Tune your ear to the faint rumble of World War II history amidst Normandy’s poppy-strewn landscapes.
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.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
You will be picked up from the airport and taken to the train station.
For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistance for you upon your arrival which will be waiting for you outside the customs. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver at the airport.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Your English speaking professional guide will meet you at your hotel for a tour of the local's Paris. As well as showing you the highlights of Paris (the city is very accessible on foot) your guide will tell you the history of the city and show you the city from a local's point of view.NB: If you have, a specific area of Paris you would be interested to explore let us know and we can request a specialist guide, along with adding a Metro Pass where necessary.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Louvre. The tour will focus on 3 world-famous works: The “Venus de Milo”, “the Winged Victory” and the “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo De Vinci. You will then continue on to visit the main exhibition rooms. You may use your ticket the whole afternoon to visit on your own the other departments of the biggest museum in the world. Your ticket gives you access to all the temporary exhibitions (except Napoleon Hall) as well as the Eugène Delacroix museum on the same day. Tour includes hotel pick-up, entrance ticket to the Louvre, guide and best of all – no line ups! End of the tour at the Louvre Museum.
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.
Enjoy a full day private guided tour with your own vehicle, and English speaking driver- licensed guide, exploring the Second World War. Visit the Caen memorial museum, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha beach, and U.S. cemeteries as well as any museums of interest along the way.
Enjoy a full day excursion to visit one of the most visited sites in all of France - the majestic Mont Saint Michel with your private vehicle and English speaking Driver/Guide. Dating from 708, the abbey of Mont Saint Michel was one of the major pilgrimage destinations in medieval Christendom. The architecture is stunning, the location, magical, and the village, one of the quaintest in the country. Please note that this tour is with a Driver/Guide. Should you wish to have a Professional Guide accompany you on your excursion, contact your advisor and they can accommodate you. (Entrances to monuments & museums, visits & possible tastings not included).
Enjoy a direct train transfer from Bayeux to Paris in Normandy. (approx 2 hours 5 minutes).
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.
Ideally located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés (3*), stands the Belloy Saint Germain hotel. Since 1871, the Belloy Saint Germain has been providing guests quality accommodation with refined, undisturbed serenity in this upscale quarter of the city, only minutes away from some renowned Parisian sites and monuments including the Odéon, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon of Paris. Each of the 50 guest rooms at the Belloy are elegantly designed with a sense of classical refinement in mind. Each room features a range of modern amenities to satisfy the needs of the savviest traveller. Before heading out to explore some of the many beauties of the “City of Lights” for the day, it is important that each guest enjoys a hardy, delicious breakfast, something taken very seriously by the culinary staff at the Belloy. The buffet breakfast boasts freshly baked breads and pastries, fresh and if possible, locally produced dairy products and cheeses, fruits and so much more. With comfort and elegance, landmarks and culture sheer minutes away from the entrance way, the Belloy Saint Germain provides guests of all ages a great place to rest while visiting one of Europe’s greatest cities.
Discover Hotel d'Argouges, the elegant 18th-c. townhouse in the town centre with its spacious classic lounges, its guest rooms adorned with antique furniture and its lovely garden and friendly service. In this harmonious and enchanting setting, enjoy the good life and set out on foot to experience Normandy and conquer Bayeux. Nearby: restaurants, shops and the thousand and one treasures of the town, including the Queen Matilda Tapestry., Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Battle of Normandy Memorial and more. Between Mont Saint-Michel and the landing beaches, Normandy offers nothing but the finest outings.
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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