Region Overviews: France Travel Guide: Overview
Long considered a global center of art, science, philosophy and sophistication, France boasts incredible diversity in its offerings to travelers.
Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Level: 1-4
From: $5,099 - $5,699 pp dbl occ
($1,200 - $1,550 for sgl occ)
Travel back in time through Brittany and Normandy. Cycle along the Emerald Coast by Norman manors and fairy-tale 15th-century villages. Absorb the historic importance of weathered World War II bunkers at Omaha Beach. Dive deeper into bygone eras. Visit Mont-St-Michel, an ancient monastery and dreamlike World Heritage site. These places abound with stories and emotions, past and present.
Start Caen / End Rennes
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Start your adventure in an elegant seaside enclave popular with chic Parisians | In Normandy, connoisseurs of Calvados will delight in the scenic Cider Route | Ride dedicated bike paths along a coastline that inspired belle epoque artists, including novelist Marcel Proust and couturier Coco Chanel | Admire castles and manors perched atop green rolling hills | Pause in one of the enchanting Norman villages with half-timbered thatched-roof houses that line our route and have a glass of delicious Pommeau, a popular local aperitif | Discover the Norman countryside of picture-perfect Pays d'Auge and the coastal flowers of Côte Fleurie.
This beloved hotel, made famous by Marcel Proust, offers magnificent views of the Cabourg promenade and the sea.
Ride across the Pegasus Bridge | Bike along the Côte de Nacre | Visit fascinating Arromanches, the D-Day beaches and the remains of Mulberry Harbor | Join a local historian for a private tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery | Behold the German stronghold of Longues-sur-Mer | Stroll through the town of Bayeux, home to the epic 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry.
A "relaxing 18th-century honey-colored château-hotel surrounded by rose gardens... minutes from Omaha Beach," according to Andrew Harper. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool)
Explore the island monastery of World Heritage Mont-St-Michel, destination of a centuries-old pilgrimage and home to Europe's most dramatic tide change | Get to know riverfront Dinan, a medieval port town with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets | Marvel at Breton architecture with its granite churches and centuries-old farmhouses | Follow the idyllic Rance River to Dinard, an exquisite vacation town overlooking the sea | Bike past riverside St-Suliac, another one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France | Taste fresh oysters from a waterfront market in Cancale, oyster capital of Brittany | Hit the ramparts at St-Malo, a fortified oceanside city with vistas of the Emerald Coast | Take a final ride on rural roads with expansive views over La Rance estuary.
This hotel, built in 1859, welcomes you with warm décor and mesmerizing views overlooking the coast and St-Malo. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.
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