Enchanting Normandy, Brittany & Loire

Normandy | Brittany | Loire

Follow the unbeaten path of western France with amazing varieties of landscape, bucket list, and the gastronomy indulgence from all around the area that are surely an eye-opening once-in-a-lifetime experience

Level
Luxury $9,470
Season
September – March
Duration
10 Days 09 Night
Theme
Small Group Journey
Group of Friends
Product Code
EA037

The Highlights of the Journey

  • Visit the white chalk cliffs and arches in Etretat
  • Oldest fromagerie in Camembert that still produces cheese
  • Mont Saint Michel, France’s most magical sight
  • Oyster Farm visit and tasting in Cancale
  • Thalassotherapy experience
  • Explore some of the most beatiful village in France
  • Private vineyard visit and wine tasting along with French truffle

 

**Rates are per person, based on US Dollar, and 2 (two) people traveling together staying in one stateroom
**Rates are based on low season rate and subject to change depending on the availability

Day 1 - 3

Normandy | 3 Nights

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure by exploring the hotel facilities.

White Chalk Cliffs and Arches at Etretat

Romantic natural theater open on the Channel, Etretat has inspired the most famous artists. A few seconds on the spot are enough to understand why: the stunning vertical cliffs of the Alabaster Coast contrasts without false notes with the gentle roundness of the strike and invites to the imagination.

Charming Harbour of Honfleur

Ports don’t come any prettier than Honfleur on the Seine’s estuary. Glorious historic houses jostle for position on the quays, as do galleries and restaurants. Packed with cultural sights, Honfleur has a wealth of attractions to delight its many visitors. Honfleur looks so utterly enchanting, it is hard to remember that it was built essentially for commerce. 

Camembert’s Oldest Fromagerie

Camembert was created by Marie Harel in Camembert, Normandy, in 1791. It is a soft cheese with a surface mould, three quarters refined, as the Normans adore with a thin white stripe in the heart of it.

The Village Fromager has been offering visits to the E. Graindorge cheese dairy since 2004. This is a unique concept allowing visitors to discover cheese workshops through a corridor of glass-protected galleries, from where you may understand all the different stages of cheese production from the time the milk arrives until the cheese is packaged.

Premium Calvados Experience

In a traditional Normandy Castle built at the beginning of the 16th century, discover premium Calvados production and fermentation process with the Wine Cellar Master. Private visit of the orchard, distillery and cellar followed by a premium tasting paired with local gastronomic amuse-bouche. You will be also joining blending workshop with the Cellar Master. You will leave the place with your own Calvados creation in a personalized small bottle.

Day 4 - 6

Brittany | 3 Nights

This morning depart from your hotel to visit the legendary Mont St. Michel before heading to your accommodation tonight, which is located about 2 hours drive from Deauville.

Legendary Mont-Saint-Michel

A magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, the Mont-Saint-Michel counts among France’s most stunning sights. For centuries one of Europe’s major pilgrimage destinations, this holy mount is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is its breathtaking bay. 

From Mont St. Michel, we are continuing our journey to one of the most beautiful city in Brittany, Dinard in 45 minutes drive.

Private Cruise, and Oyster Farm Visit & Tasting

Admire Saint-Malo fortified city, Dinard seaside city and beautiful English style villa, Majestic capes and castle overlooking the sea, Mont St-Michel bay dolphin colony. 

After lunch on board, visit the famous oyster harbor of Cancale, offering a view over Mont St-Michel bay, is renowned for the premium-ness of its oysters that are being exported to the world’s best restaurants. An exceptional immersion in the oyster fields with a professional, to understand the oyster growing and taste the unique taste of freshly harvested oyster.

Thalassotherapy Experience

Seawater therapy? It’s only natural that it was invented in Brittany, a land rocked by the waves of the Channel, the Iroise Sea and the Atlantic. For a complete break and a breath of fresh air, head for one of the region’s thalassotherapy centres: unique havens of peace, where qualified professionals offer treatments based on enjoyment and sea air. They’ll help you forget everything – except how to pamper yourself.

Surrounded by the sea, Brittany has early introduced seawater and seaweed in its wellness rituals. Relax in one of its prestigious Thalassotherapy resorts offering aquatic journeys and body treatments to restore mind peace and body wellness .

Walled Town of Vannes

Vannes is without doubt one of Brittany’s most attractive sights and a must-visit, it’s a walled town with well-preserved medieval streets. 

The main gate into Vannes is the Porte St-Vincent Ferrier, named after the Spanish monk who died in the town in 1419 and became its patron saint; he is buried in St-Pierre cathedral. To the left and right of the gate are town houses: many of their ground floors have been turned into cafes and make a lovely location for lunch as they face the marina.

Blooming Beautiful Village of Rochefort-en-Terre

High above the River Arz, Rochefort-en-Terre has been voted one of France’s most beautiful villages and as a result is one of Brittany’s most visited sites. Make your way through the narrow streets, past ateliers and workshops, admiring the geranium-bedecked houses along the way. 

Day 7 - 10

Loire | 3 Nights

Today we are driving down south the Loire Valley. En route to Loire Valley, we will make a stop at Rennes which located 1 hour away from Dinard.

Little Paris of Brittany

The vibrant university city of Rennes, Brittany’s administrative capital, is worth a day or two of anyone’s time. Take a wander around the medieval streets of the picture-perfect old town and admire the impressive parliament building before relaxing in the Thabor gardens. 

From Rennes, we are continuing our journey 1 hour drive to the Loire area.

Private Vineyard Visit with Private Tasting

Exclusive opportunity to discover and taste the bio-dynamic vineyard of the Master who has been described by the famous wine advocate Robert Parker as “one of the finest wine producers in the entire Loire valley, and surely to become one of the top red wine domains in Saumur.” Thanks to our network, this experiences is available in different vineyards along the Loire Valley.

Michelin Star Cooking Class & Chateaux with Wine Tasting

An exclusive opportunity for the guests to learn to cook a French recipe with a Parisian chef in a fully private space. We can tailor made this experience upon your request, even if it’s special recipe, pastry, anything that suits you.

Afterwards, you can have a private access to a Chateaux (castle), out of public hours with either private wine tasting in the cellar or garden of the castle, or even better; BOTH!

Truffles & Wines, and Private Cruise along Loire River

After a very special welcoming breakfast with the owner and producer, exclusive private visit of the truffle patch. A unique way of discovering truffle growing process and experience truffle collection technique with the domain owner and his dogs. It is followed by truffle butter tasting paired to Chinon wines. You will have a gastronomic lunch around the truffle in a very unique castle, mixing contemporary art to tradition.

After your lunch, enjoy a private cruise along the Loire River to discover charming villages and their majestic castles: Chinon, Saumur, and many more.

 

Free time at your own leisure before your private transfer drive you to the airport for your International flight back home or continuing your journey.

End of Journey.