Pay your respects to World War II heroes with visits to the Omaha Beach D-Day landing sites and well-tended cemeteries nearby. Touch 20th century history, and feel your heart thrill at the sight of fields of summer poppies. Rising from the Gulf-stream-warmed waters of the English Channel, the silhouette of Mont Saint Michel heralds an interesting visit to this fortified monastery, set on its own rocky islet and accessed by a tidal causeway. This landmark UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a Gothic Abbey Church and Great Halls within its sturdy walls. More Norman history is revealed in the impressive Bayeux tapestries.
Experience the unspoiled villages, farms and countryside of rural France as you journey from Paris to Bayeux by comfortable train. Explore the sights of rural Normandy at your own pace on a privately guided basis. Sit back and savor each day’s experiences over a glass of Calvados and fine French cuisine as nighttime descends.
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For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistant waiting for you outside of customs. This assistant will have a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
A welcome package with all necessary tickets and vouchers, along with other required touristic information will be waiting upon arrival at your first hotel.
Meet your English speaking driver-guide in the lobby of your hotel for a panoramic tour of Paris, which will give you the opportunity to view some of the most famous monuments of this beautiful city, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Montmartre district and Notre Dame. Stop around the Trocadero for a panoramic view and photo of the spectacular Eiffel Tower. Finish the morning/afternoon at Notre Dame de Paris, a Gothic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité.
Meet your English speaking licensed driver-guide in the lobby of your hotel and drive to Versailles. Explore the Château de Versailles (admission included) with its King’s State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Home to hundreds when the King was in residence, this palace constitutes a veritable city of elegant private rooms and public reception halls, set in a splendid park with fountains, hidden gardens, and a lake for boating. Imagine life in the château as your guide opens doors allowing you to enter the lives of kings and queens. Imagine yourself among the courtiers in a banquet hall illuminated with candelabras reflected in the hall of mirrors. Versailles, a dream of elegance, taste and beauty, will open its doors and enable you to soak up the atmosphere that reigned during the days of Queen Marie-Antoinette. At the end of your tour, return to your hotel.
Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Enjoy a direct train transfer from Paris to Bayeux in Normandy (approximately 2 hours).
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Meet your English speaking licensed driver-guide at the lobby of your hotel and drive to Normandy’s D-Day Beaches, where you will follow the traces of the Allies during World War II. Relive June 6, 1944, and discover what it is known as “The Longest Day”. This journey back in time will also give you the opportunity to appreciate the charm of the small villages with their old stone churches and the fortified farms that make up the Norman countryside. Start your journey with a visit of Arromanches. You can see this lovely village and the remains of the artificial harbor. Here you can visit the D-Day Landing Museum, built on the site of the artificial harbor constructed during the Second World War. Depending on your schedule and your preferences from this point in Arromanches, you can easily go on to the other landing beaches and other main World War II sites. Visit Omaha beach, the beach which is depicted in the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg's, “Saving Private Ryan”. Omaha beach witnessed the most vicious fighting of World War II. Approximately 34 000 soldiers from the 1st, 2nd and 29th Infantry Divisions landed on this beach on D-Day. The beach was covered in anti-tank and anti-landing craft obstacles. Two kilometers (1.2mi) west along the beach from Omaha is the American Military Cemetery, where the graves of 9,386 American soldiers can be found. This immense place of memory and reflection will amaze you with its calmness and serenity. You can see the graves of some of the 307 unknown soldiers or visit the resting places of the more famous, such as the Niland brothers, the family who inspired the film “Saving Private Ryan” as well as those who were awarded the Medal of Honor, one of whom is General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Return to your hotel in Bayeux. Please speak with your guide about visiting optional sites such as: D Day museum in Arromanches, Caen Memorial, Airborne museum in Sainte Mère l’Eglise, D-Day museum in Utah Beach. Entrance fees will be paid locally.
Meet your driver-guide at the lobby of your hotel and drive to the Mont Saint Michel, one of France’s most spectacular sights. Dramatically perched on a tiny island, the Gothic abbey is surrounded by vast sand flats and surging tides. According to legend, the archangel Michael appeared on this island, which inspired construction of the Benedictine abbey in 1017. Continually expanded over the next 500 years, Mont Saint Michel became a magnet for Christian pilgrims. Its extraordinary location, its rich and influential history and its glorious architecture combine to make it the most splendid of the abbeys of France. You will visit the abbey that towers at 260 feet high, and displays a number of architectural styles, Norman Romanesque and Gothic among them. You will climb the stone steps to the monastery, roam through the vertical maze of chambers, and take in the beautiful light and surrounding scenery. You will have time for lunch (not included) at the Mère Poulard to taste their world famous omelette, afterwards you will return to your hotel in Bayeux.
Enjoy a direct train transfer from Bayeux to Paris in Normandy. The train journey is approximately 2 hrs.
This evening spend time at leisure or relax at your hotel.
Between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Hotel Le Sénat is strategically located in the heart of the city within walking distance to art galleries, unique shops and great restaurants. Dating back from the 19th century, this charming boutique hotel embraces the charm of an authentic Parisian hotel blending in with a contemporary stylish décor including Nobilis and Frey fabrics as well as Flipo and Hartley carpets. All the rooms and suites are decorated in a classical contemporary style. They are perfectly soundproof and comfortably equipped. The hotel features a quaint bar open 24/7 and a breakfast room for the hotel guests.
La Villa Lara is located in the heart of the historic centre. The hotel is nested in a quiet, tree-lined square along the River Aure. It is just steps away from the famous Bayeux Tapestry and very close to the sea and D-Day landing beaches. There are 28 rooms range between 322 and 495 sq. ft., as well a bar-lounge area leading to the library lounge with a fireplace, and a fitness room.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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