Grand Seine and Normandy Passage
Explore a medieval chateau, visit D-Day memorials, tour historic harbor town Honfleur, and more!
Day 1: Depart gateway city
Day 2: Paris / Honfleur
Day 3: Honfleur
Day 4: D-Day Beaches / Caen
Day 5: Duclair / Jumièges / Rouen
Day 6: Les Andelys / Martainville-Éperville
Day 7: La Roche-Guyon / Giverny / Paris
Day 8: Paris
Day 9: Return to gateway city
Sights and excursions include:
- Honfleur: Explore the Vieux Bassin, the historic harbor in Honfleur’s colorful town center. Invading Normans chose it for its strategic location, which later made it a hotly contested town during the Hundred Years’ War, when it bounced between English and French control before permanently landing in France’s realm.
- Normandy and D-Day: Begin a memorable journey into World War II history at Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Rangers courageously scaled 100-foot cliffs to destroy German artillery that posed a threat to troops coming ashore. Then step foot on Omaha Beach, where U.S. forces valiantly advanced across the heavily fortified shoreline under devastating fire to overcome German troops.
- Ancient Abbeys: Visit the ruins of the Benedictine Abbey of Jumièges, one of the most powerful abbeys in medieval France.
Rouen: Embark on a walking tour of Rouen’s historic city center.
- Chateaux of Normandy: Immerse yourself in beguiling Norman history and culture at two of the region’s castles.
- Monet, His Life in Giverny: Delve into the life and work of impressionist painter Claude Monet at his colorful home in Giverny, where he lived from 1883-1926. Wander through the lush, tranquil garden that inspired many of his paintings, and visit the studio where he painted his “Water Lilies” series.
- Seine at Night: See the City of Light during an evening illumination cruise on the Seine.
- Versailles: Visit the palace, its manicured, ornamental gardens, the Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate. See the Hall of Mirrors, the lavishly decorated room where the Treaty of Versailles was signed.
- Palais Garnier: Step into the Palais Garner, home of the Paris National Opera and the Paris Opera Ballet School.
- History of Paris: From its roots to today, discover the pivotal events and people that have shaped the city.
- The Latin Quarter: A walking tour of Paris’ storied Latin Quarter on the Île de la Cité, the historic heart of the city.