieval town with its port, old town squares, and half-timbered houses. Creative cuisine for dinner in the heart of historic Dinan.

Thursday, June 22
Drive to Finistere, the “End of the Earth”, and the very heart of Breton folk culture. Visit to a village of thatched homes and hydrangeas, and to a picturesque harbour. Late afternoon in Pont Aven, riverside stroll with watermills, flowers, and small shops. A favorite restaurant of locals for dinner.

Friday, June 23
Market day in Fouesnant, a lovely seaside location. Lunch in the resort town of Benodet and afternoon visit to the unusual neo-gothic Chateau of Keriolet. Last stop is Concarneau, thriving port and walled city. Picnic dinner from the market.

Saturday, June 24
Learn Veronique’s family secrets of crepe making in a cooking workshop, culminating with lunch of our savoury and sweet crepes; Tour of the Gardens of Boutiguery, and then visit Quimper, the ancient capital of Cornouaille, dating back to the Gauls; explore the old town with its cathedral, cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings. Michelin starred restaurant of Breton cuisine for dinner.

Sunday, June 25
With its beautifully preserved town square of fine granite houses, Locronan is known as one of the most beautiful villages in all of France. After our morning there, we will drive to the rocky Pointe du Raz, enjoy the stunning views from the tops of the cliffs that overlook the notoriously wild seas. Dine on fine seafood, of course!

Monday, June 26
Time to explore the southwestern coast with oldest roadside Station of the Cross in all of Brittany; Visit huge old lighthouse; Late afternoon in Guivinec, where the crowds gather to watch the approach of the fishing boats and see the day’s catch. Neighboring quaint port has the perfect restaurant for our last night in Brittany.

Tuesday, June 27
Relaxing train ride from Quimper back to Paris, just in time for a short visit of your choice before the last dinner in the Marais district. A fine restaurant in an old inn.

Wednesday, June 28
Transfer to airport for return flights.

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What IS included in the price of the tour?

    • All land transportation beginning at our meeting point in France. this includes: trains, taxis, subways, buses, car rental and car insurance, fuel, tolls and parking, as well as the driver!
    • Accommodations in B&B’s and hotels, all carefully selected for their comfort, authenticity and charm, location and hospitality.
    • All breakfasts and 11 dinners, one per day, usually in the evening, but occasionally as a midday meal. Restaurants have been carefully selected for their ambiance and service, but especially for their outstanding cuisine, whether it is traditional or a gastronomical delight.
    • All activities that are listed in the itinerary are included in the cost of the tour: entry fees, cultural events, boat rides,etc.
    • Lorey, your guide, escorts all groups to France and will tell you the history of our visits as we go along. Special guides or audio-guides are included at some sites.


What is NOT included in the cost of the tour?

    • Air travel to and from France is not included, but Lorey will assist you in making reservations for a flight and traveling together when possible. Travelers are able to use their frequent flyer programs by booking their own flights and Lorey will coordinate the flights so that you may travel with others in the group if you wish.
    • Land travel to the first point of meeting up in France, usually the first hotel or B&B. This enables everyone to find their own flight and arrive a day or two earlier if they wish. It also allows those on earlier flights to go directly to the lodgings and catch up on jet lag rather than waiting at the airport.
    • Only the insurance on car rentals is provided. You are responsible for your own insurance for health, air tickets, and personal items.
    • All alcoholic beverages are at the traveler’s expense, except those that are included in entry fees when we make visits to vineyards.


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The experience continues to unfold for us many months later, leaving us wanting more — to Brittany next time! Thanks to you, we really experienced the essence of France, where the place, the people, and the beauty exceeded our dreams. ~ Emilie and Herb