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.
Travel back in time with your family through Brittany and Normandy, where French and US history intertwine. Bike along the coast and stand among bunkers and gun posts at Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Get lost in the moment, listening to the waves and watching horses trot gracefully along peaceful beaches. They’re places full of stories and emotions, past and present. Feel free to take some back with you.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start St-Malo / End Caen
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Discover a chic seaside enclave popular with Parisians | Get to know riverfront Dinan, a medieval port town with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets | Follow the idyllic Rance River to Dinard, an elegant vacation town overlooking the sea | Bike with your family past riverside St-Suliac, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in 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.
This hotel, built in 1859, welcomes you with warm décor and mesmerizing views overlooking the coast and St-Malo. (pool, spa)
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 | In Normandy, connoisseurs of Calvados will delight in the scenic Cider Route | Bike along a coastline that inspired Belle Époque artists, including Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel | Admire castles and manors perched atop green rolling hills | Ride amid the Norman countryside of Pays d’Auge and the vibrant colors of Côte Fleurie | Stroll through the town of Bayeux, home to the epic 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry | Join a local historian for a private family tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery.
An elegantly appointed and family-owned boutique hotel just steps from the Bayeux Cathedral in the heart of the city.
Visit fascinating Arromanches, the D-Day beaches and the remains of famed Mulberry Harbor | Behold the German strongholds of Pointe du Hoc and Longues-sur-Mer | Bike the Côte de Nacre to the Juno Beach Center | Spin across the Pegasus Bridge, memorializing a great military feat of British troops | A final ride takes you into the hilly hinterland before returning to the coast.
This beloved hotel, made famous by Marcel Proust, offers magnificent views of the Cabourg promenade and the sea.
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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