Day 1 Paris - Honfleuer

Our first impressions of France will be formed in Giverny, Normandy, at the home of Claude Monet, one of the world’s most celebrated artists. The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life and the gardens outside are brimming with flowers in every shade. Our home for the  ext two nights is the charming port town of Honfleur, which you may recognise as the subject of a fair few Impressionist paintings. (D)

Day 2 Honfleur - Normandy - Honfleur

Today we’ll take a wander past Honfleur’s historic buildings and 17th century harbour on a walking tour before tracking the Route du Cidre towards Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. Here, we’ll pause to taste the fruits of the region’s orchards - from cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados – making for a delicious end to our day. (B)

Day 3 Honfleur – Normandy Beaches - Bayeux

Today we turn our attention to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy beaches, where we’ll visit the sites of the D-Day landings of 1944. Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American Cemetery and Memorial at Collevillesur- Mer. This afternoon we’ll move on to charming Bayeux, where a walking tour awaits. (B,D)

Day 4 Bayeux - Le Mont St Michel - Dinan

This morning we’ll drive on to the enchanting Mont Saint-Michel, crossing the tidal causeway to wander the buzzing island village. On the way to Dinan, we’ll stop off for photos at Dol-de-Bretagne, where we’ll see the famous Menhir de Champ-Dolent. (B)

Day 5 Dinan

With a whole day to yourself in Dinan, you can really get under the skin of this quaint medieval town. (B)

Day 6 Dinan - Angers - Chinon

We’re deep in fairytale territory as we travel towards the Loire Valley today. Here, the landscape’s skyline is
peppered with the turrets of castles. Our first port of call is Angers which was once the medieval stronghold
of the Plantagenet kings. Later, we’ll move on to Chinon, where dinner at a local restaurant awaits. (B,D)

Day 7 Chinon - Château de Villandry - Chinon

Our first château of the tour is the Château de Villandry, which is especially famous for its impeccable gardens.Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we’ll enjoy a detour at a regional winery and linger over a glass or two. (B)

Day 8 Chinon – Château de Chenonceau - Chartres

Today, a stop at Château de Chenonceau gives us the opportunity to stroll through manicured gardens and explore a fascinating museum. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to Chartres, where we’ll enjoy one last dinner together. (B,D)

Day 9 Chartres - Paris

A fitting finale to our tour is a visit to the celebrated Chartres Cathedral. Believed to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France, it’s a beautiful image to take with us back to Paris, where we say ‘au revoir’. (B)

This tour can be combined with A Taste of Bordeaux, Provence and the French Riviera and/or Paris to Nice through Vineyards and Mountains.

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Departure dates and prices 2019 La Belle France - tour code BEHLBPP-9

Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + tour code 

March 26

£2349
£2232

August 13

£2399
£2280

April 9g, 23

£2399
£2280

August 27

£3079
£2926

May 7g

£2399
£2280

September 3g, 10g, 15g

£2459
£2337

May 14g, 21g, 28g

£2459
£2337

September 17g, 24g

£2399
£2280

June 11g, 18, 25g

£2459
£2337

October 1g, 8g

£2399
£2280

July 2, 9g, 16

£2459
£2337

October 15 £2349
£2232

July 23g

£2399
£2280

g=guaranteed departure. Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single from £2698

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Back-Roads Touring
La Belle France

9 days / 8 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £2232

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.

Small groups up to 18 guests. 

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 

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Walk down the medieval Rue du Jerzual in Dinan

  • Visit Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France

  • Visit the storybook surrounds of a grand French château

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 nights’ accommodation in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader

  • Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 4 evening meals (D)

  • Entrance included to allattractions in the itinerary,including: Le Mont St-Michel,Château de Villandry, Châteaude Chenonceau

Why Back-Roads Touring

Smaller groups of up to 18

With a maximum group size of 18 people on Europe tours (22 on French barge tours) and 14 people on Asia tours, Back Roads pride themselves on ensuring that each guest has a personalised holiday experience.

Mini-Coaches

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.

Culinary Discoveries

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.

Hand Picked Boutique Accommodation

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.


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