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Our first impressions of France are formed in Giverny, Normandy at the home of one of the world’s
most celebrated artists – Claude Monet. The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life and the gardens outside are brimming with every shade of flower. We carry that image with us all the way to Trouville. With a harbour lined with a parade of tall, brightly painted merchant’s houses, it’s one of the most beautifully preserved old ports in Normandy – and our home for the next two
On the menu today is a journey on the road less travelled to Livarot where we have free time to relax. We will track the Route du Cidre towards Beuvronen- Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in all of France. From cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados, it’s here that we pause to taste the fruits of the region’s orchards – a delicious end to our day. (B)
We turn our attentions to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy Beaches, where we stand at the sites of the D-Day Landings of 1944. Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. When bed beckons, we find ourselves in a countryside hotel not far from the coast. (B,D)
Time to unfold another layer of Normandy history this morning with a trip to see the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry. That afternoon, we drive on to enchanting Mont St Michel, crossing the tidal causeway to wander the buzzing island village. To top off a charm-filled day, we spend this evening in Dinan. (B)
With a whole day to yourself in Dinan, you can really get under the skin of this Gallic gem. (B)
We’re deep into fairytale territory when we travel towards the Loire Valley, a landscape whose skyline is peppered with the turrets of castles. Our first port of call is Angers, once the medieval stronghold of the Plantagenet kings and later, we move on to Chinon where dinner at a local restaurant awaits. (B,D)
Our first château of the tour is the last of Loire’s greats: Château de Villandry. Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we enjoy a detour at a regional winery and linger over a glass or two. (B)
Château de Chenonceau gives us the opportunity to stroll through manicured gardens and explore the fascinating museum. While at our own château, deep in the heart of the Loire Valley, we turn into lords and ladies of the manor with a night spent in stately surrounds – but not before a guided
tour of the gardens and an indulgent farewell dinner. (B,D)
A fitting finale to our tour is a visit to the celebrated cathedral of Chartres, believed to be one of the
finest examples of Gothic architecture in France and a beautiful image to take back to Paris where we say “au revoir”. (B)
Back-Roads Brochure Price: twin/double room £2199 - single £2599
Travel 55 Discount Price: twin/double room £2090 - single £2470
Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 code T55BR + Tour Code FRA
April 10, 17
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Sept 4, 11, 18, 25G, 28
May 8, 15, 22G
Aug 7G, 14G, 21G, 28
October 2, 9, 16
June 5, 12, 19G, 26
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Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. This tour takes you from France’s dramatic northern shores to châteaux-sprinkled countryside, breaking off to see WWII sites, explore centuries-old villages and sample cider and calvados.
To book this wonderful La Belle France tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount.
You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price
Walk down the medieval Rue du Jerzual in Dinan
Visit Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in the country
Sleep in the storybook surrounds of a grand French château
Experienced Back-Roads tour leader/driver
Premium mini-coach transportation
Daily European breakfasts (B), 3 evening meals (D)
Cider and calvados sampling
A garden tour of Château de la Bourdaisière
Entrance included to: Monet’s House and Garden at Giverny, Château d’Angers, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, Château de Villandry, Château de Chartres and Château de Chenonceau
With tour sizes of up to 15 guests, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked
On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.
Scenic back roads not motorways
Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.
Authentic Local Experiences
Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each spectacular region.
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.
Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.
Leisurely Paced Travel
Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.